Foster your child's imagination and encourage creative play with a do-it-yourself stage for his bedroom. Readily available materials and basic DIY skills are all you need for this project. When not using the stage for impromptu performances, store a bean bag chair there so it becomes a book nook or hideaway, behind curtains, for your child.
Things You'll Need
- Wood pallet
- 80- and 200-grit sandpaper
- Drill and 1/4-inch bit
- Wall anchors
- Eye hooks
- Curtain panels
Sand a hardwood pallet with a palm sander and 80-grit sandpaper. Make sure that every surface is smooth and splinter-free. Finish with another sanding, this time with 200-grit sandpaper. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any sawdust.
Cut a piece of plywood to fit the top of the pallet. Sand the top and bottom of the plywood with a palm sander and 80-grit sandpaper, and then with 200-grit sandpaper.
Lay the plywood on top of the pallet. Use 1/2-inch wood nails to attach it. This is the top of the stage.
Paint the entire stage as desired with semi-gloss latex paint and a brush. Use two coats, allowing the paint to dry between them. Finish with two coats of clear varnish, allowing it to dry between coats. This makes the stage washable.
Set the stage in a corner of your child's bedroom. From the corner that juts into the room, measure straight across to each side wall. Mark a spot 6 inches from the ceiling on each wall. When a curtain is drawn across at this level, it will cover the entire stage, just clearing the front corner.
Drill a guide hole at each mark, using a 1/4-inch drill bit. Insert a wall anchor into each hole, then screw an eye hook into each anchor. Tie a length of clothesline through one of the eye hooks. Thread two curtain panels onto the clothesline, then tie the other end to the other eye hook. Draw the clothesline tightly across the eye hooks. Push the curtains open, one to either side of the stage, during a performance.