Guest Post: A DIY Reading Corner Created by Mrs. Huffstickler for Her Daughter

My three-year-old, Eden, has always loved to read. Since she was only a few months old, a book could hold her attention in a special way. So I recently got the idea to create a reading corner in her room – specifically in her closet. Her closet was the perfect space because it has a nook tucked away in the back corner, a perfect hideaway for a tiny girl. But the great thing is that any child’s closet could be the perfect spot because children’s clothes are so short there is always plenty of open space at the bottom!

So I started by cleaning all the junk out of her closet, and there was plenty of it. She already had a shelf packed cluttered with unorganized books in there. But that was not at all what I envisioned for her clean, inviting, big-girl reading get-away.

Instead I scoured Pinterest for inspiration… but I’ll be honest, I thought mine turned out cuter than any other one I saw! So here’s what I did.

I cleaned out the back nook, like I said. And then I went shopping! I was committed to making the corner cute for as little as possible so almost everything I bought was on sale. I found each of the following items at Target:

  • A bath mat for $14.99 (because it was cheaper than a regular rug)
  • 4 frames on clearance for $4.88 each
  • An “I think you are MAGIC” poster for $7.99
  • A throw pillow on sale for $5.98
  • And at Dollar General I found a body pillow for $10.  (I actually killed two birds with one stone with this purchase… I bought it on a camping trip in which I forgot my pillow. So I picked this one up, knowing it’d be perfect for the reading corner later.)

Total, I spent close to $60 on the reading corner, but you could spend more or less depending on how many new purchases you wanted to make.

In the frames, I simply put the letters R-E-A-D printed on computer paper. I had thought about buying wooden letters and painting them, but I found these frames for cheap, and I thought it turned out even cuter this way.

So I put it all together, and here’s how it turned out!


I threw in Eden’s princess flashlight as a little cherry on top, and she thought using that to read was so much fun!

Thankfully, there is already good lighting in her closet. But if there’s not a light in yours, simply mount some stick-on, battery-powered lights on the walls.
Viola! Your child’s very own reading corner! (She’ll love you for it. I promise!)
Psssst, by the way, if you need some high-quality books to stock up her new spot, I give away Christian children’s books from children’s publisher Tommy Nelson every month on my blog. Stop by sometime and enter!

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>> Kelcie Huffstickler is from Des Arc, Ark. She is married to her high-school sweetheart, Tyler (a firefighter), and they have two beautiful little girls – Eden and Selah. In addition to her day job, she is a freelance writer and seasoned blogger. Her blog This Beautiful Inheritance chronicles her journey as a young mother, wife and homeowner. Her Christian faith inspires many posts, which are encouraging reads for us and her many blog followers. We hope you’ll follow her blog too, and stay tuned for future guest posts from Kelcie right here!

9 thoughts on “Guest Post: A DIY Reading Corner Created by Mrs. Huffstickler for Her Daughter

  1. This is the cutest idea! All little children want their own little hideaway, and even better to give them a place to read!

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