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Cheap Baby Nursery Ideas

Updated on April 23, 2015

Being on a budget.

I am 3 weeks from having my first child and the "nesting" has been quite difficult for me. We have been on a very tight budget these past couple of months due to me being laid off because of my pregnancy and my husbands short hours at work. Like most mothers, especially new mothers, as soon as I found out I was pregnant I began searching the internet for nursery decorating ideas. Everything cost way more than we could afford. Of course it brought me down but after a few hours of brainstorming, my wonderful husband came up with the amazing idea of decorating the nusery using things we had in storage. Trust me, you would be surprised at what you could do with things that are just lying around.

Alternative to a crib canopy!

Believe it or not, even though I am having a boy, I still wanted a crib canopy. They are easy to make if you can't by one. I couldn't find anything just lying around to make a canopy but I did have a shower curtain. YES a shower curtain. Not the plastic curtain, the decorative one that goes on the outside of the plastic curtain. Instead of hanging it so it draped over the crib, I "tacked" it on the wall behind the crib so it was more like a backdrop and seemed more boyish.

From Dresser to Changing Table/Shelving

We were looking through one of our storage units and found a dresser that needed to be painted but was missing a few drawers. We added a few pieces of plywood where the drawers should be and turned it into shelving for diapers, wipes, towels etc. All we have to do now is paint it.

Storage containers.

Most storage containers cost at least $8 or more depending on the size and style and we needed A LOT of them. Luckily, after my baby shower we ended up with large amounts of diapers. I used different styles of wrapping paper to cover the boxes after cutting off the top flaps. They are stylish and fit under the crib.

Wall Décor

OK, I wanted to paint Wyatt's room BUT I can't handle the smell and hubby has been trying to pull extra hours at work. I decided to just skip the painting and start using wall decorations. A friend of ours finished moving and I asked her for some of her moving boxes. I used the boxes to cut out letters in Wyatt's name and glued cute fabric to them. I also cut out the sides of boxes and pasted photos on them with fabric around the sides to make a border.

There you have it!

I hope this gave you a little insight on how to make your nursery adorable yet affordable especially when your on a tight budget. Hopefully soon I will be able to post photos of all the things we used to turn our prince's room into a room fit for a prince. If you have any ideas please leave them in the comments section. I would love to see more creative ideas you came up with!



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