Super Simple DIY Flower Banner (with FREE Printable Download!)

I’m popping in a little early this week to share a fun and easy printable banner project that just might come in handy this weekend for your Mother’s Day celebrations! Even if you’re not celebrating Mom in a big way this year, this DIY flower banner is easily customizable for any occasion, making it the perfect accessory for any Springtime soiree in the coming months! From brunch this weekend to a baby or wedding shower, print out this printable and use the following tutorial to create a fresh, flirty, and festive banner in no time!

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

This banner was designed to coordinate with a flower cake topper project I have live right now over on Thirty Handmade Days where I am thrilled to be a new contributor! These wooden flowers are made by simply painting and glueing wooden shapes together…and the result is just darling. Be sure to pop over to visit Mique and see the full tutorial! And if you’re a Thirty Handmade Days reader coming over to say hi, welcome!!!! I am so glad you’re here! Please have a look around and leave a comment introducing yourself!

Make this charming and oh-so-easy cake topper for your next Spring soiree by painting and glueing basic wooden shapes into pretty flowers!

No party is complete without a banner, but they can sometimes be a bit tough to pull together if you don’t have access to a lot of craft supplies! To help you out, I designed this printable banner to be fully customizable for any phrase or occasion! With some creative cuts, extra cardstock, and some sticker letters, you can make a banner just like the one I made here for my niece’s bridal shower in less than an hour!

Use this pretty floral printable to make your very own Spring banner! Customize it with any phrase you want!

I make a lot of banners…for parties, nurseries, and other occasions…and this is often my go-to method! While I love using my e-cutter for paper projects, I can often get just as quick and easy results using my paper trimmer and scissors! Ready to see how it comes together?

Here’s what you need to make a flower banner as shown:

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Start by downloading and printing the banner pennant images. I have four size options available, but you can always adjust the size/quantity even further in your print options. Be sure to print out as many flags as you need for your phrase! (TIP! Always wonder how I get such vibrant color on all my printables? I print them onto photo paper to ensure bright, saturated, glossy color!)

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

(to access the printable, click on the button below. It should open in a new tab!)

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

With the banner printed, use a paper trimmer and/or scissors to cut out each individual pennant.

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

With the flags trimmed down, you can easily punch your holes, add your letters and string and be done, but I always like to add a colored cardstock background to my pennants to give them more weight and color. To do this without a lot of measuring, simply secure the flower pennants directly to colored cardstock, leaving a 1/4″ish border around the sides.

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

To keep this really quick and easy, align the outside edges of the flower pennants with the edge of the cardstock and then trim down the inner edges to make a consistent border around each one.

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

To finish off the pennants, you need to cut out the bottom triangle. You can eyeball it or use a ruler and pencil to identify the 1/4″ border.

Use this pretty floral printable to make your very own Spring banner! Customize it with any phrase you want!

Once the bottom triangle is trimmed away, your pennants are ready to be strung together!

Use this pretty floral printable to make your very own Spring banner! Customize it with any phrase you want!

Use a hole punch to add holes to the top corners of each pennant…

Use this pretty floral printable to make your very own Spring banner! Customize it with any phrase you want!

…then feed string or ribbon (depending on how big you made your holes) through each pennant. If you made them itty bitty like I did…a needle helps this part go a little easier!

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

The final step is to add your letters! I cut my “Bride 2 Be” phrase from cardstock using my Cricut Explore…but you can easily use sticker letters here for a true peel, stick and go option!

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

And in a matter of minutes, your banner is ready for hanging!

Use this pretty floral printable to make your very own Spring banner! Customize it with any phrase you want!

I hope this easy printable banner project helps make your Springtime parties a little more festive! I had so much fun designing this floral pattern myself…don’t be surprised if you see some more custom printable designs come down the pike 😉

Make your own Spring banner for any occasion with this FREE and pretty floral printable banner! This tutorial shows you how to customize it for any phrase and occasion!

And with that, I’m signing off for the week as we continue to prepare for our upcoming move. I have some super fun organization content cued up for next week, so be sure to come back and see me on Tuesday!

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Home Decor Sewing School | How to Make a Pillow Sham

Last month, I kicked off a new series called Home Decor Sewing School! While I certainly don’t consider myself an expert sewer (trust me, I am far from it!), there are skills and tricks I’ve learned and mastered over the years that have allowed me to quickly and easily make perfectly customized and unique things for our home. (And making things myself is precisely how I achieve unique decor and styles in our homes over and over again on a tight budget!) Last month we tackled piping, and this month, I am going to show you how to make a pillow sham! Even for the most inexperienced sewer, this is a great project to master (because it’s translatable to other projects and spaces) and only requires a few straight lines! Let’s get started!

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

While my goal with this series is to break down some basic home decor sewing techniques and projects so that you feel confident making your own home decor, this month’s tutorial may have had a slightly selfish purpose. Remember that adorable floral fabric I used to cover the dresser a few months back? Well…I couldn’t stop thinking about it after I removed it from the dresser and was desperate for a way to work it into our own home. A scrap was literally sitting on our bed when I realized it worked SOOO well with our other bed pillows AND it brought in a much-needed accent color. I went to the store the very next day to buy enough fabric to make some pillow shams for our bed! So I get new pillow shams out of the deal, and you get a snazzy new sewing tutorial! We all win!

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Pillow shams, at least the kind I am going to show you today, are essentially envelope-style pillow cases (which means they have an overlapping opening in the back to insert the pillow). To give these pillow covers a bit more presence and qualify them as “pillow shams,” they have a flange around the perimeter…which is essentially that 2″ border you see around the pillow’s edge.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

These flanges are nothing to be scared of…in fact, you will be shocked to see how easy they are to achieve! And the result is a professional-looking pillow sham that will add layers and interest to your bedding arrangement!

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Materials & Supplies

You don’t need anything fancy to make your own pillows shams, just some basic sewing supplies and your favorite fabrics! While home decor fabrics often have a bit more weight to them (allowing your flanges to sit up a bit straighter), you really can use any cotton or home decor fabric you love! Here is what you need to make a basic pillows shame (NOTE: quantities will differ based on the size and quantity of shams you’re making!)

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Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

  1. Pillow Front Fabric (How much you need depends on how big and how many pillows you are making. Refer to the cutting guide below to determine how much fabric to buy.) This fabric is from Hobby Lobby.
  2. Pillow Back Fabric (This fabric can be the same or coordinating with the front fabric. Again, how much you need will depend on how big and how many pillows you are making.) This fabric is from Hancock Fabrics.
  3. Coordinating thread
  4. Disappearing fabric pen (THESE are my absolute favorite!)
  5. Pins
  6. Ruler
  7. Cutting tools (both a rotary cutter and scissors come in handy!)

Other tools needed: sewing machine, iron, cutting mat (this set is invaluable!)

Cutting the Fabric

The first step will be to determine your measurements based on your pillow size and desired final look. One of the BEST things about making your own pillow shams, besides picking the fabrics, is that you can make them as big or as little as you want them. If you want a grander look, make larger flanges, if you want them slight, make small (or no) flanges. Use the equations below to determine your fabric cuts. (NOTE: the example used here is for a standard bed pillow case with a 2″ flange. Be sure to adjust the measurements based on your pillow size and desired flange width.)

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know! Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Once you’ve determined your measurements, cut one front piece and two back pieces. A long, clear ruler and rotary cutter make this a breeze! (TIP: on the back panels, use a pin to mark which sides are the “height” and which sides are the “width,” as these measurements can often be quite close and hard to keep straight.)

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Hemming the Back Panels

Set your front panel aside, as we’re going to start by hemming one side on each of the two back panels. On one “height” side of one of the back panel pieces, fold over the edge 1″ and iron in place.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Fold the edge over again another inch, iron and then pin in place down the edge.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Using a sewing machine, sew a straight line 1/8″ from the hem edge to secure the hem in place.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Repeat the same hem process on the second back panel. When done, you should have two back panels each with a single hem on one side.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Assemble the Pillow Sham

With the two back panels hemmed, it’s time to assemble your pillow sham! Yep – already! Start by placing your pillow front panel RIGHT SIDE UP on your work surface, as shown.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Next, place the pillow back panels RIGHT SIDE DOWN onto the pillow front, aligning all the raw edges. (NOTE: the hemmed edges of each panel should be toward the center.)

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

The two hemmed edges should overlap about 8-10″, and all the other raw edges should line up with the pillow front panel.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Next, pin all the way around the pillow sham. (TIP: be sure to pin all the layers together where the two back panels overlap to ensure you catch the inside panel in your stitching!)

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Using your sewing machine, sew a 1/2″ seam all the way around the pillow case. You don’t need to leave any openings…go ahead and sew all four sides shut!

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

At the corners, you can either drop your needle down, pivot and keep sewing OR sew right off the edge, trim your threads, rotate and start sewing again. My Mom taught me to do the latter as it makes for stronger corner seams. Whichever method you choose, be sure to carefully clip the corners with a sharp scissors to reduce bulk once turned right-side out.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Speaking of right-sides out, it’s time to flip the case out! Open up the envelope backing made by your two overlapping back panels and pull the pillow case through the opening.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Press out the corners and smooth all the seams flat.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Sew the Flanges

The last step in making your pillow sham is to sew the flanges to create a nice border around your pillow. Start by ironing out your pillowcase and making your seams nice and crisp. I recommend pinning all the way around the pillow to keep all the layers together as you sew the flanges.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Next, you are going to use a disappearing fabric pen to draw a box around your pillowcase, on top of which you will sew to make the nice border on your sham. Using a ruler, measure in your flange size from the outside edge on ALL four sides. (NOTE: At this point, your pillow case is likely quite a bit bigger than your pillow. Besides adding a decorative detail, the flanges also create a tighter case for the pillow to sit in. As such, the rectangle you draw with your pen should roughly equal the actual size of your pillow.)

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Next, top-stitch around the pillowcase (though all layers), following the line you just drew. This time, you will need to drop your needle and pivot at each corner to make clean angles.

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

To finish, use an iron to remove the pen marks and reveal a nice border created by your stitch lines!

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Lastly, insert your pillow through the opening in the back…

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

…and place on your bed!

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Making custom pillow shams is something I have done for years. Not only do I love that it allows me to bring in different fabrics other than the ones that come with my bedding, but they are such a quick and simple way to refresh our bedroom display for the seasons! I know I say “quick and easy” a lot…but I promise…this one really is a quick and easy one! Both these shams together took me about an hour!

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

I bought the floral fabric on sale (for about $10 total) and had the grey fabric on hand, so this Spring “refresh” in our bedroom cost me about $10 and 1 hour of time! And THAT’s why I love knowing how to sew my own items!!!!

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Home Decor Sewing School

The Home Decor Sewing School Series is all about providing thorough, easy-to-follow tutorials for the skills and concepts used most in home decor projects! Catch up on other posts in this series below!

Home Decor Sewing School | How To Make Piping for Home Decor Projects - Learn how to give your home decor projects a finished and professional look with DIY piping!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and feel emboldened to give this pillow sham project a try! Be sure to leave me requests for other home decor skills and projects you want me to cover in this series in the comments below. And if you make any projects these (or any of my!) tutorials, share on social media using #THIHMmademedoit

Customize your bed linens and save money by making your own pillow shams! This tutorial walks you through everything you need to know!

Hope you’re week is off to a great start! I’ll be popping back in a little early this week…check the blog tomorrow for a special Mother’s Day project!

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30 Home Decor Projects You Can Make With a Cricut Explore

It’s no secret around here that one of my favorite, most-used, and most-reliable tools in my crafting arsenal is my Cricut Explore. After making the switch from my old Expressions II Machine to a snazzy new Cricut Explore a few years ago (read why I stayed Team Cricut here), my machine has a permanent spot on my craft counter and is used weekly, and sometimes even daily! Not only do I use it for a variety of paper and party crafts, but I heavily rely on it to make inexpensive, easy, and quality decor, labels and accessories for our home! In fact, owning and using my die-cut machine is one of the main ways I am able to decorate our home so quickly and cheaply move after move after move! Over the years, I have received many questions and requests for some detailed Cricut tutorials that I thought it was time to kick off a new series: “Using the Cricut Explore for Home Decor.” I realize there are a ton of Cricut Explore videos and tutorials out there, but as I often do, I am going to focus my projects and tutorials specifically on tips, tricks and tools you can use to make things for your home. Before I start to dive into the nitty gritty of this (monthly) series, I thought I’d first make a good ol’ case for why I think a Cricut Explore is a worthwhile and valuable craft investment. This is in no way a sponsored post or a Cricut commercial…but if you’ve been looking for a good reason to add one to your craft stash, here are 30!

A Cricut Explore can be used for SO much more than paper crafts! Check out these awesome 30 home decor projects that you can make with a Cricut Explore!

Make Your Own Wall Decor

One of my favorite ways to update our homes is to add vinyl decals to our walls. From dots and dashes, to animals and phrases, they are a quick, easy and completely removable solution! BUT…vinyl decals can also be expensive when bought from a shop or retailer, especially if you have a big wall to fill. When you can cut your own, you can dramatically change your room for the simple cost of a roll of vinyl or contact paper! Here are 5 of my favorite wall decor updates!

GOLD POLKA DOT WALL FROM CONTACT PAPER

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own vinyl wall decals!

VINYL “TILE” BACKSPLASH

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own vinyl wall decals!

OWL STATEMENT DECAL

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own vinyl wall decals!

VINYL FLOWERS ON BUILT-INS

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own vinyl wall decals!

3D PAPER FLOWER WALL TREATMENT

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own 3D Paper Wall Decor!

Make Your Own Artwork

We are not yet in a place where we can invest in quality, statement artwork. But with lots of big and bland walls in our rentals, I am ALWAYS looking for cheap, easy and impactful ways to create my own art. Using a Cricut Explore allows me to get really clean, professional, and impactful results with minimal effort! Here are some of my favorites in recent years:

CHEVRON ARTWORK FROM CARDSTOCK

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own artwork!

STATE SILHOUETTE ARTWORK

DIY State Silhouette Artwork

WALLPAPER STATEMENT ARTWORK

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own artwork!

USA MAGNETIC MEMO BOARD

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own memo boards!

EASY-SWAP “POLAROID” GALLERY FRAME

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own nursery artwork!

Make Your Own Typography Artwork

In addition to cutting out shapes and images, one of my all-time favorite ways to use my Cricut Explore is to make typography-style artwork. Anyone who has cut letters out of anything (paper, vinyl, fabric) knows how tedious and tough in can be! Being able to make clean and precise wording to me is worth the investment alone!

DIY X-LARGE TYPOGRAPHY ARTWORK

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own typography artwork!

MINI GOLD TYPOGRAPHY ARTWORK

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own typography artwork!

TYPOGRAPHY-EMBELLISHED USA

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own typography artwork!

FUN WALL PLAQUES

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own typography artwork!

Embellish Your Home Decor Accessories

The die-cut machines available these days are now able to cut an array of materials from fabric to leather and everything in between. While I haven’t experimented with too many materials, I have been able to use my machine to embellish a variety of things around our home including pillows, vases, and furniture!

HEART-FELT PILLOW

Use a Cricut Explore to make cut out fabric for home decor projects!

MONOGRAMMED MEMO BOARDS

Use a Cricut Explore to make add your own monogram to your items!

DIE-CUT FLOWER VASE

Use a Cricut Explore to make your home decor accessories!

VINYL-COVERED DRESSER

Use a Cricut Explore to update pieces of furniture!

Make Your Own Stencils

I love being able to cut paper or vinyl into pretty much any shape for any surface; but sometimes, it’s better to paint on a label or decorative feature. Being able to cut any shape from freezer, stencil or adhesive papers allows me to make my own stencils for a variety of projects! While making and using stencils certainly takes some practice, it’s pretty awesome to be able to add any image, in any shape, size and color to any project at any time!

STENCILED FALL PILLOWS

Use a Cricut Explore to make stencils for a variety of home decor projects!

STENCILED SANDBOX COVER

Use a Cricut Explore to make stencils for a variety of home decor projects!

STENCILED BASKET LABELS

Use a Cricut Explore to make stencils for a variety of home decor projects!

Make Your Own Labels

Last but not least, most of you regular readers know that not only do I label almost everything in our home, but I most frequently make those labels with my Cricut Explore. From text labels to images, the software and the machine just make it TOO easy to quickly add a label to (almost) any surface! Here are just a few of the labels I’ve made with my Cricut Explore!

IMAGE-LABELED TOY BINS

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

KITCHEN UTENSIL JARS

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

LAUNDRY ROOM BINS

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

CRAFT ROOM LABELS (3 DIFFERENT METHODS!)

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

BATTERY KIT

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

RECYLING BIN LABELS

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

GARDEN STAKES

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

MAGNETIC BASKET LABELS

A Cricut Explore can be used for SO much more than paper crafts! Check out these awesome 30 home decor projects that you can make with a Cricut Explore!

CLEANING KIT LABELS

A Cricut Explore can be used for SO much more than paper crafts! Check out these awesome 30 home decor projects that you can make with a Cricut Explore!

If you do have an e-cutter, I hope this round-up inspired you to give some new projects a try around your home! If you don’t have one, but DO love to make things for your family and your home, I really couldn’t recommend investing in one more! Next week, I’m going to be breaking down the “essentials” you need to make the projects you see here, and then I’ll be tackling some common techniques needed/used in home decor projects in the coming months. If you have anything specific you’re dying to know or want me to cover, be sure to leave me a note in the comments!

A Cricut Explore can be used for SO much more than paper crafts! Check out these awesome 30 home decor projects that you can make with a Cricut Explore!

And with that, I’m closing out the week! I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday!

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Renter-Friendly Walls: A 3D Paper Mountain Mural

I get into this funny spot in the weeks before a move. After months of being relatively at peace with all that has been accomplished in the house, I look around and see all these ideas and projects that 1) I never got to or 2) just occur to me. Most sane people would just let the good ideas go or save them for the next house…but me? For whatever reason I am compelled to make the rooms as complete as possible before taking them all apart, even if that means knocking out a few last-minute projects. Today, I am going to share another installment of my “Renter-Friendly Walls Series” and show you how to make a 3D Paper Mountain Mural. As fun as it is, you might be surprised to hear how this one came about!

Looking for a really quick, inexpensive, temporary and EASY wall treatment idea? Try this 3D Mountain Mural maid entirely with paper!

Last week, when I was shooting photos for the magnetic basket labels, I was looking at our 3D paper art installation and kinda hung my head in shame. The wall art installation you see in the photo below was a project I did back in the Fall for ForRent.com. It was never intended to be on this wall or in this room long-term; in fact, it was put up purely to take photos and then was supposed to be taken back down. But then it kinda grew on me…and I had no other grand idea for this wall…so it stayed up all these months.

3D Paper Wall Art-01

But it always felt so unbalanced and incomplete to me. It looked great in photos, because (as you might notice) all the photos are zoomed in. But since it only occupied one corner on a huge wall, it looked so random in the room as a whole. My original plan for this art installation was for it to be much, much bigger (but I could never get it to look the way I wanted it)…so I actually had a ton of blue folded squares sitting in my craft closet waiting for inspiration to strike. The other night after Henry was in bed, I didn’t want to sit at the computer and was feeling creative. So I turned on the TV, pulled out the blue squares from my craft closet and got to work re-doing and expanding the original concept…

Looking for a really quick, inexpensive, temporary and EASY wall treatment idea? Try this 3D Mountain Mural maid entirely with paper!

Within an hour, I ended up here! (Remember, all my paper was sorted and folded already!). Even this isn’t where I thought I’d end up but it sure looks pretty cool so I thought it was worth sharing!

Looking for a really quick, inexpensive, temporary and EASY wall treatment idea? Try this 3D Mountain Mural maid entirely with paper!

This mountain “mural” (as I’m calling it) is super easy and super inexpensive…and is completely renter-friendly/removable! All you need for this project is colored cardstock and masking tape. A scoring tool and a ruler certainly help but are not required.

To achieve the ombre look, pick out different shades of paper in the same color family. This was made super cheap and headache-free by buying these color paper packs at Michaels for $5/each. Yep – this whole wall cost me about $10! They have these packs in almost every color family so pick out whatever color(s) work with your decor.

Here are the easy-to-find and inexpensive supplies to DIY a 3D Paper Mountain Mural!

Since I originally did this project for ForRent.com, I’m going to refer you over there to see how easy it is to fold up the paper. It’s a great way to keep your hands busy while catching up on re-runs or watching the kiddos play. I DO recommend keeping your colors sorted, as it will make getting your design up on the wall MUCH easier!

Here are the easy-to-find and inexpensive supplies to DIY a 3D Paper Mountain Mural!

With the paper folded, all you need to do is secure the squares to the wall using a few pieces of masking tape. You can hang the squares horizontally (as squares) or on diagonal (as diamonds); and you can play with the ombre effect in lots of different ways (horizontally, vertically, diagonally)! Even if a mountain-scape isn’t your thing (not sure it’s mine either!), you can use this same technique to achieve any number of design and shapes. Just as I had to…play around until you find a shape/pattern/design that suits your space!

Here are the easy-to-find and inexpensive supplies to DIY a 3D Paper Mountain Mural!

If you want to create a mountain mural as I have shown here, you will basically be making overlapping triangles in different heights. Start with one square. Then on the next vertical column, hang two squares, then three, etc (until you reach the height you want). I found having two vertical columns of each color made the ombre-effect the most obvious.

Use folded paper in an array of colors to create a 3D artwork for your walls!

Continue working your way up and down and through your colors as you move across the wall. Do your best to line up the edges of the paper, but when all the squares are up and you “fluff: out the folds, any gaps in paper are hardly noticeable!

Use folded paper in an array of colors to create a 3D artwork for your walls!

Finally, use a paper trimmer to trim down any necessary squares where the pattern meets the wall/trim and really fill in the pattern. You can see more how to do this here!

Looking for a really quick, inexpensive, temporary and EASY wall treatment idea? Try this 3D Mountain Mural maid entirely with paper!

Looking for a really quick, inexpensive, temporary and EASY wall treatment idea? Try this 3D Mountain Mural maid entirely with paper!

I originally did not set out to create a mountain pattern, but once it started becoming evident, I just went with it. It’s certainly not what I intended for this room back when we moved in, but I do think it’s a fun, vibrant, colorful and CHEAP way to brighten up this playroom!

Looking for a really quick, inexpensive, temporary and EASY wall treatment idea? Try this 3D Mountain Mural maid entirely with paper!

Looking for a really quick, inexpensive, temporary and EASY wall treatment idea? Try this 3D Mountain Mural maid entirely with paper!

I also really like how the blue bins along the bottom shelf ground the paper display. From a pulled-back perspective, the paper and totes together look like one large mountain-scape! Maybe this IS where I should have started after all 😉

Looking for a really quick, inexpensive, temporary and EASY wall treatment idea? Try this 3D Mountain Mural maid entirely with paper!

Admittedly, this wall display is a little crazy and very bold…but after months of having this downstairs room (which can be a bit of dungeon the way the sunlight comes in) feel so off and incomplete, I love seeing it bright, happy and a little more done. Every time I come down the stairs, the mountain mural is a happy surprise for my eyes rather than a reminder that I could never come up with a way to finish it!

Looking for a really quick, inexpensive, temporary and EASY wall treatment idea? Try this 3D Mountain Mural maid entirely with paper!

Every now in then, there are happy accidents in home decor! Sure…our impending move makes me a little more fearless when it comes to projects and design ideas…but yet again, this is an example of how my “just try it” motto can lead to some pretty fun moments around the home!

Looking for a really quick, inexpensive, temporary and EASY wall treatment idea? Try this 3D Mountain Mural maid entirely with paper!

I hope this Renter-Friendly Walls installation sparked some new ideas for how you can use basic paper and tape in your home! I’d love to know what you think of this! Am I crazy? Would you give a bold wall treatment like this a try? Share in the comments below!

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A Jungle-Themed Little Boy’s Room – The Reveal

As our time winds down here in our 6th home in Kansas, it’s time for me to start wrapping up rooms and sharing “final” room reveal posts! I use the term “final” quite loosely here. They are “done” in the sense that we (obviously) won’t be doing anything else to them because we’re moving; but to me, and especially when we live somewhere for such a short time, the rooms don’t really feel “done.” Admittedly, there is always more I can/want to do in a room, but with such a short timeframe, I was (intentionally) limited with what I could and wanted to do. That said, Henry’s bedroom is probably the most done and decorated of all the rooms in the house, so it’s a great place to start! And so I present to you, Henry’s “final” Jungle-Themed Little Boy’s Bedroom!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

As with every room reveal post I do here on the blog, I like to start at the VERY beginning. So…here are a few shots of Henry’s bedroom the day we arrived last June. It’s a good-sized room (about 10×12′ if I remember right) with one window.  We didn’t paint the neutral walls (although I would have REALLY loved a pure white on the walls), so all of the personality, style and color had to come from our belongings.

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

One week after moving in, the basic layout and function of the room were set in place…

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

After a few easy and inexpensive DIY projects, this room really came to life and now perfectly fits our vibrant, happy, energetic, and green-loving kid! Come on in and have a look around!

(Pssst – All the sources and DIY tutorials are linked up at the bottom of this post!)

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

On the large, main wall opposite the door is Henry’s bed flanked by a faux “built-in.” Floating the bed in this way not only provided some visual interest (rather than just lining it up along the wall), but also freed up some wall space to bring in the black bookcases. Henry didn’t necessarily need the storage, but we had no other place to put them.

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

This arrangement was born out of necessity, but turned out to be the perfect way to create a functional focal point in the room. I love the look, and Henry uses those cabinets to store all sorts of “treasures,” so I’m pretty sure these bookcases will remain in his bedroom in the next house (space permitting!)

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Kids’ bedrooms are always the most fun for me to work on because I don’t have to hold back my use of colors, patterns or fun accessories. And no where else is this more evident than on Henry’s bed.

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

The combination of his sheets, bedding and pillows work so so well, that I haven’t changed them in the 2+ years I first put the fabrics together! This shot below still makes my pattern-loving heart SO happy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Henry’s bedroom “design” was mostly hashed out in our last house, and we just carried a lot of the elements forward into this room. Since I wasn’t starting from scratch, I was really able to focus on some smaller details that really complete the room.

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Jungle animals are the main “theme” in the space, but the room is also brought together with other elements such as consistent accent colors and pom-pom details (on the pillow, bedspread, and around the bookcases).

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

I have a tendency to run a theme into the ground. While it makes for a cute room, when we are over that theme it means a whole new room design is required. This time around, the jungle animals are only reflected in a few things on the walls and some accessories. If/when we tire of jungle animals, the basic room design can remain in tact and we can swap out a few accessories. Although, I’m not sure Mr. Rhino will ever leave 😉

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Again, we originally put the bookcases in here because we needed a place for them. Little did I realize how perfect they were for the plethora of books and random kid-friendly accessories we’ve accumulated over the years! The cabinets below are filled with Henry’s “pets” (he’s a stuffed animal lover), shoes and backpacks. The lower level shelves (that he can easily reach) are for books we’re reading now. Higher shelves are for more decorative elements and books that are either seasonal, too old or too young!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Placing a simple stretch of wood across the two bookcases not only gave the entire setup a more cohesive look, but provided some awesome display space for things that match the space but Henry really doesn’t need to be touching. All in all, this setup is a winner for us!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

In recent weeks, we added a miniature-sized upholstered bench for Henry to sit on to get dressed, put his shoes on, and play with his pets. It’s been a great little addition to the room, both functionally and aesthetically…and it’s getting ton of use by all of us!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

In every room I’ve done for Henry, I’ve always included hooks because they are just too convenient for getting things off the floor and keeping commonly-used items handy. These are hung right by the door and hold his bath towel, frequently worn sweatshirts, hoodies and hats!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Like most kids, Henry loves displaying the work and projects he brings home from school. Little did I know that the simple little DIY bulletin board I did on a whim would get so much use! The real struggle is keeping it whittled down so it’s not overflowing!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Hands-down, one of my favorite things I’ve done in this entire house is the fabric-wall treatment over Henry’s dressers. I really, really didn’t want to re-paint or re-mat the animal frames, but the white frames on the tan wall looked weird. We weren’t going to paint the wall, so the only other solution was to add something behind the frames to contrast with them. The fabric wall feature was inexpensive, easy-to-do, and packs a huge visual punch! The size and scale over the dressers is just so good, and it really brought this side of the room up to match the exciting opposite wall! This concept is definitely going on the “Do It Again” list for the next house!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

Room Resources

So much of what is in this room was either handed down to us (almost ALL of the furniture), found in my parents basement, or re-purposed over the years from other spaces. Nonetheless, I’ve done my best to round up the sources for what you see here! If it’s not on the list, it was a DIY (which are all linked up further down)!

  • Paint color – Sherwin Williams 6098 Pacer White
  • Bed and dressers – hand-me-downs
  • Black bookcases – hand-me-downs
  • Multi-colored sheets – Target
  • White coverlet – Marshalls
  • Large wooden elephant – HomeGoods
  • Animal artwork – Zeppi Prints
  • Glass lamp with dotted shade – Target
  • Decorative wooden boxes – Target
  • Yellow rhino and elephant bookends – from my parents’ house
  • White tree sculpture – Marshalls
  • Radio Flyer Wagon and Trycyle – Antique Malls
  • Green Door Sign – Michaels
  • Blue Jax – Hobby Lobby
  • Mini wooden stool – Gift shop in Okinawa
  • White rhino head – TJMaxx
  • Green starburst frame – from my parents’ house
  • White frames – Michaels (painted white)

This room is filled to the  brim with DIY projects! You can see the tutorials for all of these projects by clicking on the photos below!

New Projects In This Room Since Moving to Kansas

Make a Faux Built-In with Two Bookcases DIY Pom-Pom Coverlet Make an upholstered bench in a mini size for kids to sit, cuddle and get dressed! Renter-Friendly Fabric Feature Wall Installation DIY Dotted Bulletin Board DIY Book Storage File Boxes

Other Projects Seen In This Space

Dipped Elephant Feet Geometric Wall Hooks Henry's Green Quilt-001 Quick and Easy Throw Pillows How to Customize Off-the-Shelf Roman Shades Painted Wooden Animals Zippered Pillow Sham-001 How to Make Yarn Pom-Pom Bunting Two-Tone Green Planters

This is the first time where Henry’s bedroom really felt like Henry’s bedroom. Until now, his nursery/room was literally just a place for him to sleep, get dressed and read books. Now, he plays in his room, squirrels things away in his room, and likes to generally hang out, listen to music and play with his pets in his room. He loves green and loves the items in here…often asking me to get things down so he can play with them (like the wagon and trike). I know he will get more opinionated as he grows, but this room really does reflect both of us in such full ways!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

This was the first room I started on, so it’s no big surprise it’s the first one done too! We’ve had some really great memories in this space, and I’m sad to start to take it down here soon. As always, I’m thankful to have the pictures to look back on and remember it by!

Check out this adorable jungle-themed little boy's room! It's full of easy and colorful DIY projects, playful accessories and fun decor ideas...perfect for a growing and active little boy!

I’d love to know what part of the room is your favorite! And if there is anything I left out, leave a comment and I’ll happily answer your questions! Happy Weekend to you!

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