Someone, age five, is finally getting his bedroom fixed up just a bit.
His sisters have had some nicely decorated rooms in previous homes, but this is his first nice big boy bedroom.
He’s quite fond of telling everyone the color of the paint on his walls (even if he’s only just met you three seconds ago) :: Dill Pickle. A pretty good name for a color.
Years ago, right after he was born, I found a set of nicely framed travel prints on sale that I tucked away until it would be time for his own bedroom. I dug them out of a box one month ago and finally got them up on his wall.
When I was growing up my mom always had our rooms—OK the entire house—decorated so nicely, and I remember how much I liked to sit with her and pick out new curtains and bed spreads and other things.
I’m hoping to make some of those memories with my kids too.
I made the bunting out of paper airplanes I folded using scrapbook paper and old maps I bought in a batch on eBay.
It really didn’t take that long to fold, although I did get distracted by some writing I found on the vintage maps; I began to daydream about who the writer was and why they were traveling to Florida. In my head they looked achingly similar to my grandparents, who have been gone for a few years now. The maps had a slight musty smell which only added to the nostalgia my imaginings brought on.
They’re attached to the wall with picture hanging nails and some DMC thread. I stapled the base of the plane closed to keep it on the string.
It was a quick project, and someone was very excited about the new addition to his room. There were signs of happiness everywhere I looked, literally.
And happiness, I’m happy to report, is something we always welcome around these parts.
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Thanks Jens. 🙂 He’s pretty cute, isn’t he?
I love this! Beautiful. I want to do little penants out of maps in my boys’ playroom, but just haven’t gotten around to it. 🙂
Thanks Danielle and you know what they say… “Great Minds…!!” I have a few leftover, and I have so many ideas yet; I wonder if I’m going to have to get another lot?
I love getting to peak around your house! And I’m digging that wall color.
It is fun to look at other people’s homes, isn’t it? I loved watching you and Rich pull together your home when you first moved in!! Thank so much!!
Thanks Beki! I’m so glad I got it off of my to-do list! That baby of yours sure is looking cute!
I see what you did with the third strand and it looks better than what you drew. Did the second child write that on his own?? Talented like his momma.
Yup, he sure did. He is always surprising us, fer sher!!
Where is the blog for yesterday??
Yeesh!! No mercy!! 😉
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Such a great idea: I love it!
Thanks so much! Glad you stopped by to take a look and leave a comment! Always good to hear from new folk!
love the wall colour and the bunting is awesome! lucky boy!!
Aww! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying so! I have to admit, the little guy still tells me now and then that he really loves his room, so I guess he really means it!
we are moving in August and I was looking for a colour for the bathroom – I think I found it looking at your sons bedroom! Awesome colour
Oh yay!! Moving is exciting and I love picking out new colors (although I hate the packing and unpacking… well… and the moving as well). Good luck with it and have fun painting (I do love to paint!).
Oh how I love simple and beautiful ideas! You’re brilliant! My boys’ room is done in vintage airplanes. This will be a perfect addition!
Oh wow!! What a lovely comment! Thank you so very much for stopping by and saying something! It really is quite an easy project… I’d love to see what you come up with!
How did you string the paper airplanes together?
I hung string from one corner of the room to another, then placed the string in the wing, tucked between the folds of paper. Then I stapled the bottom of the plane in the center. Hope that makes sense!
Thanks! I’m going to try this out as “streamers” for my son’s airplane themed bday party. 🙂
Wow!! That sounds like fun! I’d love to see pics!
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What size paper did you use to make them all uniform? SO CUTE!!
You know, I’m not sure what size they are, but I used the map folds to create sizes and I folded the scrap book paper in halves until I got a good sized rectangle. Hope that helps, as late as the response is…
I stumbled upon your blog, while looking for paper airplane bunting, on line. My son is turning 3, and we are having a paper airplane party for him. I wanted something spectacular, that could be hung up in his room when the party was over (all this stems from an airplane mobile I ordered at restoration hardware, only to have them call me the next day and tell me it was no longer available…). I found some on etsy, and was about to buy them, when I discovered they cost $15/each to ship… I wasn’t going to pay $30 in shipping! Thank you SO MUCH! BTW, love his room.
Thank you for the props! I hope you were able to try this out with much success! My son is still thrilled with them hanging around, so I’m quite glad that we got our money’s worth and that others are able to enjoy it as well!