Thursday, July 5, 2012

DIY :: Creating a Bamboo Forest Bed

It's a Jungle in Here!

Last weekend, while the boys were away, Jake and I worked on a little project for our youngest son's bedroom. Earlier in the year, Jake built him a castle bunk bed, but we hadn't painted it for lack of inspiration.

 Recently, our youngest fell in love with bamboo. Anytime he sees it, he cuts it down, turns it into fun creations, and applies his imagination.

We decided to take his bamboo love to new heights!

First, we placed drop clothes in all the right areas, especially on the carpet. Then, we began by adding green patches of paint for leaves.

Jake used tape and an exacto knife to free form the leaves.

I started painting lines for bamboo. At this point, I wasn't quite sure we were on the right track, but Jake reassured me it would all work out fine.

Here we are taping on bamboo shoots. We used one inch and one and a half inch masking tape to add different sizes.

Once we taped everything off, we painted our final color on top. This color would actually end up being our background.

We started removing tape after the last layer of paint had dried.

We added smaller shoots of alternating color for details.

Jake painted in the leaves...

...while I added jungle flowers.

We strung a beaded doorway and also purchased a packet of adhesive cardboard butterflies from the scrapbooking section of the craft store.

We also used our son's animal collection to give life to the jungle.

This was a truly enjoyable project with my husband. We got to be creative and make our son smile - what more could you ask for?

{The best part of this was the cost! We were able to complete this project for well under $30. We used the small sample paints from the hardware store (some were even half off). We also used coupons at the craft store for an added savings!}

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