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20 Creative and Colorful DIY Ideas for Kids’ Spaces

2015-02-06  集艺斋

20 Creative and Colorful DIY Ideas for Kids’ Spaces

Make a tepee, fort bunk or loft with slide for them to play in. Or decorate the walls with simple craft supplies

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Looking for an alternative to cartoon character decor? There are tons of ways to put a personal stamp on a kids’ space, and they don’t need to be costly. From a bunk-bed fort to wall art, these projects and ideas are sure to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Tepee. Kids can use it as a pretend house for dramatic play or get cozy inside and read books — either way, it’s sure to become the focal point of the room.

2. Chalkboard door. Requiring less commitment than a full chalkboard wall (but just as much fun), a chalkboard door gives kids permission to draw on the walls … always a hit!

3. DIY zigzag wall color. Use a straight edge to draw a zigzag border about halfway up the wall, then it tape off. Fill in the lower portion with the wall color of your (or your child’s) choice for a creative, yet easy, DIY upgrade.
4. Fort bunk. This bunk comes kitted out with a built-in fort feature, but you could whip up your own version using a top bunk and a sheet. Keep it simple or (if you have a sewing machine) add a few extra features like a window, a door and pockets for bedtime reads.
5. Open-concept play kitchen. Rig up a play kitchen with a modern twist by installing a few open shelves at child height and stocking them with mini grocery store basics. Attach handles and pulls to the edge of a play table and paint the surface to approximate the look of a stove, and hang wee oven mitts.

6. Washi-tape wall art. Get creative with that craft store favorite, washi tape, and stick a one-of-a-kind scene right onto your child’s wall. It should peel off easily, but test a small piece in an inconspicuous spot before getting started, just to be sure.
7. Suitcase storage. Vintage suitcases make sturdy, portable storage containers for everything from dress-up clothes to storybooks. Slide one or two under the bed, or stack them to make a side table.

8. Candy-colored decor. With white walls acting as a blank slate, feel free to pile on bright ice cream and candy-store hues, like hot pink, lemon yellow and vibrant turquoise. Cheerful prints and whimsical details like buntings and dream catchers will appeal to pint-size tastes.
9. Rolling cart storage. Have art supplies, will travel! Tote crafting necessities like markers, paper, crayons and more in a wheeled storage cart for easy access, no matter where your little one wants to set up shop.
10. Retro couch. A love seat or small-scale sofa makes a comfy spot for reading books with a young child — and older kids will love having a “grown-up” hangout spot for chatting with friends. Go with an unfussy fabric in a dark print, so you can relax about those sticky fingers.

11. Framed textiles.
Looking for a quick and affordable way to fill a wall with art? Textiles make an unexpected addition — and they’re the perfect way to use up just a square of a beloved but damaged pillow cover, blanket or rug.
12. Pegboard wall. You’ve likely seen pegboards used in the kitchen to hold pots and pans (thanks to Julia Child’s famous example), but why not use one in the little one’s room, too? You can hang (and rearrange) artwork, shelves, baskets, cups of art supplies and more on this hardware store workhorse, and you’ll never need to make another nail hole.
13. Clipboard art display. A few rows of basic boards outfitted with bulldog clips transform a blank wall into a creative display space for a rotating collection of your child’s art. Put up just a few or install rows all the way up the wall, depending on how much gallery space your budding artist needs.
14. A home for books. A bookcase with house-like doors hides clutter and can even stand in as a mod dollhouse. Craft your own take on this by painting (trace first) simple window, door and roof shapes on the outside of a plain cabinet.
15. Wire name sign. Pick up a spool of flexible wire at a craft store, and bend and twist it into the shape of your child’s name. No wire? You could use an old wire hanger from the dry cleaner, or even twisted-together pipe cleaners. Make the sign as big or as small as you like, and pin it to the wall for a personal touch that’s easy on the budget.
16. Graphic black and white room. Oversize black stars on a white wall (use wallpaper or stencils), a black and white striped rug, a chalkboard wall and graphic bedding add up to a cool decorating scheme that works for a girl or boy. Without color the focus is on shape and pattern — so use a variety of both, like the stripes, stars, scallops and cursive writing shown here.
17. Geometric art wall. Have leftover paint from a bunch of projects lying around? This painting project is a great way to use up remnants of multiple colors in a fun, creative way. Just be aware that you’ll need plenty of patience and an eye for detail to tape off and paint all of those triangles — but the results will be worth the effort.
18. Subtle stars. Do you like the black stars in No. 16 but want something a bit less bold? Try stenciling on star shapes in a subtle, tone-on-tone hue. Beige on white (as seen here) works well, but you could also do blue on blue, pink on pink or gray on gray.
19. Pretty patchwork headboard. Give a simple toddler- or twin-size headboard a more personal look and a bit more comfort by draping a well-loved vintage quilt over it. To make it permanent, sew seams along the edges to make a slipcover that can be removed for laundering.
20. Loft with slide. Looking for a bigger change? You can’t get much bigger than this awesome double-level loft with a ladder and slide! What little one could resist that?

Tell us: What’s your favorite way to personalize a kids’ space?

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JTBaldwin
At our house, a pegboard wall served my son from a very young age until he moved out and now is just as useful since I took over the space as a sewing/craft room. The pegboard comes in 4x8 sheets so they're the perfect size for standard height walls. They're easy to install and with a little trim molding and paint look wonderful. You can find a HUGE variety of pegboard hooks, jars, shelves, etc. in big box stores and garage sales. The best thing about pegboard walls? They are the most flexible use item in the room. My son had such a good time 'arranging' his matchbox cars and X-men (and later, school projects and sports memorabilia), and now I am storing spools of ribbon, thread, rolls of fabric, jars of beads and so much more.
 34 Likes   January 29, 2015 at 10:36AM
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Sutti Associates, Inc.
Metro wire shelving is great for kids rooms. It's commercial grade and NSF certified, so you know it meets the highest standards of hygiene and your kids will be safe. It can also take A BEATING! Metro shelves are easily accessible and adaptable, so you can modify them to fit your needs. They are modern and kids love them!
Here are some ideas of Metro being used in kid's areas. It's sturdy and reliable, so it gets out of their way to allow them to be kids!
loft
Metro Shelving Unit - 48x14x74 Chrome
Flower Mound, TX: Greg and Holly Homer
Metro Shelving Unit - 48x14x54 Chrome
Gretchen
Metro Shelving Unit - 48x14x33 Chrome
 2 Likes   January 29, 2015 at 1:31PM
stefspad
One more thing a chalkboard door is good for--on the outside of the door: it's a way for my 7-year-old granddaughter to vent her frustrations. Wish I could upload the photo that reads: "Never ever (repeated 20 or more times) come in here. When you started the movie without me I realized that you do not love me. I am not coming for diner (sic)."
 27 Likes   last Friday at 7:09AM
joanneevoke
So much inspiration in one fantastic article!
 Like   last Friday at 1:52PM
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Walk Among The Homes
Thanks for featuring a cute Brisbane kids room!
 Like   last Friday at 2:17PM
Kathleen Marineau
Good and very usable ideas here. As the wall-fixer and painter in the family, I especially like #12 and #13.
Photo 15 was supposed to highlight the name, but I focused on the cubbies in bright colors. Perfect for bedrooms with closets sized for a foyer more than a girl's room.
I like the idea of making a quilt into a slipcover for a headboard as seen in #19. Easy to change styles as the years go by.
 4 Likes   last Saturday at 5:20AM
gayla1morris
I had so much fun putting these rooms together.
 5 Likes   last Saturday at 5:31PM
Sylvia Berger
For my 9th birthday my mom made a stage because I wanted to be an actress,and it's still there a year later!
 4 Likes   on Sunday at 5:58AM
1superisabelle
Excellente idée de glissade. Est-ce sécuritaire?
 Like   on Sunday at 6:12AM
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Casart Coverings
Peel-and-stick wall art is another great DIY addition to children's rooms--
 3 Likes   on Sunday at 6:51AM
alexlouisec
Any ideas please as to where I could get my hands on wallpaper similar to those shown in first picture. White with large black stars. Not having any joy finding. Much appreciated.
 Like   on Sunday at 8:48AM
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JTBaldwin
@alexlouisec: find the wallpaper at http://sissyandmarley.com/wallpapers?pattern=4
 Like   on Sunday at 9:14AM
usclynch
Here are some cute decals for kids rooms too- they essentially make it look like you have wallpaper:
http://southernnest.com/preppy-pattern-decal/
 Like   on Sunday at 11:05AM
virginiaelt
What's that thing on the right in pic #9 "Rolling cart storage"?
 1 Like   on Sunday at 2:32PM
kirstenbeat
Framed dust sleeves from books are a nice, inexpensive option!
 1 Like   on Monday at 8:07AM
goodewyfe
stefspad: That is the best! Perhaps you have a budding Taylor Swift in your midst.
 Like   on Monday at 2:13PM
itrydiythenusuallybuy
I'm pretty sure I never grew up according to this list. Although I have one from when I was a kid. Hats! My favorite thing growing up was having all sorts of hats to wear. (Some things don't change). From baseball caps, fedoras, fancy church hats and even vintage ones. My mom used an old bookcase and cheap coat rack to display them for me. They were both art and part of dress up.
 Like   on Tuesday at 1:12AM
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Fox Interiors
Murals can be even more whimsical, like this one I designed for a nursery. I think it'll last for years to come.
 3 Likes   on Tuesday at 8:32AM
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PIXERS
Excellent Ideas! Check out creative ideas for kids spaces! :) http://pixersize.com/wall-decals/inspirations/owls/901
 Like   on Wednesday at 7:53AM
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