February 23, 2010

The Quest for the Perfect Playroom - Part 1

We've been in the house we currently live in for a little over a year.  When we moved here I was so excited to have a playroom in the basement.  It looked like primary colors on drugs and gave me a headache to be in, but I knew I would give it a makeover.  It has been a slow process, because I want it to be perfect.  I want it to evoke creativity and keep my kids happy for hours :)  Is that too much to ask?

I painted over all the walls and chose a light blue.  I decided to paint trees and other things on the walls, but I also wanted them to be interactive.  The first part was this apple tree.  I painted the tree and then bought some sticky velcro.  I sewed felt apples and attached them to the tree by the velcro.  Kids love it because they can take them on and off.  I am planning on making a little ladder that attaches to the wall so littler hands can reach them.  A ladder in a playroom?  Yes, I'm nuts.  BUT, I have boys and boys like to climb.  If I don't give them something they can climb, they'll be standing on the fireplace mantel.
Next up is this little owl.  Who doesn't love owls these days?  All the felt stuff is SO easy to make.  I just cut out shapes, sewed them up most of the way, stuffed them, and sewed them shut.  No inverting.  Nothing fancy.  I hot glued the details on (face, stems on apples, etc.).
Here's a close-up of some of the details.
The playroom is not complete, but I will continue to post parts of it here and there as I complete it.  If you don't have a playroom, these ideas could still easily be incorporated in any child's room.

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