1. Make a charming headboard
Spruce up your kids’ space by making covering their headboard in vibrant colors. With fun fabric, it’s a simple task that can be learned just by watching Youtube videos.
2. Mix up your patterns
Mix and match colorful patterns to make the room pop. Even better, let your kids make the decision and pick the colors, patterns, or shapes they like together best.
3. Add a ‘please leave a message’ board
This is a great idea for any age kids. Whether it’s a teenager that wants to be left alone or a 6 year old you want to leave little notes for, everyone will love leaving messages for one another as they walk by.
4. Put on display what you already have
Bring in some geometric shelves or make your own, and put your favorite things on display. Don’t bother going out and buying fancy decor when family heirlooms and keepsakes make the best decor. Throw in a couple plants, and you have a more modern look.
5. Update an old chair to match their style
Repurposing old furniture for an updated look is the best way to make changes on a budget. The best part about it is that you can make it any color, finish, or look that you want and change it as your mood changes.
6. Refinish some old furniture
Again refinishing furniture is the ultimate money saver. Whether you find a dirty old desk at a garage sale or have a dresser from your grandmother sitting around that doesn’t match anything, you can make it into whatever you want.
7. Add some crown molding
Crown molding isn’t just for the rich. Sure it looks fancy and impressive in old victorian homes, but it’s nothing you can’t do yourself. Give your princess the bedroom of her dreams with some stencils and metallic paint.
8. Get creative on the sewing machine
There is no limit to the amount of things that you can sew. Whether its pillows and throw blankets or new seat cushion covers, the possibilities are endless. Just pick a theme, or colors your kids love and run with it.
9. Make a fun footstool
One of many things that you can cover or refinish is a footstool. Not the most common of household items, but one thats fun to play with. Make it look like a pet for a kids room or decorate with their favorite colors.
10. Enlarge one of your photos and hang it
What’s better than decorating with your own artwork? Don’t spend a couple hundred dollars on an artist’s painting no one knows. Spend the money on professionally framing a family photo or a piece you or your kids made and are most proud of.
11. Have kids decorate their own space with chalk board walls
Letting kids decorate their own space seems a little nerve wracking because who knows what that kind of freedom could bring? But making a chalkboard wall is easy and completely perfect for redecorating on a budget. Kids get creative freedom and you get an easy project- win win!
12. Incorporate house plants
Nothing brings a room to live quite like something- well, living. Not only will it liven up your kids’ room, but it could teach them some responsibility by remembering to water it. One more step before having to commit to that puppy.
13. Paint or frame maps to hang on the walls for the young explorer
Inspire your kids to be adventurous by hanging big colorful maps on the walls or paint them yourself. It’s something fun to look at and somewhat educational.
14. Wallpaper a single wall
If your looking to make a room pop, without the commitment of wallpapering everything, try wallpapering just one wall. It makes a subtle difference and mixes things up from 4 plain painted walls.
15. Redesign a light fixture
This is actually easier than it sounds. Theres not much to the outside of a light fixture and you can paint, or add to it in any way to make it fit the style of room you’re going for. You don’t mess with the wiring, you don’t t have to worry about getting electrocuted, just focus on the exterior.
16. Wallpaper the ceiling
You can wallpaper a whole room and you can wallpaper just one wall, but have you ever thought of doing just the ceiling? Nothing is more perfect for daydreaming in a kids room than a fun pattern that they can look up at every night before bed
17. Makeover a lampshade
The simplest of ways to add a pop of color to any room is to redesign your lampshade. Theres a lamp in almost every room, so why not make it a fun conversation piece by adding some fringe, some color, or a crazy pattern to add a little bit of design to a dull room.
18. Embrace the possibilities of paint
The cheapest way to get creative in your kids room is to get crazy with the paint. There are hundreds of Youtube videos with tutorials on how to make designs, patterns, and geometric shapes on your walls- even if you’re a beginner!
19. Bring back the vintage
You’re younger kids may not be into this one as much, but for teens that like to keep up with the latest trends, vintage is in. The best part? All the vintage finds you want you can find at Grandma’s house or at Goodwill. If your on a budget, redecorating with a vintage style is the way to go.
20. Put prized possessions on display
Take what you have and put it on display. Theres no doubt that there are some precious memories that come in the form of well loved items from your kids’ childhood. Those things you can’t get rid of, but don’t know where to store. Problem solved: hang it up!
21. Take design risks
Theres nothing wrong with throwing some things together and seeing how it looks. The best place to experiment with that is in your kids’ room. They’re not going to care as much, and you’re most likely going to change it up in a few months anyway.
22. Put your books on display
Anyone who loves to read is going to have a collection of books that they want to put on display. What better way to organize all your kids’ collections of baby books than to make a shelf that makes it easier for them to find them?
23. Make a statement wall
You don’t have to blow people away with a ton of color or a bright pattern on every wall, that can be a bit too much after a while, not to mention pricey. One wall is all that needs to stick out. And then one or two colors for the other walls creates a nice balance in a room.
24. Create your own hanging garland
Garland doesn’t have to just be for Christmas or parties, and you certainly don’t have to buy it. With some quality paper and string you can create your own garland to make a sea or racing them room. Or just cut out fun designs to hang over a window.
25. Pair those boring walls with splashes of color
Something to last the test of time, when they eventually outgrow all those neon colors they’re into. Nothing is cuter than a room full of bright colors when kids are young, but make sure you invest in things that can be altered and changed as they grow out of it.
26. Collect pieces over time they’ll grow into
The problem with decorating kids’ rooms is that they outgrow a lot of the decor that you find so cute when they’re young. For big things like headboards and dressers, invest in items that withstand the test of time or that they can grow into.
27. Display your kids’ art
Don’t have anything to hang on the walls? Ask your kid to make something for you and have it framed. It encourages them to get creative and be proud of something they can see everyday. You don’t need to pay an artist for a commissioned piece when you have your very own mini Picasso living in your home.
28. Have your kid create a wall mural
And why stop at having them create one picture? Let them express themselves by having them decorate the entire wall. Maybe when they’re a little bit older, but this idea lets them get creative and show off what they can do. It’s always more fun involving them in the process of decorating.
29. Add a canopy over their bed or play area
Theres no little girl out there who doesn’t want to feel like a princess. Bring her dream to live by making a canopy out of a hula hoop. Again, Youtube is filled with tutorials on how to successfully make one of these and its fairly easy and cheap to figure out on your own.
30. Create a gallery wall
One way to take fill a large space quickly is a gallery wall. Everyone has pictures of their little ones laying around or stuck on their phone from years ago. Put them to good use and create a photo collage or a wall dedicated to all those photos. Your kids will be sure to love it no matter what age.
31. Make your own mobile
Babies love mobiles, and no nursery is complete without one hanging over the crib. Instead of buying some fancy one, make it more meaningful and design your own. Mobiles are simple to make whether you sew them or make them out of string and paper. Not to mention you can make one that fits in perfectly with the theme of the baby’s room.
32. Embrace the simple design
Sometimes less is more. Kids rooms can get cluttered easily with all the toys and havoc that follows them around, so why not keep the decor to a minimum? That means less stress for you, and more room to play for them.
33. Personalize it
Get crafty and make something special to each kid. Everyone likes seeing their name on something, so why not add something to their room that makes it special. A little can of paint and some stencils definitely won’t be breaking the bank.
34. Show off the creativity
Show off your kids creativity by hanging their art on wires. Not only puts their art on display, but keeps it organized. They also can rotate out different pieces and make them feel like they have curated their own special gallery right in their room.
35. Make a DIY bedside organizer
Kids always need organization. Theres definitely no such thing as too much organization when it comes to kids rooms. Everything should have a place to be put away. Make this nifty bedside organizer to keep things up and out of the way and easy to find.
36. Clean up a desk with can organizers
Every kid growing up has a craft collection. Theres markers, pencils, crayons, scissors, pipe cleaners and more just laying around. Not only do these cans keep everything in one spot and easy to find, but they’re made out of household items. Nothing is cheaper than recycling for your home decor.
37. Make bunk bed curtains
With a fun pattern, add some color and privacy to your kid’s favorite part of their room. There are endless you tube tutorials on how to make these, or its easy enough you can wing it yourself. Every kid loves building a fort so why not make it as easy as pulling a curtain.
38. Turn lanterns into balloons
Create a fun effect by turning cheap Chinese lanterns into floating hot air balloons. Pint them however you’d like and add light blue walls and you have a balloo nfestival in your very own bedroom.
39. Inspire you child to read more
Simply add a bench underneath a window sill to create a fun reading nook that may inspire you child read more books. add some colorful throw pillows and the room is set.
40. Create your own ball pit
McDonalds may not have their famous play place anymore, but theres no reason your kids shouldn’t get to experience it at all. Using cheap materials like PVC, pool noodles, tape and a collection of balls, you have your very own!
41. Hand painting
Every kid loves getting messy and painting with their hands. Create an Andy Warhol-esque arrangement with some colored canvas and some colored hand prints. The bright contrast of all the colors will grab everyones attention as soone as they walk in.
42. Redo an old table just for them
Make a special craft table just for the kids by making it their height and adding a roll of paper. The drawing, painting, coloring possibilities are literally endless. Or at least until the paper runs out…