A VERY Pink Playroom: 2 DIY Decorating Projects for a Fun, Girly Space

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.

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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.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own butterflies:

  1. Scrapbook paper in 3 or more coordinating patterns
  2. Coordinating ribbon
  3. Tacks with clear heads, or matching color to the ribbon
  4. A ladder

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Instructions:

  1. Print and cut out the butterfly pattern from this free website.
  2. Using the stencil trace it onto the scrapbook paper.  I wanted double-sided butterflies so I cut two for each butterfly drop.
  3. 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.
  4. Glue ribbon and both butterflies.
  5. I like the knotted look so I tied the ribbon around the tack to conceal it, and tacked it to the ceiling.
  6. 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…

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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:

  1. Paper mache letter, like this one
  2. Quilting batting
  3. Cute, bright fabric.  I bought 3 yards, and that was more than enough even with my mistakes.
  4. Picture hanger
  5. Nail
  6. Hammer

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Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Hot glue all the way around the edges, remembering the back does not have to look perfect.  Who will know.
  6. 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.
  7. Hammer in the nail and hang.

This full project cost $11.  Love a deal!

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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!

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4 Comments on A VERY Pink Playroom: 2 DIY Decorating Projects for a Fun, Girly Space

  1. Sandy Hensley
    January 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Cristi, I love seeing your projects! Thanks for sharing with us.

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    • cristilockett@hotmail.com
      January 22, 2015 at 2:06 am (3 years ago)

      Sandy, thank you for your sweet comment. I’m enjoying the photography, writing, and crafting 🙂

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  2. Erin Spooner
    January 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm (3 years ago)

    The girls’ playroom is so darn cute! You did a great job with it.
    What do you do about alllllllllllll the art work the girls bring home. I know you have a rotating frame(which I love) but what do you ultimately do with them? I’m thinking of photographing and creating a yearly bounded book but I am still looking for other ideas.

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    • cristilockett@hotmail.com
      January 22, 2015 at 2:18 am (3 years ago)

      I love hearing from you Erin! Artwork organization has been a work in progress for us. Still not sure I have it figured out. Maybe you’ve just highlighted a new post 🙂 Here’s what I do. As the artwork comes in, it goes straight into plastic art portfolios I bought at Michael’s. At the end of the year I select about 10 pieces with the girls – the ones they are most proud of, and save them in my ‘master’ storage. Out of those 10 we select 1-2 that are the most special; I photograph them for annual Shutterfly books I make. It takes up such little storage. Eventually I’ll drop more of the original pieces, but not yet for this proud mommy 🙂 Hope that helps, and I am VERY open to other ideas!

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