I loved creating a space for my girls that’s all for them, and all girl! Two of my most favorite decorations are a Pottery Barn butterfly hack and a huge, fabric-covered paper mache letter for the wall.
No need to pay Pottery Barn prices. First up, the butterflies. I saw these butterflies in one of their magazines and knew for sure I could recreate this simple look. The reading corner space is low to the ground, so I needed a feature that could close the height gap for a more cozy look. Here’s the little nook amidst the stripes.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own butterflies:
- Scrapbook paper in 3 or more coordinating patterns
- Coordinating ribbon
- Tacks with clear heads, or matching color to the ribbon
- A ladder
- Print and cut out the butterfly pattern from this free website.
- Using the stencil trace it onto the scrapbook paper. I wanted double-sided butterflies so I cut two for each butterfly drop.
- Place a long piece of ribbon in-between the two butterflies. Test it to be sure it will hang straight. Some angles can make the ribbon wrinkle while it’s hanging.
- Glue ribbon and both butterflies.
- I like the knotted look so I tied the ribbon around the tack to conceal it, and tacked it to the ceiling.
- Play around with the height of each butterfly to get the overall look just right.
I really like how this $8 project turned out.
The seating in this reading space consists of LaceField Design pillows I bought at Neiman Marcus Last Call for 1/8 of the original price. No joke. And the silver Moroccan poufs were also a Last Call find for 1/4 of the original price. Yippee! Now to figure out how to deter the girls from jumping on them like trampolines…
So fun, and I think this space is mature enough to grow with them for a few years to come. And secretly I enjoy reading here too.
Now to the fabric covered paper mache letter. First of all, if the space can take it, I say the bigger the better. Go big or go home!
And you’ve seen how much I love letters. Oh my! When I found this enormous paper mache ‘L’ at Joanne’s Fabric I knew it had to be in the girls’ playroom immediately!
Here’s what you’ll need for a covered letter:
- Paper mache letter, like this one
- Quilting batting
- Cute, bright fabric. I bought 3 yards, and that was more than enough even with my mistakes.
- Picture hanger
- Cut enough batting to cover the letter. I only covered the top but of course you could cover the sides as well. I found this easier if I cut it into smaller strips.
- Hot glue the batting. This does not need to be perfect. Just good enough to create a raised texture when the fabric is over-laid.
- Lay the letter onto the fabric. The fabric and letter should be facing the floor. Cut around the letter shape leaving at least a 2 inch border. You can always trim it down.
- If you have a straight edge on the letter, begin hot gluing there, pulling the fabric tight enough for a smooth finish. If not, no worries. Just begin at the top.
- Hot glue all the way around the edges, remembering the back does not have to look perfect. Who will know.
- Hot glue or nail the picture hanger to the back of the letter. These paper mache letters are so light that it only takes a small hanger.
- Hammer in the nail and hang.
This full project cost $11. Love a deal!
And all of this pink makes a room so happy! Don’t you think? I’m off for a serious tea party. It’s a very important date, you know. Thanks for visiting my small corner of the world. Enjoy!