Those of you who follow us on Instagram may have seen Freja’s redecorated calendar last week. She punched out circles of pretty papers and glued them to the front and back of her book. Leftover after the project was a whole bunch of colorful paper circles and I, as you might know, find it hard to throw stuff. Today, we turn the leftover colorful paper circles into birds on a wire, and let them decorate a branch from the garden.
We have used colorful paper, a circle punch (you can of course cut circles with a scissor too), scissors, glue, yarn and a dry branch.
1. We begin by wrapped yarn around parts of the branch. Add glue to the part you want to decorate, and then wrap the yarn around it. Secure the end with a little extra glue.
2. Now it’s time to do something with the circles. We had some that were already punched out, but we needed to do some more. The circles gets folded in half and some of them we turn into birds. Wings and beak are cut from a circle in a different color and then glued on.
3. Finally, we glue the circles around a piece of yarn, with the birds placed at evenly between the regular circles.
The yarn wire is then hung on the branch and the project is completed! A boring branch and some colorful circles is now a nice decoration to Freja’s room.
We begin our kids room makeover with little L’s crib. The bed is not used to sleep in any longer, but because the front can be taken off, it now functions as a couch. Inspired by Camilla Lundsten’s fantastic crib and we decided to transform our crib to a hut, using fabrics!
We have a crib, pretty cotton fabrics, a sewing machine and thread and a wide elastic band. Remember to wash all fabrics before you begin. The fabrics usually shrink a little in the wash and if you haven’t washed them before there is a risk that the finished roof doesn’t fit when washed.
1. To transform the bed into a hut we’re sewing a roof with four side panels that hangs down a bit along the edges of the bed. It’s the fabric panels that hold up the roof and the side panels have to sit tight against the edges of the bed. Start by measuring the bed and then cut the fabric for the roof and all side panels. Add one or a few centimeters seam allowance on the roof. Also add a seam allowance on the side panels, plus 3-4 extra centimeters to the bottom of the side panels. We’ll sew a channel in the bottom of the side panels and thread in an elastic band. Our side panels will be 12 cm high when they are ready.
2. Sew all four side panels together first. Then sew the roof on to the side panels. Fold up the bottom of the side pieces and sew a channel.
3. Leave a gap of a few centimeters when you sew the channel. Thread the elastic band through the channel, and attach it. The elastic band should be so tight it keeps the side panels in place when put around the bed. The roof sacks a bit in the middle at the front, but little L does not seem to mind!
This is what the roof looks like when it’s on.
4. We also made the simplest possible mattress covers, a simple bag with an opening at one edge. Don’t forget to wash your fabric before you start measuring and sewing. The opening is folded in and the mattress cover is done. Both easy to make and easy to remove and wash.
One of our major challenges with this makeover was to find projects that Freja was able to make. Sewing a roof to a bed is a bit tricky, and it requires some knowledge. But have faith, next time we’ll show you pillows made for the hut, pillows simple enough for Freja to sew on her own.
Our little friend L has a sweet room – but it’s a little pale. I like white furniture and walls, but in a kid’s room I want color! So what can you do to get a nice room if you’re not an expert on putting up wallpaper and you don’t want to spend your free time painting walls? Join us as we, with small means, existing furniture and flea market finds, do a kids room makeover!
Little L’s room is small but big enough for our little friend. The room has a beautiful large window and nice white walls. The crib is no longer used for sleep, but works as a mini sofa for the little lady.
The furniture is from the large Swedish furniture store and they are excellent for a kids room. I see no reason to buy expensive baby furniture, the little ones soon grow out of them, however one might think that they are a bit colorless. That will soon be changed. We have a crib, a shelf where mom S already has papered the inside and tables with chairs to work with.
First we make a moodboard. We collect images and ideas to see what we want to do and can do. Here are some of our inspiration:
1. We want images on the wall, images that kids like. We use washi tape because it enables us to tape on the walls and wallpaper without ruining them. We will search for pictures of cute dogs, cats and family members. Source Designsponge.
2. We like to invest in a shelf to display the front of little miss Ls books! This one is from Åhlens.
3. Plastic baskets to put toys in. They can be found in home improvement store. The baskets are soft and you can fill them, drag them around and hang on them without them breaking. Source Tubtrugs.
4. Isn’t it a lovely picture! We quickly realized that the socks would go off in a heart beat, but we like the idea. Source Shelterness.
5. Bright colors and happy animals ! Camilla Lundsten Littlephant posters get to symbolize the sense and the colors we want. Source Littlephant.
7 & 8. Bunting can be used to brighten up any room. We will try to figure out a garland easy enough for Freya to make. We are inspired also by the crates on the wall. An excellent addition to the regular shelves and a surface to place the slightly more delicate items that kids have in their room. Photo Petra Bindel.
9. The bookcase will get color of the shelves, colors that matches the nice wallpaper background.
10. We like to paint a small part of the wall. We paint with magnetic paint and then cover it with a color. Probably yellow! Source Hegeinfrance.com.
12. Inspired by Littlephant we will make mattress covers and a soft fabric ceilings for the crib. Source Hus & Hem.
Making a moodboard is a great way get an idea of what you have, what you need to purchase and what to make. We now have a color scheme in order and a plan for what we want to do next. Have a nice weekend.