Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Parisian Flair On A Budget

I was on a mission to find an inexpensive way to add some Parisian flair to my daughter's room. I think I figured out a couple good ideas to get it done while staying on budget!

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

If you hang out around my blog here, you know I like to find the most cost effective way to get things done. A total room makeover isn't in the budget, but I did come up with a couple inexpensive ideas to add some Paris themed decorations to my daughter's bedroom.

My daughter(6 yrs old): "I can't sleep in my room because it's scary."
Me: "What's scary about your room?"
Her: "All the stuff on the walls!"
Me: "Disney posters? What's scary about princesses?"
Her: "Their eyes are looking into my soul!"
Me: "Okaaaay...so what wouldn't scare you?"
Her: "Hmmm, I think the tower of Paris."
Me: "You me the Eiffel Tower?"
Her: "Yup that's the one!"

Dollar Store Eiffel Tower
At the dollar store I grabbed a black foam core board. I didn't have a plan at the time, but I figured maybe I could do something with it. While searching the Eiffel Tower online, it occurred to me that it wouldn't be hard to sketch the outline and cut it out of the foam board.

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

I drew a light line to mark the center of the board. Then I drew one side of the tower. With an exacto knife I cut out one side of the design. I flipped it over and used it as a stencil to trace and cut out the other side of the tower. This black silhouette would be ok as is if it was just black paper, but I wanted to disguise the white foam around the edges. I busted out my trusty puffy paint(dimensional fabric paint). I use this stuff all the time, it's the best! See how I used puffy paint on my daughter's princess mirror also. I put the silver glitter paint around the edges and added some detail. Done.

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of money >> Over The Apple Tree

My Cost: $1 ( I already had the paint)


Paris Wood Sign
Wood letters, scrapbook paper, paint, Mod Podge, and a block of wood are all I needed for this cute Paris sign.

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

First paint black around the edges of the wood letters. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper the right size to fit over the letter. Apply Mod Podge to front of letter and firmly press down paper. Using the exacto knife I trimmed the paper to fit the letter. Now just apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal. ($Tip: Mod Podge can be pricey. I spotted small tubes at Dollar Tree!)

Next, paint the piece of wood for the background and attach any hardware you might need to hang it. Attach the letters with glue gun. I added a cute little black bow also.





My Cost: 5 wood letters- $4.20 with 20% coupon, scrapbook paper- $.25(I already had paint, background wood and hardware)
Total- $4.45
 

Glitter Birdcage
Not sure what's "Paris" about a bird cage besides that it looks fancy! I upcylcled an old, used illustration board for this one but you could probably use another foam core board.


Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree

I painted pink over what was there and then spray painted black around the edges. To spray paint the edges I taped it off but underestimated the over spray so a little black got on the pink part. Whatever! Just make sure if you do it to use newspaper to cover the pink part. This stuff is for my 6 year old's bedroom. I'm positive she won't notice or care if it's not perfect.

I used the puffy glitter paint again to make the cage. This part was a lot easier in theory than in reality. My hand was so shaky! I painted my wood bird black and when the glitter was dry I glue it right on there. 



My Cost: Wood bird- $.29

Total Projects cost: $5.74


The fact that I have a good amount of art supplies already, saved me a lot of money getting these projects done. Another way to get stuff for cheap is to use coupons at the craft stores! For more money saving ideas check out my tips for getting crafty on a budget.

Add some cute Parisian Flair to a girl's bedroom for not a lot of Money >> Over The Apple Tree


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12 comments:

  1. Hi Laura, I love these Paris themed decorations that you made for your daughters room. I would love for you to share this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J

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    1. I will Julie. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. My daughter loves all things Paris! Her whole bedroom is decorated in the Paris theme too. If you would like to take a look, the link is http://homeonthecorner.com/2015/04/09/extreme-makeover-laurens-apartment-bedroom/. I am pinning so she can see it later!

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    1. That is one fancy room Pam! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. You did a great job making all the signs, well done. jen

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  4. Laura, your daughter sounds adorable. Aren't they precious at that age? I love the Eiffel Tower also. Come share your post at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Leave a comment telling us where in the world you live. The party ends 8PM Monday (Pacific time). http://www.sewtravelinspired.com/home/snickerdoodle-sunday-linky-party-93

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  5. These all turned out so adorable. I am really impressed by that Eiffel Tower!! Only $1 and a little bit of patience really paid off! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

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  6. Thanks so much Laura for sharing your pretty wall decor you made for your daughter at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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  7. Beautiful job! I love French decor. The Eiffel Tower is so creative! Thanks for sharing at Friday Favorites. We hope you will visit us again. Michelle OurCraftyMom

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  8. So cute! I really like the Eiffel Tower and the bird cages! Thanks for sharing at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!

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  9. Love these Paris inspired home decorations. Great! Thank you for linking them up at the SHARE IT linky party last week. A new party will open again later today. So hope you can make it?! ~ Rose

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  10. What a cute conversation and a great way to decorate on a budget! Thanks for linking up to Blogger Brags. I have pinned your post to the BB pinterest board.

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