We moved C to a larger room recently and though I had a theme in mind, it wasn't until very recently that I actually got up the energy to put it all together. At first, we considered doing Mickey Mouse as a theme, but didn't think that would really grow with him over the next few years. We settled on cars (as in transportation, not the Disney movie) since that's his second favorite thing. There are still a few more things to do, but here's some shots of the (almost) finished product!
The road border is 6' x 18" black contact paperthat I ordered off Amazon. I cut it in half length wise giving me two 6' x 9" strips that I joined at a straight edge. The white dashes are just Avery labels cut into 1/4" x 1" strips placed about 3 inches apart. To space them properly, I laid the black paper out and used a yard stick to mark where the dashes should go, then stuck them on. Super easy, once I figured out the math! Putting it up was a bit of a task, but the glory of contact paper is that you can reposition it 1,000 times without a problem (trust me - I've tested this). Total cost: $8
For the letter art, I cut out a "C" and white dashes of paper (about 1/4" x 3/4") in a curved pattern so they'd fit in the C. I glued the C to white card stock and added the dashes - some glue stick did the trick. The cars are actually from the dollar bin at WalMart, of all places. They are cheap, plastic toys that I wouldn't give to C directly, but their cheapness made them light weight and perfect for crafting. I removed the glass from the frame and put the poster board in the front (I kept the glass in the back of the frame so I didn't lose it). Total cost: $6
These pictures totally fit under the category of re-purposed stuff. I love maps, so I always keep our old Rand McNally atlases when they get old. J had a few old canvases, so I decoupaged them with maps and print outs of various road signs. The lettering is from an old scrapbook kit, but could have easily been hand written or cut out via Criket. Total cost: Free
This lamp might be my favorite of the new craft projects in C's room. We've had the lamp for years and just had a plain white shade on it since it matched everything. I picked up the black shade at WalMart along with some more of the cars. The dashes are white paper cut to about 1/4" x 1" long. Everything is hot glued on and it literally took about 10 minutes to put together. Total cost: $8
The bedding was the most expensive part, but that is to be expected. I found a lot of nice patterns online, but they were so pricy! This set was a nice balance of fun color and price. Total cost: $60
Still to go on my list are curtains (I have the fabric, but we all know how that goes...), some road signs for above the highway border, and to hang the old license plates Grandma is giving us. I can't wait to see everything all put together!
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