“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn.” -Elle Lothlorien
In our house, this quote couldn’t be more true. My youngest daughter recently expressed her desire to become a unicorn trainer when she grows up. Her favorite dress-up item is a rainbow headband with a golden and glittering unicorn horn. If she could, she would most definitely be a unicorn.
At three, she’s ready to transition into her “big girl” room, and I now have the pleasure of designing a unicorn-themed bedroom for her. I’ve been scouring the internet for weeks, and have narrowed down a list of my favorite unicorn decor items and DIY projects that will help bring this dream to life. I’ve even located a perfect sign that has our unicorn quote written loud and proud.
Of course, these decor ideas work just as well in the nursery as they do in a big kid’s room, which is why I can hardly wait to share my inspiration with other parents and get started on creating this pearly fantasy for my baby girl.
When I started my search for unicorn-themed decor, I visited every local baby room store within 20 miles of our house. I found plenty of bedding and plush unicorn toys, including an amazing, furry unicorn rocker … but not much else. If my daughter had wanted a Disney princess bedroom, I think my job may have been a lot easier.
I turned to the internet for help and was completely blown away by some of the adorable unicorn collections I found. I absolutely loved exploring the unicorn artwork by Valentina Belloni, the artist whose work already adorns my daughters’ mermaid-themed bathroom. I snagged a framed print of her Unicorn Ride to hang directly over our new big girl bed. Because I just couldn’t help myself, I also picked out a really sweet unicorn-themed Sherpa blanket and another framed print, both featuring fantastical artwork by Rose Clayton.
What I love most about these decor pieces is that the artwork could have come straight out of my girls’ favorite storybooks. This is unicorn art without the rainbows, the cartoonish black eyelashes, or the “I believe in unicorns” tagline—it’s even more whimsical and so much more unique. Unlike most things you can find in stores, these illustrative items transfer beautifully between the nursery and the big kid’s room when your little one gets old enough.
I loved finding decor that was inspired and illustration-based, and got really excited about going beyond the rainbow-and-white paradigm. Plus, the pieces accent quite nicely against the light grey walls leftover from our nursery days. No new paint job? I call that a bonus!
Flying Through the Evening Art Print by Rose Clayton
Once I had a few decor pieces ready to be shipped to our home, it was time for my absolute favorite part of decorating a room: the personal touch of DIY creativity. I may or may not have spent two hours on Pinterest sifting through the same unicorn-themed tutorials again and again … but I did come out of the crafty rabbit hole with three gorgeous DIY ideas that I can’t wait to try with my girls! These handmade crafts are the elements that truly bring this unicorn bedroom together and make it feel like ours.
I saw this simple idea and immediately decided we needed one ASAP. By simply painting a unicorn head cutout and attaching a mane of pastel yarn or ribbon, you instantly get a gorgeous hairbow holder that’s perfectly on theme! This tutorial shows how to create a cardboard cutout, but you can easily purchase a wooden unicorn head for a sturdier result. We’ll hang our finished product inside my younger daughter’s closet to corral her million hair accessories.
These bright unicorn-themed dreamcatchers caught my attention instantly, and I knew we had to try our hand at making one ourselves. What I love most about this tutorial is you can choose a wide variety of colors and materials to truly customize your dream catcher! I also love the floral elements. They tie in beautifully with the adorable unicorn wall clock I ordered. (Oops … forgot to mention that one!) This would also be a great craft for a mom-to-be to hang in her baby’s nursery.
I saw several examples of this incredible unicorn collage art and thought of the brooches, buttons, and costume jewelry my girls’ great-grandmother used to wear. I would love to infuse my girl’s new bedroom with sophisticated and artistic sparkle. While there’s no actual tutorial for this process, it looks fairly simple—just trace out a unicorn outline onto a thin piece of painted plywood and fill in the mane with all the glittering treasure your heart can find.
Backed by inspiration from gorgeous children’s artwork and armed with my crafty to-do list, I’m fully prepared to transform my youngest girl’s room into a fantasy worthy of a unicorn trainer-to-be. I can’t wait to see her eyes light up when she enters her finished room for the first time. That moment is exactly why I devote so much time to finding the perfect children’s decor. It’s why I spend my weekends crafting with my kids, painting and repainting walls, and giving each room in our home its own creative spark.
With the right decor, a room stops being just a room. It turns into a place where imaginations are free to run wild. Whether you’re crafting a gorgeous nursery for your new baby or are transitioning into a big girl’s unicorn-themed bedroom, I hope these ideas inspire you to create the same magic for your children in their own rooms.
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