Decorating a kid’s room? Here’s a fast, cheap way to DIY kids’ room wall art

I confess that I’ve not invested a lot of time & money in decorating my daughter’s room. Let’s face it, kids change so quickly and what they LOVE today could be so yesterday in six months. ARGH! So here’s an idea I love – making easy & inexpensive DIY wall art for a kid’s room using craft bandanas. And it gets better – because you’re using a sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and fabric to make your wall art, it’s super lightweight and you can hang the foam & fabric squares without pounding holes in the wall.

cheap & easy DIY wall art for kids

Wrap foam sheets in craft bandanas and voila — instant and inexpensive wall art.

Craft bandanas are available in the traditional red & blue designs, as well as lots of fun & colorful patterns. The classic bandana prints are perfect for a cowboy or pirate theme bedroom, or for a horse crazed tweenage girl! I know a few boys who would think this camo print is pretty cool.

cheap & easy DIY wall art tutorial

Tired of camo? You can easily change up your wall art by simply re-covering with new bandanas.

You’ll also find that the wall art serves double duty as a bulletin board – perfect!

DIY bulletin board with foam + fabric

It’s not just wall art — it’s also a bulletin board!

At $1.99 – $2.99 for one bandana, you can make two – three wall art panels for less than $20. And, when your child outgrows the theme, just pick up new bandanas and re-cover the old.

Here’s how I made the Camo Wall Art:

1. Cut a 1” x 12” x 36” sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam into three, 1” x 12” x 12” squares. (The dental floss technique works like a charm.)

2. Iron your bandanas to remove the wrinkles.

3. Place bandana face down, and center the foam square on it. Wrap the bandana around the foam square, just like you’re wrapping a package. Take extra care at the corners to be sure they’re square.

4. Depending on the size of foam square you used, you might need to cut away excess fabric on the back. Don’t trim it all away – you’ll need several extra inches.

5. Pin the excess fabric to the back. The pins will hold just fine, but you can secure the fabric to the back with a bit of glue, too.

6. Hang the wall art with poster putty – no nail holes! You can also use sawtooth picture hangers; be sure to put a dab of glue on the nails before inserting them into the foam.

I made the red and blue Bandana Wall Art larger, and the squares measure 18” x 18”. To make a larger square:

  • Cut two rectangles from your 12” x 36” x 1” foam sheet: one 12” x 18” and one 6” x 18”.
  • Place glue on the end of about six toothpicks and insert them halfway along an 18” edge of one of the pieces.
  • Add glue to the remaining ends of the toothpicks, and along the edge of the foam board, and glue and pick the two foam pieces together.
  • Let the glue dry and you’re ready to wrap & go.
how to make wall art with fabric + foam

Here’s the craft bandana display at my local craft chain store. There are so many options for decorating kids’ bedrooms!

Do you have your own cheap & easy ideas for decorating a child’s bedroom? If so, I hope you’ll share.

Happy crafting!


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9 Responses to Decorating a kid’s room? Here’s a fast, cheap way to DIY kids’ room wall art

  1. Violet says:

    I think of the patterns used a long time ago when I think bandannas. I didn’t know that they had came out with such an array of designs. I will have to give this another thought!

  2. Bandannas! Who would have thought? What a great idea, thanks for sharing! And thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. *hugs*

  3. Great idea Sharon! i just bought a bunch of bandanas in fun colors. Sarah wants to do her room in purple and turquoise and I found some pretty bandanas in those colors. I love the bulletin board idea using the sheet of foam – I didn’t know what I would be doing with them when I bought them but now you have inspired me! Thank you!!!!

  4. Kelly says:

    You can also get Fat Quarters for around a $1 each at Walmart. Many beautiful designs. Love this idea. I see future boards in my sons room! Thanks!

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