Showing posts with label children's play area. Show all posts
Showing posts with label children's play area. Show all posts

Monday, 30 September 2013

Ideas for Updating a Toddler’s Room

Home Decorating:


This is my little boy James’s bedroom as it looks right now! Recently I changed it around a bit as I wanted it to reflect his age (he’ll be 3 at the end of December), and to show more of the things he likes at the moment.

Of course, my makeover was very simple and cheap! I didn’t want to go to too much trouble or expense for the moment. So, his room basically has all of the same things in it that it had when he was a baby.

The paint colour is also exactly the same. But, post-makeover, the look of his room is completely different!


I really only changed and added a few things. Firstly, I added some colourful pictures and artwork to his walls. I stuck all of these things up with Blu-Tack. Surprisingly, he only pulled these off for a few days… I persisted and kept putting them back… and he eventually gave up! Great!

His sister Poppy kindly painted the canvases for him. I just love the underwater scene one. The other pictures are things that Poppy has done at school, a drawing from a cousin, a lovely gift card from someone, and some little wooden fish from a magnetic game. Really, you can stick up whatever your child likes!


The ‘sharks’ picture with accompanying warning (courtesy of sister Poppy) is particularly handy. (!)


I've now got baskets under his cot so that James can easily get his toys out, and put them back – not.

I added a big European pillow for sleeping on and a couple of other decorative ones. The duck one I had made in a previous post, and the beautiful patchwork dog is a cushion that I had when I was little.


I have also made a little library by lining up some of his books along the bottom of the wall.


The only thing I purchased for his “new” room was a rug. From memory it cost about $40 posted to me. The rug looks nice and retro, plus he does play on it a bit with his cars!

And James loves his room! However, at night times you wouldn't think so because he spends so much time getting out of the cot and hanging around in the corridor, trying not to go back to bed!!

Enjoy any decorating or re-arranging that you get time to do this week!

Emma

Monday, 20 May 2013

Corflute Garden Decorations for Children (and Grown Ups!)

Creative Ideas:


I was very happy with my project from last week using corflute! So I thought I’d try a few more ideas for using this material outside and around my garden.

This week’s project is more for the IDEAS, rather than the finished product, if you know what I mean. I just quickly did a few things up to look at, and unfortunately didn't have time to do more examples!

I thought a nice idea would be to decorate an outdoor children’s play area with shapes and designs cut out of the corflute.


I used exactly the same cutting method as I did for my Funky Outdoor Mobile, and then I simply hammered the shapes into the trees using nails that I had leftover from one of my Christmas Projects. All very simple of course!

You could use these corflute shapes for all sorts of things:
A lovely little fairy house at the bottom of a tree – imagine how exciting it would be for your child to discover it!


Or you could make a large shape out of one piece of corflute and secure it to a wooden block for a stand. Put it somewhere in your garden – the same as you would for a sculpture. 


My rabbit is fairly small, but again, it’s just for the idea. I don’t think I need any more rabbits in my garden as I have enough live ones! A large mushroom would look great, or a bird, or a tree, a boat… anything really! You could also put several bird shapes into a tree or make a kite mobile.

Shapes would be perfect to help decorate an unsightly tree stump – I’ve got a few of these around my garden! A perfect place for fairies to live!


Just try to keep your shapes relatively simple so that they’re easy to cut out.

And then when you or your children get sick of the shapes, you can throw them out!!

If you decide to try this project, have fun! 

Emma

PS I forgot to say that it is very easy to decorate your shapes if you wanted to – a permanent marker is perfect for use on the corflute.