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Fun and Functional DIY Nursery

When it comes to adventures in DIY, Jamie Dorobek from C.R.A.F.T. has it down. We’ve asked her to share some of her nursery decorating ideas on creating a space that’s comfortable, engaging and of course, full of adorably unique treasures!

The more colors, patterns and pictures on the wall the better, at least in a nursery! Yes, you will need a crib, glider (or rocking chair), and a changing table, but the wall art, blankets, toys, and pillows make nurseries cozy, fun, and functional.

One thing I highly recommend in a nursery is a reading nook. My little guy loves when Mom and Dad read books to him, but he also loves to curl up with soft pillows and blankets and “read” his books by himself. I also think it’s really important that at least some of the books are accessible to little hands so that he can chose what book he wants to read. All of the pillows and blankets in our reading nook are from Tuesday Morning. Many of the books are also from Tuesday Morning.


The reading nook is so easy to put together. First pick out 3-5 coordinating pillows. A good rule of thumb if you are choosing the 3 pillow route: 2 solid colors and 1 pattern or for the 5 pillow route: 3 solid colors and 2 patterns. Also try and look for different textures like the feathery yellow pillow or the turquoise velvety ball pillow. Tuesday Morning always has an amazing selection of pillows, and at least in my store, they are color coordinated which makes me happy every time! After you pick out your pillows, add a fun, soft blanket to the floor and then toss on all of your pillows. And of course you’ll need books. Lots and lots of books!


Another fun and easy way to spruce up a nursery is with wall art! I put together a gallery wall with a collection of new, old, and DIY art pieces. I found the chalkboard owl and the “All you need is love” wall art at Tuesday Morning. You can get the “hush little baby” as a free printable on C.R.A.F.T. and then frame it with a cute 8 x 10 picture frame at Tuesday Morning. You can also find a tutorial for the “hello world” embroidered burlap art on my blog.


Think outside of the box when it comes to putting together gallery walls. Things like hats, an adorable baby outfit on a hanger, or simple clip board so that you can easily change out the art are all great things to add to a gallery wall.


I’m also pretty smitten with my 3 puzzle piece frames I scored for the bookshelves! Best of all, they did not even need a coat of paint, they came in the perfect colors for Max’s nursery!


I promise you will end up enjoying the reading nook just as much as your kiddo!


Visit our An Adorable Nursery Pinterest board for more tips and inspiration!

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Jamie Dorobek

Meet the Contributor

Blog: C.R.A.F.T.

My home Tuesday Morning location: Burnet Road, Austin, TX

My favorite Tuesday Morning department: Favorite? That’s impossible! Today it was organization, but I never go to Tuesday Morning and only look at one section! I love crafts, linens, kids toys, rugs, furniture, and food!

A little about me: I have been Creating Really Awesome Fun Things for your home, wardrobe, kitchen, and kids ever since I can remember, but I started this blog to document the madness in 2010. I’m a mama to 2 littles, lover of travel, fried okra, and snail mail. And I recently wrote a book called C.R.A.F.T.: 100 Seriously Fun, Super Easy Projects for Kids!

What I love to write about: Creating Really Awesome Free Things, of course! With a healthy dose of my kids and husband thrown in there too!

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