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Easy Upcycled DIY Ideas for Fun Kids' Bedrooms

Updated on April 10, 2014

Easy Upcycled DIY Ideas For Fun Kids' Bedrooms

Looking for easy upcycled DIY ideas for fun kids' bedrooms? Read on to find simple ways to add creative, colorful and (kind of) crazy elements to your children's rooms. These ideas will encourage your children to discover, imagine, visualize and anticipate while they think they are just playing in their bedroom!

The ideas which follow should serve as a jumping-off point for your own imagination and creativity. Study them carefully, taking the time to really absorb all the details. As you do, your mind will respond by inspiring you with other options, possibilities and prospects.

By the time you finish reading this piece, you will have thought of many more ways to embellish and improve your children's bedrooms, all of which will help them dream, imagine, explore and learn.


Henry's Hideaway - A la 'Swiss Family Robinson'

I was enchanted when I stepped in the doorway of this island retreat, aka 'Henry's Hideaway'.

The room is not very big, about 11' X 11', but it lives large, mostly due to its clever design which puts a child's needs first. The 'grass' path is made from indoor/outdoor grass matting, cut to shape and held in place with a rug-to-floor mat. The 'grass' continues underneath the bed, providing a soft spot for the feet.

The 'grass hut' loft bed was made from scrap lumber, such as you would expect to find washed up on the shore of a desert island. More scrap lumber was used for the bed's ladder, which is securely attached both to the bed and the wall. Safety first!

Three sides of the bed are lined with thatching to define the space, add visual interest and texture.


Where to Get the Look

Mexican Palm Thatch Panel Quantity: Single
Mexican Palm Thatch Panel Quantity: Single

Since each panel measures 48" X 48", four panels would be needed to 'thatch' the three sides of this room's loft bed

2'5" x 57' Mexican Palm Thatch Runner Roll Quantity: Single
2'5" x 57' Mexican Palm Thatch Runner Roll Quantity: Single

Fill in any blank areas with this thatch runner.

Indoor/Outdoor Green Artificial Grass Turf Area Rug 6'x8'
Indoor/Outdoor Green Artificial Grass Turf Area Rug 6'x8'

Two rugs would be sufficient to replicate this room's look


You Can Do It! - Complete DIY instructions for building a loft bed

Take a moment to check out these valuable videos on how you can build a loft bed like Henry's Hideaway.

A Closer Look at Henry's Hideaway Reveals More Details

Henry's desk is a simple affair: a square of scrap wood, covered with elephant-patterned wallpaper, is firmly attached to the bed frame along the lower support bars, which serve as bracing. This means only one desk 'leg' is needed, which is made by lashing together two pieces of bamboo with twine. If you do not want or like bamboo, use more scrap lumber for the desk leg.

Task lighting is provided by a simple clip light hooked to the bed frame, as well as a table lamp found on the 'nightstand'. The 'nightstand' is nothing more than a scrap of wood sized to fit between the ladder and the wall brace and screwed into both. It, too, is covered with the elephant-patterned wallcovering.

Ambient lighting can be seen in the light string made from coconuts and hung from the bed frame. If coconuts are not your thing, another easy, upcycled light string option would be to use decorative paper cups, with a hole punched in the bottom of each to accommodate the string's bulbs.

Four ceramic frogs are firmly glued to the top of each bedpost, acting as amphibian sentries. A orange-red frog planter on the desktop serves as a pencil holder.


I LOVE This Fred Flintstone-esque Chair - I WANT this chair!

Who could say 'no' to this chair? It absolutely begs you to come in and sit down.

Fashioned from more scrap wood, it has a child-like, cartoon quality, charming and adorable! Perfectly proportioned for a child, I can easily imagine reading, coloring, playing, doodling, daydreaming and pretending while seated in this chair, at this desk.



Henry Has Elephant Food All Prepared - How did he know?


Elephants are herbivores, so no meat is required.

However, elephants need a lot of volume every day, about 660 pounds of food, including grass, hay, fruit, berries, bamboo, tree bark, branches, and vegetables, all washed down with 50 gallons of water.


Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 hour, if you are organized

Total Time: It's the cleanup that takes all the time

Serves: 1 meal for a really hungry elephant (Is there any other kind?)


  • Hay - 4 bales
  • Bananas - 1 really big bunch - unpeeled
  • Apples - 40 pounds - unpeeled
  • Cabbage - 15 heads of green cabbage - red cabbage causes know...
  • Berries - 4 bushels of whatever berry is available
  • Tree branches and bark - 2 large-ish tree branches should suffice
  • Bamboo - 8 large stalks


  1. Dump everything together and let the elephant go for it!
  2. Don't forget to compost the leftovers...all the leftovers, if you catch my meaning.
  3. Note: This recipe is what Henry's elephant likes to eat. Your elephant may like and need other food. It's best to check with a veterinarian for specific dietary requirements for your elephant.
Cast your vote for Henry's Elephant's Favorite Dinner Recipe

Elephant Expose

"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"
"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"

I simply adore this book! It is so entertaining, whether you are reading to your children or they are listening to you read it to them. It is cleverly written with funny rhymes and brings all kinds of jungle animals into the story.

Will the elephant sneeze or won't he? When will the elephant sneeze? Where will the elephant sneeze? The suspense is amazing!!

You and your children will spend countless hours reading and re-reading this book - it is sure to become a family favorite to be handed down to your children's children!


Upcycled Play Time

This pint-sized table has been made from a tree stump, as have the two stumpy chairs. They have all been covered with remnants of the grass mat The table top has been recycled from another set and all three pieces have been placed in front of the window, providing plenty of light for all kinds of activities.

If you make your own kid-sized tree stump table and chairs, be sure to allow the stumps to dry outdoors for at least a month; two months would be better. This is to ensure any insects living in the stump have vacated the premises.

Once the stumps have dried, the bark needs to come off. If you are fortunate, the bark will fall off by itself. If not, remove the remaining bark by carefully chiseling it off, doing your best not to dig the chisel into the stump.

When the bark has been removed, sand any rough areas smooth with medium-grit sandpaper, wiping away sanding dust.. Once the stumps are prepped, spray or brush them with two or three coats of matte or satin polyurethane, lightly sanding between coats, while being sure to allow the recommended drying time between coats.

After the table stump has been finished, attach the round top to the stump with four or more L-brackets, depending on the stump's diameter, taking care the screws do not penetrate through the top of the table.

Having completed prepping the table and chairs, apply a coat of spray adhesive to their tops, according to the can's directions. This is best done in a well-ventilated area, since spray adhesive is stinky! Following directions, allow the adhesive to set up for a few minutes before applying the grass mat.

I find it best to fold each piece of mat in half, right sides together, then carefully place the folded piece on the surface being covered, matching up the edges. Gently smooth out the first half of the mat, then ease the rest of the mat over the surface, smoothing as you go.

Add small fern picks at random locations to the stump chairs by drilling pilot holes in the stump, applying a schmeer of SuperGlue to the fern stems, and inserting the picks into the holes.

The table is accessorized with more frog accents and a....


Treasure-Map Puzzle In A Bottle! Image by KateHon

Treasure-Map Puzzle In A Bottle!  Image by KateHon
Treasure-Map Puzzle In A Bottle! Image by KateHon

Find Spray Adhesive and Adhesive Remover Here - You'll need both

Because sometimes you want (or need) to unstick things you just stuck together.

Love the No-Sew Window Treatment - The ferns reinforce the 'tree-house-on-a-desert-island' feel

The window treatment shown here is super simple to re-create using more scrap lumber and permanent ferns and fern picks.

Assemble a four-sided box (aka cornice box) out of scrap lumber, just large enough to fit around outside of your window molding. The length of your box does not have to be very big - using 1" X 3" or 1" X 4" wood would be perfectly adequate. It is up to you whether you want to attach the greens to the box before or after mounting it to the wall.

Once your box has been built, decide on what kind of greens you would like to use. In this room, two Boston fern bushes and several fern picks were used for each window. You may need to cut off most of the 'handle' on your bush to make it easier to work with; once that is done, spread out the fern bush until you like how it looks and just staple it in place with a staple gun. Fill in the middle of your cornice with fern picks.

The resulting no-sew window treatments are lush with color and texture, totally reflecting the room's island influence.


Perfect Paint Perk-Up for an Old Dresser - Take it from drab to fab with a coat of paint

Here is an excellent example of using paint to transform an ugly duckling into a swan.

The dresser feels the jungle beat with a coat of neutral paint and more elephant-patterned wallpaper covering the piece's top and drawer fronts. The upcycled features continue with the addition of bamboo drawer pulls, painted with the same dresser paint.

The design principle of repetition is used here with great effect:

- The three red faux gazelle heads preside over...

- A phalanx of tropical leaves.

- The red accent color is repeated in the potted tropical anthuriums, which are accented with ferns and succulents and...

- Flanked by more ferns, planted in a frog container

A vintage globe is also on the dresser, serving as inspiration to explore the world.


Upcycled Art Project - Rig up this simple art display piece with bamboo, rope and fern-y accents

This art project can be easily adapted to fit your space.

Here is what you will need:

- Bamboo

- Rope, a heavier weight for the bulk of the rigging and a lighter weight (even twine would work) for the cross members.

- Fern picks for accents

How to replicate the rigging shown here:

1. Cut bamboo to desired length. The bamboo in this example is about 45" long

2. Cut 5 pieces of the heavier rope to desired length. Each main rigging, seen here, is about 6 feet long.

3. Cut 7 pieces of the lighter rope to the desired width. Each cross member, seen here, is about 40" long.

4. Tie each piece of the heavier rope to the bamboo, using a clove hitch knot (see video below). Tie off the bottom of each long piece.

5. Weave each piece of the lighter rope through each piece of the heavier rope by separating the strands and slipping the rope through the opening. Tie off each end of the lighter rope to prevent it slipping back through the heavier rope.

6. Embellish with permanent greens as desired.

Use this rigging to display favorite stuffed animals or treasured pieces of artwork. Notice at the bottom of the rigging a metal tic-tac-toe board with tiny turtle magnets for playing pieces.



There Is Knotting To It - Find Supplies to Make the Upcycled Art Project Here

Gardman USA Bamboo Fencing R637
Gardman USA Bamboo Fencing R637

A great price for a LOT of bamboo!

19mm (±3/4" ) Hemp Rope
19mm (±3/4" ) Hemp Rope

Use this rope for the main elements of the art piece

Lehigh Group 530X Jute Twine Heavy Duty twine 190'
Lehigh Group 530X Jute Twine Heavy Duty twine 190'

Add in the twine with the clove hitch knots you just learned. Practice makes perfect!


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    • AnonymousC831 profile image


      4 years ago from Kentucky

      Very cute ideas.

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      4 years ago

      Wow what a creation!! Love all the upcycled creativity.

    • graysquidooer profile image


      4 years ago

      I had never heard of "Upcycled" before, but found your lens interesting

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      What a fun room for a kid who is deeply into Tarzan, Swiss Family Robinson and jungle lore.

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      4 years ago

      Outstanding creativity. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Renee Dixon 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      Great ideas, congratulations- a very nice lens and well deserved LOTD :)

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Oh, this is so fabulous. I want it all for me, and I'm 43! -can't wait to show my son this. This will inspire him and give us both some really great ideas. Thank you for taking the time to share this.

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      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day! I LOVE the fern valance!!!!!

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      VioletteRose LM 

      4 years ago

      They seem to be real fun ideas!

    • delia-delia profile image


      4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a fun, imaginative and creative room!

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      Amazing. I loved it. My sister make her room into Polynesian Tiki room for several years. It was like walking into a time-warp or something. Fun.

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      4 years ago

      I love all these ideas! What an original lens.

    • Bercton1 profile image


      4 years ago

      Brilliant post and Congrats!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      You are very talented and creative, a winderful job!!! Congtatulations On LOTD!!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      4 years ago from Concord VA

      Hey...this room is amazing!! Love it. How clever. :)

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      Linda F Correa 

      4 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      What a fun room ! What child wouldn't love that idea ! LOTD well deserved

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Cute and clever both! Congrats on LotD. You've included such good detail too!

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      4 years ago

      Wonderfully imaginative post! Thanks!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Love this creative space. I could live and sleep there. Congrats on LotD!

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Congratulation on LotD. Fun ideas that kids would like I think.

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      4 years ago

      This is absolutely brilliant! It's the best idea that I've seen for letting a young person have a special place. Thank you for publishing this lens. And congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

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      4 years ago

      Wow so adorable!

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      6 years ago

      Way cute ideas, they are all so original and adorable!

    • KateHonebrink profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @GeniePark: Thanks a bunch for stopping by my article, 'Life's a Beach! Upcycled Kids Bedroom Ideas'! Appreciate it!!

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      6 years ago

      Very unique ideas for bedroom décor.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done!

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      6 years ago

      Oh, my! We are building a unit study on "The Swiss Family Robinson," and this lens will SO become our Creative Studies connection for the summer - I know my son will just love turning his room into "Henry's Hide-out!."

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      6 years ago

      I see you have linked other Squidooers above, I would like to do this also. What module is this? Oh, and uh, Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Very cute and do-able ideas, you really have awesome lenses on DIY.

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      6 years ago

      This is amazing! You could do this for a living. Thanks so much for sharing. :) Blessed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      This is totally awesome! I love Henry's hideaway! Very creative and fun!

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      6 years ago

      What a terrific idea, these are inspiring and gorgeous.

      My favorite thing about these ideas as that they help the child explore and develop his imagination and creativity.

      Another gem from Kate :).

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      6 years ago

      What positively awesome ideas! Thanks so much for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Fcuk Hub 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. I have enjoyed reading about these super bedroom ideas.


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