The kids’ room, for you as a parent, is probably one of the most important rooms in your home since you want to provide the little ones with an enjoyable space where they can do their activities. The kids’ room should immediately give out an inviting and playful vibe. You have probably put a lot of thought into it and maybe you have done a lot already, like painting and choosing the furniture yourself.
Lighting is also an important aspect of the children’s room – the room needs to be bright so they are able to safely do activities such as reading or drawing in the evenings. You can turn the hunt for the perfect lighting fixtures into a family DIY lighting project. Here are some cool ideas that you can do with your tiny humans, make them feel the satisfaction of accomplishing something but also spend some quality time together.
Unique Hanging Lights
The average superstore lampshade or chandelier is definitely not something unique. Why not turn a hanging light into something fun? Sit down with the kids and ask them for ideas about what they want to see in their bedroom. Let their creativity go wild and think of what can be executed. One idea could be a cloud hanging light which looks absolutely awesome.
To make a cloud light, you would need simple white paper lanterns and batting. Clouds clearly come in all shapes and sizes so you don’t have to worry a lot about doing something wrong, which is why this is a great project to do with the kids. Use a glue gun to stick the batting onto the paper lanterns and make them as fluffy as possible. You can mount the paper lantern onto an existing light or you can even create your light entirely by using fairy lights.
Additionally, you can create a matching DIY lighting bedside lamp in a similar way – get a circular shaped lamp and replace its shape with the cloudy paper lantern or simply place some fairy lights on the end table and place your cloud on top.
Use Old Toys
If you have old action figures lying around that the kids no longer play with, you can turn them into a part of a unique lighting fixture. Make sure you consult the kids before making a decision to use the action figures because you don’t want them to be mad at you for doing so!
This is an incredibly easy way to create a masterpiece – grab a few smaller action figures and spray paint them in a metallic color. Spray the existing lamp with the same spray paint and simply attach them using a hot glue gun.
Alternatively, if you have some semi-transparent toys, you can create a light fixture by simply opening the toys at the bottom and placing battery powered lights into them.
Customize the Shades
If your kids have a creative flair, you can get simple white lamp shades and let them go wild with them! They can draw on them, add stickers or cut-outs – literally whatever they wish and turn the lampshades into their own masterpieces.
Experiment With Neon
Neon is a hot trend in interior design at the moment. Neon lights are the perfect addition to the children’s bedroom since they bring a funky vibe and surely the little ones will love them! Making a neon light is possible – technically it is a faux neon light using an EL wire and tubes. The EL wire comes in different colors so you can choose the one that suits your idea. What you would need to do is insert it into a soft plastic tube that you can then bend to form the shape you want. It does look great, yet it will lack the luminosity of a real neon light. If your kids would like to have their own unique light, you can choose to go for a custom neon light that will light up their world.
Creating something unique for the kids’ bedroom can be an enjoyable activity for the entire family. For the kids, the DIY lighting will be like a trophy for their imagination which they will get to keep in their room and admire each day.
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Lara Douglas is a young woman who loves interior designing and home decor. She is passionate about new trends and fashion forward home décor ideas. She regularly posts at Neon Signs Depot.