DIY Nordic Banners And Signs For Playrooms

I’ve linked up with some creative women to bring you a Kids Room Decor Blog… some are tours and some are DIYs. So be sure to check out the bottom of this post for a link to theirs. Don’t forget to check them out.

When it comes to decorating my boys bedrooms or playroom I’m all about doing as much DIY as I can. I love creating decor that’s custom to us. I also love using items we have on hand or that are up cycled. 

For this tutorial I show you how I use our empty cereal boxes and upcyle them into decor pieces. You can use any empty box that has the cardboard on the inside. 

You can also use this to create more than just bedroom decor for your kids room. I’ve made multiple holiday decor or other decor for their room using this method. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see them. 

Now to the details to create your own… it’s very easy and simple to do. 

Items Needed:

  • Empty Food Boxes (cereal, pop tart, oatmeal boxes)
  • Pencil 
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch 
  • Twine or string
  • Something to write with (sharpie, marker, chalk pen)
  • Paint (house paint, acrylic paint, kids paint)
  • Paint brush 


1. Take your empty food boxes and break them open. You will be using the inside part (cardboard side) as your front facing decor side

2. Draw your stencil onto it. You will use your ruler to measure and draw out your sizing. You can freehand this also but I prefer to measure. Here’s how I measure and the sizing I do for my larger and smaller triangles. 

Small triangles 
Big triangles

3. Cut out your “stencil”. You will use this to trace your others so they are the exact same size. 

4. Trace your stencil onto your packaging. I flip my traces to be able to utilize as much space as I can. 

5. Cut out all your triangles (or shape you created) 

6. Either use as is or paint to the color of your background choice. For this tutorial I painted all mine whilt and use my kids finger paint. It may take a couple coats to get your desired color. I personally don’t mind some of the cardboard showing through. 

7. Once that is dry… paint, write or draw on your design. I used a small paintbrush to paint on my designs. 

8. Allow to dry them use your hole punch to punch a hole on both sides of the triangle. Make sure it isn’t to close to the edge. You don’t want it to tear. 

9. String your twine or string through the holes. I personally like the longer part of my string to run behind my pieces. But string yours how you prefer. Just make sure you string all parts of it the same. 

10. Tape your design up by the end of the string or wrap around picture hanging nails and enjoy your diy home decor. 

Other Decor Created Using This Method:

I put this on the front of their playroom door. I used a permanent marker to draw on and decorate the letters. 

I put this up on their playroom gallery wall. I used the tape it up by the strings method. 

I hope this helped you spin off all the amazing ideas you can to create your own home decor from upcycled items. And creating your own custom decor for your home. 

If you want to check out my other DIYs I’ve done and shared then…


Thank you for stopping by and checking out my Upcycled Bunting Banner DIY!

Xo Jessica!

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