The Shopkins Bedroom Reveal

Monday, December 12, 2016

This is our last post in the Shopkins themed bedroom series!  To start at the beginning, click here.

We have spent the last two weeks sharing our progress for our daughter's themed bedroom.  Now that it is finished we wanted you to see how the whole thing came together!

I was a little nervous about all of those colors coming together, and it is very bright but it also turned out so great!  Best of all, she loves it!

Banner images found here, here, here, and here.

To see the details of our projects, please see the other posts in this bedroom series:
Part I - Planning a Themed Bedroom
Part II - DIY Purple Loft Bed
Part III - Same Dresser, Different Makeover
Part IV - DIY Benches & Table for Loft Bed
Part V - DIY Bench Cushions
Part VI - Play & Display Bookcase

Easy Last Minute DIY Advent Calendar

Monday, December 5, 2016

Let's say it's the middle of November and you are cruising through the grocery store.  You see the display of 10bazillion $1 advent calendars and decide that you would rather not have to stash them for a few weeks.  You keep cruising and forget all about them.

Fast forward to November 30th, same store, except this time you intend to buy because the kids have started asking about them.  But there are none.  None!

Three stores and three days later you realize you were a schmuck for not buying them weeks ago when you had the chance.  Because apparently they have ceased to exist now that it is time to actually use them.

I know there are a ton of super cute DIY advent calendars out there, but I needed one fast seeing as how it was already December 4th.  

Enter a hodge-podge of supplies on hand and under an hour of effort!  The best kind of rescue plan - free and quick!


Card stock
Circle cutter or punches
Double sided tape
Marker or pen
2 Cupcake pans
Leftover Halloween candy (or your choice of treats)

1. Use a Circle Punch

Cut or punch 24 circles big enough to cover the openings of the cupcake pan (mine are 4 1/4").  I also punched smaller, 2" circles for the numbers and attached them using double sided tape.

2.  Number your circles

Use a marker or pen to number the circles from 1-24 (or less if you are running late like me!)

3.  Treats!

Fill your cupcake pan with small treats of choice.

4.  Attach the circles over the treats

Using double sided tape, attach circles to pan so that the holes are covered.  Make sure they are secured enough to keep the treats inside if the pan is sat upright, but loose enough for little fingers to easily remove - two pieces of tape placed on opposite sides of each circle was enough for me.

5.  Countdown to Christmas!

Enjoy counting down the days to Christmas with your munchkins!

Bookcase Play & Display - A Shopkins Bedroom Part VI

Friday, November 18, 2016

This is our sixth post in the Shopkins themed bedroom series.  To start at the beginning, click here.

The projects for Miss Alli's Shopkins bedroom are nearly at an end, and so far we are very happy with the results!  The icing on the cake is the item that really kicked this adventure off in the first place... the Play & Display bookcase.

Somewhere in the world of social media we saw this gem of an idea floating around for a way to display Shopkins figures.  Incidentally, if anyone knows the original source would you please share it?  I have been trying to chase it down since I saw it nearly a year ago!

Over the past couple of years we have tried a couple of displays and organizers for the shopkins figures, but none of them seemed adequate for displaying figures across all the seasons, and then there were the playsets and other merchandise that she was amassing that needed culling as well.

We set up a Billy Bookcase from Ikea and let Alli go crazy setting it up.

I'm still on the look out for some miniature bookcases to use for displaying the figures like we saw in the inspiration picture.  But the display is working out perfectly so far.  The bookcase format allows her to play easily with the different sets and she can easily re-organize or add to her collection.  And by some miracle, the little ones seem to see this display as some kind of shrine so they have yet to completely destroy it, which is saying something.  We'll see how long that lasts though!

Part I - Planning a Themed Bedroom
Part II - DIY Purple Loft Bed
Part III - Same Dresser, Different Makeover
Part IV - DIY Benches & Table for Loft Bed
Part V - DIY Bench Cushions
Part VI - Play & Display Bookcase (currently viewing)

DIY Bench Cushions - A Shopkins Bedroom Part V

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This is our fifth post in the Shopkins themed bedroom series.  To start at the beginning, click here.

As usual, I started the search for cushions for Alli's benches with commercial options.  And as usual, we found nothing that would work.  I knew I would have to sew the covers for the cushions, but since I wasn't able to find a pre-made cushion in the right size for our benches, I resigned myself to creating the entire cushion pad and cover from scratch.

Seat Pads

I sifted through foam options and decided to go with a 1.5" foam mattress pad.  We cut the foam to size and used a double thickness to provide a softer, thicker padding. In order to get a double thickness, you'll need to have a topper at least 42"x72".  We used a queen sized topper to allow a bit of extra.


1 - queen-sized 1.5" foam mattress pad
1 - queen-sized quilt batting
3 yards fabric
2 - 18" zipper to match
rotary cutter

One you have your foam cut to size and layered, wrap the foam tightly in batting.

Seat Pad Cover

Alli chose a solid pink fabric for the seat cushion, Shopkins pink of course.  You will need 3 yards of this fabric.

From your fabric, cut:
A) 4 - 43"x19"
B) 4 - 43"x3 1/2"
C) 2 - 19"x3 1/2"
D) 4 - 19"x2 1/4"

For each cover:
Start by sewing your zipper onto the D) strips.Once the zipper is sewn on both sides, you should have a strip 3 1/2" wide with the zipper down the middle.

Next sew your 3 1/2" strips together, in this pattern: B), C), B), D (with zipper).  Sew ends together to form a loop.

Then, attach your 3 1/2" loop to the A) piece, matching seems of loop to corners of A).

Sew the other side of loop to a second A) piece.

Repeat for other cover.  Flip cover and carefully insert your pad.

Back Cushions

For the back cushions I was able to find body pillows that were very close to the right length for our benches.  Alli had chosen a Shopkins print fabric for the back cushions, and we kept things really simple for these and just sewed a large pillow case.  I chose to keep the pillow case on the small side so that the body pillow would be stuffed inside and create a slightly firmer cushion.


2 - body pillows approximately 20"x54"
2 yards fabric - more if you are particular about the placement of the print
rotary cutter

From your fabric, cut:
2- 35.5"x44"(use the width of the fabric for the 44")

We used the width of the fabric for the length of the pillows for two reasons - one, it allowed us to buy less fabric and two, it meant I could use the factory finished edge of the fabric instead of having to sew a hem...

Any way, this is a really simple pillowcase.  Take one piece of the cut fabric and fold it in length lengthwise.  Pick the prettiest factory edge and pin the opposite short edge and the long side to sew.

Once sewn, all you have to do is flip it and stuff your pillow in.  It will require stuffing, however.  This is how the firmness is created to give the back cushion support.

Finished cushions

Putting the cushions on the benches.  We put the open end of the back cushions and the zipper end of the pads against the wall.  Enjoy!

Part I - Planning a Themed Bedroom
Part II - DIY Purple Loft Bed
Part III - Same Dresser, Different Makeover
Part IV - DIY Benches & Table for Loft Bed
Part V - Bench Cushions (currently viewing)
Part VI - Play & Display Bookcase (coming Friday!)

DIY Benches & Table for Loft Bed: A Shopkins Bedroom Part IV

Monday, November 14, 2016

This is our fourth post in the Shopkins themed bedroom series.  To start at the beginning, click here.

The benches and table to go with Alli's loft bed were a bit modification, a bit engineered, and a bit made up as we went.  You will remember that we used these plans for the loft bed, and there were plans included for the table underneath as well.  Since Alli really wanted benches to allow for a lounging option, which was the design of our original inspiration, we needed to make some size modifications to the table in order to allow enough space.  We also didn't want a free standing table because we were concerned that it would be too difficult to get in and out of the benches with table legs in the way.

When we were looking for DIY plans, we had also stumbled across another design that we gleaned some clues from.

We started with designing the benches so that we would know how wide to make the table surface.  We measured our dining room chairs for depth (17") and height ( 17.5"), so it was decided that we make it slightly deeper and slightly shorter to allow for both a seat pad and a back cushion and still get the same end result.

Using the measurements of 42"L, 18"D, and 17"H we made a cut list for the benches.

Cut List

For TWO benches and table:
A) 8 - 2x4 cut @ 15.5" (Bench Legs)
B) 4 - 2x4 cut @ 15" (bench side support)
C) 4 - 2x4 cut @ 35" (bench front and back support)
D) 6 - 2x6 cut @ 42" (bench seat)
E) 1 - 36"x42" sheet of 1/2" plywood (table top) - you could easily use a thicker piece of plywood here.  Just remember to adjust the length of your table leg to compensate so it will not alter the height of your table.
F) 2 - 1x4 cut @ 32" (table short apron)
G) 2 - 1x4 cut @ 38.5" (table long apron)
H) 1 - 2x4 cut @ 29.5" (table leg)

Bench Assembly

For each bench: Using pocket screws, attach together pieces A), B), and C) to create a frame.  

Attach seat boards (D) to top of frame, starting with the front and back board which should line up evenly with the outside edges of the frame.  Last, attach the center board, spacing evenly between the others.

Attaching the benches

Using regular screws, attach the bench legs and/or apron to the loft bed.

Building and Attaching the Table

Attach apron boards F) and G) to create a frame that is 32"x40" (the short sides will cap the long sides)

The table top will be attached flush with one short side of the apron, versus being centered on it - this will allow for us to attach it to the bed later.  There will be a 2" overhang on the other 3 sides.  Because the plywood was thin, we chose to use finishing nails (and glue) to attach the top to the apron.  The disadvantage of this is that the holes will then have to be puttied, sanded, and repainted to create a smooth table surface.

Add leg - H) inside of the frame on the short side with overhang.  Use regular screws to screw the leg directly into the apron.  (See pic below)

Attach table (on the short side with no overhang) to loft bed using regular screws.  The top of our table is flush with the top of the 2x6 on the loft bed.

Loft Bed with Benches and Table

Part I - Planning a Themed Bedroom
Part II - DIY Purple Loft Bed
Part III - Same Dresser, Different Makeover
Part IV - Benches & Table (currently viewing)
Part V - DIY Bench Cushions
Part VI - Play & Display Bookcase (coming Friday!)

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