Friday, June 29, 2007

Frugal Friday--Decorating Children's Rooms

Create book art for decorating your children's bedrooms. To start, choose favorite children's books with appropriate artwork on the covers. Photocopy the front covers only at a copy shop, or on your own printer/copier if you have it, in a size 8-1/2 x11 size or 11x14. Next, buy pre-stretched canvas boards slightly bigger than the photocopies. Then, paint a background with the matching colors of the picture or paint the canvas with a single color. Let dry. Glue photocopy down on canvas. Allow to dry again. Attach picture hooks on back and hang up in bedroom. This costs less than $6 per art work and only one hour to make. With coupons, it's even cheaper.

Another idea is to frame a piece of the fabric used for decorating the room with a desired motif in a wooden embroidery hoop. Tie ribbon bows with narrow ribbon in the metal tightener on the hoop. Embellishment can be added with fabric glitter paints, if desired.

This idea involves the use of a projector, which you can purchase for around $75. Not exactly cheap, but you could try to borrow one, or this could be the beginning of a part time business! The idea is to use the child's favorite show, movie or book and paint a mural on the wall in his room. It's actually easy. With the projector, project the chosen picture on the wall. Trace the outline of the picture, detailing everything that you want to paint. You don't have to be experienced painter either, it's like color by number. After you have traced the image on the wall, fill in with acrylic paints. Simple and original.

What if you have a favorite picture, but aren't sure of which colors to use in the room to coordinate with it? It's simple, if you can find the picture location on the internet. Here's an example: Frog Princess. Copy and paste this URL ( into the box at, and you will have custom colors! Degraeve conveniently gives the HTML color numbers, as it's meant for web page design, but, as you will see, you can use it for finding decorator colors as well.

More Frugal Friday tips at Biblical Womanhood.


  1. Those are great tips! I especially like the one about matching colors. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That's a really neat idea. I'm a sucker for old children's books at library sales. I intend to frame some of the pictures some day but in the meantime we can still enjoy them.

  3. Sherry, I did post a Frugal Friday tip, but it hasn't shown up yet. It said something about showing up once it was approved. Does that sound right?

  4. Thanks Sherry. Maybe it's because I'm a new blogger. I like your Frugal Friday tip. I love children's books and their artwork.

  5. Some paint-type programs will allow you to do this by using a tool and hovering over the colors to determine their hexidecimal numbers. I did this on my blog to color-coordinate with the photo at the top. I use PaintShop Pro and you use the eye dropper tool to get color information from anything that is on your screen--whether that's a photo or website.

  6. Great tip, Patti. Thanks for commenting.


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