Written by contributor Angie Warren
Making my boys’ shared room a fun place to be in is a big priority to me. Not only do I want it to feel cozy and inviting, but personalized as well. Add the fact that we’re on a tight budget? Time to get creative! I’ll share today how we decorated our boys’ bedroom for under $50.
1. Bits & Pieces
- These little white shelves happened to be sitting in the closet and I knew they would be just perfect to fill the space on this wall.
- Pottery Barn Kids was closing in our town a few years ago and they had those coveted wooden letters for under $2 each (I know, right?). I dug and dug, but was unable to find a capitol D. So eventually decided to make due with a capitol P cameo-ing as a lower case d! I think it works!
- The 5×7 frames were a Target snatch on sale as well – $5 for both and they happened to be the perfect green to match our IKEA linens. I find the key to getting great Target deals is walking the end caps – gotta love those red clearance stickers!
- I chose to stick a cherished toy from their early childhood years next to the frame and letter as well as a few quickly printed 5x7s in black & white (.99c each through Mpix)
2. Story Time Art
- I was inspired to create these 12 x 12 mounted pictures during a big book-reading phase. My boys had just started really getting into specific books and these three are absolute favorites of ours.
- Designed in photoshop – using a blank white project and adding simple text, I printed them as 12 x 12 on matboard (gives it a bit of a sturdy feel) for just $7.30 each (Mpix, again).
- Mounted prints have quickly become my favorite way of displaying photos, simply adhere to your wall with Command velcro strips (about $4 a pack) and they’re easily removed without damage to your wall.
3. Hanging Rotation
- I had painted the wall with chalkboard already, but wanted to do something more than simply write them notes (and let them do their own art underneath). I pulled some thin rope from our craft closet and hung it with two nails.
- Spending only about $12, (Mpix) I was able to print 12 of our favorite images (in both color and black & white) so that we could rotate them out from time to time. The boys had so much fun looking through old photos with me as we decided what to print!
- You can hang them using metal clips (found at IKEA or your local craft store) or a pack of small clothes pins will do the trick as well.
Total cost for some simple photo fun? $49.00!
I was thrilled with my frugal self! Able to not only add fun color, and a creative flare – but something that is truly unique to my little guys. I think they like it too.
What are some creative ways you’ve displayed photos in your own home?