Spread the magic!

I never thought I would decorate my baby’s room with a Toy Story theme.

I have been dreaming of my babies’ rooms for as long as I can remember. They would be true works of art.

When I found out I was pregnant, I became obsessed with planning every inch of my baby girl’s room. It was going to be spectacular. Then, I found out I was having a boy. Still extremely exciting, but I had to mourn the loss of my girl’s room.

I had a few boy’s nurseries in my head, but my husband is obsessed with Toy Story. No really, he is.

20121022-_MG_9810Our office (which was to become the nursery) looked more like a shrine to Pixar than an office. He has more Toy Story stuff than you could possibly imagine. Not my ideal theme for a baby’s room, but I wanted to make my husband happy.  And all the toys we already had to use in the room were a bonus.

I took on the challenge.  I hope these Toy Story room ideas will help you too.

I obviously wasn’t going to settle for simply throwing up a few decals and buying Toy Story bedding like all the Toy Story rooms that I saw with a google image search. I wanted to capture the feel of Toy Story in a majorly creative way.

Luckily, I didn’t sleep at night much when I was pregnant, so 4:00 am was the perfect time to dream up what had to be the coolest Toy Story bedroom ever.

20121022-_MG_9804 (2)I first thought about what was iconic to Toy Story and Andy’s room: the clouds (our Toy Story Cloud Stencil is avilable on Amazon or Etsy), the color scheme (which includes pretty much every color except for orange- that makes it easy), the toys, the Pixar lamp, the army men, the moon shape, the star on the Pixar ball, the globe, the stars, etc.

Then, I thought about fabrics and textures. Woody has great ones. He has the bandanna,  the cow hide vest, and denim.  All of which are super easy and fun to utilize.

20121022-_MG_9766I wanted to make it fun. I used several tactics to accomplish this.

First off, I played with scale. Some things are toy sized; other things look as if you were toy sized. I made giant toy blocks with his name above his bed.  (A bigger undertaking than I realized, but good bonding time with my dad making them together). I also ordered a giant crayon lamp.

I got some ideas from the Toy Story Mania ride at Disney World. That is where I got the idea for the old fashioned looking Christmas lights. In the first movie, they are regular Christmas light, but the big ones help play with the scale.

Toy Story Mania Ride at Disney World

Toy Story Mania Ride at Disney World

I tried not to take things too literally- like the plane.  In the movie it was about a four inch long toy plane, but mine is a statement.

The lights also helped me with my goal to play with lighting. I think that is a good way to make a room magical to a child.

I also have a globe that lights up with constellations when it is dark. The constellations also contribute to the space theme. Then, we also changed out the old brown door to a white one, which we got from nearby door suppliers.

20121022-_MG_9809Which brings me to my next strategy: I used the strange tension between space and cowboy to make the room interesting.  My rocking chair (which is clearly cowboy) has a space patterned ottoman in front of it. You can find some at stores like www.homeaccents2.com/chairs/.

20121022-_MG_9793I ran into many, many challenges along the way, but I was inspired by Disney. They make whatever they dream up happen, no matter how difficult. Like creating their 14 story Tree of Life at the Animal Kingdom using an oil rig.
I thought, if they can do it, so can I.

Now, I get such a sense of pride when my baby’s cousins come over and all they want to do is play in cousin Cyrus’ room. Or when my newborn baby boy stares up in awe of the lights and planets that I picked out just for him.

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Desiree Cook


  1. Hi! I LOVE this room. My son has a toy story themed room, but we just moved and wanted to update it. Make it more life like instead of cartoony.. This room is perfect!! I was wondering if you could tell me what color blue you used for the walls? I am horrible at picking out paint colors! I usually have to repaint a room a few times until I find the perfect color lol.. Thankfully I like to paint lol. Thanks so much!

    Rebecca January 2, 2014
    1. Thank you very much. We’re very glad you like it. 🙂 The paint is Benjamin Moore “Grandma’s Sweater” #787. Carefully selected after much scrutiny to be the perfect Toy Story blue. We actually had it matched at Kwal (our local paint shop) to be zero VOC which is much healthier for babies and kids. The blue was done in an eggshell finish and the clouds were done in a flat paint so they would look puffier.

      The is also a little more information over at http://projectnursery.com/projects/toy-story-boys-room/ about where these products came from. Good luck!

      admin January 3, 2014
  2. The room turned out really great! I am doing a Toy Story themed playroom for my children in our new home, and I would love to know bmore about the blocks that spell his name. Did you purchase or make them, and where/ how? I’d love to replicate this look. 🙂

    Kimberly January 23, 2014
    1. I made the blocks with my dad. He helped me construct the boxes (I could not find ones to buy) and then we painted and put letters on the front. The letters can be found on amazon here: http://bit.ly/1fTMPWF Good luck!

      admin April 5, 2014
  3. Hi ! This room has blown my mind it is pure perfection ! can you please tell me where you purchased the plane and the lights, thank you so much for posting 🙂

    Nicola May 11, 2014
    1. Thank you so much, Nicola! Unfortunately I believe both of those items are discontinued. But we are looking for some alternatives for you and will be in touch shortly. Thanks!

      admin May 13, 2014
      1. Thank you so much for taking the time it is appreciated

        Nicola May 18, 2014
    2. Hi Nicola,

      Okay- here’s some info for you.

      The original plane is available here but the shipping is quite expensive and you have to pay more to get just one plane instead of a multiple order.

      Another plane that would work well is available here but is currently out of stock. Hopefully they’ll get more soon:.

      These are the lights that are the closest. They aren’t LED so they will warm the room up a little bit if left on for a long time. The lighted string length is 25′.

      There are more ideas on our Pinterest page that we came across after we did the room. I especially like the blackboard etch a sketch, and lego clock. It would also be cute to write something with scrabble letters and frame it.

      Let us know if you have more questions! Thanks for stopping by…

      admin May 22, 2014
  4. Hello, thank you for sharing this with us the room looks magnificent ! Can you please tell us which paint you used for the blocks.

    Isabelle May 18, 2014
    1. Thank you very much! We used Behr Ultra paint samples and had plenty of paint with one can for each color. The colors are Edgy Red (UL 110-7), Bright Star (S-G-360), Artesian Water (S-G-550), Par Four Green (440B-7).

      admin May 27, 2014

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