Easy Art for Kids’ Rooms

Does your child’s favorite color change weekly? Don’t you find it amazing that one sweet little creature’s tastes can change so rapidly from Bob the Builder to Star Wars and from Dora the Explorer to Hannah Montana?

As parents, we have the challenging job of creating rooms for our children that reflect their tastes (and our standards), and inspire their creativity. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to tailor decor to your child’s rapidly changing interests without spending a lot of money.

Decorating with decorative paper is a fabulous way to add color and pattern to a child’s room for very little cost.

This is my 9 year old daughter’s room. We decoupaged scrapbook paper on 12×12 canvases, and used removeable vinyl wall decals (on clearance right now at Lowe’s) to round out the art wall. This entire arrangement was less than $20. So when she decides that orange and black are her new favorite colors? No problem, except that I’m NOT painting the walls.

Here’s another idea from Better Homes and Gardens for wall art made from scrapbook cards. You could even use the paint sample cards for this.

This one is precious. Shadow box frames with decorative paper and Barbie clothes! I can see this working for a little girl obsessed with dolls or a teenager into fashion design. (photo from bhg.com)

\I love this idea of a large graphic art image divided and painted onto several canvases. This would also be great in a boys room, with a painting of sports equipment, a favorite cartoon character or even legos. (photo from bhg.com)

If you’re handy with a paint brush, you could easily recreate these wall murals free hand or trace an object on the wall with tracing paper and fill in with paint. We all know how easy paint is to change when your kid decides that their once cool room is now the ugliest room EVER. (these two photos from Pottery Barn Kids)

I enjoy decorating kids’ rooms because it’s so easy to give the child input and let him or her express creativity without breaking the bank. Have fun!
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23 thoughts on “Easy Art for Kids’ Rooms

  1. I let my children change their room about every 3 years because they change, but I did it all quite inexpensively. They are moved out now, but one of the best ideas as teens was some basic frames (ours were black) which I cut art paper in a color for their room and used it as a mat, then just photocopied (the cheap way) photos of their friends etc. and double stick taped them on. When the room changed color, so did the paper. When the best friend became the ex friend, so did the photo. At one point the theme was sort of East Indian, so we stenciled in gold and silver some intricate designs. It turned out beautiful. Another great idea was to purchase ottmans (Target on sale) and make slipcovers that can change with the room.

  2. Hey Kimm, Your post is very timely for me as I was just thinking about buying canvases AND scrapbook paper to make some wall art for my girls’ playroom. There are so many different patterns and colors of scrapbook paper available it would be fun to try to mix and match different ones. And you’re right on- it’s cheap!

  3. I love these ideas! My daughter has “school” once a week (45 minutes at the rec center) and she is always coming home with a new creation. My refrigerator door is getting a workout these days!

    Hope things are good with you! Have a great weekend! :)

  4. Hey Kimm! I don’t know why I can’t get that link to work. No biggie, though, because I just realized it’s similar to what you did with the canvases over your couch! However, I did mine with styrofoam and I used spray adhesive instead of mod podge. I can NEVER get my “mod podged” things to look nice. They just get too bubbly and look like a kindergarten project. I have found spray adhesive to be my new best friend! Anyway, I put black cardstock on the edges and it looks really great. I’ll be posting it on my blog soon. BTW, I’m starting a new blog to focus on my “domestic” stuff. I figured my family just wants to read about the kiddos and isn’t interested in what I crafted or organized that day. :) It’s http://www.mydomesticdisaster.blogspot.com

  5. Hi kim, im taking a peek at your blog, so much inspiration here so i think i will be here for a while. By the way i found a little bird today, i wanted off white but he is dark cast iron, so im going to spray paint the little guy.

    If you are interested stop by my blog and i would love to give you a sisterhood award, i think you are kind deserving person and have a FANTASTIC blog.

  6. What wonderful ideas! It reminded me of the Colorforms dolls I played with when I was little, just peel and stick the clothes and accessories on…oh, how I loved those!

  7. I love these ideas! My deal with my girls is their rooms get redone at 5, 10 and 15…so it needs to be something that they’ll like right now. My almost-8 year old is already planning what we’ll do in two years!

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