My son’s very best girl friend recently turned 7. Hannah the Banana is a sweet girl near and dear to all of our hearts, especially my oldest son’s. They grew up together, born a couple months apart, and have been connected ever since. It is such a sweet relationship, one that I hope never changes.
Her amazing mama turned her little girl room into a stylish big girl room as one of her birthday gifts. I, of course, wanted to be a part of this transformation and thought that a bulletin board would be the perfect accent piece and a special gift for a growing girl. With new bedding ordered and a color palette of turquoise, purple and pink I quickly got to work.
I have done a few bulletin boards around my house and love to see how a bit of fabric and glue can really change up a cheap cork board. Since this was a gift, I wanted to create something a bit more special. HomeGoods sells amazing framed bulletin boards, so that was my first stop. They didn’t have the color I wanted so I simply spray painted the board bright turquoise.
Next was finding the perfect fabric to cover the cork. Her new big girl bedding had lots of bright colors and patterns with a bit of a Moroccan feel to it. I felt that I needed a neutral fabric to match her new bedding but I didn’t want a solid white. I found this amazing fabric with a circular patterned print that worked perfectly with her bedding.
I wanted to add a border and found this hot pink pom pom trim that I fell instantly in love with. It still has that Moroccan feel but it is also playful and girly. I didn’t want to choose something too grown-up for the border as she is only 7. My girlfriend and I embrace that our kids are growing up, but we also want to enjoy each phase. I definitely wanted something that reflected her maturing style but I also wanted to keep it age appropriate. I am in no rush to for anyone to grow up fast ! I think the pom poms are a sweet touch of fun and color.
I felt that I needed to include some fun push pins to tie it all together. Since I already had these silver pins on hand, I figured that I could jazz them up for her girly board. I had some extra pom pom trim and cut off a few poms and hot glued them to the top of the pin. I also purchased a .99 cent flip flop bedazzle kit from JoAnn Fabrics a while back and loved the idea of adding some flowers and jewels to this piece. I simply separated the jeweled flowers from the set and hot glued those to the top of the push pins, which added a bit of whimsy to the board.
I also had purchased a wooden “H” to personalize her board. I wasn’t sure what to do with it but I wanted to have something hanging on the board when we presented her gift. I had lots of purple glitter and some clear spray paint top coat. It was as simple as that!! I stapled some ribbon to the back of the H and hung it center stage.
Here is the final product hanging in her new and improved big girl bedroom. Check out her new bedding and adorable her peace sign artwork. She is growing up, as is her fashion forward style!
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