It was nearly time to transition the princess into a room that was less nursery and more of a child’s bedroom. I have wanted to create a space where she can play, dream, dress up, be a mommy or a kitty or even a princess. I just want a space that she loves, that she can use that gigantic personality and imagination to be and do whatever she wants.
First I wanted to create a space in her room where she can play, dream and create. I thought a toddler dream board would be a good craft to add into her room. I have made nearly all of the decorative items in her room, and was excited to add this. I grabbed the items at my local craft store and got to work creating a little board that she could put stickers or hang jewelry on. I wanted a mirror that she could see herself in and a little space at her level that she could place her treasures.
- A large frame
- Paint (maybe)
- Letters for “dream”
- Hot Glue
- Miniture mirror
- Scrapbook paper
- Thin piece of balsa wood
- First I painted the frame and the wooden pieces (“Dream” and the mirror frame) to match the princesses room. Using a mini paint roller makes this go quite quickly.
- Once the frame and pieces were all dry, I went ahead and created the lattice ribbon board. First, I measured a piece of cardboard to fit inside the frame and then I cut a piece of fabric to wrap around the cardboard. I adhered one long edge of the fabric to the cardboard with hot glue.
- Next, I took a small amount of stuffing and put it on the cardboard and then wrapped the fabric around the cardboard and stuffing to seal the stuffing in and create a small cushion.
- Using hot glue I sealed the other long edge of fabric to the cardboard.
- Then I sealed both ends to the back of the cardboard using hot glue.
- Finally, I attached pieces of ribbon in a lattice shape to the cushion cardboard. I only glued the ribbon ends to the back and I left the fronts unattached so that pictures and other paper-like items could be slid and held into place by those ribbons.
- To finish the dream board, I placed the cushioned lattice into the back of the frame.
- I then took the balsa wood and cut it to fit in the space between the top of the cushion lattice and the top of the wooden frame. I used hot glue to adhere a piece of scrapbook paper to the balsa wood on both the front and back of the wood.
- Next, I secured the lattice cushion and paper wrapped balsa wood to into place inside the frame.
- Finally, I added the little touches. I glued a small decorative mirror in one corner, then used tiny screws to put the clips on in the other corner and lastly, I used hot glue to put the “Dream” sign on the top of the wooden frame.
- The cost of the products was about $15.00 and aside from waiting for paint to dry, the actual assembly took a little under 20 minutes.
It was perfect. She ran straight to the dress up station and of course grabbed her Rapunzel dress, a tiara and some slippers and got ready. She was loving looking at all her dresses and accessories at her new dress up station and she kept telling me, “Oh thank you mama, I love it so much.” We had to shift her attention to the Dream Board corner and her new Disney Princess dolls to finish the room reveal. Her and our son actually really enjoyed checking out the new toys and in particular loved Ariel’s Sea Castle. The kids played for hours, imagining, dreaming, sharing and just taking in the newness of her surroundings.