Thursday, September 1, 2011

DIY Colorful Bunting Banner and other Playroom Decor

Well, now that I've showed you the craft room, might as well lay it all out there.
I have a disease.
I think the doctor called it DIY-itis.
It's a rare disease caused by excessive HGTV-watching, Pinterest-browsing, and Lowes's-visiting.
It's also contagious if you read this blog. SO RUN! RUN FAST!

If you'll remember, I attempted some DIY board and batten a couple weeks ago. Well, I got kinda board and batten obsessed (Chad would say 'posessed.') After adding it to our entryway, I continued it upstairs on a wall in our kitchen (mainly to hide the ugly white vent and the thermostat) and then in one of the hallways upstairs as well. I am super pleased with how they turned out. And I ended up having a few leftover supplies.
Soooooo I ended up doing a wall in my playroom as well. Possessed.

If you'll remember, our playroom (which is actually our bonus room downstairs and is half den/TV room, half play room) started out like this:
A jumbled pile of non organized toys. Yikes.

playroom toys


It stayed this way for 2 years before I had saved any money to even begin to fix it up. I bought a storage shelf from Ikea, a chalk and dry erase board from Hobby Lobby and some wooden letters, and I copied some canvases from a magazine to add artwork to the walls. It looked so much better after some simple updating.



And then... it happened. DIY-itis. The board and batten fairy paid us a visit, and she
somehow managed to creep into my playroom and again transform the space.
[I may have gone overboard here, so beware.]
 I had not planned to do any more updating, but we'd been spending more and more time downstairs with the new craft room and all, and I decided that I'd add a few more updates. Just a few, right? Rrrriiight.

The board and batten alone added such a statement, and when I combined it with a colorful bunting banner, a few thrift store frames that I'd spray painted, hanging tissue pompoms, and some Ikea finds, my playroom went from drabulous to fabulous, all over again.
I feel like I'm satisfying my secret desire to be a kindergarten teacher.

Chad thinks I'm a nut. 
But I love it. 
I might just homeschool my kids now.

And the reason for this post: a how-to on those bunting banners (the triangle-shaped colorful banners)

You can make these for any room, and in any colors you choose. They're super cute made out of scrapbook paper, but this one is made out of simple construction paper and it's perfect for a playroom.

Supplies:
construction paper or scrapbook paper
nylon rope (You can get them at Dollar General; I think mine was 15 ft.)
glue gun
scissors

For my banner, I used mainly primary colored construction paper; I bought a whole pad and just tore out the red, blue, green and yellow and orange sheets. Then I cut out a triangle (you can eye-ball this or use a stencil.) I used that first triangle as my pattern and continued stacking up 10 or so sheets of paper at a time and cutting out my triangles. Then I took my nylon rope and my hot glue, and applied a line of glue to one side of each triangle and stuck them onto the rope; I did go in order of the colors of the rainbow, but of course this isn't necessary. Do it however you wanna do it. I left about a foot of rope on each end. To hang it on the wall, I took 2 skinny nails, poked them through the rope ends, and then nailed them into the wall. Simple as that.

Now, because I know some of you will ask, here is where I got some of the furniture and accent pieces in the room.
  • Shelving unit on the left wall: Ikea (bought it last year but they still have them; they come in dark brown, black, oak, and white; $59.99. The quality of these units is unbelievable! Very sturdy, scratch resistant and super durable!)
  • Red table and stools in the corner: Ikea (the table is not located in the children's section; it's actually called an 'end table' and is $7.99; each of the stools are also $7.99 and they are in the kids' section.)
  • Rug: Ikea ($39.99)
  • Sheer Tent: Ikea ($20? I think; it's actually an over-the-crib type thing and was in the baby/nursery section)
  • Blue Chairs: antique store, bought for $5 each
  • all frames and artwork (except for the apple & pear) from America's Thrift store
  • shelving unit in the right corner: neighbor's house; she was throwing it away. This one holds all our books and games and records.
There are few more things I'll show you later but this will do for now!

32 comments:

Beth said...

Absolutely precious! I found your blog from the Just A Girl linkup, and it is so cute! We share many of the same likes and passions. I just may contact you about a blog redesign!

homeiswhatyoumakeit said...

I LOVE it! I have a very similar playroom...all from IKEA and handmade. I just made some changes to it that I will be posting about this week!

Chris said...

I can't get over how cute this is! My kids would never want to leave this space! ;) I love all the use of colors. SO cute! Thanks for sharing!

Kristen said...

Your playroom looks fantastic! Lucky kids!

Stacy@{share and remember} said...

It's really cute, I like it! I *wish* I had a space to decorate like that for my daycare/preschool.

jessica said...

This is such a fun, beautiful room! I love it!

Heather said...

Your playroom rocks! You totally DID NOT go overboard! The more the merrier! :) Great job!

Jennifer said...

This playroom is adorable! Thanks so much for contacting me! I'll feature it this Friday!
Jen
Scissors & Spatulas

Robyn Rasmussen said...

Adorable little play room! I love Ikea and reminded me why. :)
I'm a new follower of your cute blog.
-Robyn from Tips from the Heart

Christina said...

lOvE lOvE lOve! And that's all I gotta say about that. *wink

Colleen said...

Coming over from Scissors & Spatulas - love your playroom. I am heading to Ikea soon so it's great to see where you purchased things. love it!!

Nan @ Playful Decor said...

Hi Haley, I just found you from Jen's Friday Feature (Scissor & Spatulas). This is so cute! I just showcased Jen's nursery and would like to invite you to join Tuesday's Nursery blog party - it's for everything in kids decor, at any age. And I'll be starting a playrooms category so I could add this room too! Here is a direct link: http://playfuldecor.blogspot.com/2011/08/tuesdays-nursery.html
It is open so you can link up anytime. Hope to see you! Have a great weekend!

Kimberly said...

i also came over from scissors and spatulas. cuuuute room! i hate to ask because i think i already know the answer, but where did you get that adorable football toy box?

Robin@thesweetestpear said...

I love this playroom! You did a fabulous job, and I especially love the colors.

Kristy @ Next to Heaven said...

I am so overwhelmed with decorating my playroom- yours is perfect! Thank goodness for pinterest!

Julie said...

Do you know the style number or name of the area rug? I love it and looked for it online but couldn't find it. Thanks!

Julie said...

Do you know the style number or name of the area rug? I love it and looked for it online but couldn't find it. Thanks!

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