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 (http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/storybooklane/frogprincess.jpg) into the box at Degraeve.com, 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.