Budget Friendly Nursery Design

When we found out that we were going to have a baby, my husband made me promise that I wouldn't find out the gender. Despite the overwhelming urge to ask the ultrasound technician when I was alone in the room with her, I complied, and we were both shocked to hear "it's a boy" when the time finally came.

I won't lie...the anticipation of not knowing is pretty cool, but it made designing the nursery more of a challenge. We wanted something gender neutral, budget friendly, and nothing too 'baby-ish'! Also, larger elements, like paint colour, carpet and furniture had to go the distance and last well past the infant years.

I was first inspired by a wall decal I'd seen in a high-end kids boutique downtown. It was a small tree with a mix of patterned papers making up the leaves. It was very unique, but couldn't have been more than a couple feet high and way more money than I wanted to spend. I wanted a big feature wall in the nursery, so I thought of creating something similar myself but on a larger scale. 

This was one of the simplest projects I've ever done, and it has huge impact. I found a wallpaper at Home Depot that had good texture and could easily mimic the bark of a tree. I cut out a large piece that runs from floor to ceiling to act as the main trunk, then smaller pieces as large branches. Following the instructions for wallpapering, I put the body of the tree up in no time (I was also 8 months pregnant, so it definitely wasn't that hard). The leaves were made using scraps of wrapping paper that I found in colours I liked. I just cut what looked to be a leaf, and stuck it on the wall using white school glue. So simple.

It was a fun project, and now that it's finished, the wheels are turning in my head for what we'll do for a nursery if and when the next baby comes along!

Here are a few more snaps of the nursery.


  1. What an innovative idea, the wall paper tree is so sweet and beautiful. I just love it.

  2. What a beautiful and creative room!

  3. Thanks for the comments! It was a fun room to put together!

  4. Just wondering if you've tried to change the room and had any trouble getting the leaves off the wall? I LOVE this idea, just want to be sure when we create the tree, that we can remove it without damaging the wall. Thank you for sharing this great idea!

    1. Funny you should ask this question because we just stripped the tree last weekend to get ready for our new baby.

      The trunk itself was put up with wallpaper adhesive and it came off fairly easily with a damp cloth and a putty knife. Around the edges of the trunk were a bit trickier because the glue was thicker, but it eventually came off with a light sanding (we were painting anyway so the sanding didn't bother us).

      The leaves I had put up with white school glue not knowing how they'd hold up, but they didn't peel at all over the two years they were up and they came off just by peeling at one corner them - most of them in one piece. One of the papers I used was a Japanese rice paper I think, and because it's so thin it was slightly harder to get it off. Wrapping papers were no trouble though.

      All things considered, I would do a project like this again. It was easy to put up, easy to get down and really inexpensive. Good luck with yours! If you try it, send pics!

  5. It’s really a cool and useful piece of info. I’m glad that you just shared this helpful information with us.


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