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7 Upcycled DIY Ideas to Decorate a Tween or Teen Girl's Bedroom


Easy Upcycled DIY Décor Ideas for a Tween or Teen Girl's Bedroom

Has your tween or teen daughter been pining for a bedroom makeover but you felt it was just not in your budget? Discover 7 easy upcycled DIY ideas to decorate her bedroom on a shoestring. Learn how to transform inexpensive, easily available items into creative DIY lighting, window treatments, wall art and more.

Use the information found in this article to encourage you and your family to look at everything with an appraising eye toward upcycling, re-imagining and re-purposing. Be green, save some green!

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Consider Using Milk Paint for Your Upcycled Project - Available in plenty of colors

Milk paint is non-toxic, so it is safe to use on furniture, including your children's bedroom furniture.

Great Tutorials Featuring Milk Paint and Chalk Paint - Both types of paint are non-toxic and safe for furniture in children's rooms

Have You Ever Upcycled Anything? - How about a DIY project?


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#1- DIY Upcycled Headboard Idea - Easy way to add storage and display treasured items


No need to buy a custom headboard when you can make one yourself! Scour craigslist and eBay for hutches or bookcases, then paint them to coordinate with your color scheme. Make it shabby chic with a little distressing via a sander or use a dry-brush technique to add instant age.

Simply set it on a bench, box or table to achieve the right height. It is not necessary that they match - it's all part of the charm!

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Upcycled DIY Book I Turn to Again and Again!

#2- DIY 'Cornice Board' Window Treatment - Wood + Yarn = A simple, inexpensive DIY window treatment


Talk about a simple idea for a striking window treatment; this faux 'cornice' is made with 1X8 lumber and wrapped with varigated yarn.

Measure the outside width of the window and add 2 inches to the total. This allows room for the mounting hardware. Cut the boards to the desired length, either with your own saw or at a home-improvement center, making sure the board spanning the window is the full measured width.

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To prevent splitting the wood, drill 3 pilot holes 3/8" from each edge of the long board in a vertical pattern. Line up the short board for the treatment's 'return', then attach it to the wide board with 1-1/2" drywall screws. Repeat for the other short board. If your window is extra wide, you might consider using an 'L' bracket in each inside corner for extra stability.

Install a narrow 'L' bracket to the open side of each 'return' board, taking care to ensure your drill can reach each hole that will have a screw driven into the wall. These brackets are your mounting hardware for your new window treatment.

Once your 'cornices' are made, just wrap the boards with varigated yarn in colors compatible with the room's palette. Secure the starting and finishing ends of the yarn with a staple gun on the inside face of the window treatment.

Mount your 'cornices' by screwing more drywall screws into the exposed holes of the 'L' brackets on the 'return' boards.

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#3- Upcycled DIY Vintage Window Screen Artwork - Use what you have, when you can!


Use any leftover yarn from your window treatment project, above, to do a great upcycled, DIY artwork piece.

Start with one (or more, depending on the space available) old screen window, various sizes of embroidery hoops, painted to coordinate with the room's color scheme, and whatever favorite pictures or magazine clippings you want.

Attach the hoops through the screeing with a thin-gauge wire or, if their sizes permit, simply squeeze a couple of hoops into place, using the tension of their fit to hold them in place.

'Draw' designs or 'write' a message with the yarn. Use your imagination and creativity to make this artwork reflect your personality!

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#4- Framed & Mirrored Accent Wall


Turn an awkward wall, like the one shown here, into a feature wall using shag fabric, rugs or blankets, along with a collage composed of vintage picture frames, cuckoo clocks, and old mirrors, all painted in palette-friendly colors.

Attach the fabric, rugs or blankets to the wall with double-stick carpet tape. Paint your collage pieces using high-gloss spray paint to coordinate with your room's color scheme.

Do a dry fit before hanging them to ensure proper balance and scale. Hang with short drywall screws or gallery-quality picture hangers.

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#5- Upcycled DIY Dresser with Display and Bulletin Board - Use paint to marry different pieces


This colorful dresser was made from dfferent pieces, not originally found together. The hutch came from atop an old china cabinet, but who would know after it was painted to coordinate with the dresser?

Use your imagination when looking for storage and display pieces for your tween or teen's bedroom. Paint is the great equalizer when putting disparate pieces together. Use paint to reinforce a room's color palette, using different colors for drawers and/or doors.

The hutch top has been undercoated with magnetic paint, allowing the use of decorative magnets. Paint on the magnetic paint according to directions; often multiple coats are needed for stronger magnetic adhesion. Once magnetic paint is dry, apply the finish color coat to the piece.

Make the most of every opportunity to add bling and some reflective elements. See the photo gallery, below, for more details.

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Turn to Amazon for Many Magnetic Paint Options for Your Upcycled DIY Projects

#6- Upcycled Clear Fillable Holiday Ornaments as Calendar Wall Art - Fill the ornaments with whatever you please!


Who can resist yummy edible art?

The backdrop for this art piece is a round piece of plywood, easily available at home improvement centers or salvage the top from an inexpensive three-legged round table that you are no longer using. Paint it to work with your room's décor and allow it to dry.

Use ready-made stencils to fashion the month's name and use repositionable spray adhesive to adhere each letter to the wood, allowing for easy change month to month.

Use clear holiday ornaments filled with whatever you choose, colored candies in this case, and mount them to the board with finishing nails topped with color-coordinated 'gems'.

Attach one long length of ribbon (wired ribbon or otherwise) to the circumference of the wood circle, stapling or gluing it securely in place. Tie the ends into a generous bow and hang your new upcycled DIY holiday artwork from a decorative hook.

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Detail of Upcycled DIY Holiday Ornament Wall Art


Use self adhesive decorative numbers to note special days in each month.

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Make Your Own Upcycled DIY Holiday Ornament Wall Art

#7- Upcycled DIY Chandelier - Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle


This chandelier is made from deconstructed plastic water bottles! Simply cut them in strips and color them with markers to fit with your room's color palette.

Wire the strips to a round cooling rack, then hang the rack from wires strung through cup hooks screwed into the ceiling.

Practice safety first! Be sure to keep the plastic strips well away from the light bulb.

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Full View of Upcycled DIY Chandelier - Love the shadow effect!


To camouflage the wire rack, tuck colored tissue paper from the top of the rack into the spaces within the rack. Use tissue in a color to coordinate with the room's décor. For safety's sake, double check to make certain the tissue paper and plastic strips are not close to the light bulb.

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Source of Photos for This Article

All the photos for this article were taken by KateHon at the Bachman's 2012 Holiday Ideas House in Minneapolis, MN.

Please share your thoughts, ideas and comments here!

Which Upcycled DIY Decor Idea for a Tween or Teen Girl's Bedroom Inspired You Most?

ashleydpenn on May 28, 2014:

Very good lens.

Kay on May 21, 2014:

Cute ideas!

mistyriver on May 17, 2014:

This is a great lens! I love the headboard idea!

Scindhia from Chennai on May 03, 2014:

Cool ideas. The headboard looks great!

Wedge Antilles from Mount Vernon, WA on April 30, 2014:

All of your ideas have inspired me but I will be taking a few liberties and use more masculine decore and items as well as changing some things to make it more age and gender appropriate. My roommate and I will also be using many of your ideas to use in decorating both of our bedrooms, living room and kitchen. Since we cannot repaint our walls but can decorate our walls with things that can be removed (we cannot leave any 'notable' holes, etc. in/on our walls), your suggestions for repurposing yard/garage/estate/antique sales finds will work great for us. I especially like your idea for a headboard as I am an avid reader and have a large collection of books, I have wanted a bookcase type of headboard for some time: I also, think that the headboard idea can be adapted for use in our small kitchen to hold pots and pans, display some of our more 'formal' glassware and/or cookbooks.

Thank you for all of your great tips and ideas.

tracey-lentz on April 14, 2014:

Awesome job

katiesnow on April 10, 2014:

love the drawer handles...great ideas!

jerrybarndorf on April 10, 2014:

These are cool ideas! Thanks for putting this together. I'm putting up a small inn and would love to furnish it with upcycled items.

rondajohnson on April 03, 2014:

I love the headboard. What a great idea! Very unique.

thegembank on April 03, 2014:

very creative

teelover on February 25, 2014:

Fillable Holiday Ornaments ;)

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on February 23, 2014:

All, great DIY Décor ideas, KateHon!

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on February 22, 2014:

I hadn't heard of milk paint and am interested in learning more about it and why it might be a good choice for a child's room. Lots of fun and intensely colorful ideas here. Thank you for sharing them.

bead at home mom on February 02, 2014:

cute, cute, cute and did I say cute....I can see why this page earned a purple star!

ShortStuffsSecr on January 31, 2014:

I liked the chandelier idea best :)

CrochetLady1 on January 29, 2014:


I am a teen! Ya! Ya me!

Alyssa DeBoer on January 25, 2014:

wow really cool ideas. i wish i was a teen so i could do this room! lol i don't think my boyfriend would appreciate having a room like this though.

NicoleRM on January 24, 2014:

Cute room, nice lens

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on January 16, 2014:

Great ideas. And I love the last quiz question -- I laughed out loud!

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on January 15, 2014:

Great Lens.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on January 09, 2014:

You have done a great job of up-cycling and sharing it with us. It's amazing once you get started how nice it looks, it encourages you to do more.

anonymous on January 06, 2014:

Great Lens, enjoyed the read. I would love to have ago at upcyling, I do get some of my things of freecycle but at the minute I am so busy I just have no time to start a new project. However, when I do, I will be having ago at this. Would love to upcycle my own place!

The_Kelster on January 03, 2014:

Really cool ideas and really cool lens!

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on January 03, 2014:

I love the headboard idea! I've upcycled several items in our home over the years and have several more I would like to give a makeover. :)

Madelight75 on January 03, 2014:

Nicely presented DIY tips for a lovely décor. It is a way to get a decent décor whilst operating a low budget.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on January 03, 2014:

Creative and practically free - my kinda decorating in the shabby style. My granddaughter would love this room (but would she keep it neat?).

Mikarazgriz LM on December 31, 2013:

Love the mirror wall idea! Great lens. :)

buttercake on December 30, 2013:

The lamp is pretty cute!

penny-richens on December 29, 2013:

I am always looking for DIY ideas. I troll Pinterest like it's my second job, lol. I just have to say, this room is one of the best I've seen. Perfect for a tween girl, but not tacky or cheap looking at all. You nailed it! I'm filing away your great ideas for my nieces.

Jen from Canada on December 29, 2013:

I like the upcycled dresser and hutch combo. I like the use of magnet paint to create a place to hang notes.

Phoebs78 on December 29, 2013:

Great lens, thanks for sharing! You're very talented :)

wiseriverman on December 27, 2013:

These are some wonderfully creative ideas for changing the look of a space on a shoestring. I'm coming back here and checking out your website for more inspiration. Well done!

noner on December 24, 2013:

Great ideas. I love the fuzzy accent wall.

Lynda Makara from California on December 22, 2013:

I think the chandelier is my favorite.

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on December 22, 2013:

I loved the idea for the headboard, very creative lens, Nice job Thanks for all of the ideas

winter aconite on December 20, 2013:

great ideas!!!!!

sierradawn lm on December 19, 2013:

So beautiful and creative!

chrisilouwho on December 18, 2013:

the bookshelf/dresser/display area

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on December 18, 2013:

Love the bookcase 'headboard!' Very clever ideas and very interesting lens. Thanks for sharing!

Fay Favored from USA on December 17, 2013:

Lots of ideas for a teen room make-over. Plenty of things to allow their creative side to show.

Jennifer Lawyer on December 17, 2013:

Too bad my teen girl will be off to college in a few short months...lots of inspiration here! :)

mcstacy on July 03, 2013:

Very creative and colorful.

anonymous on May 17, 2013:

What clever and creative ideas you have and i was just reminded of a cute idea for ole tires I saw that was really beautiful. The can be hung up with a study hook on a building wall or a tree I suppose and filld with some dirt in the bottom with drainage holes and make cute planters. :)

lindarose92 on February 11, 2013:

GREAT lens! I love your chandelier so much and I love upcycling too! Please check out my "Make Your Own Lamp" lens and let me know what you think! :)

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