A Kids Hidey Hole with An Ed Emberley-Inspired Mural

When Meredith Weis and her family moved into a new house, they were excited to discover that the playroom had an adjacent storage area with a door. They enlisted a handyman to finish the little room so it could be a hidden play area for their three young girls, Natalie, Noelle, and Lainey. Then the fun really began, when the entire family started to work on the wall murals.

Meredith tells us about the murals she and her daughters painted:

I starting looking online for inspiration and suddenly spotted some drawings that immediately took me back to my youth. The drawings were from Ed Emberley, an author of many how-to-draw books published through the 70s and 80s. I immediately embraced the nostalgic feel of the drawings and even better? His books give step-by-step instructions on how to make every animal and creature!

After choosing the creatures I wanted for each small wall, I simply drew them in pencil and then painted them with paint I already owned. It was so simple that I let my older two daughters, ages 8 and 6, paint a few as well after I drew them on the wall. I tidied the edges up a bit and they were ready to go. I also found that Sharpie paint pens in black we're very helpful to use in small areas or to use to trace around the creatures.

Now the hidey hole is all finished. My daughters like to hide in it, bring flashlights in and turn off the lights, or just read. I like this space because it makes me happy to know my girls and I did it together, and because it brings me back to something of my childhood.

Thanks Meredith! Readers, find Meredith at Crafty Canine.

(Image credits: Meredith Weis )

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Beth is a writer, crafter, DIYer and design enthusiast, living in L.A. with her husband, 2 young boys, and a large mutt named Caesar. She loves fonts, yoga, matcha lattes, and home-grown tomatoes and is not shy about being a consummate nerd.

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