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20-something miseries, motherhood

How to Create a Camping-Themed Nursery

I absolutely love my son’s nursery, which is adorably camping-themed. Plus, I love that we managed to achieve a cohesive scheme on a fairly tight budget. We managed this by avoiding all the kitschy, expensive camping decor and opting to spend our money on paint to create the camping theme. Allow me to demonstrate!

Step 1: Paint the walls a nature-themed color

Camping nersery

We went with a pale green, somewhere between mint and juniper. I forget what it’s actually called, but it’s soft and warm, despite being a traditionally “cool” color. Green is definitely a good choice if you’re going with a springy or summery feel, but if you’re more into fall, a light brown or muted orange could work nicely, and gray is always a great choice for a wintry camping theme.

Step 2: Paint stars on the ceiling

Starry ceiling

I love painting galaxies. I don’t know that I’m the best at it, but I think they turned out okay! And this is actually a fairly simple technique.

First, paint the ceiling a nice, dark navy. Then make large, random splotches of blue, red, and purple. Before the splotches dry completely, you want to take a fairly fine paintbrush and add white around the edges to create pale blue, pink, and lavender swirls in the splotches. Next, go around the whole ceiling and paint small white dots to be distant stars. Finally, mix white paint with water, dip a paintbrush in the mixture, and then quickly pull back on the bristles with your thumb while aiming the brush toward the splotches. This will create a splatter effect of tiny, distant stars.

Stargazing is one of my favorite parts of camping, and I wanted my son to look up at a beautiful night sky each night when he fell asleep.

Step 3: Paint a tree on the wall

Nursery tree

The final step to creating an adorable camping-themed nursery is painting a tree on the wall. I’m not going to lie, I copied this one directly from an image I found on Pinterest. My whole family has an uncanny ability to copy, but a complete lack of actual artistic talent. Based on how great this tree looks, I actually think I’m okay with that.

A Few Final Touches…

Alright, I know I said we mostly avoided the kitschy camping add-ons, but of course we couldn’t resist entirely. We have a few items that make the camping theme extra cute.

Cute bee

First, there’s this bee I got from a crafts fair. All of the art was created at an art studio for adults with developmental disabilities, and the profits went to supporting their amazing art. Unfortunately I don’t remember their name, but if you want to support a similar art studio, check out Passion Works! I chose the bee specifically because my hope is that if my son grows up around happy, non-threatening bees, he won’t inherit my fear of them.

Tree stump toy chest

Then we bought this adorable tree stump, which actually opens up to be a mini toy chest. The story behind this one is less fun, it’s just from Amazon, but it’s still available if you want your own!

The Final Look

Camping themed nursery

Here’s the final look! Our son is 4 months old now, and he seems to really enjoy all of it, or at least, as much as he can. I really hope he grows to love it even more, and as we take him on family camping trips, I hope he learns to love the outdoors as much as we do.

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