DIY Paint-by-Number Wall Mural for the Modern Nursery

Here's a great-looking nursery for modern times -- with a lovely nature theme. Can you believe those pretty trees are paint-by-number?

Read on to find out how the do-it-yourselfer yet non-artistic parents created this layered tree effect in their baby boy's room by purchasing a single wall mural and some paint.


After soon-to-be parents Kelly and Cory Simmons got their crib and new bedding all set up in the nursery, Cory decided a few painted trees would frame the baby's crib nicely. Unfortunately though, as Kelly says, "neither of us has an artistic bone in our bodies!"

They looked into several local artists and checked out places that would create a mural from a photo, but they couldn't find anything in simple colors that would grow with their baby boy as he got older.

They ended up finding this Fun for Boys Wall Mural Kit ($64.95), which includes the pattern, transfer paper, directions, and a color guide, at Elephants on the Wall and customizing it for their son's room. They chose colors that worked with their crib and bedding, and they layered the trees, making two a dark brown and using a lighter neutral color for another to add depth. "We left off the dog at the bottom of the trees, and my husband added a little bird discretely hidden among the leaves. We're thinking about adding the little boy fishing and the little boy holding the toad when our son gets older." 

Looks pretty great for non-artistic people, huh?

"We enlisted my mom's help with the painting since she is good at this sort of thing, but the truth is, the parts we did look every bit as good as what she did. I was amazed at how easy it was!"

The Elephants on the Wall website says the murals go up in three easy steps: Tape, Trace, and Paint. Mural prices range from $29.95 to $124.95. To complete the mural project, you'll need paint (they recommend the non-toxic Americana Acrylics by DecoArt available at DecoArt online or any Michaels, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, or Ben Franklin for under $2 each), paint brushes, painter tape, a ball point pen, and some water.

The nursery came out lovely -- such a playful room for a boy. And I'm very much adoring the super-sweet deer-romping Willow crib set by KidsLine as well.  

You did good, Kelly and Cory. Thanks for sharing.


Image via Kelly and Cory Simmons

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