A $4 Find in Target’s Birthday Aisle Transformed This Nursery’s Walls

published Oct 26, 2023
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A large stuffed flamingo in the a renovated nursery.

When designing your kid’s bedroom, there are so many things you can do to add color and dimension to the walls. You could paint a $40 mural, build a DIY climbing wall, or install a sentimental wallpaper (like this military family’s map pattern!). But while these options are wonderful, they’re long-term choices. 

If you’re looking for something more temporary to swap out as your child ages, you don’t necessarily have to visit your local hardware store or browse the web for wallpaper patterns. Mica, the owner of a colorful Florida home, shares that you can find removable, colorful wall decals in obscure places.

Mica was designing her daughter Petra’s nursery and had already painted the space in Benjamin Moore’s “Adobe Dust” and “Peace Blossom.” But she wanted to tie in their local surroundings, too. “Living in Florida provides beautiful tropical inspirations, and bringing that outdoor paradise indoors was the idea,” she shares.

So, Mica found herself in Target’s birthday aisle, where she found the perfect wall decal. Keep reading to find out how a simple project transformed the space. 

How Paper Wall Decor Transformed Petra’s Nursery Walls

In Target’s birthday aisle, Mica found a pack of $4 paper leaves that looked similar to their surrounding nature (she bought two for $8!). Initially, she didn’t know what to do with them — but then had a lightbulb moment when she realized how the shapes “happened to pop off the wall so well.”

So, Mica began playing around with the shape’s layout around the walls and realized that they were meant to be creased to add dimension, which took “the design to another level,” she says. Mica stuck them to the walls with Command adhesive strips, and the entire process took less than an hour to transform the room.

“The tropical paper plants on the walls in Petra’s room, inspired by the tropical surroundings, are a creative way to immerse her in that lush, vibrant atmosphere,” Mica explains. “The leaves are very playful and give warmth to the space. For Petra, I want it to be dynamic and imaginative. Because the shapes are paper, we can change up the designs and keep things fun.”

Besides the added pops of color, the shapes are also beneficial because they’re temporary and won’t ruin the walls. Mica recommends that people looking to take on a similar project should “find some designs that match the feel you want for the space and give it a try.”

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