Friday, 26 April 2013

DIY: Music Themed Decor for a Child's Room

My adorable niece is turning 7 years old soon and since she is a budding pianist, my sister and I thought it would be great to add some grown up musical touches to her room.

I looked in stores and online for musical themed picture frames, pillows, lighting or bedding and only found a few piddly pieces, so I decided to roll up my sleeves and do it myself.

While antiquing in South Carolina last month, I came across some aged sheet music, which I thought would be perfect recycled and reused as wrapping paper. Turns out, it would look amazing framed in simple black frames.

I also came across some musical foam stickers in bright colours that went perfectly with some fabric (for cushions) that I bought from Wal-Mart. I just knew they'd be perfect to create some pop art collages.


I cut one page in quarters and spray painted some $3 thrift store picture frames with glossy black paint.




Don't mind the little violins in the centre of the frames. Those are second hand Christmas decorations that I needed spray painted for another project.

I made sure that the paper was positioned just right on the mat board and adhered the stickers to the front.

 

See how great the $10 fabric goes with the frames?


I also decided to decorate a new Ikea cushion with a treble clef by tracing it and simply filling the tracing out with a black Sharpie.  I had originally bought spray fabric paint for it, but tracing was so much simpler than stenciling and I read on a forum that a Sharpie works just as well, if not better.




I am really happy with the Ikea cushion, and will soon start on sewing the other two pillows for her bed.  Don't they all go so well together?



I'm so excited to surprise her with them on her birthday next week. I'll try and take photos of the finished results.

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