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Today’s post is brought to you by Kim, an interior designer and fellow mom blogger!
As a mama, an interior designer and an overall thrifty chick, I’m always looking for ways to create super-cute, affordable décor, that my almost-three-year-old will enjoy as much as I do!
Today, I want to show you how you can spend very little money, and still create great little spaces in your child’s room, for all of those special moments you spend in there.
This design idea is simple: Turn your child’s favorite book into framed art!
Okay, so if you’re a brand-new mama, your new babe probably doesn’t quite have a favorite book yet, but you probably do! If you’re a mama of a toddler or older, you for SURE have that one special book (or five) that he or she wants to hear every single night!
Here is your first tip: Buy an extra! Or, use an extra book you’ve gotten from your shower(s). I think we got three copies of Guess How Much I Love You
This is a project I just did recently because we are in the process of turning Liam’s nursery into a big-boy bedroom. The book I chose was one he has always loved, called Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman. So at Christmas, when I saw it for $5 at Kohl’s (I’m not kidding—$5!) I bought another, knowing I would cut it up.
It may take you a moment to get past the fact that you are about to (GASP!) cut the pages of a book—isn’t it illegal or something? (I assure you, it isn’t.) For me, it only took about two seconds to remember that Liam LOVES this book, and I LOVE the illustrations, so what better than to surround him with things he loves? Let the cutting begin!
What You’ll Need:
Frames: (mine were from Ikea): $1.99 each
Background paper: (scrapbooking paper from Michael’s or you could use construction paper, which is cheaper, but I didn’t have any orange left) $.79 each
Metal scale or ruler
Total cost of project: about $30
I suggest getting a metal scale or ruler if you don’t already have one, and use an Exacto knife, it just makes the cuts more precise. I am terrible at cutting straight with scissors, but that would work, too if you’ve got a steady hand!
How to do it:
1. Cut backing paper to fit in frames if it isn’t a standard size (hint: using a standard size frame and paper will make the project easier!).
2. Carefully cut pages from book and use double-sided tape to adhere to backing paper (don’t use glue—it may give a bubbled appearance). Be sure to place each photo in the same spot on backing paper so the “mat” around the picture looks uniform.
3. Place in photo frames.
4. Measure out where you want to hang them on the walls (hint: use pieces of paper the same size as frames to map out your pattern first) and hang them up!
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What you end up with, is a sweet, totally affordable, personal touch to your sweet little peanut’s room!
About our guest blogger: Kim has been an interior designer for over a decade and mom to Liam for almost three years! You can read her Design Thoughts blog, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter (@kdesignthoughts) or Pinterest.
Kim also has an Etsy shop where she sells original, one-of-a-kind artwork for childrens’ rooms. These sweet, watercolor monsters and creatures are perfect when you want to add some originality to your child’s space!