Do you still remember, when is the last time you and your family stayed at home together from morning until late at night? With the lockdowns everywhere around the world, we have stayed at our homes longer than at any other time. With the entire family gathered up, there is an opportunity to bring out all those board games, books, do some fun physical activity indoors, and of course, do some creative stuff together. We thought this could be a great time to get children to do a lockdown makeover for their rooms. So, here’s a rough guide and a few ideas to help your child do up their rooms and make it even merrier!
Since this is a lockdown project, we need to remind the children that we will have limited resources. The ideas should be such that most of it could be done from stuff lying around the house, along with the art & craft supplies. You might want to ask the kids to organize their supplies before they start. Also help them collect things that can be upcycled.
There are 2 basic things when it comes to redecoration planning. Set the boundaries, and agree on what the kids can and cannot do in the course of redecoration. For example, you might not want them to remove/ rearrange the furniture, or paint directly on the walls.
Second, help the children decide if they want to decorate with a theme in mind. There’s no greater joy than having your favorite character all around your room, but a no-theme decor could open up unlimited possibilities. Or they might choose to do a few pieces related to a theme, and the rest of it freestyle. It’s their room after all.
The fun begins
Now that you have the basics down, here are a few ideas to pick up and customize according to the theme you have selected.
Look at the wall space available, and decide what shall go well there. Maybe a banner with the child’s name, or a quote he loves? Or maybe you want to put up an art work with some old magazines lying around the house? In fact, you can use our version of Komar’s photomural wallpaper for the wall decoration.
Make a fun and easy lampshade with a black chart paper. Or change it from stars to any other shape or drawing. Create tiny pinholes along a sketch made on the paper, and impress everyone with your masterpiece that lights up the room.
Other than that, you can take a bulb, color on it in the various shade with markers, and plug it back in. See the rainbow emerge when you switch the light on!
Bring the greens in
Reclaim an old photo frame and an old wooden box/ tray to make a succulent garden or help the child make a kid-friendly terrarium.
Of course, the good old origami will always keep you engaged creatively for hours, and will make the room look so good!