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March 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

Jungle Room theme

How to create a Zebra stripe chair for a Jungle room theme or Savanna Room theme


Wow,  isn’t this a stunning piece of children’s furniture!
Hand carved and hand painted, this numbered, Limited First Edition original is truly a piece of art from Bellacor.

As beautiful as it is, it is well beyond my budget for my child’s bedroom.

So, here’s an idea for you to create a zebra (or tiger striped) chair yourself.

Ok, it’s not going to be a handcarved heirloom, but it’s going to be a fun and inexpensive detail for your child’s jungle themed room.


You will need.
A wooden chair or chairs that has been painted white.
We used and Ikea chair.  They have bigger ones too for an older child.

Some transfer paper
A zebra/tiger stripe design(see below)
Black paint (enamel)
A small pointed paint brush
A larger paint brush (One half inch) for larger areas


  • Trace the stripes onto the chair by copying the design below (right click and copy the design to your computer). Print it out and enlarge it on a photocopy to the size of stripes you like.
  • Tape some carbon paper to the back of the design and tape it onto the seat of the chair. Trace the design onto the chair by drawing over the paper with a ball point pen, tranfering the design to the surface of the chair.
  • Repeat on the legs or if you wish, simply draw the stripes freehand using the design as a reference.
  • Begin by painting in the edges of the stripes with a fine brush. Fill in with the larger brush.
  • Allow to dry and protect with a coat of varnish.

Of course you don’t have to stick to Black paint.


Any colour would look good, and if you want tiger stripes, then orange would be a great choice

You could even paint each one a different colour for a really bright fun look.


March 27, 2009 at 4:27 pm 2 comments

Free Tree Mural Giveaway & 20% Discount Voucher


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March 23, 2009 at 11:06 am 28 comments

Children’s lampshades


I was delighted to discover Fog And Thistles paper cutout night lights.
Their simplicity and charm are quite delightful.

They’re not too expensive either Priced at $27.



You can see more of Rachel Webers Cut Paper Art and lighting in her Etsy store or check out her blog Fog and Thistle

Making a paper cutout lampshade

Cut out paper shapes are a great way to dress up and rejuvenate old boring lampshades.
During the day they may look quite plain like Rachel’s design below, but at night they come to life.


How to make a lampshade yourself

Cut out simple shapes in black paper and glue them to the inside of a plain lampshade with spray glue.

Chica and Joe have done a similar thing with a cityscape.



During the day all you see is the ribbon that was sewn down the middle with a thick white stitch and added to the bottom of the lampshade to look like a street.


If you find that a bit plain, there’s no reason why you couldn’t paint or stick the same design in colour to the outside of the lampshade making sure you positioned the design directly over the black paper inside the shade.


Add decorative elements to the bottom of the shade like beads, ribbons, feathers, tassled fringes (whatever you can find) hanging down from the shade to add interest.


Like this from Roberts Media Team, but fewer bits and pieces if you want the cutout design to show through!! 🙂
(Great site by the way)

Where can you find cutout shape ideas?

Search on the internet for Free Clip art Silhouettes and you’ll find loads to choose from THIS SITE

Have fun and tell me about it!

March 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm 5 comments

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March 19, 2009 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment

Floating Books bookshelf

Conceal Bookshelf

Creates an invisible book shelf on any wall.


I found this engenious idea available amongst many other places at VAT19 .

I think would look great in a kids bedroom placed at different levels creating not only a great place to store books, but also a unique decorative wall feature.

Conceal Invisible Book Shelves are a clever way to literally float books on your wall.
The ingenious design allows you to pile up to 20 lbs worth of books without being able to discern the support mechanism regardless of viewing angle.

The books simply appear to be floating.

The Conceal Invisible Bookshelf requires at least one hardcover book on the bottom. But, then you can add soft cover books or any other decor item.Simple and quick to install (all you need is a screwdriver and a wall)


Step 1:

Screw the Conceal Invisible Book Shelf into the wall (preferably into a stud) with the included hardware.


Step 2:

Insert the back cover of a hard cover book into the bottom lip of the Conceal Invisible Book Shelf. Fold the top of the book onto the horizontal ledge and you’re ready to stack!


Step 3:

Pile your kids books high! Grab those colourful kids books, pile them high on your “magical” floating book shelves. Once you have at least one hardcover book on the bottom of the Conceal Book Shelf, you can also stack paperback books, magazines, schoolbooks, you name it. The more colourful the better

March 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm 2 comments

Wallpaper Tree Mural Pattern

The Wallpaper Tree Mural Pattern that I promised you is now ready!

wallpaper-tree1You can read the whole post here or go straight to the pattern on my website

The Tree mural pattern at Wallstory Murals for UK and European readers


The Tree mural pattern at Magic Mural Factory for USA readers

March 16, 2009 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

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