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