Woodland nursery: 26 inspiring ideas to create this whimsical look

From buffalo check to bears and birch trees to reclaimed wood, we can’t get enough.

Woodland nursery: 26 inspiring ideas to create this whimsical look

Find yourself spending countless hours scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest eyeing the latest in nursery trends? Guilty ??

Woodland nurseries have been going strong for the past few years, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. (Even Nick and Vanessa Lachey got in on it when designing a space for their latest addition.) With winter upon us here in the northeast, we are seriously swooning over the beautiful woodland themed nurseries we're seeing everywhere lately. From buffalo check to bears and birch trees to reclaimed wood, we can't get enough.

Get inspired, mamas; Joanna Gaines has nothing on you! Here are 25 ideas to make all of your woodland nursery dreams come true.


1. Reclaimed wood peel and stick wallpaper

Capture the rustic feel without all the work—this wallpaper is peel-and-stick so it's easy to apply, reposition, and remove!

Devine Color Reclaimed Wood Peel & Stick Wallpaper in Twig and Buck
$25.49, Target

2. Birch decals

If wallpaper isn't your thing, these gorgeous birch tree decals offer a similar rustic feel with a bit less work.

Birch Decal
$63.00, Pottery Barn Kids

3. Bird peel and stick fabric decals

If you're going to have birch trees, you need some cute birds to live in them! Like the others, these are also totally re-positionable, making them easy to apply and move around. To create the full look, you can also snag this same shop's gorgeous birch removable wallpaper.

Birds Peel and Stick Fabric Decals
$30.00, Etsy

4. Teepee nightlight

How could this possibly get any cuter?

Teepee Night Light
$59.00, Land of Nod

5. Custom name sign

Customize your walls with these handcrafted, artisan letters available in several different faux finishes.

Custom Name Letters
$54.00, Etsy

6. Twig letters

Wanting a more whimsical look? These beautiful twig letters will perfectly capture your little one's imagination.

Custom Twig Letters
$21.00, Etsy

7. Animal wall decor

Made of paper mache, trust us—it's better than the real thing.

Paper Mache Deer Head
$27.99, Etsy

8. Woodland creatures mobile

Let your babe fall asleep with dreams of these adorable woodland creatures floating overhead.

Pehr Designs Woodland Creatures Mobile
$70.00, Amazon

9. Floating teepee shelf

We love this floating shelf to add a touch of modern design to any woodland nursery space.

Floating Teepee Shelf
$48.00, Etsy

10. Crocheted owl basket

This handmade crocheted bin is perfect for organizing diapers, storing books, or even for keeping the toy clutter at bay, and it's available in a variety of custom colors.

Crocheted Owl Basket
$65.00, Etsy

11. Stackable bins

You can never have too much nursery storage. We love the versatility and stackability of these sturdy bins.

Pillowfort Stackable Wood Bin
$16.99, Target

12. Play tent

The natural color palette and real wood poles of this play teepee means it fits seamlessly into any nursery.

Natural Teepee
$139.99, Target

13. Campfire set

If you're going to have a teepee out in the woods, you definitely need to toast some s'mores too!

The S'mores the Merrier Campfire Set
$69.00, The Land of Nod

14. Rustic word sign

Inspiring words + rustic decor for the win.

Little Seeds Handmade Sign
$31.60, Etsy

15. Woodland inspiration signs

If you can't settle on just one sign, get this set of four!

Woodland Nursery Wooden Signs
$20.00 each, $62.00 for set of 4, Etsy

16. Baby animal paintings

The hand painted animals on these adorable signs will add whimsy to any space.

Baby Animal Paintings
$99.00 for set of 4, Etsy

17. Woodland creatures watercolors

For a lighter, more playful look, we are loving these custom watercolor paintings and their uplifting words.

Woodland Animal Watercolors
$9.00 and up, Etsy

18. Mountain bookends

It's no secret we ? books here at Motherly, and we can't think of a cuter way to display them.

Stained Wood Mountain Bookends
$39.00, Etsy

19. Fox bookends

Sorry, but we just can't help ourselves—it's just you can never have too many books!

Fox Bookends
$69.00, Etsy

20. Pouf

A pouf is a great portable seating option for a nursery, and it also makes the perfect footrest for feeding time. We love the versatility and look of this pattern.

Geometric Pouf
$109.99, Target

21. Deer swaddle

Wrap up your new addition in this cozy deer-themed cotton muslin swaddle.

Oh Deer! Cotton Swaddle
$16.00, Little Unicorn

22. Forest friends crib bedding

Bring the forest right into the crib with the fresh, modern feel of this organic crib sheet.

Organic Forest Friends Fitted Crib Sheet
$24.00, The Land of Nod

23. Felt woodland garland

This handmade felt garland is perfect for draping over a dresser, across a wall, or anywhere you want to add a touch of woodland whimsy.

Felt Woodland Mountain Garland
$32.00, Etsy

24. Whitewash growth chart

Chart your little one's growth inch-by-inch with this rustic, neutral wooden growth chart.

Pillowfort Whitewash Growth Chart
$26.59, Target

25. Adventure pennant

Hello to adventure and to this couldn't-be-cuter woodland decor!

Hello, Adventure Pennant
$25.00, Etsy

26. Arrow plaque

Perfect for hanging coats, accessories, or anything else you want kept organized, this arrow plaque is big on function and style.

Pillowfort Arrow Plaque with Hooks
$18.99, Target

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