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Make a Whimsy Reading Nook for Kids

DIY Whimsy Reading Nook For Kids. Playroom Ideas.

DIY Whimsy Reading Nook For Kids. Playroom Ideas.

Excited to share with you my second project of the girls playroom. It’s all coming together pretty quickly. Although, I have put the painting the baseboards on the backburner. I’ll leave that less fun project for another day. Today I have a really fun tutorial inspired by a project I found on Pinterest.

I’ve been wanting to make a little reading nook for my daughter for the longest time because she loves books. But until we had carpet put in in the playroom, we really had no place to put it. So today I’m going to show you how to make this fun Whimsy Reading Nook.


Here’s what you need:

XL Embroidery Hoop – You only need the part with the opening.

4 white curtains

1 spool of ribbon

1 drywall/ceiling hook

Drill or Screwdriver to install hook depending on what kind you get.

Here’s what I did:

Take the embroidery hoop apart, you will only use the outer hoop that opens up.

You will need the hardware to close the hoop back up so put those aside for now.

Put curtains onto hoop and then clamp the two ends together and fasten back up with the hardware.

How to make a Whimsy Reading Nook for kids using curtains.

Now you have a hoop of curtains. I used only 4 but you can use more if you want to make it more whimsy. 🙂

Next, cut your ribbon and wrap it around the hoop between the panels and measure how far you want it to hang from the ceiling. I used the entire spool of mine. I have 4 ribbons, one in between each panel. It hangs evenly this way.

Tie a knot at the top with all the pieces.

Install your hook. I used a white drywall/ceiling hook that I bought for a few dollars from Wal Mart.

Finally, hang the ribbon on the hook and there you have it!


She loves it, as you can see from the photos.

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DIY Whimsy Reading Nook For Kids. Playroom Ideas.

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The huge bear we have in the center she got as a birthday present and she enjoys sitting on it. If I didn’t have the bear I would probably put some pillows and a blanket in there.

A Whimsy Reading Nook for your little one.

DIY Whimsy Reading Nook For Kids. Playroom Ideas.

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    January 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I love this little nook! I wonder if my tween daughter would let me put on of these in her room.
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    Tori Johnson
    January 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Adorable!! I love it!
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      January 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks so much Tori. 🙂

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    January 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    You did a great job making the girls reading nook! Love it! I shared it on my pinterest board.
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      January 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks, I really appreciate you sharing! 🙂 My daughter loves it.

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    Amanda Love ~ Growing Up Madison
    January 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    This is sooo cool. I don’t have that much space left in Madison’s room or I would have totally done this. I love it!
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      January 9, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks Amanda! 🙂

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    February 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Such a sweet little nook you created for your girls!

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      February 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks so much Brandi!

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    February 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    This is adorable! My girls already have a little reading area in their room and this would be a great addition!
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      February 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Sounds great Kelly! So glad that you liked it.

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    Bonnie @ The Pin Junkie
    February 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    What a fun reading area! Thanks for sharing It at The Pin Junkie party. It was featured this week. Please stop by to grab a featured button and share your newest projects at http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2014/02/friday-link-party-53.html
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    February 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    How cute! I’m pinning to my Pretend Grandchildren board 🙂
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      February 11, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks so much Lydia!

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    February 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    OMG, this is so adorable! I have a 6-month old and she loves when we read books together. I could totally see this happening in her room. Thanks for a great post 🙂

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      February 11, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Glad you liked it!!

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    February 16, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I discovered your wonderful blog through Growing Up Madison and I am loving it! This reading nook is such a great idea. My girl would surely love this. 🙂
    Have a great day!

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      February 16, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Kristine, that is so wonderful, so great to meet you! My girl loves her little nook. 🙂

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    May 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Love this! I did this in our playroom w/an Ikea tent I retired after converting my older daughters room to a big girl room from a nursery. I staple the opening flaps to the walls to keep the kids from twirling it so much that they ripped it down. I never thought of making my own and your DIY version looks much better.
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    Amanda evans
    October 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    gow long of curtains would you use on a 10 ft ceiling?

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    February 4, 2015 at 11:50 am

    It is great idea! Embroidery Hoop 23” it is enough?

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