When we updated Harry’s room earlier this year, there’s one more thing that we added – almost as an afterthought – that has proven to be a HUGE hit.
Whilst rummaging in the loft, we found an old wooden curtain rail which we cut down to size and threaded with a 20m roll of brown parcel paper. We mounted it on a spare sliver of wall in Harry’s bedroom…
..added a simple painted wooden baton at the bottom the hold the paper in place, and hey presto; a drawing wall came to life!
It’s become a kind of collaborative family art space and messaging board. We practice numbers on it (times-tables, exhaustively…), see who can draw the best elephant or sea monster or ice-cream flavour* (*me; Harry; Dad). When Harry won an art prize at school, I sneaked upstairs before bedtime to leave this trophy in pride of place…
Here’s a few tips if you’re making your own..
- Source your paper roll first before cutting the curtain pole down to size. Paper tends to come in standard widths, so start with the end in mind. Amazon and office supply stores are great for white and brown paper rolls.
- Choose paper strong enough to withstand pulling down and pressing on, but not so thick that it won’t roll easily or tear off when you’re done – we used inexpensive 100gsm parcel paper.
- To roll the paper onto the curtain pole, tape along one long edge to hold it in place and then roll up, positioning it so that the roll is to the front and the paper drop to the rear as shown (like a toilet roll!)
- When you’ve filled a length of paper, you can either tear it off or roll it up again at the bottom, pulling down to create new space. If you do this, you can ultimately rewind it facing the other way to create a double-sided roll.
- We used art pastels initially on the paper which gave great vibrant colours, but do tend to rub off on fingers (and wall, and floor, and duvet cover) – then I found these bright chalk pens which work beautifully and give rich colours without the mess. You just have to be disciplined about putting the tops back on again afterwards.
Harry’s works a treat in his bedroom, but this would also look great in a kitchen for shopping lists, family messages or general creativity. Enjoy!