Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Quick & Easy Kids Bath Idea

Since we rent, there isn't a lot we can do to change a room with painting the walls, etc. I know a lot of you are in the same position! I was looking for something to put up on a large, empty wall in the main bathroom my kids use. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, and I really wanted it to be fun for my kids. I would LOVE to have a nice guest bath with seashells and soaps and rolled up washcloths, but for now, this room is used by my toddlers 99% of the time so I really wanted it to reflect that in a cute way.

So........I found these great black frames (with white mats) for THREE dollars each at Walmart (yes, they're cheap, but they aren't being moved around a lot (at all) and they have stood up very well, actually!) and went to town.

First, I had my then almost 2-year-old help with some fingerpainting - I did the letters, and she helped decorate around them.

Then, I let them dry completely. (Took about two hours - did this during naptime.) When they were dry, I framed them in the bargain frames.

Next, I did the ribbons to hang the frames. Warning: if you have a black doesn't ever go with brown pet-peeve, just stop reading now. My walls are a nice deep brown. Since my frame was black, I used a darker brown ribbon to hang the frames because it was the only color I had I wanted to bring the colors together. I just cut four equal strips of ribbon, after figuring out how low I wanted the frames to hang. Then I just eye-balled the center of each strip, tied a bow, then hot-glued the ends of the ribbon onto the back of the frames.

Then, since I can never get a straight line EVER, and I didn't have another adult around to help - I decided to stagger the letters. I think it worked.

I also took a picture of my kids in their hooded bath towels after a bath one night and framed it. I used a small easel that wasn't being used to hold the picture.

My kids love seeing their art and a picture of themselves in the room, which (I think) is worth so much more than a bowl of guest soaps.


  1. Love this idea! It would be fun to do with their names in their room too! And the bath picture on the sink is adorable!

  2. What a cute idea! I might have to copy that! :)

  3. Very cute

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  4. What a great idea! It's adorable!

  5. Oh wow that is a very cool idea! I love the picture of the kids in their towels. I am totally stealing your idea! Thanks!

  6. Oh I LOVE this idea! I'm probably gonna have to steal it :) The girls bathroom needs new "art work" and this would be perfect.