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Kids' Bedrooms Ideas: Zebra Print Theme

Updated on May 3, 2010

When my youngest daughter, Melissa, found out she was expecting, we all had our fingers crossed for a girl. Melissa and Cory already had two boys, so they were really hoping for a daughter. And so was I! I already had five wonderful grandsons but only two granddaughters. The day we found out the baby was a girl, we were overjoyed and began planning.

Melissa decided the baby’s room should be done in zebra printing and hot pink. I thought it was a great idea, and I began making items with a zebra or hot pink theme to go in the nursery.

Meanwhile, Cory painted to top half of the walls white and the bottom half hot pink. His mom bought a zebra print wallpaper border to go all the way around.

 

My artwork.
My artwork.

Zebra drawing

 I used a pencil and a black marker to create this drawing of a zebra. I bought an inexpensive unfinished wooden frame and painted it hot pink with acrylic paint. I used a dark green border because the baby's room has dark green carpet. I wanted to tie in the green somehow.

I made this, too.
I made this, too.

Zebra print name plaque

Since I paint sometimes, I had several new canvases lying around, so I decided to make a name plaque for the baby. I used hot pink acrylic paint to create the border, and a black paint pen to make the zebra printing. I attached a pink ribon to the back of the frame for hanging.

If you want to try zebra printing on your own, practice first. The key to attractive zebra printing is to not make your lines too regular. Observe how the zebra printing appears on zebra ribbons to get a good idea about how to make your own.

Zebra themed bow holder
Zebra themed bow holder

Bow holder with a zebra theme

All little girls need somewhere to keep their hairbows, right? For this project, I bought an unfinished round wooden plaque from Walmart and painted it hot pink. I used a black paint pen for the lettering and glued tiny black bows around the top edge with E6000 glue. I also used the E6000 to glue the zebra ribbon hanger and the dangling pink and zebra ribbon bow holders to the back of the plaque.

As you can see, Brooklynn already has several hairbows! I'll have to find some zebra ribbons for her hair, too!

Coathook with a zebra theme
Coathook with a zebra theme

Zebra themed hanger

 I made Brooklynn two zebra themed hangers or hooks. For these, I bought unfinished wooden star hangers from Walmart and painted them hot pink. I then added the zebra print with a black paint pen. For a little extra bling, I added a few acrylic rhinestones, using E6000 glue.

Monogram canvas
Monogram canvas

Hot pink monogram canvas

 For this, I used a small stretched canvas. I painted it hot pink and made the "B" with a black paint pen. I used bottles slick paint for the dots, to give them some dimension. It's hard to see in the pic, but the dots are raised.

Name hanging
Name hanging

Name hanging with zebra ribbons

I bought these inexpensive black shelves at Walmart. Notice the name hanging on the left side of the shelves. The letters are suspended from zebra ribbons.

Also notice the zebra print comforter on one of the shelves. My old pal Sandi made the blankie!

Notice of the right facing of the shelves, Cory is gluing zebra ribbon. He hasn't completed this project yet.

Zebra print crib set
Zebra print crib set

Zebra print crib bedding set

Melissa got this zebra print crib bedding set at a baby shower they gave her at work. Her good friend and co-worker, Deb, gave it to her. It came with a matching curtain, diaper hanger, and toy pouch, too! Isn't it adorable?

Hot pink chest of drawers
Hot pink chest of drawers

Hot pink chest of drawers and zebra glass and outlet covers

 Cory refurbished this old chest of drawers by removing the old finish, sanding it, and painting it hot pink and white.

Notice the hot pink and zebra print wine glass on the top of the dresser. My oldest daughter makes these and sells themm in her store. Melissa is using it to hold Q-tips.

Also, notice the outlet covers. Cory painted all of them with zebra stripes to match the room décor.

We'll add some stuffed zebras as we find them. They're actually pretty hard to locate. Sandi found a big one at Busch Gardens and is bringing it next weekend to add to the room. I also found a couple online.

We had a lot of fun creating Brooklynn's zebra print and hot pink room. This motif will last her for years. Now I ask you - is Miss Brooklynn a little diva, or what??

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      Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

      That's adorable - and great artwork!! I want to try the canvas monogram, it's so cute!

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      Great hub. Almost makes me wish I had a daughter.

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      Looks great, I have always have loved the zebra print and in the doctors office last week this woman had on matchin top and long skirt in that print and as she went by I just brushed the back of her skirt as she walked by to let her know I was talking to her and said, just love your outfit for which she thanked me. After she was out of hearing range my husband said,"I'd never get by with that!" I assured him he certainly would not but I'd buy him some Zebra PJs if he wanted, lol.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Lily! It's fun and funky!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I can tell that you had a lot of fun decorating your granddaughter's room! It is really cute. Picking one theme unified the entire look.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sam, everyone needs a daughter...or three! (I have 3)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Polly, I think your hubby would look rather "pimpish" in a zebra outfit! Maybe for Halloween??

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yep, Peggy, we had a blast. Thanks for reading!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      habee, I swear you must be a mind reader, long distance no doubt. My eleven year old daughter wants to redecorate her room in Zebra print and bold pinks and lime green...I thought dizzy and sick feelings of overwhelming print and color. YOU'VE given me hope and great tips to work the print in without it being to much. Thanks and Peace :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Habee, Great looking, creative nursery theme! The Zebra print is stimulating and the pinks make a beautiful contrast! Thank you for sharing! In His love, Peace & Blessings! CONGRATULATIONS!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Unusual decoration but I am sorry, habee, it wouldn't my taste. Maybe I getting too old. Now where is my walking stick and my false teeth hahaha

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Katie, I attribute it to my crystal ball. lol! Have fun!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Deb! I've always liked zebra print!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HH, my granddaughters and niece all love the zebra printing paired with hot pink, lime green, neon blue, and red. I actually like it, too, for a kid's room!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      So cute! Can you come and do my girls room? :)

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Habee, the zebra is terrific! I also like the pink frame--pink and black is, of course, a great color scheme. I love the zebra theme, and you have worked it very creatively!

      Mike

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      But Veronica, then you'd miss all the fun!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Mike, for stopping by!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Cute ideas! Beats the traditional stuff. Just love her name, too - how cute.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Aud...er...Buckwheat!

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      What a really cool idea for a kids room. My girls would love this. You guys did a great job on decorating.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Nancy! We really like the way it turned out!

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      kimberlyslyrics 7 years ago

      Habee

      that is the coolest - just sent it to my sister who just had a girl - can't wait to hear what she thinks

      thanks girl, i mean zebra, no i mean girl

      xxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoox

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Kimbo! Congrats on the new niece!

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      Applecandy 7 years ago

      Nicely done hub and great artistic vision! What an effort for a little person who hasn't been born yet. One day she'll grow up and thankyou for all of your hard work, and besides, I bet you guys had fun creating it all!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Apple, we had a blast doing the room! Thanks for reading!

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      Easy Fit Inc. 6 years ago from Woodside, NY

      Wow -- a zebra print hot pink nursery. I love it! Another great way to change the theme in a room (without adding a lot of cost) is to use ottoman slipcovers or furniture covers. You can get them in all sorts of patterns -- and combined with a fresh coat of paint or wallpaper, your entire room can look completely different!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      True, Easy! I'm surprised more folks don't think of that!

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      Gladys Hunziker 6 years ago from Boston

      Zebra print is a great design element to add to a kid'sbedroom, because it is fun, and it is bold. Nice hub!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Gladys, we love the baby's room! Thanks for reading!

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      HC0303 6 years ago

      What a great looking hub. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

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      MsCookM 6 years ago

      Nice room and I cannot believe how many thing zebra prints can do to a kid's bedroom décor. Thanks!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      HC, thanks for your kind words!

      MsCook, wonder if we're related? My maiden name was Cook.

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      billrobinson 6 years ago from CA, USA

      It has interest me much. Keep on posting more. Thanks for this post.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Bill!

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      Nettiema 6 years ago from Bay Area, California

      OMG this sis so DARN CUTE

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      aleida_77 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great pictures. Love the zebra theme. Excellent choice for a nursery. Thanks for sharing.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Nettie!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you like it! We had fun with the nursery design!

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      Haley kay 5 years ago

      Tuteee ewwww! (to cute) love zebra print. I thought in the passage above you said the top halfs of the wall were white...??

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      Alexis 5 years ago

      OMG I love that idea!!! :)

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      milk 5 years ago

      i hate it

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      cookies914 5 years ago

      i love zebra print and this room is so cutee!

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      huntta 5 years ago

      zebra is tootaly my style so cuter than anything its in my room

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