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Thursday 9 October 2014

Review: Create Your Dream Room

Some children are happy with bare bedroom walls and bookshelves. Others are happy to cover every available surface with clutter or cover walls with posters of favourite bands and celebrities.

And then there are the kids who LOVE to decorate and make their bedroom their own personal space. Their walls, bookshelves, desk and every other available surface reflect their personalities, interests and hobbies. These are the kids who will find inspiration and ideas in Create your Dream Room: Awesome projects for the ultimate bedroom makeover.

Create Your Dream Room offers inspiration through a collection of creative projects ranging from creating a terrarium or pom pom rug, to paper crafts, desk decorations and dreamcatchers. The materials needed are low cost and it is often possible to recycle or upcycle items that are easily available at home.

The book features 15 craft projects with clear step-by-step instructions including a list of required materials and tools (such as glue, scissors, craft paints, etc), helpful tips, and colour photos of the finished product with some work in progress shots. Some of the projects require the use of a knife (for carving potato to make prints), hammer (to hammer in nails to hang wall hangings) or sewing needle and thread, so some adult supervision may be required for younger children.

The book also includes eight pages of double-sided thin card stencils and shapes that can be used for tracing or decoration. This includes templates for paper bunting and pom poms as well as a birthday calendar and photo frames.

While Create Your Own Dream Room could in theory be enjoyed by children of either gender, the choice of colours, prints and styles means that it is most likely to appeal to girls aged 8 – 12. It makes the perfect Christmas stocking filler or gift for creative, crafty girls who want ideas on how they can quickly and easily personalise their bedroom or study space while sticking to their pocket money budget.

Title: Create Your Own Dream Room: Awesome projects for the ultimate bedroom makeover
Author: Sophie Splatt
Publisher: The Five Mile Press, $16.95 RRP
Publication Date: September 2014
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9781760060916
For ages: 8-12
Type: Junior Non-Fiction