Let’s chat some more about kids’ rooms! Earlier this week, Morgan chatted here on the blog about updating her daughter’s room. We recently made a room switcheroo at our house, kicking the big sister out of the nursery to move the baby in! I have four daughters and consider myself a minimalist, so I didn’t think about making a fuss to redecorate. However, my daughters were having a hard transition feeling “at home” in the new space! So, I whipped out a fun little DIY floral letter to make them feel like it’s their own special new spot. This floral letter was such a fun, easy, and cheap project!
You will need:
- a thin cardboard box, or poster board
- a razor-blade
- dollar-store flowers, plus one splurge flower from a craft store
- wire-cutters to cut the flowers
- twisty-ties to bunch little “bouquets” close together
- hot glue
Draw your letter on your cardboard. Cut it out using the razor-blade.
Cut little flower stems and arrange. I found it helpful to use twisty-ties (the ones that come with your trash sacks!) to hold little bunches together so the letter would look nice and full. Glue them in place as you go!
Use a thumb-tack to hang your floral letter on the wall!
Easy, and Done! This craft actually helped smooth the transition for my two year old! She talked about her “L” for the first week or so in her new room. Mission accomplished 🙂
A few other things to mention about my daughter’s room:
- I liked making this switch to less books: Five Minute Stories have twelve books in one! In other words, there could be twelve books worth of clutter that could be spewed all across the floor, OR this one book!
- The king bed-set was an “early 90’s” light wood hand-me-down. I took some good, Benjamin Moore oil-based paint we had already and watered it down. I brushed it on (no sanding) and then wiped it off so you can see the wood peaking through. One coat and I called it good! Five years later, and the paint-job has held up well! (though the nightstand tops could use some attention. If I could go back, I would’ve sanded the tops and did two coats on those. I don’t know if any furniture would hold up to the amount of water cups banging into it night after night though… ;)).
- We have enjoyed these “blackout” curtains: they shut out a lot of light (not perfectly by any means, but way better than standard curtains). They’re short so I don’t have little ones pulling on them, and they’re insulated too! I also love that reed oil diffuser from Pier 1. They have the best, longest lasting scents!
- Use what you have! This king bed seemed too big for my little girls, but by not using a bedframe- it keeps the height doable for little girls! I just wrap a flat sheet around the bottom and tuck it under so it doesn’t feel too trashy 😉 Also- if you’re wondering where to find an adorable little dream catcher- it’s here on amazon!
- We’ve stored all the girls’ clothes in this one room, even though they were spread throughout three different rooms for sleeping. Laundry was easier for me and getting ready was also easier for everyone to have one dressing “hub” on the main level, close to the bathroom. Now, my daughter is seven and needs a little more independence, so it’s down to two girls’ clothes in the one room 🙂
A reminder for any Southern Utah locals: the Parade of Homes is coming up February 16-25!
What are your favorite ways to make your kids’ rooms work for you and your household?
Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear your tips!