Today I’m continuing the series on ideas for decorating a girl’s bedroom. Check out the sweet ensemble below – these are all easy, DIY home dec accessories. If your daughter is like mine and pink is a big “NO!”, just change out the fabric, paper, etc., to something she likes. Ditto if you’re decorating a boy’s bedroom. I’ve already featured the Girl’s Bulletin Board, and today it’s all about the cube, starting with the Girl’s Pencil Cube.
To make the Girl’s Pencil Cube, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” cube
- 12” x 12” scrapbook paper, several sheets
- 3/8” grommet refills (available in hardware stores)
- Paste for paper, such as Yes! Paste; or other paper adhesive
- Tools needed: Scissors; 1” putty knife; Exacto® blade; sharp pencil; decorative edge scissors (optional)
To make the Girl’s Pencil Cube:
1. Cut five, 5-1/8” squares of scrapbooking paper to cover the sides and top of the foam cube.
2. Using the putty knife, spread a thin, even coat of Yes! Paste or other paper adhesive onto the top of the cube. Place a paper square onto the paste, keeping the paper even with the top edge. Smooth down the paper with your fingers. Carefully trim away excess paper along the bottom and the sides.
3. Repeat, covering the four sides in the same way.
4. Using decorative edge scissors, cut paper strips to decorate along the top and sides. Or, use other materials, such as ribbon or rickrack.
5. To make holes for the pencils, use the tip of the Exacto knife to carefully make small cuts through the paper on top of the cube. Then, insert a pencil through the paper slit and push the pencil straight down 1-1/2” to 2” into the STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Twirl the pencil around to slightly enlarge the hole, making it easier to insert and remove pencils.
5. Push a grommet into each hole, pushing it down till it’s snug against the top of the cube.
The cube is one of my favorite shapes, because there’s so much you can do with it. If keeping track of notes, deadlines, memorabilia and all of the flotsam of a young girl’s life is your goal, make the Girl’s Message Cube.
Tweens and teens are all about their BFFs, and a DIY Photo Cube is a fun way to display photos of friends. It would also make a great gift for a BFF, or grandparents. Now, if your daughter has a whole posse of BFFs, make a collection of Photo Cubes to hang in the Photo Cube Mobile.
Tomorrow, it’s all about the pretty Carnation Topiary and Pomander – designs you just might want to make for yourself!