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Baby Nursery Wall Murals

painting baby nursery mural
Photo by Robert Yang

For some baby nursery wall murals are the only way to go when it comes to creative baby nursery painting. Got a central theme for your nursery? Chances are you can think up a great idea for a wall mural!
I want to share with you some of my ideas, some great DIY tips suited for anyone - even the not so artistically talented. Got an idea? Great! Let's get you started!

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The DIY Approach

Really, you do not need to be an artist to pull this off. Can you trace? If you can trace then you can definitely pull this off and have your friends and family fully impressed by your handy-work. And

psst... no-one needs to know how you did it!

All you need is an idea, a great picture to go with your theme, and an overhead projector.

Tools and materials needed to paint your own DIY baby nursery wall mural:

  • picture to use as your wall mural printed onto clear vellum

  • an overhead projector

  • a pencil or two, and some assorted colored paints

  • an assortment of paint brushes in different sizes

  • a drop cloth

To get started you will want to apply a fresh coat of paint to your baby's nursery. You'll want a nice background to start with.

The next most important task is to find a good picture to use to base your baby nursery wall mural on. This can be one single graphic, or even combine a few different pictures. It can even be a complete scene which will cover an entire wall or two.
I would recommend hitting a local library to find the picture you are looking for. Cruise through the children's books section and just start nosing and thumbing through the books. Use the library's computers to search out books that may be appropriate to your theme. Many of these computer systems will perform a keyword search. If you are doing a jungle theme, for example, just do a search for "jungle" and see what pops up.

Once you find a picture take it on over to a local copy shop. They will color copy the image for you onto translucent paper. It will probably run you under $2.50. I would recommend even getting two copies just in case.

Hopefully you have an overhead projector available to you. If you do not, just ask around. You never know if any friends or family will have one available. I would also inquire about borrowing or renting one from your local library. Don't forget to check local schools or even just plain go buy one. One last resort is to check Craigslist. Post in the wanted section to see if you can find one, and search through the "for sale" section as well.

The idea is simple. Use the overhead projector to project your chosen baby nursery wall mural image onto the wall. Use pencils to trace the pictures exactly as they look. Once the outlines and whatnot are traced on you can turn the projector off and then paint the mural using your pencil lines. Use your original picture as a reference for color and shading. You really can pull of some amazing wall art with this technique.

Make sure you have an array of paints available to you. I would buy larger cans of the colors that are most prominent, and smaller jars for other colors. You can even just buy a few primary colors and mix them together to get the results you want.
Having an array of different sized brushes is key. You will want some very fine and thin brushes for areas of detail, and larger ones for shading in large areas. Always buy quality brushes. It is tempting to buy the cheapest brushes available, but these brushes always end up loosing bristles straight into your artwork. Avoid picking these bristles out and ruining your work by simply buying quality paint brushes.

For The Not-So-Artistically Inclined

Don't wanna do-it-yourself? No problem. These days there are simple easy solutions for getting impressive baby nursery wall murals with no paint required.

Wall stick-ons and mural style wall paper

baby nursery wall murals wallpaper
The above picture was taken by Remy Omar
check out his blog here.
Stick-ons - Stick-ons are large murals or simple graphics and pictures that are made to simply stick on the wall. Just paint your nursery with a simple base coat of paint and apply matching stick-ons to create the theme or effect you are looking for. These stick-ons are available in sticker form or even removable stick-ons that can be used and re-used over and over. I like the stick-ons available through Critterwalls. There are animals, trees, plants, etc., available in many themes like jungle, farm, and ocean.

Wall paper murals - That's right. These days there are wallpapers available made to look exactly like a large painted wall mural. These are great! Your friends will never know the difference unless they get close enough to see the lines of where the wallpapers meet. Paint three walls of your nursery with a matching paint and reserve the last wall for your wallpaper baby nursery wall mural. Brilliant!


OK so some of us may not have the time or energy to take on a project like this. Trust me I understand. You can still have a beautiful baby nursery wall mural without lifting a finger and without it costing you an arm and a leg. My solution; hire a local art student. Many of these students are quite talented right from the start and since they are just starting out they will be happy even to just have this work of art for their portfolio. Post an ad on Craigslist under "gigs". Or even visit your local community colleges and art schools. Post fliers on their bulletin boards. Ask to see samples of their art work ahead of time.

Wanna Show Off Your Nursery Wall Mural?! We'd love to see it! And our visitors will love it too! Display it as a webpage all of your own. Watch for visitors comments and even let your friends and family in on it to rate your creative work.

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