Baby On A Budget

Babies are expensive, but nurseries don’t have to be. Here are some tips for creating the nursery of your dreams without breaking the bank.

Start with an affordable nursery collection
The crib and other furniture pieces are the backbone of any nursery. There are many beautiful and well-made collections available at budget price points. Many of them even convert to toddler and full size beds, so the initial investment will pay off for years to come.

Lauren Collection by Graco in Crib and Daybed Conversion

A little bit of paint goes a long way
Converting a den or office into a nursery? A fresh coat of paint should be your first move. Relatively inexpensive as house renovations go, a new coat of paint in a fun color will totally transform a room.

Benjamin Moore’s selection of purple paints


Utilizing all of the wonderful DIY projects online is the number one thing you can do to save money on decorating. The furniture has been purchased and the walls are painted, but it’s those extra touches that turn a room with a crib in to a nursery. For wall art, channel your inner Picasso and make some colorful abstract paintings. If you’re not feeling quite so adventurous, use foam craft stamps or your own handprints for more figurative art. When you’re done, frame your creation and hang in the nursery. Wall art is a great place to start if you haven’t done many DIY projects before, but depending on your level of craft skill, you can make your own window treatments, wall decals, stuffed animals, and even crib bedding! The amount of things you can do in this category is infinite, but to get you started we’ve linked to some of our favorite tutorials below.

Baby Block Tutorial from Simplify by Camille Raskelley

Trellis Lampshade by Caitlin Wilson Design

Fabric Storage Boxes from Make It and Love It

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
Renovated the living room last year? Now’s the time to dig out that lamp that’s been sitting in the garage and give it a new life. Have a pile of old calendars and magazine back issues sitting around? Mine them for frameable nursery art. How about those jelly jars, pickle jars and cookie tins? Use them to hold supplies, or fill them with colorful candies and use them as decorations. Dig around Mom and Dad’s basement for childhood favorites—old games, stuffed animals and posters are all great things to showcase in the nursery. In addition to being better for the environment, reusing and recycling things is better for your budget as well.

 Glass Jar Photo Frames from Photocomment

The number one thing to remember is not to get caught up with the numbers. An awesome nursery can be made even on the very tightest of budgets. Got any tips for fellow Moms and Dads expecting a baby on a budget? Let us know in the comments!



  1. Great article, great advice. A little creativity and effort goes a long way for saving money. Not to mention, you get a totally unique nursery out of the deal that beats out the cookie cutter in store choices.

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