Family travel

Owl themed toddler bedroom

A two month break from our caravan travels has given us the time to get lots of jobs done at home – many of which are in preparation for the arrival of Tin Box Baby 2.

Top of the list has been evicting Tin Box Tot from the cot and transforming her bedroom into a roost fit for an owl loving toddler.

Tree with owls painted above a toddler bed


I’d love to say we managed to get this done in a weekend, but it has taken a fair few weeks to complete the task. However, with such a big change in TBT’s sleeping arrangements I think that slowing down the transition has allowed her time to adjust to her parents’ crazy plans.

Stage one – the bed

TBT has been in her cot since about two months old, so moving to a ‘big girls bed’ was a significant moment in her 22-month life. 

Her bedroom is the smallest in the house and sits over the top of the stairs. This means there’s an annoying intrusion in the corner of her room. 
So that we could make the most of the space, Mr TB got out his tools and built TBT’s new toddler bed from scratch – the clever chap!

The wood cost us about the same as a ready-made bed but was worth it because of the extra space we now have in the room.

Stage two – the furnishings

We already had a set of draws with fabric boxes that we use to store TBT’s clothes. We picked it up in B&Q. This had been mounted on the wall but with the new bed right in the corner there is now room for it on the floor.
TBT was lucky enough to get some new bedding and curtains for Christmas and we have been picking up a few other owl-themed accessories over the past year.
One of my favourites is the doorstop, which came from The Range.

Stage three – decorating

I’m a big fan of murals on kids’ bedroom walls. My auntie is an artist and painted amazing pictures of Disney characters around my cousins’ beds – I was very jealous of these when I was young.
I can’t claim to be anywhere near as good as my aunt, but I did do Art at school and college so I thought I’d give a mural a go for TBT.

We bought our paints from B&Q – tubs of brown and green as well as tester pots of five other pastel colours to match the Tot’s new bedding. The paint cost us about £20.

The Tot was packed off the her grandparents while we got down to work. I created a the tree while Mr TB cut out wooden owls and added the base colours.

This took most of an afternoon and we soon had to pick up TBT from her relieved baby sitters – she is non-stop!

She was very excited to see the latest stage of her bedroom makeover and kept touching the tree trunk that had grown out the top of her bed.

We were able to finish the job a few days later. I added some more detail to the tree and finished off the owls. We picked up some sticky gems from Wilkos as an after thought (98p a pack), but I’m really glad we did as they added a bit of extra glitz to our luminous birds.

So there you have it! One owl themed toddler room. TBT seems satisfied and we hope she’s going to enjoy it for a few years to come.

For more owl inspiration see my Pinterest board.

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