Archive for April, 2009

We have a Winner

Winner of  the Tree Mural Giveaway


I put all your entries into a cardboard box hat and my daughter has pulled a name out.

Congratulations to

(Comment no 20)

I will email you with the details I need to send you your tree mural.

Thank you to everyone who entered.
If you haven’t received your 20% discount voucher yet, please let me know.

Ooh! Ooh! And by the way!


I have decided to continue my offer of the
20% Discount Voucher
for use on Wallstory Murals to all new subscribers until the end of April.

So sign up and click here to


Wallstory Murals can be purchased from Wallstory Murals or Magic Mural Factory

April 8, 2009 at 11:56 am 2 comments

Silhouette murals

Keeping it Simple

If you want to keep it really simple as far as painting goes, consider a  silhouette mural.
Silhouettes don’t need to be black, personally I think  it’s better if they aren’t, especially in a child’s bedroom.

Silhouette willow tree children's bedroom

Willow tree and bunny paint by number paper pattern mural available at The Magic Mural Factory & Wallstory Murals
Brown on blue or brown on a pink background look both look fantastic together.

Dolphin Silhouette muralDolphin Silhouette available at Wallstory Murals
(paint by number mural pattern)

silhouette-boys-onbluesmSilhouette boys from the  Magic Mural factory
(Paint by number mural pattern)

Safari Silhouette from the Magic Mural Factory
(Paint by number Mural pattern)

See more Silhouette murals themes at the Magic Mural Factory

You could even go for a subtler look, by painting your background a pale colour and paint your silhouettes a shade darker than the background.

Where to find a silhouette image

Loads of subjects could make a great silhouette, as long as the form is simple and clear.

Find an image in a chosen theme.
Trace the outline of the picture and voila you have a silhouette.
Enlarge your image with the aid of a photocopier, or trace it onto transparent film and enlarge the image onto the wall using an overhead projector or craft projector.
If you’re lucky enough to have a video projector (the kind you can attach to a laptop computer) then any image you find on the internet can be easily projected onto the wall and traced.

Paint in your shape in a colour of your choice.

Top Tip- Buy tester pots of acrylic paint to paint your silhouette mural. They come in loads of colours to choose from.

Alternatively you can buy a ready to trace pattern and transfer paper like these below from the Magic Mural Factory and Wallstory Murals





Here is a lovely example of how to create a mural created using a video projector from
Apartment Therapy

More silhouette mural ideas

This horse design from Unique Baby Ideas


Look at this cool cowboy mural

Tone on tone nursery – blue on blue for a calm and soothing effect from Nursery Murals and More

And of course there are always Wall Decals if you really don’t want to paint.

ronde-arbre-pola1This beautiful example above  is from a French website called Harmonie intérieure



These cuties are from Dali Decals

forest-decalsChildren’s Room Forest from Small Time Art

Etsy has LOADS of decals in all sorts of subjects including silhouettes. Just search on any subject you like.

My final DIY silhouette mural idea for you

Using your children as the models for a truly unique mural.

You will need
A bright light or projector
A darkened room
A Pencil.
Paint brushes and acrylic paint

How to do it

Aim your light at the wall.
Have your kids strike interesting poses in front of the light creating a good shadow on the wall.
Make sure they can keep still for a little while, before tracing around the shadow on the wall.
Paint in the silhouettes in any colour you wish.


April 7, 2009 at 1:49 pm 4 comments

New DIY Jungle Murals

Watch out! There’s a bit of monkey business going on here!


Take a look at our latest addition to our DIY Jungle mural selection at Wallstory Murals.
This cheeky monkey mural is perfect as a doorhugger or for a narrow wall space.
It’s easy to paint using our simple paint by number mural system.


If you can colour in a colouring book you can paint one of our murals!
Click here to see how it’s done

Meet our adorable Giraffe and Parrot Doorhugger Mural


The giraffe stands guard over the door and welcomes visitors with a smile.
Team them up with the cheeky monkey for even more jungle fun!


Both these murals are also available at the
Magic Mural Factory

for USA buyers


Enter our Givaway Tree Mural offer plus claim your 20%discount voucher for Wallstory Murals.
HURRY Offer ends 6th April
Click here for details

April 4, 2009 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

DIY Bed canopy

Create a Bed Canopy for your child room, for an easy way to jazz up a plain bed.


A bed canopy not only adds a touch of drama, but it’s also cosy to sleep under. You can make them as plain or as decorative as you wish, with the aid of a glue gun and some fancy fur and trims.

Here’s one from The Inspired Room created not only as a decorative feature, but also as a way to conceal an unused and awkward window .



This drawing is from Patricia Gray Interior Design

More Canopy ideas

lighted-canopyA lighted bed canopy
Instructions on how to create this canopy can be found on Furniture for Small Spaces

canopyhbAn easy canopy headboard
DIY instructions on CasaSugar


Another way to get that elegant feel is with a sheer canopy over the bed.

All you need are three standard curtain rods, and sheer drapes. Hang the rods on the ceiling over the bed where you want the drapes to fall. One above the head and one on each side are probably sufficient. See more details on Raftertales.


Enter our Givaway Tree Mural offer plus claim your 20%discount voucher for Wallstory Murals.
HURRY Offer ends 6th April
Click here for details

April 3, 2009 at 10:11 am 7 comments

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