When times are tight as they are for many families at present, you need to get a little bit more creative about updating your home. Department stores and home furnishing stores can be far too expensive, but there really is no need to over-spend. This article will take a look at some of the easy ways you can refresh your children’s bedrooms to keep them and your bank account happy.
Kids are constantly changing their minds about what’s ‘cool’ and what’s not – one week it’s dinosaurs and the next it’s trains! This can make decorating a bedroom very tricky as you don’t want to make it themed and then your child be bored of it within a week. One way to get round this is to get a notice board put up on the wall. This allows your children to change their wall decorations as often as they change their mind without the need to a complete overhaul – or damaging the walls with sticky-tape or blu-tac. Magnetic notice boards or cork or felt boards work really well especially as there are some great novelty and kids’ boards available including brightly coloured backgrounds or shaped boards.
If you’ve got some old lampshades lying around, they are easy to customise. You can even buy some cheap paper lampshades from places such as Ikea or Tesco for not very much money at all. If you’ve got bits of old paint about from previous decoration projects you can then use these to decorate the lampshade. If you don’t have any paint about, all DIY stores that sell paint sell tester sizes that will be perfect for this. You can choose to hand paint the shade yourself if you have a knack for art or simply print and cut-out a stencil and then dab the paint over the top using a sponge. You can find a lot of inspiration for stencils online – and why not involve your children as a project for the weekend to keep them out of trouble!
Once you’ve got your stencils, you can then use the same designs on the walls as well to complement your newly designed shade!
As your kids grow up – they will of course be growing out of their favourite clothes. If there are any that have groovy prints, or fun designs – why not make them into a pillow cover or wall art? Pillows are surprisingly easy to make even if you don’t have a great amount of experience in sewing. This article explains how! If there isn’t enough material to make a cushion cover, try stretching the material over a square or circle of cardboard and putting inside a large photo-frame. If you’d rather keep old clothes for hand-me-downs, you can usually pick up off-cuts of materials for not very much money at all.
Sprucing up your home doesn’t need to be expensive and doing a bit of DIY decoration is far more rewarding and entertaining.
This article has been written on behalf of Moores Message Boards, a UK-based manufacturer of high-quality blackboards and notice boards including pin boards for kids.
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