Posts filed under ‘Quick Mural ideas’
I’d like to show you a simple idea for you to create a dinosaur mural for your child’s room.
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.
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.
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)
Ballet themed bedding is easy to find and a popular theme that suits both tots and tweens.
An enormous array of duvet covers and quilts can be found with the most delicious designs.
Ballet Decorating Ideas
Tutu’s and Ballet Slippers
With all the beautiful costumes that come with ballet and dance, decorating ideas for a ballet beadroom are halfway there.
One of the simplist and effective ideas is to display your little girl’s tutu and ballet slippers (or any other ballet costumes) on the wall.
Or try hanging her tutu on a personalized, monogrammed wooden clothes hanger with her ballet toe shoes on the floor in an attractive arrangement.
Quick, easy and inexpensive
Soft cream, powder pink, lilac and gold are great colours for a DIY ballerina themed bedrooms. Basically any pastel colours will work. That’s not to say that modern ballerina bedroom decorating ideas using fairy ballerinas bedding sets in bold colours would not be interesting and fun.
Tween girls might prefer a bolder look rather than fluffy pastel feel.
You Can Paint Yourself
Paint by number Murals
SO easy – 1.Tape 2. Trace 3.Paint
Ballerina Mural available from the Magic Mural Factory
All the Wallstory Ballet paint by number murals are available at the
Magic Mural Factory
for US buyers
For those of you who haven’t heard about Wallables, let me enlighten you…
they are the cutest
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.
Wallables also come in a new Alphabet series.
When touched Wallables play music, teaching babies cause and effect’.
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.
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.
The lovely people at Wallables are giving away..
‘Dotty the Dragonfly‘ from the ‘Soft Smilies collection’
‘MAX’ from the ‘Wild Thing’ series
Max is now a collectors item as the Wild thing series is no longer being produced!
How to Enter
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!
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)
UK and European buyers can find my own Wallstory Tree Design range at Wallstory Murals
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.
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.
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
I just found this marvelous company called Kidtropolis
Their designs take me wish I was still a kid.
The imagination of children is brought to life in their fantastic beds, doors and play structures.
What struck me was the background murals to their custom furniture and play structures.
Absolutely beautiful murals yet so simple you could create the same affect yourself.
Take a look at this nursery mural.
It is made up of a background wavy line with simple flower shapes painted on top.
A white picket fence is attached to the wall.
The wall art is a series of white frames into which 5 little white pots have been inserted with a brightly coloured flower.
It’s so simple I could kick myself for not thinking of it.
Teamed up with their custom designed and built furniture, the effect is just out of this world.
On my next post, I’ll show you how you can paint a wavy line and create some simple flowers shapes to get the effect. All you need then is a piece of Kidtropolis designed furniture and you’ve got a stunning nursery or children’s room to die for!