We recently moved into a new house, and as I tucked in my daughter, she said, “I wish I could see the floating lights like Rapunzel.” And we were off.
I immediately went to my room and looked online for “floating lights,” and lo and behold I was not the first person with this idea. I saw a variety of paintings on etsy, but they were for the most part small, not attractive, and/or expensive. On the heels of one of those drinking/painting parties, I said with confidence, “I can do this.”
Step one: Print off a JoAnn Fabric’s 50% off coupon, and take it to Michael’s because they honor those. Get a huge 3 ft by 4 ft canvas. It was exactly the same size as the windows in her room, giving a faux window look.
Step two: Get a few more tubes of paint (I had some 15 year old tubes…am I that old????…but needed more blue and green).
Step three: Get a mock fireplace mantel from Habitat for Humanity Restore. The heart made it sweet, and it was now functional with peg hooks as well.
Step four: Rapunzel night light from ebay.
Step five: Got a $100 swag that was super long from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It was on clearance for $10, and used a 20% coupon on top as well. Cut this and made two curtain panels, and even had enough excess to make two matching pillow cases. Got some clip curtain rings as well. Already had the curtain rod from the old house.
Step six: Paint. Used the following images for inspiration, as well as Journey’s Greatest Hits on repeat for a few hours. At least Rapunzel wasn’t the best painter, so the bar was reachable.
Great close up for Rapunzel
Another close up
Best close up for trees
Step seven: “We need a frying pan!” In the garage I had the mini frying pan to make cookies, that was terrible because the cookies tasted like iron. Went to some local country living store and got an amazing iron heart hook. Looooove this part.
Step eight: An actual lantern projector I got from a yard sale for a $1.00, our best friend Pascal, and an online print out of Flynn’s wanted poster in a dollar store frame, hung with 3M Command strips (have to be careful hanging actual glass frames within reach). Heart table matches heart “mantel.” Link for poster at: Flynn Rider Wanted Poster
This room was previously a boy’s room, and it had these red vertical blinds that now somehow make sense as they match the curtain perfectly. The 70s wood doors almost look intentional. Repainting the dark blue walls to the awesomely named “Lionheart” made a princess castle room that wasn’t that yucky Disney Princess pink. She has a room that inspires imagination now, without being too immature in 5 years. It’s now my favorite window to look out in the house.