September 5, 2018

Five Baby Upcycles Under $10

I am so excited to share some of the simple upgrades I did for Nova's nursery and highchair! I have seen most of these on Pinterest or shared on Youtube but I found these five upcycles to be the best. They have made things so much simpler and more convenient for us. I hope these can help you, especially if you are on a tight budget!

Let's start in Nova's closet!

When we moved into our new house, we didn't have much of anything so I used a fabric hanging organizer from IKEA in this closet to store burp cloths, swaddles, sheets, you name it! After a while, it became less practical considering everything was in full-view and if everything wasn't folded nicely, my OCD would kick-in strong. These buckets from the Dollar Tree were the perfect solution! Not only are they only $1, they are also stackable! Now, I will say, I don't love the color but our DT is so small, we hardly ever have the neutral options so I decided to go with blue until we can find while or taupe. 

The labels I made myself by creating a template for the "banner" style, cutting those and cutting a larger rectangle piece of scrapbooking paper. I punched a hold so that both would be held by some jute. So simple, anyone could do it! I love the look and it helps my husband to put away laundry or grab things when I'm not home. It also just creates a really organized appearance in a space that generally becomes cluttered.

Total cost: $6
Total time: 30 Minutes

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These are not a new idea but holy moly. YOU GUYS. I have no idea why I didn't do this sooner! I kept putting it off to make these but I finally put them together and will always use these for my babies and toddlers from now on. Also, they are just so so cute! I wish I could share a printable version of these but because the animal images were bought, I don't have the right to share them for free. However, here are a few links to some free printable closet dividers for you:

I found the best way to make these was to glue them (or use double-sided tape) onto thick cardstock. You can either do them one-sided or double-sided. Then, cut around the edges and into the circle! It really isn't difficult but I would highly recommend a thick card stock! You can even go further and laminate them.

Total cost: $3-4 (For cardstock, printing and glue)
Total time: 30-45 Minutes


I found this three-section, mesh hamper at target for $8.99 and new right away why it would be useful in Nova's room. Her clothes are so small that I didn't feel the need to have something heavy-duty. You parents know how often those cute little clothes get big, ugly stains on them! These being divided has made doing her laundry so much quicker. I don't find myself standing there sorting through her dirty clothes trying to find everything with stains on them! The tags were made with old gift tags but you can easily use scrapbooking paper and jute or ribbon!

Total cost: $10
Total time: 2-3 Minutes


I know, I know. EVERYONE does this. Well, listen here: I'm not using them as bookshelves! I don't ever really understand how anyone ever does that anyway because I'd need 10 of them to fit all of our books! So, instead I use them to display decor. Don't get me wrong, it would be super cute to display your baby's favorite books, like I did here. I just think these make such cute shelves without spending $20+! 

Pom-pom garland I found for $2 on, white sign is from Hobby Lobby and Nova's customized book is from I just think this adds so much personality to her room without being too busy.

Total cost: $10 
(IKEA just recently raised the price of these racks from $3.99 to $4.99 so it may be a little over $10 for this upgrade if you don't already have paint or stain)
Total time: 30 Minutes


I saved my favorite and most recent upcycle for last! I saw this a few times on Pinterest and thought it was the best way to upcycle something for hardly anything! 

First of all, if you do not have this highchair, you are missing out! For a mere $20, you get the easiest highchair out there. Yes, it's hard plastic but that is what I love about it. It is SO easy to clean! IKEA did just recently release a cushion to insert in there if your baby seems uncomfortable too. 

As you can see, this is very self-explanatory! I simply took off the legs and painted them with Krylon Brushed Metallic Spray Paint from Hobby Lobby. Guys, this was a steal!! Originally priced at $6.99 + 40% off = $4.19 for spray paint! I was stoked. It dried so quickly and went on without any drips. I love the color! It totally upgraded this simple high chair and makes it look more expensive and classy for only $4! 

To take your highchair game even further, add a mesh bag to the back! I have loved having this bag on the back of Nova's high chair to store bibs, face wipes, her vitamins or medicine, extra spoons or burp cloths. It's so nice to have those things right there rather than walking away from her if I needed any of them! I found a pack of 3 mesh bags from the Dollar Tree as well as these sticky hooks. We ended up super gluing them because the adhesive wasn't strong enough to stay for longer than a few hours. Once we glued them, they haven't come off once in over six months!

Total cost: $5.50
Total time: 45-60 Minutes


I hope you enjoyed these simple baby upcycles and found something you could do to make things either prettier or easier! Let me know if you liked this post by commenting your favorite upcycle in the comments! 

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