The boys finally have a room that is big enough for the two of them and have space to play. In the previous house due to COVID they suddenly had to share as Mike needed an office and their room was so small. They loved sharing so it was never an issue but it was tight in there and there was only a cot bed and a single. We never had anything on the walls as it would of felt even smaller and cramped. It is the complete opposite for them now. We wanted them to feel at home as much as possible so they picked the colours for the walls and we went with whatever they said. This was a risky move but luckily it worked and the smiles on their faces was worth it. When people came over before lock down 2.0 they were so proud showing people their room and pointing to the colours. It was adorable and amazing to see them so settled. The problem we have now is there is so much available wall space and a lot of that is white that we need to fill it.
This idea was inspired by something the boys had made me for mothers day with the childminder a few years ago and it is so simple. It ticks so many boxes for me – cheap, fun for the kids and super easy. My boys aren’t really crafty, they like making mess and having a go but if it lasts to long then its left half done and sits on the side until another day or in most cases never to be looked at again. The other thing I love about it is I can really see their personalities and it echoes through other pieces they have done. B is always chaotic and colourful and J is always more structured precise.
The supplies needed for this one is paint, masking tape and a canvas board. The canvas boards were from home and bargains and were relatively cheap and variable sizes. Stick the masking tape to the board in the letter, name or shape you want and then paint it. We also had some optional glitter at the end. When the paint is slightly dried peel off the masking tape and then leave until completely dry and ta dah.
If you don’t think canvas will have the right look you could use the same technique in a photo frame. Cut a piece of card to the size of the frame. Place masking tape or paper where you want the letters to be and paint. Take a look at my super easy no paint character personalised signs here. It’s mess free and takes less than five minutes.
Our versions aren’t perfect and definitely don’t look shop bought but to me they look great. But this could really be made so beautifully and used not as just a name board. I have so many options running through my head. You could add your favourite saying or quote and create a beautiful piece of art. Well I have just inspired myself to make something else for the house but will attempt another method. I will cover that in a different blog post when I eventually make it …
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