When you are getting set to decorate a child’s bedroom, you often search through bedding for inspiration. It makes sense because there are so many great bedding designs out there for kids, and its fun to let your child make the bedding decision. Then, it’s up to you to bring the entire bedroom to life.
Here’s how it can work. Let your child select the bedding and then take a good look at what they’ve selected. Notice the colors used in combination. Notice the motifs on the spread. Think about other items you can add to the room that will support the theme of the bedding.
That is how it happened in this adorable jungle room.
The child selected this comforter with cartoon like elephants, pandas, alligators, coconut palm trees and more. The colors were so fun and bright that we decided to copy them right from the pattern. We chose to make a headboard in the shape of a lion, recreate the background of the comforter on the walls, paint a floor cloth to use in the room, and add storage with brightly colored cubes.
The Lion Headboard
We started our fantasy jungle room with the main character, a friendly lion headboard. We took the design directly from the comforter and made him wider than the bed so even the night stand sat in front of him. Check out the details on how to make our lion headboard, or any animal shape you like!
The Wall Technique
The coconut palm trees and a few grasses became the background in this room. Both the grasses growing up from the baseboards and the trunks of the palms were hand drawn onto the walls using pencil. (Hey folks, just got a great tip from Wendy - see comments below – suggesting we use watercolor pencils instead of lead pencils to draw on the walls because they wash off with water very easily. Thanks Wendy!) I drew in the zigzags on the palms and just painted around them. I kept looking at the comforter for ideas and they were very easy to make.
For the palm fronds, I cut a template out of cardboard and used it over and over to fill in the wall at ceiling height. I did turn it over and traced around it from the back as well, but it was basically the same design either way.
Once the palm trunks were painted we painted the grasses and the fronds. We added the bright orange coconuts last and just drew the circles with pencils, making sure to draw them so some of the coconut was under a frond or overlapping another coconut. The design was simple but very effective.
The Floor Cloth
A floor cloth can be a nice addition to a child’s room, a kitchen or bath, even a sunporch. It is made from a painter’s drop cloth or canvas bought from a fabric store. Just cut the size you want and hem around the edges. Paint your design and protect it with a polyurethane. Matt and I have very detailed instructions for making your own floor cloth in the Home Crafts section.
We purchased inexpensive rectangle and square cube kits make out of particle board. The first one really soaked up the paint so we primed the rest first and then painted the outside white and the inside with colors from the wall technique and comforter. They held plenty of toys for a young child, and could be stacked in a variety of ways depending on what was to be stored or displayed.
Bonus Craft Project
Styrofoam paper mache animals are also a great project for this room as an alternative to the coconut palm tree mural. You could create a 3 dimensional managerie of them and attach them to a painted border around the room. Check out the how to project sheet for paper mache animals.
Keep in mind that you won’t be able to find the exact comforter that we did, but you can create an even better room from the comforter your child selects, using some of the same projects we did but with your motifs and colors! Go ahead, get creative. What’s the worst that can happen?