How to create a simple dinosaur mural

I’d like to show you a  simple idea for you to create a dinosaur mural for your child’s room.

Dinosaur Silhouettes

Paint a series of your favourite dinosaurs in one colour to suit the colour scheme of your child’s room. Go as pale or as dark as you wish. Try a tone just slightly darker than the wall colour for a pleasing subtle effect.

You can either find your own dinosaur shapes and enlarge them on a photocopier. Rub the back of the paper with a coloured chalk and trace over your design to transfer the pattern to the wall. Alternatively,  you could use one of my ready made dinosaur mural template kits which come in two sizes and have carbon paper to fit to trace onto the wall.

Two colour Dinosaur Mural


Take your simple dinosaur shape. Make the legs and some markings on the body a second colour. Trace onto the wall and paint .

Again, with this option you could either find your own dinosaur shapes and enlarge them on a photocopier. Rub the back of the paper with a coloured chalk and trace over your design to transfer the pattern to the wall or alternatively,  you could use one of my ready made dinosaur mural template kits which come in two sizes and have carbon paper to fit making it quick and easy to trace onto the wall.

Wallpaper cutout dinosaur mural

Choose a lovely wallpaper. Trace the design onto the back of the wallpaper, then cut out the shape and paste it onto the wall as per the instructions of your wallpaper brand.
My ready made dinosaur mural template kits come ready with carbon paper to fit making the tracing easy. They are designed to fit on an average width of wallpaper. The large sizes will fit on two widths of wall paper.

We have six dinosaur designs for you to choose from

Choose one or more of your favourite dinosaurs or use our kit with three dinosaurs templates included.
The kits come with a large paper pattern, transfer paper to fit and instructions.


The kits are available from the Magic Mural Factory (USA) and

Wallstory Murals (if you live in Europe or the UK)


April 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm 3 comments

Princess Themed Room Decor

Princess Wall Mural Ideas

With spring and the holidays here, you might be turning your thoughts to a bit of  simple decorating.
Chances are your little girl may aready have lots of pink things in her bedroom.

How about bringing all that pink together in a Princess theme?
Create a Princess room for your little girl with a simple mural as a focal point.

Do it yourself murals are simple and easy to create and can add that WOW factor to an otherwise rather plain pink’  room.

Here are some murals that may inspire you to give it a go.
Paint by number murals are very easy to do, as are adhesive stencil murals, and if you really don’t want to paint, there are  always sticker murals, but for this post I’ll be concentrating on how to paint a Princess mural yourself.


Happily Ever after (paint by number mural)

Princess Castle in the clouds (paint by number mural)
Available at both the Magic Mural Factory and Wallstory Murals

 

Sweet Dreams Bed hugger mural (paint by number)
Princess in Pink Mini mural (paint by numbers)

 

Perfectly Princess Room (Self adhesive mural stencils)

Click here to see a short video on how to paint a Princess Murals using self adhesive stencils

 

Create A Princess Crown for your Princess theme room

Click here for instructions on how to create this 3D princess crown wall art

Princess crown mural for girls bedroom

Princess crown mural with embellishments

Click here for instructions on how to create this 3D princess crown wall art from a previous post



April 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Ballet Room theme

A while back I did a post on ideas for a ballet room theme. I’ve updated it with some new mural ideas that we have available at the Magic Mural Factory and Wallstory Murals.


Ballet fans click here to read  the full post

March 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

How to create a tree themed children’s bedroom

Wallpaper tree mural

Spring is on it’s way and I’ve been thinking about tree murals and decorating children’s rooms and nurseries with a tree theme.

I’ve found some lovely ideas that might inspire you to do the same for your child room.
The theme is gentle and timeless. Depending on the style you choose, the look could be equally at home in a baby nursery as a child’s room.

Firstly the wall decor and of course murals in partcular

Your choices are to hire a mural artist to paint a mural for you
or
Stick on tree themed decals or wall stickers
or
Paint one yourself using a paint by number kit or tree stencil kit

and then there’s ideas for other tree themed elements that you could incorporate around the room to tie the theme together.

The murals

Wallpaper tree mural
Tree of Life Wall paper mural (Muralunique.com)

 

Stencil tree designBirds and Tree (Cutting edge stencils)

 

The Bunny Tree Vinyl Wall Decal (WowWall)

 

Room mates tree wall decalRoom Mates Scroll Tree Decal Megapac (Amazon)

 

Summer Tree Wall Decal (WowWall)

 

Love Bird Tree paint by number muralLove Bird Tree Paint By Number Mural (Wallstory Murals)(Magic Mural Factory)

Paint by number Tree wall muralLove Bird Tree Paint By Number Mural (Wallstory Murals)(Magic Mural Factory)

Willow tree and moon bunny sihouette mural (Paint by number Wallstory Murals)(Magic Mural Factory)

Feathery Friends paint by number mural (Magic Mural Factory)

The Magic Mural Factory has a selection of various paint by number tree murals to choose from

Other tree themed rooms accessories

Rustic Twig Headboard

Rustic Wooden Head board (Hearthwoods)

Tree Bench

Imagine this this rustic tree bench in your tree themed room.
A few brightly coloured cushions on it and it would make  a wonderful feature in the room
(Natural Tree Furniture)

Tree themed Baby nursery

This nature-themed nursery was created for a client in Southern California, and features floor-to-ceiling custom items. The real tree branches, mingled with the tree and bird decals, are truly a spectacle!

Over the changing table, tree branch hooks carry cute little buckets to put all those bits and pieces needed for changing nappies (wipes, diapers, etc…).

Tree decals combined with real branches suspended from the ceiling create a place to hang little pictures and toys above the crib.
See the whole article on Little Crown Interiors

Make a rustic tree curtain pole

I found this image on In Home Design

There doesn’t seem to be any instructions on how to make this so here are my suggestions.

How to Do it

Go for a walk in the country side and find yourself a lovely stick.
Make sure it is the correct width for your window plus some extra either side of the window.
Try and find a stick that is quite dry.
Paint the stick with an undercoat and then spray or paint it any colour you wish.
Use an acrylic paint intended for woodwork.
Purchase two curtain pole brackets that come in various shapes and forms.
Like this one below for example.

Attach the brackets to the wall add your painted branch and all that’s left to do it attach your curtain.

Please note that because the branch may be twisted and ‘branchy’ you will might find that tie on curtains like the one in the picture above will be easier to install.
These curtains are better left open as a decorative feature rather than a functional curtain.
A blind on the actual window would be advisable to use in conjunction with the curtains.

Et Voila!

Tree Themed Shelves

I think this is charming and simple. I found it at Live Wire Farm .
If you are a bit handy I don’t think it would be difficult to recreate the same idea.

How to Do it

Find two appropriately shaped branches.
Cut the back of each one flat so that they can be screwed flat against a wall.
Make sure that the tops are cut flat too so that your shelf can rest flat on the top.
Buy or find, or cut a shelf the length and depth you require
Mark where the supports touch the shelf and screw a couple of screws downwards into the branch brackets to keep it in place
Et voila!

Some more rustic shelf ideas to compliment the tree theme. I spotted this one on Design Sponge.
There are some instructions there too.

Tree themed coat hanging rack

Rustic Coat Rack

I found this coat rack idea on The little things we do
Hang pretty flowery bags on the hooks to store toys or other bits and pieces, or simply hang coats on it!

Rustic Log shelves

rustic log shelves you can make yourselfRachel’s Rustic Log shelves. See how to make these on Design Sponge

Tree themed Beds

Slightly out of most of our budgets ;-) but it’s so lovely I couldn’t resist it You can find this at Atilladesign on Etsy

This is fun I found it at Raphael D’Amato

This is from Style of design

DIY Tree themed Beds

When I look at these beds, I think that with a little bit of thought you could make something similar.

What’s to stop you screwing some lovely branches like the ones above to an existing bed to turn it into a tree themed four poster bed?

Or how about a canopy above the bed substituting the pole for a tree branch?

This post is becoming too long!!
The more I research the more ideas I find, so I’ll stop here and do some separate posts on tree themed bedding, rugs and soft furnishings ideas.

 

 

his nature-themed nursery was created for a client in Southern California, and features floor-to-ceiling custom items. The real tree branches, mingled with the tree and bird decals, are truly a spectacle!

organic baby boys nursery

March 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm 2 comments

Dinosaur Decor Ideas- DIY Dinosaur Decor

HGTV.com

Magic Mural Factory or Wallstory Murals

 

Kid’s Bedroom Decor Idea – Dinosaur Adventure

Decorating your kid’s bedroom is great fun for parents and children. One popular decor idea for sons or daughters is a dinosaur adventure motif. Many young boys love dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts.

Use the following tips and ideas to turn your kid’s bedroom into an adventurous dinosaur jungle.

Dinosaur Adventure Kid’s Bedroom Painting Ideas

All dinosaurs did not live in the jungle.  However, the prehistoric world was populated by some large trees and ferns.  The first step in turning your kid’s bedroom into a dinosaur adventure is painting the walls to represent this jungle-like habitat.

Paint the walls green and add different colors of green for giant leaves, fern fronds, and palm type trees.  If you are really adventurous, paint in some logs and rocks as well.  Painting the ceiling blue will make your kid feel as if their bedroom is really outside in a dinosaur habitat.

If your kid prefers, you can paint the room to look like a desert dinosaur habitat.  The main colors would be tan, brown, and yellow.  You can paint large rocks or an oasis on one wall.

Dinosaur Adventure Kid’s Bedroom Furniture Ideas

Furniture was never found in dinosaur times, but your kid needs some in his bedroom.  You can paint small dinosaurs, dinosaur footprints, or scale pattern on your kid’s bedroom furniture.  Or, you can transform the furniture into giant dinosaurs by cutting out pieces of plywood in the shape of the dinosaurs and attaching it to the sides of the furniture.  For example, your kid’s bed could become a sleeping stegosaurus with a plywood shape on each side.

Dinosaur Adventure Kid’s Bedroom Accessory Ideas

Making the dinosaur adventure themed kid’s bedroom is easy with the right accessories.  You should be able to find dinosaur printed bed linens such as sheets and blankets.  You can buy or sew dinosaur shaped pillows for the bed or chairs.  Any type of jungle style accessories would work well.  Buy a lamp with a shade that looks like palm fronds.  Get a carpet remnant and cut out the shape of a giant dinosaur footprint for a throw rug.  Use wooden dinosaur teeth as pegs where your kid can hang their coat and hat.

Decorating your kid’s bedroom in a dinosaur adventure style is a great idea for kids that love prehistoric animals.  By using a jungle motif and lots of dinosaur pictures and toys, your son or daughter will love their adventure bedroom.

Content Source: BukisaKid’s Bedroom Decor Idea – Dinosaur Adventure

Read more: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/29476_kids-bedroom-decor-idea-dinosaur-adventure#ixzz0zUcNbnT2

DIY Dinosaur Accessory Ideas

Look at these, I LOVE them!!

DIY Glowing Dinosaurs Lamps

Available at ThinkGeek

Glowing Dinosaurs for your Mammal Based Enjoyment

Take your home lighting back to the mesozoic era with these DIY Dinosaur Lamps. Think T-Rex knew that thousands of years in the future he would be recreated as a glowing table lamp for the whim of some odd warm blooded creatures? Probably not, but as a mammal you will appreciate the workout your opposable thumbs receive while assembling T-Rex… or his friends diplodocus and triceratops.

All three of these dinosaur lamps are constructed from precision cut sheets of flexible plastic which you slot together to create the finished glowing sculpture. Construction time is about 30-40 minutes, but the directions are very clear with detailed photographs of each step. Makes you wonder if thousands of years in the future when we’ve annihilated ourselves into a nuclear oblivion some advanced evolved race will make DIY Human Lamps…

Product Features

  • Glowing Dinosaur Lamps that you can build yourself
  • Easy slot together construction
  • Clear directions with detailed photographs of each step
  • Completed lamps stand about 13″ high depending on dinosaur
  • Includes 120V AC cord and switch
  • Does NOT include bulb, you need to provide your own
  • Requires a candelabra style bulb (E12 North America, E10 & E11 in Europe)


Dinosaur Accessories

Make A Dinosaur Pillow/Pyjama bag

Kids can make their own pillow the shape of the popular dinosaur.
All you need is a piece of felt, some ribbon and glue. It’s all no sew and by following our pattern and easy instructions they can make one or make two back to back; one to be a little pillow and the other to make a pajama bag – just leave the top open and add a “handle”. They can be the envy of their friends at the next sleep over.

See the full instructions at Wrights- kids crafts

Dinosaur Accessories

How to Make Cool Dinosaur Appliqued Pillows

FREE Dinosaur Pillow Patterns and Templates

Make your children their very own set of four “easy to make” and “easy to sew” dinosaur appliqued pillows using these free dinosaur patterns and templates (for personal use only). These decorative dinosaur pillows will be the perfect accessory to complete their dinosaur themed bedroom.

See the full instructions and download the patterns at HeatherInks.com

Dinosaur Painting Ideas

DIY Dinosaur Murals

Paint by number Dinosaur Mural

See How to paint a mural by numbers

T-Rex mural from Magic Mural factory or Wallstory Murals

Brace yourself!

When you add some eye popping jurasic drama to your child’s room with this T-Rex crashing through the wall.

Available in Small and Large sizes
(Kit includes: pattern, transfer paper, directions & color guide.)

Brachiosaurus Pool mural from Magic Mural Factory or Wallstory Murals

Dinosaur Painting Ideas

Self Adhesive Stencil Dinosaur Mural

Dinosaur Days

  • Paint a stunning mural in one weekend
  • No artistic skills required
  • Designer look-Unbeatable price
  • Choose your own colors
  • Self adhesive stencils make painting easy
  • Watch on-line video demonstrations

 

Self Adhesive Dinosaur Stencil Mural
Available from
The Magic Mural Factory

Magic Mural Factory DIY mural for children's rooms

September 15, 2010 at 10:09 am 2 comments

Children’s original Artworks for sale

I have two beautiful children’s wall hangings for sale.

They measure approximately 90cm wide x 150cm high.
Acrylic on Canvas, hand painted by Fiona Paterson. Mural artist and  illustrator.

Beautiful detail, an original painting your child will treasure forever.

$300 including shipping and insurance

$300 including shipping and insurance

Hanging Poles not included

If these are of interest to you, please contact me by leaving a comment.

These two hangings will also be available on the website for purchase from my website The Magic Mural Factory
These are unique paintings, there are only these two, so don’t wait too long, you may miss out!

February 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm 5 comments

Winner of the $30 Gift Certificate

I’m sorry for the delay in announcing our winner.

$30-Gift-voucher

My daughter has picked a winner from her hat and I am pleased to announce that the winner of our $30 Gift certificate for Wallstory Murals is

NADIA at Fun with Mama

Congratulations Nadia

Nadia- To claim your voucher, please contact me through our website with your email address

November 3, 2009 at 9:29 am 1 comment

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