Plain pastel walls in kids’ rooms just don’t inspire, and it is hard to feel creative using the commercially available wall decals and stickers. Parents want to spark imagination with their children’s personal space, which is difficult when the room looks just like everyone else’s. Instead, consider these five do-it-yourself wall art ideas that will make your kid’s room unique.
Creative Decorating Ideas for Your Kid’s Room
Make the ‘Refrigerator Door’ the Wall
Your child’s artwork is one-of-a-kind, and what better way to make her room her own? Magnets aren’t just for the fridge door anymore. With a few coats of magnetic primer (available at most major home improvement stores) and a top coat in the color of your choice, you can turn the bedroom wall into an art gallery, showing off masterpieces from your little Renoir. For children under three, magnets are best kept out of reach, due to the small parts.
Not only do large maps make fantastic wall art – you can get them for far less than traditional wallpaper. Coordinate paint colors with the shades on the map, and then cover the wall with every corner of the globe. Your child will never run out of things to look at, with colors and shapes galore. You can count on this wall art to stimulate your bedtime storytelling, as you just have to look around to find the setting for your character’s adventures.
Bring the Sidewalk Inside
Kids love to go big with massive sidewalk chalk art. Why not bring that creativity into the bedroom? You won’t have to struggle to think of rainy day activities, when an entire bedroom wall is finished with chalkboard paint. Kids will create their own temporary wall art, and when it’s time for a change, they can just wipe it away and start fresh.
Make Mirror Images
Babies love to look in the mirror, and small children need large reflections of their latest dress-up ensemble. When you don’t want to risk a glass mirror in the bedroom, try mirror spray paint to make wall decor interesting. While this paint doesn’t have the crisp reflective properties of glass, it is safe and offers enough of a view to inspire.
If your circumstances don’t allow large-scale experimentation with paint and papers, you don’t have to give up on the idea of fun do-it-yourself wall art. Choose yard sale frames with potential, and get creative with paint and finishes, then fill with a variety of fun, inexpensive art. Use pieces of interesting, kid-friendly wrapping paper, for a low-cost framed piece that can be switched frequently. Create a one-of-a-kind 3D look when you use a stencil as a template and fill the shape with a variety of glued-on buttons. Tiny shadow boxes with interesting curios or doll house-sized scenes are a great way to get creative on a smaller scale. What to put in a frame is only limited by your imagination, so keep your eyes open and enjoy the possibilities of magazine pages, interesting family photos, and more.
Don’t settle for the same hum-drum wall decorations that are on every child’s bedroom walls in the country. Instead, choose a unique approach to your kid’s decor with easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself projects.
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