1) looks cute, but not in a "cartoon character explosion" kind of way
3) doesn't cost three bajillion dollars. Or even two bajillion. Under one bajillion, preferably.
In that playroom, we had one big long wall that was just .... blah. I'd played around with picture frames and perused Etsy for wall decals, but nothing was just right. Until last week, when I was in Antropologie
helping my brother choose a gift for his girlfriend losing my brother in the crowd and trying on sweaters instead of helping him find a gift for his girlfriend (sorry, Binks!) There, on a table beside the three mile long checkout line full of other girls who ditched their brothers and found themselves sweaters, I saw this box:
Alphabet Animal flash cards (also found here).
And inspiration struck! So yesterday, I gathered my materials and got to work and ended up with this:
The project cost under $20, and took about 30 minutes to complete. Can't beat that, right? So here's what you need:
I lucked out and found a bagful my dad had stashed in his garage that came from my Great Grandpa Anderson's farmstead, which was a pretty awesome bonus, but you can get yours for about $1.50 at WallyWorld. OR! You could check out (or make) something like THESE .
-I also used two curtain clippy things, one on each end of the string, but you could skip that step because those things were a major PITA to fasten onto the wall. If I were doing it over again, I'd just find a cute little hook actually made for fastening into walls, which when you think about it makes a whole lot more sense, right? Or just use the nails, because that works just fine.
And then, all you do is pound the nails into the wall, wrap the string around the nail 2-3 times and tie it tightly, then repeat a couple times on down the wall. Then use the pins to clip up your adorable flash cards. And if you're a little (or a lot) type A like moi, listen to your husband when he says "quite being so type A about it and just HANG THEM ALREADY!" Imperfection is the new perfection, yall. Or something. I'm still not 100% sure I'm done with this - I'd thought about collecting a handful of big buttons and super gluing one to each nail head .... what do you think?
Anyway, there you have it. An EASY playroom project that will surely help the littles in their alphabet learning endeavors! And it's cheap! And if I do say so myself, it looks pretty stinking cute.