How to paint a tree in a baby nursery

Painting a tree mural in a baby's nursery does require a little bit of artistic skill. However, it is a pretty straightforward task. If you don't feel that you have the artistic ability to hand draw the tree on the wall, you can use a stencil or even draw the design on a piece of acetate and project it onto the wall using a projector. Which ever way you choose to get the outline on the wall, the rest is simply colouring inside the lines and using a little imagination.

Choose a spot on one wall for your tree. You are going to be putting some effort into this mural and it is going to turn out fantastic, so pick a spot in the room that will be a focal point. Locating the mural where it will be seen above the crib, or in a visible corner, are great choices.

Use white chalk to draw the outline of the tree. Many people don't feel comfortable doing this part free hand. Another option is to draw the outline on a piece of acetate and project it onto the wall, or purchase a stencil kit online to create an outline. Using chalk makes it easy to erase and redraw the parts of the tree with a lot of flexibility.

Step away from the temporary artwork and evaluate your chalk drawn tree. Use a damp towel to erase any portions that you don't like. Make sure the mural is appropriately centred.

Paint the tree trunk using a base colour. You do not need to be confined to a brown trunk and green leaves. Use dark blue on light blue walls for a modern feel or varying shades of white and pale pink on pink walls for an extra girlie twist. Be as creative as you like.

Imagine that the light is shining down on the tree from the sun. Using the two accent colours and a small brush, paint the tops of the leaves one shade lighter than the base colour to get the effect of sunlight. Add texture and variation to the tree with the third colour to give it depth and character. Don't worry about mistakes. If you make a mistake you can simply paint over it with your base colour and try again.


Use a book or movie or designs in magazines for inspiration. Add jungle animals hanging from the trees or a squirrel living in the trunk if this fits with the overall theme of the room.


Always paint in a well-ventilated area. Pregnant women should be cautious about inhaling paint fumes for any extended length of time.

Things You'll Need

  • Chalk
  • Projector (optional)
  • Acetate (optional)
  • Stencil (optional)
  • Paint; at least three colours
  • Paint brush
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