With unlimited ideas available to us for our Little One’s nursery, we were originally set on Winnie the Pooh…wait, what? Yes, Winnie the Pooh, due to the fact that I have a giant Pooh from my childhood. We were both excited because we had a lot of ideas. Excited, that is, until my husband was standing in the future nursery and said (with a grin and magic in his eyes) “What about Harry Potter?”. Well it didn’t take much and I was sold! So I took to Pinterest to find ideas for a Harry Potter Nursery. I did’t want anything too over the top and preferred something that could fairly easily transition into different themes, if Little One chooses to do so.
In the end we went for a Harry Potter/owl/starry night direction. I’d like to share some of our favorite elements of Little One’s nursery, which we have since named the Owlery.
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Projects for Nursery
Some of the projects for the Owlery were DIY efforts while other items were purchased…follow links and descriptions below if you find something you like!
Flying Key Mobile. Any Potterhead should be familiar with the flying keys from the end of Sorcerer’s Stone. Little One loves laying in his crib watching the keys fly around! See a tutorial here.
Hogwarts Painting. After believing we were all set with Little One’s Owlery, we noticed that it needed something more. For a solution, I created this painting of Hogwarts with extra canvas that I had.
Dumbledore quote. I love this Dumbledore quote – “In dreams we enter a world that’s entirely our own”. I’ve had this frame for many years and with some water colors, I created this image for the Owlery.
Quilt. I created this lap quilt with triangles channeling the design of the Deathly Hallows.
Growth Ruler. To track the height of our Little One as he grows up, we created this growth chart. We chose an inspirational quote by Albus Dumbledore that reads vertically – “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” See a tutorial here.
Toy Chest. This toy chest is an heirloom from my husband’s childhood. In order to keep its integrity, we just sanded it down and gave it a coat of stain.
Dresser. I have had this dresser for years. To freshen it up, we painted it white and put the changing pad on top of it.
You Are So Loved wall decal. We found this fantastic decal on Etsy. I love this quote from the books because this is a statement that Lily says to Harry when he is a baby, even though they were in a tragic situation. We both believe it is important for our Little One to have a constant reminder that we love him.
House Animal Pictures. We found these prints on Etsy via Pinterest. Unfortunately, these prints are no longer available from this particular seller. Luckily, there are many other prints available elsewhere on Etsy that are very cute! We printed them on our home printer and put them in classic white frames from Michael’s.
Lumos/Nox Light Switch Cover. We found this light switch cover on Etsy, it adds a bit of whimsy to detail that might get over looked. You can find a similar one here.
Crystal ball curtain rod. We purchased this one from Target. I thought the crystal balls on the ends of the rod were relevant nods to divination classes at Hogwarts.
Hufflepuff-themed rug. We found our striped, gray and yellow, 100% cotton rug on Wayfair. Although aesthetically I love this rug, I probably wouldn’t get it again if I had the chance. I found that it is difficult to clean, especially considering it stains easily (the instructions say to get it professionally cleaned, but who has the time for that?). Also, the instructions say to sweep debris off with a broom instead of vacuum, although we do use the vacuum cleaner without the brush roll. Overall, it’s an extra effort to keep clean.
Star sheets. You can purchase these adorable star sheets at Target.
Curtains. We found these simple black out white curtains at Wayfair.
Dobby socks. My co-workers created this as a gift at the Harry Potter-themed baby shower they hosted for me…thanks ladies!
Triwizard Tournament night light. When we found this night light at Target, we just had to have it! It gives a great low light, which is perfect for those midnight diaper changes.
We love the Owlery and spend a lot of time playing in it. Our design has created a calm environment with a hint of magic that will hopefully stay with Little One for years to come! What do you think of this Harry Potter nursery, comment below.