So, here it is…Part 2 of How to Create an Inviting Reading Nook for Kids: Reading Nook Decor. In the last post, I focused more on prepping and furnishing the nook. (You can click here to read that post.) In this post, I share all the different items I purchased and/or made to make the nook even more inviting to the kids while still giving it a clean and classy look. After buying the Dori Pouf, I fell in love with the marine blue color and used it to add pops of color throughout the nook.
Reading Nook Decor: How to Make It More Inviting for Kids
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Creating the ‘READ’ Sign
I found some wooden monograms at Michael’s Arts & Crafts that were 9 inches long. These were the perfect fit for just above the window.
The polka dotted washi tape was the only one that I had to individually cut out each individual dot. Aligning the half-dots was just too much.
After applying the washi tape I applied a layer of the Mod Podge just to keep any of the tape from puckering as time goes by. Applying tape to the other letters was a little simpler. The key to keep the patterns aligned was to start in the middle and go completely across the letter including the spaces/gaps in between. Then, use an Xacto knife to trim off the extra tape.
To hang the letters, I used Command’s picture hanging strips. I hate using nails to hang stuff around the house especially if they are light weight like these letters. Plus, if I ever want to take them down, there won’t be a hole to fix or cover.
Adding Framed ‘Reading’ Quotes
While the paint was drying on these, I printed out two of my favorite reading quotes. There were so many good quotes to choose from that I created a printable for you. Scroll to the end of the post to get your reading quotes already formatted on PDF. You only need to print out the ones you like. Here are the two quotes we picked for our wall.
Adding Shelves to our Reading Nook
I found these cool shelves on Amazon. They came in blue but it was not a marine-like blue so I just sprayed them with the same spray I used for the frames. I also decided to hang them up, one flipped so that it had a narrower shelf for books and the other with a wider shelf. This let me add small décor pieces like a ship in a bottle that I got at Walmart and a jellyfish paperweight that I borrowed from my son.
Adding a Little Bit of Character
After putting together the nook during part 1, I felt the window blinds needed something. The one thing that caught my eye was the plain looking window ‘fobs’ as I like to call them. I tried to find a place online that may sell colorful replacements. I found one place using ‘window ornaments’ in my search, but their selection was lacking. So I decided to do it myself. Now, I love butterflies so I decided to find a way to make them into fobs.
Here is what I found: I got these butterfly wall mirrors at Walmart and scrap booking paper from Michael’s. The wall mirrors came in a pack of 12, in different sizes. Four of the smallest butterflies were the same size and were perfect for this project.
First, I traced the butterfly then cut it out. I made two of these. Then I glued the paper onto the mirror front.
I removed the old fobs and using the sticky back of the mirror, I placed the window blind string. I then pressed the other identical butterfly together with this one trapping the string in between.
Here is the finished product.
Having two sets of identical butterflies let me put butterflies on both strings. I think these turned out so cute.
Onto the Pillows
In the last post I had only purchased a couple of pillows from Walmart, the two on the left. While looking for a couple more on Kohl’s website, I bumped into the pillow you see in the center below. I immediately fell in love with it because at first, I thought the pattern looked like books. I had to have it for the nook.
Of course, I had to have the butterfly pillow with French script in blue. I also got this at Kohl’s.
Here is that bookish pillow pattern up close.
So there you have it folks. Our inviting reading nook for kids. Our kids couldn’t wait for me to be finished with it so that they could use it. Below is the top portion of the nook and the next photo is the bottom portion.
A couple of things: I purchased a plush throw blanket which the boys appreciate. They love wrapping themselves in it as they read. Also, I had a hard time trying to find a small rug that would go with and not clash with the ottoman but I was not having too much luck. I did finally find something decent and it turned out to be a bath rug from Bed, Bath, & Beyond. The boys find it so soft and luxurious…I won’t tell them it’s a bath rug.
Products Used to Make This Reading Nook
- Olympic Assurance White Semi-Gloss Primer + Paint
- Script Cocktail Ottoman
- Faux Wood Venetian Blinds
- Dori Pouf
- “This is my happy place” pillow
- Teal Pillow
- Teal Basket
- Wooden Letters (Michaels)
- Recollections Washi Tape (Michaels)
- Scrap Paper in Teal Stone (Michaels)
- Mod Podge in Gloss
- Command Picture Hanging Strips
- Mainstay White 8×10 Frames
- Rust-Oleum Spray Paint
- WOLTU shelves
- Ship in a bottle tabletop
- Butterfly wall mirrors
- Butterfly Pillow
- Bedrock pillow
- Throw Blanket
- Loloi rug
- Jellyfish paperweight
Let me know what you think about the nook below in the comments. If you have questions, feel free to ask them below as well.
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