decorating with children's books: madeline collage

June 30, 2010

When I started working on the nursery, I moved a lot of Juliet's furniture (crib, changing table, etc.)  into the baby's room. Juliet got a new "big girl" bed and I was able to rearrange the furniture. 

It also left me with a few blank spaces on the wall and the chance to redecorate (in small ways--there was no way I was going to repaint or do anything too drastic!)

I wanted to incorporate some artwork that reflected her interests and personality and so I began the hunt for a giant fire truck art piece. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything cheap enough. So I turned to plan B. 

Of course, you know we love books and Madeline is a particular favorite of Juliet's. I have always thought that Bemelmans' illustrations would be gorgeous artwork in a little girl's room, so I came up with this collage idea. 

First stop was Goodwill, of course. I needed to find a canvas large enough to fill the space above her bookshelf. I found this gem for the low, low price of $8.98. Perfect. 

Then I went to the book section and searched and searched for a copy of Madeline. I feel like every time I go there are at least 2 or 3 copies there, but of course, that day, there were none. I was about to give up when I came across a copy of Madeline's Rescue. It's also a favorite and with the lovable Genevieve the dog in the story, it may just be even better. 

I carefully removed the pages from the book, trimmed them down, and arranged them on the canvas. Then Juliet and I set to work mod podging them on! Juliet thought this was probably the best craft project ever! There was glue everywhere, but the great thing about mod podge is that it dries clear and you can't tell it ever looked sloppy. 

It dried overnight and was ready to hang the next morning. We enlisted Ben's help for this--and on the first try, the cord in the back snapped and he had to fix it. (That's what $8.98 gets you, but it worked out in the end!)
So we filled the space for yet another piece of art for around $10! 

What book would you use to decorate your child's room? 

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Katy F. said...

It turned out great!

I think my daughter would probably love a picture made out of Biscuit the puppy (by Alyssa Satin Capucilli) pages.

Hannah said...

Wow, this is great! I've been thinking about doing an art collage lately...really like this idea of using the pics from one book. Thanks for sharing!

Kansas Amy said...

Very cute! Great job!

Debbie said...

This is such a great idea! I love it! I think I would have to go with a book that Selena's mommy gave her, I Love You As Much by Laura Krauss Melmed.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Great idea - B is very much a Dr.Seuss fan, so we might have to make a collage of a Seuss cast of characters!

Chels said...

I love it and it's such a unique and cheap decorating idea! So fun that you included Juliet!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Turned out fab!

Meghan said...

beautiful, vanessa!!!! I might have to steal this idea - I love it! You are so creative. :) Hope you are feeling well :)

Anonymous said...

I love it. I think we would have to do one of Alexandra Day's Carl books.

Mod Podge Amy said...

Yeah Vanessa! You are posted today on MPR! xo

Sabrina said...

GREAT idea! So easy and yet BIG impact. And there are so many cute books at for little or nothing at GW. Thanks for sharing!

Kristin said...

Love it! I decorated our kiddos playroom with a dr. seuss calendar - got 12 great pictures, all our favorite characters! I looooooove kids books, my girlies do too...found you through the mod podge rocks site...I'll be back! :)

Jennwith4 said...

I love this idea! It will be perfect for my sons room. (not madeline of course lol)

Minnie said...

What an inspired idea! I recently found your site and am in awe of all the book-inspired decor around your home. My three-year-old daughter also loves Madeline (I think we read Madeline's Rescue every day for a month!). Have you ever read "Louie!" by Will Hillenbrand? It is a delightful book based on the life of Ludwig Bemelmans. My five-year-old son loved it and so did I.

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