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Our Baby Sienna’s DIY Nursery


As a crafty and budget conscious new mamma, I set out to create the most amazing, colorful and baby girl friendly nursery for my little Sienna.

I am not a super girly girl myself and wanted to avoid an overly pink baby room. I looked into color combinations that were a bit more contemporary yet still soft and sweet. Starting with my love of teal/aqua as a primary color, I connected with a light peach and grey. The room ended up with tan as well since we got a great deal on the glider. =)


Design Inspiration

As many crafty ladies do, I spent lots of time browsing nursery ideas on Pinterest and, of course, Project Nursery for some unique decor options. One image that especially stood out to me was an image of framed letters above the crib. I included the link below. I used that image as my inspiration for the frames and branched off from there.

Decorating Style

I would say I attempted to create a contemporary but sophisticated nursery. Nothing too fancy and overdone yet sweet and designed to last her as she grows a bit. Hopefully we loves it as much as I do and keeps some of these details for a while =)

Project Details

Frames - I used old frames I had laying around as well as a few I found cheap at garage sales. I then took some wall paint from our living room and lightened it to match the aqua color I wanted. For the backing, I purchased some gray and white fabrics and just glued them onto the frame backing with some tacky glue. Finally, each letter was purchased from Michaels and hung onto the frames with gray ribbon, which was then hot glued to the backing.

Banner and Owl Mobile: These were both handmade and I was able to find a template for the banner.

The mobile is a bit more challenging to explain steps for. I was inspired by mobiles like these that sell for around $80 and since that's seriously out of my price range, especially with felt being so inexpensive, I set out to make my own. I created my own templates, cut the felt pieces, sewed on the same fabric used on the banners and then hand sewed each owl and star together. So time consuming, but what else do I do while on maternity leave... =) I used an embroidery hoop and fishing line to hang the felt and then strung the entire piece from a hook on the ceiling.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in attempting this. I'm definitely pleased with the outcome and would have done it again. I can give you more directions if you'd like them. You can contact me through my etsy site.

Standing Lamp - Gorgeous and never would have been possible if my sister-in-law hadn't purchased it for us. Amazing baby shower gift!


Favorite Items

I love how the owl mobile turned out, even though it was a bit challenging and time consuming of a project. I hope that it can be something that I can keep and eventually pass on one day.


Since I was on a tight budget, I focused my attention on what I had around the house before spending money elsewhere. I suggest looking closely at the items hanging around your home and trying to repurpose anything you can rework into the room. Amazing details don't need to be expensive or brand new to add a dramatic appeal to the nursery.

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Friday 20th of May 2016

Hi, how did you put the banner on the wall? Thks


Monday 29th of February 2016

what size letters did you buy for this? thanks!