Easy Upcycled DIY Ideas For Fun Kids' Bedrooms

Looking for easy upcycled DIY ideas for fun kids' bedrooms? Read on to find simple ways to add creative, colorful and (kind of) crazy elements to your children's rooms. These ideas will encourage your children to discover, imagine, visualize and anticipate while they think they are just playing in their bedroom!

The ideas which follow should serve as a jumping-off point for your own imagination and creativity. Study them carefully, taking the time to really absorb all the details. As you do, your mind will respond by inspiring you with other options, possibilities and prospects.

By the time you finish reading this piece, you will have thought of many more ways to embellish and improve your children's bedrooms, all of which will help them dream, imagine, explore and learn.

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Henry's Hideaway

A la 'Swiss Family Robinson'

I was enchanted when I stepped in the doorway of this island retreat, aka ‘Henry’s Hideaway’.

The room is not very big, about 11′ X 11′, but it lives large, mostly due to its clever design which puts a child’s needs first. The ‘grass’ path is made from indoor/outdoor grass matting, cut to shape and held in place with a rug-to-floor mat. The ‘grass’ continues underneath the bed, providing a soft spot for the feet.

The ‘grass hut’ loft bed was made from scrap lumber, such as you would expect to find washed up on the shore of a desert island. More scrap lumber was used for the bed’s ladder, which is securely attached both to the bed and the wall. Safety first!

Three sides of the bed are lined with thatching to define the space, add visual interest and texture.

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A Closer Look at Henry's Hideaway Reveals More Details

Henry’s desk is a simple affair: a square of scrap wood, covered with elephant-patterned wallpaper, is firmly attached to the bed frame along the lower support bars, which serve as bracing. This means only one desk ‘leg’ is needed, which is made by lashing together two pieces of bamboo with twine. If you do not want or like bamboo, use more scrap lumber for the desk leg.

Task lighting is provided by a simple clip light hooked to the bed frame, as well as a table lamp found on the ‘nightstand’. The ‘nightstand’ is nothing more than a scrap of wood sized to fit between the ladder and the wall brace and screwed into both. It, too, is covered with the elephant-patterned wallcovering.

Ambient lighting can be seen in the light string made from coconuts and hung from the bed frame. If coconuts are not your thing, another easy, upcycled light string option would be to use decorative paper cups, with a hole punched in the bottom of each to accommodate the string’s bulbs.

Four ceramic frogs are firmly glued to the top of each bedpost, acting as amphibian sentries. A orange-red frog planter on the desktop serves as a pencil holder.

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I LOVE This Fred Flintstone-esque Chair

I WANT this chair!

Who could say ‘no’ to this chair? It absolutely begs you to come in and sit down.

Fashioned from more scrap wood, it has a child-like, cartoon quality, charming and adorable! Perfectly proportioned for a child, I can easily imagine reading, coloring, playing, doodling, daydreaming and pretending while seated in this chair, at this desk.

Marvelous.

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There's an Elephant Outside the Window

Huh?!

Henry seems to have a pet.

A pet ELEPHANT?!?

Does his mother know about this?

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Henry Has Elephant Food All Prepared

How did he know?

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Henry's Elephant's Favorite Dinner Recipe

Elephants eat a lot

Henry's Elephant's Favorite Dinner Recipe

Elephants are herbivores, so no meat is required.

However, elephants need a lot of volume every day, about 660 pounds of food, including grass, hay, fruit, berries, bamboo, tree bark, branches, and vegetables, all washed down with 50 gallons of water.

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  • Serves: 1 meal for a really hungry elephant (Is there any other kind?)
  • Prep Time:
  • Total Time:

Ingredients

  • Hay - 4 bales
  • Bananas - 1 really big bunch - unpeeled
  • Apples - 40 pounds - unpeeled
  • Cabbage - 15 heads of green cabbage - red cabbage causes unwanted...you know...
  • Berries - 4 bushels of whatever berry is available
  • Tree branches and bark - 2 large-ish tree branches should suffice
  • Bamboo - 8 large stalks

Instructions

  1. Dump everything together and let the elephant go for it!
  2. Don't forget to compost the leftovers...<b>all</b> the leftovers, if you catch my meaning.
  3. Note: This recipe is what Henry's elephant likes to eat. Your elephant may like and need other food. It's best to check with a veterinarian for specific dietary requirements for your elephant.

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Upcycled Play Time

This pint-sized table has been made from a tree stump, as have the two stumpy chairs. They have all been covered with remnants of the grass mat The table top has been recycled from another set and all three pieces have been placed in front of the window, providing plenty of light for all kinds of activities.

If you make your own kid-sized tree stump table and chairs, be sure to allow the stumps to dry outdoors for at least a month; two months would be better. This is to ensure any insects living in the stump have vacated the premises.

Once the stumps have dried, the bark needs to come off. If you are fortunate, the bark will fall off by itself. If not, remove the remaining bark by carefully chiseling it off, doing your best not to dig the chisel into the stump.

When the bark has been removed, sand any rough areas smooth with medium-grit sandpaper, wiping away sanding dust.. Once the stumps are prepped, spray or brush them with two or three coats of matte or satin polyurethane, lightly sanding between coats, while being sure to allow the recommended drying time between coats.

After the table stump has been finished, attach the round top to the stump with four or more L-brackets, depending on the stump’s diameter, taking care the screws do not penetrate through the top of the table.

Having completed prepping the table and chairs, apply a coat of spray adhesive to their tops, according to the can’s directions. This is best done in a well-ventilated area, since spray adhesive is stinky! Following directions, allow the adhesive to set up for a few minutes before applying the grass mat.

I find it best to fold each piece of mat in half, right sides together, then carefully place the folded piece on the surface being covered, matching up the edges. Gently smooth out the first half of the mat, then ease the rest of the mat over the surface, smoothing as you go.

Add small fern picks at random locations to the stump chairs by drilling pilot holes in the stump, applying a schmeer of SuperGlue to the fern stems, and inserting the picks into the holes.

The table is accessorized with more frog accents and a….

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Treasure-Map Puzzle In A Bottle! Image by KateHon

Treasure-Map Puzzle In A Bottle! Image by KateHon

Treasure-Map Puzzle In A Bottle! Image by KateHon

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Love the No-Sew Window Treatment

The ferns reinforce the 'tree-house-on-a-desert-island' feel

The window treatment shown here is super simple to re-create using more scrap lumber and permanent ferns and fern picks.

Assemble a four-sided box (aka cornice box) out of scrap lumber, just large enough to fit around outside of your window molding. The length of your box does not have to be very big – using 1″ X 3″ or 1″ X 4″ wood would be perfectly adequate. It is up to you whether you want to attach the greens to the box before or after mounting it to the wall.

Once your box has been built, decide on what kind of greens you would like to use. In this room, two Boston fern bushes and several fern picks were used for each window. You may need to cut off most of the ‘handle’ on your bush to make it easier to work with; once that is done, spread out the fern bush until you like how it looks and just staple it in place with a staple gun. Fill in the middle of your cornice with fern picks.

The resulting no-sew window treatments are lush with color and texture, totally reflecting the room’s island influence.

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Perfect Paint Perk-Up for an Old Dresser

Take it from drab to fab with a coat of paint

Here is an excellent example of using paint to transform an ugly duckling into a swan.

The dresser feels the jungle beat with a coat of neutral paint and more elephant-patterned wallpaper covering the piece’s top and drawer fronts. The upcycled features continue with the addition of bamboo drawer pulls, painted with the same dresser paint.

The design principle of repetition is used here with great effect:

- The three red faux gazelle heads preside over…
- A phalanx of tropical leaves.
- The red accent color is repeated in the potted tropical anthuriums, which are accented with ferns and succulents and…
- Flanked by more ferns, planted in a frog container

A vintage globe is also on the dresser, serving as inspiration to explore the world.

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Upcycled Art Project

Rig up this simple art display piece with bamboo, rope and fern-y accents

This art project can be easily adapted to fit your space.

Here is what you will need:
- Bamboo
- Rope, a heavier weight for the bulk of the rigging and a lighter weight (even twine would work) for the cross members.
- Fern picks for accents

How to replicate the rigging shown here:
1. Cut bamboo to desired length. The bamboo in this example is about 45″ long
2. Cut 5 pieces of the heavier rope to desired length. Each main rigging, seen here, is about 6 feet long.
3. Cut 7 pieces of the lighter rope to the desired width. Each cross member, seen here, is about 40″ long.
4. Tie each piece of the heavier rope to the bamboo, using a clove hitch knot (see video below). Tie off the bottom of each long piece.
5. Weave each piece of the lighter rope through each piece of the heavier rope by separating the strands and slipping the rope through the opening. Tie off each end of the lighter rope to prevent it slipping back through the heavier rope.
6. Embellish with permanent greens as desired.

Use this rigging to display favorite stuffed animals or treasured pieces of artwork. Notice at the bottom of the rigging a metal tic-tac-toe board with tiny turtle magnets for playing pieces.

Simple!

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  • Anonymous831 Apr 18, 2014 @ 1:42 pm
    Very cute ideas.
  • ideadesigns Feb 02, 2014 @ 7:24 pm
    Wow what a creation!! Love all the upcycled creativity.
  • graysquidooer Feb 02, 2014 @ 1:35 pm
    I had never heard of "Upcycled" before, but found your lens interesting
  • Graceonline Feb 01, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
    What a fun room for a kid who is deeply into Tarzan, Swiss Family Robinson and jungle lore.
  • rauspitz Feb 01, 2014 @ 8:58 am
    Outstanding creativity. Congratulations on getting LotD!
  • DaisyDixon Feb 01, 2014 @ 12:00 am
    Great ideas, congratulations- a very nice lens and well deserved LOTD :)
  • melaniekaren Jan 31, 2014 @ 4:17 pm
    Oh, this is so fabulous. I want it all for me, and I'm 43! -can't wait to show my son this. This will inspire him and give us both some really great ideas. Thank you for taking the time to share this.
  • veryirie Jan 31, 2014 @ 2:45 pm
    Congratulations on your Lens of the Day! I LOVE the fern valance!!!!!
  • VioletteRose Jan 31, 2014 @ 2:31 pm
    They seem to be real fun ideas!
  • d-artist Jan 31, 2014 @ 1:21 pm
    Congratulations on LOTD! What a fun, imaginative and creative room!

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