Posts filed under ‘How to create a children’s mural’

How to create a tree mural

A beautiful tree mural with very little painting required.


You can create a tree mural design using the concept from my previous post.

Find yourself a tree shape outline. There are loads to be found when you ‘search on ‘tree mural’ and using the google images option.
Find a tree shape that you like and copy and trace the image onto your wall freehand, or onto overhead projector film and project the image onto the wall and trace.

Alternatively you can buy the  tree mural design below from me from my websites.

Wallpaper Tree Mural outline  at Wallstory Murals for UK and European buyers

Wallpaper Tree Mural outline at Magic Mural factory for USA buyers

The shape will come as a full sized paper pattern and transfer paper which you tape to the wall and trace the design onto the wall. This will make your life much easier.


Next draw up a simple leaf shape that you can use as a template. Draw it onto cardboard and cut it out.  This is your template.


Go to your local DIY decor store and choose a wallpaper design. You could choose 2 or 3 designs that coordinate well.  Save money by looking in the bargain bins or ask for samples of each paper.

Choose designs that have small repeat patterns.


You could also use beautiful craft papers. There are so many gorgeous design to choose from.

Take your leaf template and draw as many leaves as you can on the wallpaper or craft paper as you can fit. Cut each leaf out.  The tree above will take about 100 leaves.

Paint in your tree trunk with a tree colour of your choice. It could be any colour, not just brown. If you want a subtle look, paint it in a pale greeny brown or any pale colour of your choice that will tie in with your leaf wallpaper colours that you choose.
Use acrylic craft paints or tester pots of arcylic wall paints from your local DIY store.

When your paint is dry, paste your wallpaper leaves onto the ends of your branches using either wallpaper paste or PVA glue which dries clear. Overlap some of the leaves. You could have some blowing in the wind, or in a pile on the ground for an addtional effect.

Cut out some little bird shapes and paste them in the tree too.

There you have it! A simple and effective way of creating  a tree mural for your baby nursery or child’s bedroom.

For those of you who would like to try their hand at painting a simple tree mural I now have a selection Paint by Number Tree Murals available in all sorts of shapes and sizes



You can buy this and other Tree Murals here (USA buyers)

Love Bird Tree paint by number mural

Birch tree silhouette wall mural

UK and European buyers can find my own Wallstory Tree Design range at Wallstory Murals


December 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm 3 comments

How to Create a Tree Mural

Wallpaper tree mural

I came across this delightful idea for a child’s room or nursery from Enfant Terrible. 
It even has a little bird house with a light inside it!
Silhouettes of little birds are also available that you can paste around the room as in this tasteful baby nursery.
A baby will not grow out of this design too quickly as in some mural themes. In fact I would be happy with this mural in my room!


This is a really easy tree mural for you to create as you  simply paste it on your wall.
The leaves are handcut from designer and vintage wallpaper by Inke, and are available in spring, summer and autumn colours.
They are made by hand in Leiden, the Netherlands, providing meaningful employment to adults with disabilities.

Priced at C $323.00 for 5 piece trunk and 84 leaves.
Height approx 2 meters x 2.5 meters
The trunk may be trimmed.
It’s packed in a tube complete with a brush, a packet of paste and simple instructions. 

December 28, 2008 at 9:31 am 1 comment

How To Paint A Water Effect on the Wall

Thanks to Debra Conrad for this technique.
Check out her website,  ‘That Painter Lady’  jam-packed with mural tips, tricks and ideas

My favorite way to paint the water portion of an Underwater Mural is also the best way to paint a sky background.

If you can master this technique… Ocean Style Murals and Cloudy Sky Style Murals will be quick and easy to accomplish.

Step 1 : Paint the entire wall blue.
Step 2: Glaze the entire wall with blue.

In a nutshell, that’s it!

So… now I will give you the essential tricks of the trade to achieve these results.


  • Latex Paint – Eggshell or satin – Baby or Powder Blue (Purchase enough to actually paint the walls.)
  • Glazing Medium – Big jug or can from the big box store
  • Thalo Blue Paint Tinting Liquid from the big box hardware store
  • Chip Brush – From the big box hardware store- Cheap and disposable
  • Water/Rags/Drop cloth/Tape etc.
  • Woolie Pad – From Home Depot or order online here:
    Woolie #100607 Lambwool Faux Appl Tool

The Technique:

The entire wall must be painted in the baby or powder blue color.
This base coat color must not be skipped. This technique looks terrible over a white background.

The chip brush is used for two reasons.

  1. You just can’t get close to the ceiling or baseboards with a Woolie Pad so I use a chip brush to cut into these areas… blending very carefully.
  2. I need a tool to get the blue glaze applied to the Woolie because if you just dip the pad into the glaze, it will soak up to much liquid.

The Woolie Pad is used because the technique requires long horizontal strokes that can’t be accomplished with just a brush. Also, the Woolie Pad makes painting sky or water murals easier on textured walls.

The ratio of glazing liquid to blue tint is not an exact science.
I will give you a formula so you know it must be mixed very strong.This is to get the desired intensity… as the glazing liquid is transparent. (… and no, this technique will not work with just dark blue paint… so don’t try it!)
The formula for the glaze is – 6 parts glaze to 1 part blue tint.

The paint is “glided” on in horizontal (left to right) strokes. More glaze (intensity) is applied as you work your way down the wall.

I keep a dish of clear glaze and a spray bottle of water nearby. I can work the horizontal striations (what looks like brush strokes) out of the painting as I go.

Remember to work with a damp Woolie Pad.

Always spritz the pad with water and work it into the wool before you start painting. And… keep that pad damp. If you have to walk away from the work area, slip the pad into a plastic bag.  The tips of the wool pad can dry and then all the softy goodness is gone.

December 13, 2008 at 9:09 am Leave a comment

How to Paint a Wavy Line on a Wall


To Paint a wavy line as a simple background to a flower mural like the one from Kidtropolis you can use this method which is great for all sorts of other mural effects. 

See my previous post to see the furniture and mural from Kidtropolis



First draw gentle curves lightly on the wall with chalk. You can wipe away the chalk if you don’t like the layout and redraw until you are happy.
Don’t make the curves too tight as it will be difficult to bend the tape to shape.


Begin sticking the tape to the wall following your lines and coaxing the tape gently into shape around the curves.



Where there are little creases in the tape, flatten them down to stop paint from seeping under the tape



Paint below or above the line, always brushing the paint away from the tape rather than to into it, to stop the paint from bleeding under the tape. Also make sure your paint is not too runny.



Now if you wish, paint the other half of the wall and allow the paint to dry before removing the tape gently to reveal the design with a line between the two colours.
Use wider tape for a wider line.

If you don’t want a line between the colours, paint your lighter colour first painting up to your chalk line and a little bit over.

When that paint is completely dry, stick on your tape as above but make sure it is covering the newly painted area. Painting up to the tape with your darker colour will give you a clean edge when you remove the tape.

You may still find some paint has bled underneath. You can touch this up with your original paint colour afterwards.


Next, paint on some simple, bold flowers.

I’ll show you how to do that next

November 21, 2008 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Polka Dot Decor For Children’s Rooms

Dotty for Polka Dot Nursery decor

If you’re looking for Polka Dot Bedding and Decor for your child’s room or baby nursery then you’ll be totally spoilt for choice. Take a look at the . You’ll be seeing spots before your eyes! (Sorry, weak I know)

As you can see,  Polka Dot themed bedding is very easy to find.
Now look what I found that would look fantastic to go with your poka dot room theme.

I just love these funky mobiles from the Wonderlandstudio that would look great in a polka dot nursery or child’s bedroom.

They come in all sorts of colours too.

This is what Wonderlandstudio says about her mobiles

“I love to make things for kids and so, voila! I started The Wonderland Studio.
All mobiles are made individually, by me for you! I use kid friendly, non-toxic EVA foam for my mobiles. Got an adventurous baby? These mobiles hang from the ceiling so you can adjust the height of your mobile to be way out of reach of your climbing monkey…perfect for older babies and toddlers! Custom orders are welcome. I can match pretty much any decor…just convo me for details.”

See more of the stick on dots above at  Instant Murals

Ok, lets look at How to Paint Polka Dots on the wall.

Again, it’s really not hard to find polka dot wall art when you search on Polka Dot stickers. There is no end of choice. Polka dot wall stickers can be simply stuck on the wall. Very easy.

Here’s some I found from

Theres lots more colours to choose from. Click on the image below to see the range.

Pink Polka Dots


How to paint Polka Dots on the wall


If you don’t want to go down the polka dot sticker route, then consider painting dots on your walls.

You will need

  • A selection of Plates, cups anything round you can draw around.
  • A light coloured pencil or chalk
  • Acrylic paints of your choice. Tester pots are good value.

How to do it.

  1. Choose your paint colours to suit your bedding.
  2. Take your biggest plate and press it against the wall drawing around it. Repeat in intervals over the wall.
  3. Take your next biggest plate and do the same thing inbetween the first sets of circles. You can overlap dots if you wish.
  4. Keep doing the same thing with your smaller plates until you have  created a pleasing dotty arrangement. You can have them as close together or as far apart as you wish.
  5. Next take your first paint colour and paint in some of the dots evenly across the wall. Use a small paint brush for the edges and fill in with a larger flat brush.
    Don’t buy really cheap brushes, you’ll only end up with hairs sticking to the paint as the brush ‘sheds’ it’s bristles. Don’t get too worried if you wobble a bit, when all the dots are finished you won’t notice the odd wobble.
  6. Do the same with your other colours until all the dots are painted.
  7. If you overlap dots, paint the overlap area in a different colour
  8. I would suggest to stick to 3 colours or tones of a colour unless you want a really colourful poka dot design.

There you have it.
A polka dot room theme. Really easy and very effective and cheerful.

October 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm 14 comments

Children’s decorating ideas

See the progress of custom mural paint by number mural design.

First came the brief from the client

I am interested in a mural for my 3 year old son’s bedroom. The theme for the room is going to be a camping motif. For sizing, I plan on putting the mural over a twin sized bed, so I would like it to be a little bit bigger than that. I have attached a picture of the bedding that we will be using in the room so you can get an idea of the color scheme. The things that I would really like on the mural is a tent, camp fire, canoe and a sign either on a tree or a free-standing sign that incorporates my son’s name (Jared) into a camping motto. Please let me know if you need anymore information. Thank you so much in advance!

Then we sent a quote and a rough pencil design at no charge and with no obligation.


The quote and rough idea have been accepted by the client.

We then start on the colour design.
Here is the progress from the rough pencil design to a colour rough which is sent to the client for her input and approval.

The design has been emailed to the client and has been accepted with the suggestion of a few additional items. Some birds and were added and the design was tweeked and finished for final approval.

The final design was approved by the customer, the colour mark up and final artwork for the large paint by number pattern was prepared.

Here is a section of the pattern showing the numbered areas

A cover, instruction sheet and colour guide are prepared and the whole lot is sent off to the printer for printing.

It’s ready to packed and shipped to our eagerly awaiting client.

Would you like to have a custom mural designed for your child’s room. Perhaps you just can’t find what you’re looking for. Contact me and discuss your needs.
Read all about custom murals on our website.

October 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

How to paint a Circus Tent ceiling…

This project would be great with a circus themed room or even a Princess themed room.

First, find the center of your ceiling.
This can be done quite easily by drawing a line from one corner of the room to the opposite corner of the room. You can do this by snapping a chalk line from corner to corner. Then do that again from the opposite two corners – where they intersect is the center of the room.
Mark it securely with a nail.

Second, draw a circle on a piece of cardboard and cut that in half and use that as a template. (You could also use a large paper plate or simply draw around something like a large circular serving plate. The bigger the circle the less work this will be in the long run.) Take the half circle template and place it flat against the wall at a corner with the straight side up against the ceiling. Trace around the template to create your first “scallop” on the wall. Slide the template over, keeping the flat edge against the ceiling just until the you pass the first “scallop” and trace around the template again. Make sure the edges of the scallops touch slightly. Repeat this around the room on all sides of the room.

Third. Once you have all of the “scallops” drawn on the wall at the ceiling line, draw a line from the center of the room to the point where each scallop touches the next scallop. Continue this all around the room. If you have a chalk line – attach it to the nail in the center of the ceiling and snap a line at each scallop. Now you will have lots of thin “pie shaped wedges” on the ceiling.

Fourth – Tape off every other “pie wedge” and paint it one of the colors of the mural. Then repeat with the remaining “pie wedges” with a different color of the mural.

Thanks to my friend Patricia Newton of Elephants on the wall for this project.

September 26, 2008 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

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