Decorating Your Kid's Room on a Budget
Thumbing through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog can make you realize two things: One, your kid's bare white walls aren't quite up to par, and two, you could spend your entire retirement fund decorating your kid's room. With a couple of bucks and a few spare hours, you can take that room from drab to fab. Enlist some help from your little Ty Pennington and create a room that will make you (and Ty) proud.
Purchase wooden letters from the craft store to spell out your kid's name. Let your kid decorate them with acrylic paint and display them on a bookshelf or window sill.
Fill wooden shadow boxes (available at a framing or craft store) with knickknacks and display them on the wall. Be creative. Things like toys, books, shoes, tiny balls, wrapped candy and origami flowers all make colorful and creative decorations.
Hot-glue brightly colored ribbons around the tops of bookshelves, dressers, lamps and even curtains. Let fringes hang down for extra flair.
Help your kid hot-glue buttons, shells, foamies or beads onto inexpensive wooden frames. Frame your kid's artwork and turn his room into a bright art gallery.
Purchase blank canvas boards (available at craft stores). Lay out a giant plastic tarp and give your little Jackson Pollock free reign over the paintbrushes, acrylic paints and stencils. Hang up the finished masterpieces with ribbon or colorful hooks.
Work together to make a collage of favorite photographs and seal it with Mod Podge. Your kid will love looking at familiar faces as he wakes up each morning.
Display your child's favorite books or games on high shelves around the room.
Hang beloved articles of clothing (you know, that hand-knitted sweater that he outgrew after one wearing) on padded hangers and display them on hooks around the room.
Stencil the words to a favorite song or poem around the walls just below the ceiling. Decorate the words accordingly. For example, the lyrics to "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" can be surrounded by bright yellow stars.