Decorating with toys!

Do you sometimes feel as if you're living in a toy store? Stop trying to hide all those toys, well stop trying to hide some of those toys, and start decorating! Believe it or not, your child's prize possessions (their toys) can be an excellent, colorful, and fun way to decorate his or her room. With just a little re-arranging, your child's room can have a wonderful new look and will make your little one smile every time they walk into their room!

Many furniture stores, like Pottery Barn Kids, sell wonderful toys buckets that are perfect for displaying your child's favorite trucks, trains, dolls, etc... Many of these canvas buckets come pre-labeled or feel free to monogram them in your own creative saying (usually limited to one word). This is an excellent solution to organizing his or her toys and it's also an adorable fun accent in the space. Try selecting bucket colors that coordinate with the room and use a variety of sizes depending on your needs.

The stuffed animal phase can be short lived but so cute! Don't hide these adorable soft friends, display them! Decorate shelves with teddy bears having their legs hang over the edge. Or have the stuffed animals serve as seat warmers sitting in your child's play table, swing, or chair. Try to use the harder, less "floppy" stuffed animals so they stand up straight and don't slide off. Your child will be so excited to see their soft friends sitting in their chairs!

Many parents often dread those very large toys. They are difficult to put away and tend to take up just too much space. instead of hiding these cumbersome toys try to display them. Actually, the larger the toy, the better suited it is for display. Try showcasing that extra large truck, or the very big stuffed animal in a corner or at the foot of your child's bed. Treat it like a piece of a furniture, similar to how you would treat a large sculpture or pedestal table some where else in your home. The larger toy should serve as an accent piece and shoved behind something else.

Decorating with toys is sure to make your child extra proud of his or her room. Let them help decide which of their favorite toys should be displayed. These toys are your child's prize possessions that make them smile every day...let them enjoy it, and let yourself enjoy it too!

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