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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

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

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

How to make a Bird Mobile

Summer tweets Bird mobile

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I just love anything to do with birds when it comes to decor so I thought I’d share this bird mobile project with you that I can across today on The Red Thread.

I’ve featured a bird mobile before here, but this one is so cute too, and worthy of note.
Make it as a gift for a baby shower or create it with your child using up old scraps of fabric. A great rainy day project that can be done in stages if necessary for your own child’s room. Mind you it’ll be just as lovely in an adult room too or hanging in a tree on a warm evening amongst some fairy lights.

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You will need

– Newspaper
– Scissors
– Sicky tape
– PVA glue
– Brightly coloured fabric scraps
– Rattan cane hoops (from craft shops). 20 – 24cm [8 – 9.5 inches] in diameter
– 4 -5 cm [2 inches] diameter styrofoam balls – optional
– Embroidery thread
– Long needle

It’s not hard.
Click here
to read the full instructions on The Red Thread blog

August 26, 2009 at 6:24 am 6 comments

FREE GIVEAWAY- Wallables, Interactive Wall Art

For those of you who haven’t heard about Wallables, let me enlighten you…

they are the cutest
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children’s wall art you ever did see!

Wallables are 3 dimensional sculpted wall décor products made out of soft polyurethane foam, whose  bright colours and soft textures not only look great as a decor feature in your baby nursery, but they also encourage your baby to touch and explore the different surfaces, teaching your baby to interact with their invironment.

Loving these letters

Wallables also come in a new Alphabet series.

When pressed the wallable says the letter. You can try it out on the Wallable Website and hear what the letters sound like. Spell out your child’s name.  Click here to go to that website page

Four sets wallablesWhen touched Wallables play music, teaching babies cause and effect’.

starand-hands

This 3d nursery wall art is made of a lightweight material which is soft and flexible and allows them to be placed above cribs or beds without  any worries.


Wallables
are very safe and have passed both the ASTM and CE toy safety standards for all countries.

Wallables can be combined with handpainted murals to create interactive murals like this one above for example. Click here to see how it’s done

I’m planning to work on some new interactive mural ideas that combine hand painted murals you do yourself with Wallable characters and Alphabet letters.
Watch this space or leave a comment on interactive ideas or themes you might like to see me create.


WIN

our FREE

Wallable GIVEAWAY

The lovely people at Wallables are giving away..

‘Dotty the Dragonfly‘ from the ‘Soft Smilies collection’

and

MAX’ from the ‘Wild Thing’ series

Max is now a collectors item as the Wild thing series is no longer being produced!

Max From Where the Wild things are

How to Enter

It’s easy

1. SUBSCRIBE VIA EMAIL to this blog

2. Leave a comment with your idea for an interactive mural or simply visit www.wallables.com and tell me which is your favourite Wallable character

3. Tell a friend 🙂

You will then automatically be entered into the Wallable Giveaway.

Wanna gain extra entries for the giveaway?

For extra entries you can do any one of the following and leave a separate comment for each one.
(This section is not complusory, it just gives you an extra chance of winning)

  • Do a blog post on this giveaway and by that I mean a full blown blog post, not just a link (That’s worth 3 entries!)
  • Twitter about this giveaway. Copy and paste the following –

@WallStory-GIVEAWAY! Enter now- Wallable 3D Nursery Wall art https://wallstory.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/wallable-giveaway/

  • Add my “Off the Wall” button to your site (grab it from the upper right sidebar)

Don’t forget add a comment for each thing that you do.

Last date for entries to win the Wallable Characters is Midnight Friday 24th July 2009.

The winner of the Wallable Giveaway will be picked at random from a hat and announced on Monday 27th July 2009.

GOOD LUCK – Get entering!


Posts filed under ‘Giveaways’

We have a Winner

Winner of  the Tree Mural Giveaway

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

Congratulations to
Leah

(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!

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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
SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL

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

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Free Tree Mural Giveaway & 20% Discount Voucher

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I’ve been working like a dog hard on making this blog a useful and interesting resource for those of you interested in DIY decorating children’s rooms.

As an incentive to encourage you to SUBSCRIBE VIA EMAIL to this inspiring resource :-)

I am offering you  the opportunity to be entered into
A FREE GIVEAWAY prize of my TREE MURAL Paint by Number Kit.
PLUS

I am offering a 20% Discount Voucher
for use on any of my Wallstory mural designs for ALL SUNSCRIBERS

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See details of the Paint by Number TREE MURAL KIT here.

How to Enter

It’s easy

  1. SUBSCRIBE VIA EMAIL to this blog
  2. Leave a comment telling me things you would like to see on this DIY kids room decor blog.
  3. Tell a friend :-)

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You will then automatically receive a 20% Discount on any of  Wallstory Murals and be entered into the Tree Mural Giveaway.
Your 20% voucher will be sent to you by email.

+++++

To gain extra entries for the giveaway

For extra entries you can do any one of the following and leave a separate comment for each one.
(This section is not complusory, it just gives you an extra chance of winning)

  • Do a blog post on this giveaway and by that I mean a full blown blog post, not just a link (That’s worth 3 entries!)
  • Add my “Off the Wall” button to your site (grab it from the upper right sidebar)

Don’t forget add a comment for each thing that you do

Last date for entries to win the Free Tree Mural is Midnight Monday 6th April 2009
The winner of the Tree mural will be picked at random and announced on Wednesday 7th April 2009.

July 10, 2009 at 9:18 am 18 comments

A glittering Princess Crown Mural-Now even easier to create

My Princess Crown E-mural has been so successful, I have decided to make it into a paint by number pattern to make it that bit easier to create for your little princess’s bedroom.

Princess crown mural for girls bedroom

It’s a paint by number mural , so you don’t need to even think about where to paint the colours.
Plus you can still add 3d elements to make a glittering crown collage.

Paint-by-number-section

Add pompons, stick on jewels, sequins, hearts, whatever takes your fancy in the craft store.
Let your little girl choose and stick on some of these treasures. It’ll make it that little bit more special to her, and make it totally unique.

'Treasures' and Jewels to stick onto your Glittering Princess Crown Mural

The kit comes with the crown pattern sized 74cm wide x 60cm high, Transfer paper and instructions.

Princess-Crown-Cover

You will only need two paint colours and white as you can mix up the pale colours by adding white to the darker paints. That saves money! (A sentiment close to my heart at the moment)

You can see this Princess Crown Mural on both my websites

The Magic Mural Factory

and for UK and European buyers
Wallstory Murals

 

May 22, 2009 at 9:03 am 2 comments

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