11 Creative DIY Ideas for Repurposing Crib Bumpers

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Images via respective owners, compiled by Sara McTigue

We've all heard the safety recommendations that include a warning to stay away from using crib bumper pads. Yet, despite these warnings, the baby stores are fully stocked with crib bedding sets that include – what else? – bumper pads. Confusing much?

Well, in the name of safety, it's definitely best to avoid using the pads in the crib with your little one. But if you have your heart set on a particular bedding package, what are you going to do with that extra, unused piece of baby paraphernalia? It's best to have a plan because storage is at a premium once that little one (and all her gear) moves in, and who wants to waste something that wasn't cheap?!

Here are 11 creative ideas to help you repurpose that crib bumper into something baby-safe and useful!

Once your little one figures out the use of his legs, the handiest teether is sometimes the crib rail. To keep him from ingesting a questionable combo of paint and wood, why not craft a rail cover with instructions from Stay at Beach Mom?

Curtains and valances are cute, but they usually aren't part of the package. Here's a way to get some extra room decor, with a tutorial from Spiritual Knitter on making valances for the nursery windows.

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Image via Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Whether you have an extra bed, another little one room-sharing, or just want to plan for carrying the crib bedding through the toddler years, you'll find plenty of uses for an adorable, coordinating pillow like this one created on Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer.

Blocks are a standard toy for little hands, but they are often hard and pointy, and not very kid-friendly. Here are some soft blocks created by Makin Projiks that would make for pain-free play.

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Sometimes you can move beyond the nursery, while still benefiting your baby. Mandy shared a creative hack on Apartment Therapy, sharing how her mother-in-law crafted a soft cover for the brick hearth out of an unused bumper. Good thinking!

If you're handy with the sewing machine, why not take on a quilting challenge? See how it's done at Celebrate Creativity.

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There's not much better than books, except maybe easily stored and readily available books! Find out how to make these cute book pockets at between 3 sisters.

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When it's time to graduate to toddler bed status, why not add an adorable body pillow and some custom wall art? Check the amazing pictures of this adorable room on Always Underfoot!

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Image via Whistle & Ivy

Undoubtedly you've been taking endless pictures of all the adorable things your little one does. Why not use that unused crib padding to pad a colorful custom camera bag like this one from Whistle & Ivy?

You picked that crib bedding because you loved the pattern, right? Why not use what you've got to create some personalized wall art like this set featured on Happenings of the Harper Household?

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Have you found creative ways to reuse the crib bumper? We'd love to hear about them in the comments!

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11 Creative DIY Ideas for Repurposing Crib Bumpers

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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