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Best Ideas for Decorating KIds’ Rooms: Do It Yourself

Aug16

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I have an affinity for kids rooms, there are so many ways to have fun in these rooms because, “Hey! It’s for kids!” We’ve talked a bit about kid’s rooms before when we looked at wall art and decals. But today I thought I’d share my bookmark folder labeled “DIY Kids Rooms”, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time.
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I love this Hopskotch rug from Flor. I love Flor tiles in general and using a few tiles, a stencil and some paint your child can develop gross motor skills even indoors.
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Martha has this great article about customizing a simple toy chest for your baby, car enthusiast and doll lover. Simple ideas but it makes your toy chest so much more useful than the usual dumping ground.
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I’ve become quite fond of Two Straight Lines because she is awfully talented. Here she gives a tutorial so you can make a butterfly mobile for your child’s room. Using the steps you could easily customize this project to match your child’s room. Also, while you’re there take a look at her Simple Blinds tutorial.
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This isn’t exactly DIY but it is a bit of a hack, using iStockphoto to find illustrations to frame for your child’s walls. Nested directs you to some great finds and prints start at just $10.
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Why spend $155 on an art table with paper roll when you can make your own from Ikea for $15 and customize it with the help of Martha. Using dowels, cabinet knobs and various screws you can make a plain wooden table into an art table. Even better, when it’s not an art table it’s a great game table or tea party setting.
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A place I love to collect inspiration and ideas is the “Go To Your Room” Flickr Group. A group inspired by “The Nursery: Babies Rooms At Home“. It’s an inspiring collection of ideas and DIY loveliness. Like this room with beautiful paper lanterns and this one with a large chalk wall.
Now to take inspiration and make it into ‘action’.

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Melissa Summers

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Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa's Buzz Off. You can find her daily on her blog, Suburban Bliss.


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3 Responses to “Best Ideas for Decorating KIds’ Rooms: Do It Yourself”

  1. Michele Aug 19 at 10:31 am Reply

    Love these ideas. Any suggestions for a bizillion stuffed animals? I have given away huge trash bags full, but they seem to multiply. I have tried drawers (for the small ones), baskets (for the larger ones) and even what I had, a coat rack with multiple hooks up and down it. But nothing has “stuck” for the kids. They still end up everywhere. ACK!. Oh wait, this post started as a thank you those are some cool sites. Ooops.

  2. melissaS Aug 27 at 5:43 pm Reply

    The stuffed animal dilemma is one that may very well kill me. Seriously.

  3. KYouell Sep 08 at 7:31 pm Reply

    THANK YOU! Dear Lord, I have been looking for the Martha Stewart art table forever. I tried googling everything under the sun except “scroll” so I never found it. My mom finally gave up on the Pottery Barn art table and bought that very one from Ikea. Ah, the relief! She thought that making a very close-fitting tablecloth out of drawing paper was tacky. I emailed the link to her so she can get her bad self down to Home Depot and get to work.
    My cousin has a fantastic solution for stuffed animals: a net hung in one corner of her room. When I was 3 I had a very high shelves all the way around the room for mine. I couldn’t get them down without help, but it was great at night because they were watching over me. I loved it and have always wanted to do that for my kids. I’ll try the net when the kids are older (my cousin is 17), and it’s not a hazard.

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