Once upon a screen
Using screens is a simple way to create cosy corners in your child's room. You can even turn even turn your screen into a play centre with a few simple additions. Here are four DIY ideas using cardboard screens.

Pirate story

  • The simple screen has six folding panels and is suitable for a larger room.
  • It is a super cost effective idea.
  • The simplicity of the screen allows you to make the most of any existing theme, you can paint your own mural or find sticker decals you like.

Ice-cream parlour

You will need:

  • 1 triple panel screen
  • ½ metre x 1 metre of fabric - we used a gingham check polycotton
  • ½ metre length dowel rod
  • 9 x 70cm lengths polystyrene cornice
  • cream and brown craft paints
  • synthetic roses for door handles
  • glue
  • ribbon

What to do:

  1. To create the ice-cream parlour, trace an arch in the centre panel. The bottom of the arch should be about 80cm from the ground and the height of the window should be about half a metre. Cut the window using a craft knife and set the remaining piece aside.
  2. Cut the shutters from the remaining piece, by dividing it equally lengthways through the centre.
  3. Glue the flower handles to the shutters.
  4. To make the curtains, glue a 5cm hem at the top and bottom of the fabric.
  5. Once dry, cut the fabric in half and thread it onto the dowel rod.
  6. Using the broad tape, stick the shutters to the window.
  7. Glue the curtain rod to the opposite side.
  8. For the palisade fencing, cut the tops into points and then lightly wash the paels around the edges with the cream and brown paint.
  9. Once dry, glue these to the front of the screen. We used 3 pieces per panel.
  10. To finish off the stand, decorate with signs and bunting as you wish.

Cosy secret space

  • Creating a cosy fairytale corner for your little girl will give her a secret space to daydream in.
  • This time we chose girly fairy stickers and stuck them onto a 6-panel Simple screen.
  • To tie this femine fantasy theme together and add interest, Chinese lanterns were embelished with paper butterflies cut from scrapbooking paper. (Fold them gently and glue them to the lanterns, before hanging with ribbon)

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