Simple photo fun for your children’s room

Making my boys’ shared room a fun place to be in is a big priority to me. Not only do I want it to feel cozy and inviting, but personalized as well. Add the fact that we’re on a tight budget? Time to get creative! I’ll share today how we decorated our boys’ bedroom for under $50.

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1. Bits & Pieces

    These little white shelves happened to be sitting in the closet and I knew they would be just perfect to fill the space on this wall.
  • Pottery Barn Kids was closing in our town a few years ago and they had those coveted wooden letters for under $2 each (I know, right?). I dug and dug, but was unable to find a capitol D. So eventually decided to make due with a capitol P cameo-ing as a lower case d! I think it works!
  • The 5×7 frames were a Target snatch on sale as well – $5 for both and they happened to be the perfect green to match our IKEA linens. I find the key to getting great Target deals is walking the end caps – gotta love those red clearance stickers!
  • I chose to stick a cherished toy from their early childhood years next to the frame and letter as well as a few quickly printed 5x7s in black & white (.99c each through Mpix)

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2. Story Time Art

  • I was inspired to create these 12 x 12 mounted pictures during a big book-reading phase. My boys had just started really getting into specific books and these three are absolute favorites of ours.
  • Designed in photoshop – using a blank white project and adding simple text, I printed them as 12 x 12 on matboard (gives it a bit of a sturdy feel) for just $7.30 each (Mpix, again).
  • Mounted prints have quickly become my favorite way of displaying photos, simply adhere to your wall with Command velcro strips (about $4 a pack) and they’re easily removed without damage to your wall.

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3. Hanging Rotation

  • I had painted the wall with chalkboard already, but wanted to do something more than simply write them notes (and let them do their own art underneath). I pulled some thin rope from our craft closet and hung it with two nails.


  • Spending only about $12, (Mpix) I was able to print 12 of our favorite images (in both color and black & white) so that we could rotate them out from time to time. The boys had so much fun looking through old photos with me as we decided what to print!
  • You can hang them using metal clips (found at IKEA or your local craft store) or a pack of small clothes pins will do the trick as well.

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Total cost for some simple photo fun? $49.00!

I was thrilled with my frugal self! Able to not only add fun color, and a creative flare – but something that is truly unique to my little guys. I think they like it too.

What are some creative ways you’ve displayed photos in your own home?


Angie Warren lives in Northern California with her husband, 3 kids, and German Shepherd pup. She has a background in writing, photography, and art; and is currently teaching a photo course at a local High School.

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  1. I totally needed this inspiration! We live in an apartment and cannot paint and I have let that make me just be lazy in doing other things to decorate. I love your ideas! I take lots of pictures, but I am lazy about getting them printed and up on the walls… going to think about some ideas.

    I’m curious? Where is your bunk bed from? We’re currently in the market for one!

    • Johanna I too am guilty of not printing enough, but when I did these small batches (the boys’ room for example) it was so much fun I was encouraged to do more!

      The bunk bed is an IKEA find – it’s followed us through three moves and two very wild little boys, we’re very happy with it 🙂

  2. I love this Angie! You’ve created such a wonderful space for them.

  3. We’ve done the hanging of pictures with string and clothes pins before. It’s so easy to switch out pictures and it does minimal damage to walls if you live in an apartment.

  4. This is so, so cute! That is a happy room. Your little guy is adorable!

  5. Oh, I love this!! I have two little girls who will be sharing a room soon, the baby is still with us, and I’ve been filing ideas to make the room individual and not too girly, and not spend too much money.
    I’ve already framed pages from a favorite Beatrix Potter book for wall art. The book had fallen apart and thanks to some cheap frames at Walmart, it became perfect wall art.

    I love the idea of the little shelves and will definitely be incorporating that idea into their new room.

    • Breanne (thought I replied already) I absolutely love that idea! I’m completely inspired now to frame some favorite book pages for our baby girl’s one day room. Thanks much for sharing!

  6. The room looks great. What lovely ideas- both personal and pretty! I dream of a chalkboard painted wall!

  7. thanks so much ajira – we love our chalkboard paint! 😉

  8. This is the first post I’ve ever read on SD, I’m hooked! We are on a tight budget as well (who isn’t?) and it’s awesome that we can still have style and fun and personalization and not break the bank. I have 2 boys as well and they would LOVE this. I’m getting started on this after my NO-Spend month is over!

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