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.

19 comments:

  1. That play room is so cutie tootie. I love love love how the owl turned out. I had down loaded a tute on an owl out of old socks but yours looks way easier. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. I need to go downstairs more often and see these creations. You always make it seem so easy. i love your ideas. I love the owl.

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  3. I have three boys ages 7, 5 and 2, and they would LOVE to have a dedicated playroom with as much cute decoration as you have in yours! Great job.

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  4. ;) Yes, your text is centered, but stay strong, girl! One naysayer does not a world of haters make. Ha! Thanks for coming by to say hi.

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  5. Cheri--HONESTLY. I wish my kids were younger and closer to come play in your cool playroom!!

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  6. I have come across this post a few times. This idea is so adorable. My school age son would not appreciate this, but my 2 year old daughter would. I am trying to think of a way of doing this for her. Hmm...

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  7. What a great idea. I can not wait to see the ladder...I love it! You've done an amazing job so far...can't wait to see everything together!

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  8. Can you tell me what that fabric is that you used on the window treatments? That is TOOO CUTE!!!

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  9. You did a beautiful job. Totally love this.

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  10. What a fabulous idea! Wow! I totally love your apple tree and owl and how they are interactive! Genius. I am dreaming of a playroom now. I may have to work something like this into my kid's rooms. Love it!

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  11. Great idea! So creative!! love it

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  12. OMG i Love it, love it, LOVE it!!! Such a simple but awesome idea.. and when we move to a bigger place with a play room I will totally be stealing your idea, hope you dont mind :). and the ladder idea... NOT crazy.. GENIUS!! This is the PERFECT room for boys.. that is if mine dont pull the apples off, eat them, and then tear the head off the owl (they are the complete wild "BOY" stereotype)

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  13. So cute, I love it. Now I just need a playroom to decorate.

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  14. I have two boys myself - LOVE LOVE LOVE the mailbox, tree, and ladder!

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  15. I love your playroom ideas! I'm working on a playroom in our house right now and you are so much more creative than I am! Great job on all if it!

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  16. I just love this Idea! It´s amazing! You´re so creative!

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