Well, I’m at the age for a baby boom with my friends. All these babies means showers and gifts, but since my pocketbook is not supporting a lavish lifestyle right now, I’m working on more sentimental gifts. When I found out my friend was planning on a forest theme for her baby’s room, I knew I could make some fun wall art that would work well with the space. Here’s how I created DIY wall art for the nursery.
I was inspired by this transportation wall art from Land of Nod and decided to mimic the idea with some camping icons.

Inspiration wall art from The Land of Nod

It was a pretty easy project, but took a little time to put it all together. I started with finding some free icons online. They were listed as free for personal use and since I was not planning to sell the pieces, it worked for me. When you are looking for icons, I recommend searching for vector or .png files. These types of files are easier to re-size without pixelating. Do a Google search or check out iconfinder.com or freevectordownload.com to find icons for your project. I re-sized my files in Photoshop and added bright colors – orange, blue, yellow, and green.
Once the icons were set, I had them printed out as 5″ x 7″ at target so they would be high quality and glossy. Then I went to work on the 8″ x 10″ frames. I wanted white frames, but could only find black at the local craft store, so I painted them with 3-4 coats of simple acrylic paint.

Creating Camping Themed Children's Art

Then I tested different options – colorful mats with colored icons on white background, or white mats with white icons on colorful backgrounds.

Make Your Own Camp Theme Wall Art

I liked both of the blue options, but not so much on the green ones so I tried it with orange. I liked both of these, but in the end choose the white mats. I loved how clean it looked with the frame.

DIY Camping Themed Wall Art

Ta da! I completely forgot to take a photo of all four finished together, but thankfully my friend sent me a few photos of the art hung on the walls.

Create Wall Art for Your Children's Room

Truth be told, the night before her shower, I got really nervous that she would not like my gift. All of a sudden it felt really personal and since it wasn’t on her registry, I almost chickened out. Thankfully she loved it as much as I did!
Oh, and what was the final cost? It totaled around $25.00 for all four pictures! ($1 for paint, $4 for the mats, $5 for the prints, and $14 for the frames)
Let me know if you try this and share how it turned out in the comments!
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