Safari Nursery Decorating Ideas

by Amanda
(Indianapolis, Indiana)

Our Little Cub's Den -  Sleepy Safari Adventure

Our Little Cub's Den - Sleepy Safari Adventure

Our safari nursery decorating ideas were all designed to complement our Safari baby bedding set. My husband and I decided on the Sleepy Safari baby bedding by Natures Purest because it was soft, simplistic and had neutral colors. We wanted to do something very unique so we decided to create our own nursery wall decor using some stencil-type wall art that we felt would work perfectly with our safari theme.

Large painted safari nursery wall mural in baby blue


I say that we used "stencil-type" wall art because this was a 14 week do-it-yourself decorating project that was extremely time consuming and nothing like we expected painting with stencils to be.

We had to hand trace the designs on each area of the room which took 5-8 hours and then we filled in the designs using small paint brushes (not an easy to use roller).

However, we paced ourselves and once we got the hang of it it wasn't so bad especially since we are very happy with the results. After we had the walls decorated we moved on to the next phase of the baby's safari nursery theme.

We wanted to position the baby lion to hang over the area where we would eventually put our baby boy's changing pad and the mommy lion over his crib to create a little cub's den.

The majority of our safari nursery decorating ideas include neutral colors similar to the crib set so we wanted to add some accent colors. We thought that shades of dark blue, lime green, and burnt orange would look great.

This was accomplished using decorations and adding hand-painted blocks to spell out the baby's name over the closet, which we also did ourselves.

On a shopping trip to Ikea we found some great wicker chests and decorating sticks to add into the room as accent pieces to the bed. These decorative items really set things off and we got the look that we wanted.

Even though we knew that we were having a boy this room could easily be transformed into a girlie girl's room by accenting with dark purple, hot pink and deep shades of yellow.

We love our little Fin's cub den and can't wait to get him in there!

From the webmaster:

Hi Amanda! Thanks so much for sharing your Safari nursery decorating ideas with us. It sounds like your stenciling experience took a lot longer than expected...but I agree...the results of your well planned out jungle nursery theme are excellent.

If I had to pick one decorative aspect of the baby's room that I like the very best, your creative wall painting technique with the wild animal silhouettes might be first on a very long list. It would be difficult to choose a favorite out of all the excellent Unique Baby Nursery Ideas because the room is simply adorable.

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Painted Safari Nursery Mural
by: Patti Newton

I am so glad you hung in there and kept right on painting! You did a beautiful job on your baby's nursery mural. Yes, these do take a bit of time, but they are so worth it in the long run!

The best advice that I might offer beyond the instructions that you provided would be that anyone into this type of DIY decorating might want to invest in a few really large paintbrushes to cover the big areas quickly and if you want to really speed up things, invite some friends over to help! Twice as many people will cut the time in half!

Didn't you just love that you could perfectly match the colors to go with your baby bedding set?

That is just one of the many benefits of painting your own wall murals.

Re: Wall Art Question
by: Amanda

My husband is a perfectionist and I don't want to act like it wasn't a lot of hard work.

We bought the bigger murals and used almost every scene and created one new area for one wall. If you have some time and patience it will turn out to be beautiful...just pace yourself and don't give up.

In the original mural the baby giraffe was looking up at a swinging monkey but we moved a bird because it worked out better for the lay out in our baby's room.

Stencils are very nice in that you can have those options. Thank for your compliments, it was well worth our time and effort.

I love being in his room; it's very soothing and the neutral colors make it easy to add accent colors.

Safari Wall Stencils
by: Anonymous

After reading your instructions, I'm almost afraid to try them, but your nursery walls are so cute I think that I will just have to try to stencil mine like you did yours.

Where did you get the large wall stencils? I'm especially interested in the palms trees, monkeys and elephants.

You get my vote for all the work that you put in here!

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