Frugal & Inspiring Children’s Room Decor

Although we are often blessed with a little one snuggling up with us at some point of the night or wee hours of the morning (a sweet delight of attachment parenting!), we also desire for our children to have an inspiring place of “their own” for creative play and rest.

One aspect of living simply means, they don’t have their own rooms (and have no idea that they “should,” either!); they love sharing it. (Enoch’s little bed is still in ours at this point, but is gradually transitioning to sharing a room with Gen.)

About a year ago, I started brainstorming some decorating ideas for our children’s room.  After our move this past winter, I finally finished some of the projects (and finally getting around to sharing them with you!).

I have kept a “gender-neutral” color theme of red and white for the room. (Although, Gen has added some “girly” coordinating vintage Strawberry Shortcake items to her bed’s corner space.)

I loved the look of bunting “flags,” and sewed up a large batch of these delightful triangles in an assortment of fabrics to string around the ceiling of the room. I used an olive green bias tape, picked up at a clearance sale last year for the “string.”

I loved this Bunting Tutorial at Joyful Abode, since she actually uses a “turned & stitched” method (instead of an often-used method of cutting triangles with pinking shears- which I don’t have). I mixed & matched fabrics for a fun look; the two sides of each triangle are different fabrics, like what she has shown in the tutorial.

(By the way, I had so much fun sewing them, I got a bit carried away. I have enough for a whole other room. If you’d like to purchase a ready-made bunting set identical to ours, let me know.)

Then, I added a couple rows of clipboards (purchased with a gift card) to the wall. (I had held out for about a year, stalking the office supply sections in thrift stores, hoping to find clipboards. I never did- and found this odd. Maybe you’ll have better luck?)

This is an ever-changing display of doodles, drawings, and craft projects that have fallen off the refrigerator. I have decoupaged (“altered”) clipboards in the past as gifts for friends, but I left these plain (since they’re constantly covered up anyway). There is some more clipboard inspiration in these Flickr Finds.

Gen loves having her artwork on display, and seeing her work seems to further inspire her pretend play and made-up songs. (Plus, it fills in a big blank space on the wall inexpensively!)

This room always seems to be a work in progress, as little ones grow, and new needs/interests arise. How do YOU keep your little ones’ room inspiring?

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19 comments to Frugal & Inspiring Children’s Room Decor

  • Nikki

    I love the idea of the clip boards! What a great idea!

    I love your blog. It is super inspiring for me!

    Thanks for all that you do!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Nikki, Ah, thanks, Nikki! :)
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • Jennifer

    Those clipboards are a fantastic idea!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Jennifer, Thanks! We are really enjoying them!
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • I wish V’s room was more neutral so I could buy those flags! They are wonderful!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Jennifer, I’d love to hear how you decorated her room! :)

    These flags have coordinated with the red & pink quilt (strawberry shortcake) that Gen has, but obviously they wouldn’t match every room. :)

    Blessings,
    Michele

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    Jennifer Reply:

    @Michele,
    She is not sleeping in her room yet, so bed spread to match but her walls are bright purple. Her curtains are sheer black with jewels on them. We put some decorations on the wall in bright pinks, yellows, purples using embroidery hoops and fabric.

    I may ask my mother in law to sew flags for us to match. Maybe for my kitchen too. I love the looks of it. :)

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    Michele Reply:

    Oh, wow- I bet it’s gorgeous! Some India-print fabrics would probably be fun for flags in her room. :)
    Have fun!
    Blessings,
    Michele

  • I love that clipboard idea! the banner looks awesome too!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Teresa, Thank you!
    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • I shared this idea with my daughter. She has 2 rooms to decorate and that would be so easy to do with the clip boards! You think up the neatest things! Love to you! Grandma Patty Ann

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  • That si so funny. I just bought 2 clipboards in one trip to the GW a few days ago, for a project I am working on. I had no idea they were hard to find. LOL. I will have to check out your link for additional ideas. Cute room!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Tiffany, Ah, so you’re the one that took all the clipboards there! :) hehe. Just kidding. :)
    Have fun with your project!
    Blessings,
    Michele

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    Tiffany Reply:

    @Michele,

    LOL:) Except I don’t think you come all the way out to “my” GW… Love to have you out here, anytime. Well, AFTER I raid more clipboards, heehee.

    I was planning on doing some of the same sort of stuff I saw online after I looked at your post, but your post got me looking and now my whistle is whet even more.

    Just so happens I have leftover chalkboard paint and some other paint too. Hmmm, I’m gonna be laying awake tonight. Thanks!

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    Michele Reply:

    Haha! :)
    Ooh- chalkboard paint would be great!

    Michele

  • Renee

    I love the flag and rooms. My clip board idea is a little late for you, but you may be able to use it in the future.
    I teach in an underfunded urban school, and clipboards are helpful, but not always an option (especially when I need them for many children). We like to use a sturdy peice of cardboard with a binder clip. So simple, and works really well. We have a local organization that “recycles” just about any material a company wants to get rid of, by making it availble to teachers and non profits to buy for pennies a pound. We can sometimes get the hard covers of old books, and these are my favorite for the homemade “clip boards”. I hope this is helpful to some readers!
    I enjoy your blog. Thanks for keeping it up!

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    Michele Reply:

    @Renee, Wonderful suggestions, Renee! Thank you!
    Blessings,
    Michele

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