The next room in our home tour is my favorite room in the house because it was the most fun to design and create! The Dr. Seuss kids room, inspired by our family’s favorite author, is currently my son’s bedroom. It is bright, fun, inspiring, and creative.

Dr. Seuss theme bedroom

This is what you first see when you enter the room.

Kids room inspired by children's book author Dr. Seuss. Amazing DIY projects in this space!
Hand painted furniture Suess theme, table and chairs for kids and a sticker decal dresser design

Dr. Seuss inspired bedspread for toddler room.
The toddler bed I got off Craigslist for $40 and painted black. The mattress was $80 from Target. The blanket was a splurge, I paid $42 for the amazing cuddle fleece material it is made out of. I did use a 40% off coupon so that could have been $70. My talented mother sewed it up for us. It has numerous characters from Dr. Seuss books on one side and red and white stripes (like Cat in the Hat’s hat) on the other side. It is super warm to keep my kid cozy in this basement bedroom. Sometimes it gets to be around 60 degrees down there! Who am I kidding, I’m just trying to justify an expensive blanket. Anyway, the sheet was $0.25 at a garage sale (multi-colored polka dots!) and the pillows/pillowcase totaled $6.

Dr. Seuss room complete with mural and hand painted furniture
Dr. Suess inspired bedroom playroom design. Diy, craft, Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish
My sister gave me this old dresser for free and I bought $6 sticker paper to draw the DIY “decals” on the side of it.

Dr. Seuss Dresser Sticker Decals of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish children's book.
Pictured below is a table and chair set I transformed from a dingy $6 garage sale set to an adorable Cat in the Hat inspired play set.

Hand painted table and chairs Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & 2, Dr. Seuss theme kids furniture
Hand painted table and chairs Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & 2, Dr. Seuss theme kids furniture
The $7 clearance curtains were from Shopko and were too long, but the perfect bright blue. My mother hemmed these the right length for me. I unfortunately do not have sewing skills. The cafe rod to hang them I bought at Menard’s for $3. The blocks that say “READ” used to say “EMMA” but I painted over them. I got them at a garage sale for $1.

Seuss theme kids room amazing DIY crafty projects.

 

 

The bookshelf I made from scrap wood, leftover paint, and free-with-rebate Menards supports. It was easy and cost $0. The book collection is quite pricey, but fortunately for us, cost us a total of $1.50. I’ve only bought 3 of our 36 books (at garage sales) and the rest came from presents. My goal is to have the entire 60 book collection of all Seuss books for this Dr. Seuss kids room. Or at least the 44 he wrote and illustrated. This is what we ask for as gifts for our kids every year, and they love it!

Dr. Seuss book collection
The clay birthday cake (yellow and blue thing) from Happy Birthday to You was a gift from Stephen’s aunt.

Bookshelf full of Dr. Seuss book collection

 

The stuffed animals were all found at a thrift store. Thank you to whoever bought these at Kohl’s and then donated them in perfect condition! I paid $15.50 for all.

Stuffed animal Dr. Seuss Sam I Am, Grinch, Max, Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & 2, Hop on Pop, Mr. Brown Can Moo Cow, Horton the Elephant Collection

The large frame was a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law. I made a poster of inspirational sayings from Dr. Seuss books. My favorite one on there is “A person’s a person no matter how small” from Horton Hears a Who.

Poster wall decor of Dr. Seuss quotes inspirational collage.
And lastly, the mural cost me nothing but time. I used leftover paint from the HHW facility and scrap wood for the 3D trees.

Hand painted diy mural of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax with 3D Truffula trees!

The total for our Dr. Seuss kids room is $208.25. For this inexpensive design, I utilized my artistic talent more than my credit cards. Sometimes you have to try some DIY craftiness to save money, and sometimes it turns out as good as you hoped!

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12 thoughts on “Dr. Seuss Kids Room

  • February 9, 2016 at 9:37 AM
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    This room is so cute! You have done so much in here and are crazy talented!

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  • February 9, 2016 at 10:04 AM
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    I bet this is one of your favorite rooms in the house (even though it’s a kids room). The Dr. Seuss theme is such a fun one. Loved how you were able to achieve this look on a low budget.

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    • February 9, 2016 at 12:23 PM
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      Thank you! I love your blog Tee and am honored you dropped by to leave me a compliment!

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  • March 31, 2016 at 10:58 PM
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    How cute is this room!! Seriously, great work, Melissa!! My kids’ room is screaming to be made over – I have more ideas than I do time, though. lol Once my two little ones start preschool next year (if I let them go, that is..not sure I can do that but we’ll see…lol), I will be doing so much more in regards to furniture upcycling, decor, and handmade furniture from reclaimed wood.

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    • April 1, 2016 at 6:46 AM
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      Thank you Charlotte! It seems like you get a lot done already with having two littles around. Are they twins? P.s. I’m not sending my kids to preschool, no harm in that!

      Melissa

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  • May 30, 2016 at 11:37 AM
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    I am so jealous of your painting / drawing skills! You are amazing! I am currently planning a Dr Seuss nursery, and I love many of your pieces (especially the table / chairs and the dresser), but I have absolutely NO drawing ability! I am having to resort to stickers and buying Dr Seuss books at the used store and cutting pictures out of them 🙁 It breaks my heart to have to destroy his work. Anyway…. I think you did an amazing job on this room. Way to go!

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    • May 31, 2016 at 1:33 PM
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      Jenn,

      Thank you for the heartfelt compliment! I think Dr. Seuss’s whole point in his children’s books was to ignite children’s imaginations. Making a colorful and interesting room for your children is doing just that and I think Dr. Seuss would be supportive of that goal, even if it meant cutting up pictures in his books. Good luck with your nursery!

      Melissa

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