DIY Fabric Animal Decor

Our second bathroom is the kid’s bathroom. When I first moved in to our house, the room had been painted a teal and dark pink color to match the fish-designed shower curtain. Personally, the color combo made me cringe (sorry, hubby). I took these photos after the chair rail and towel bar were taken off the wall:

I also happen to be one of those bizarre people who enjoys painting. When we registered for gifts for our wedding, I saw an adorable shower curtain at and added it to my list. After receiving the gift, I immediately went in search of a green paint to match it:

We can’t afford to replace our almond-colored tub surround and toilet, and I feel that those aren’t such an eyesore now that the colors are reflected in the curtain.The green did turn out a little more “green” than I wanted, but I was also trying to veer away from a minty version. All we needed was some fun decor for the walls. This past weekend I decided to replicate the puffy fabric letters that I did for the kids’ doors and make some hippos for the walls.

First I grabbed some printer paper, a pencil, and a piece of cardboard. I put a piece of cardboard under the curtain and a piece of paper on top and traced the hippos and trees.

After taping my paper shapes to my cardboard, I cut them out with an exacto knife.

I purchased the fabric from the scrap bin at Walmart, spending less than $3 on it all. The hippos were a lot harder to cover with the batting and fabric because they are such an odd shape. I feel like I could have done a better job getting the fabric to lay flatter and tighter, but they’re cute nonetheless! I slapped them on the wall with some tacky gum which works perfect because they are so lightweight. I might make some more trees to decorate the other walls, since they were the easiest to do.

I like these hippos!


Click to see the original post on the puffy fabric decor letters:





4 thoughts on “DIY Fabric Animal Decor

  1. I love that you made the old bathroom stuff work. It can be really hard to manage that but sometimes tearing out the old isn’t an option. Great save! Oh and the hippos are super cute :)

  2. Love these! They are so cute and kid friendly but not TOO little kid-ish! Look great with the curtain!

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