(the before shot)
SO the kids and I embarked on a project to make it something special for them, after all which kid doesn’t like crawling into a little “secret” nook? I would have loved to paint on the walls directly, but since we are only renting our home at the moment, we opted for using large painting sheets, which I then put putty on to stick them to the walls. First, Rylan chose a castle and dragon theme for the wall, and space with a rocket and alien for the ceiling. Ramtin did the drawing for us (I am hopeless at drawing!), he used the cover of an old Ladybug Magazine for inspiration for the castle and dragon.
Rylan helped to create the sky, clouds, and bushes using paint and a sponging technique. I painted the castle, dragon, and rocket, which was kind of interesting since I only used the kid's washable paint and their well-used kind of fuzzed out paintbrushes (note to self: get new brushes!), but it worked well enough!
We then cut out the moon and stars from craft foam, and combined with the rocket to create the ceiling of the reading nook.
Remember I said we were going to use some of the animal softies for another project, well, they have become cushions in our reading nook to make it extra cozy, plus I made a couple extras out of an old shirt. I also sliced open a swimming noodle and stuck it over the sharp wooden edges inside the nook to protect from bumps.
Added to: Get your craft on and Strut-Your-Stuff Thursday.