Kids' Wall Mural Ideas
How to Create Your Own Wall Mural
Wall murals are a striking way to decorate a child's room. Many wall murals are available to just paste on the wall as:
- full sized wallpaper
- large wall decals
- silhouette decals
For a cheaper and more unique look, consider painting your own wall mural. It isn't as hard as you'd think. If you can trace and paint inside the lines, you can probably do a wall mural. Or maybe you have an artsy friend you can call on to help. All you need is:
- the ability to trace on wall (you could use a projector to help guide your hand, or purchase wall stencils)
- a design concept (from a picture or your own drawing)
- acrylic art paint (found at Walmart, craft stores, or on Amazon)
- brushes, markers, pencils, and drop cloths.
Winnie the Pooh Wall Murals
My first children's wall mural painting was scenes from Winnie the Pooh. I used the classic pictures to create a three wall picture showing:
- Piglet and the popped birthday balloon.
- Pooh using a balloon to get honey from bees.
- Christopher Robin trying to help Pooh.
- Eeyore and his tail.
- Tigger jumping on Rabbit.
- Owl's Tree.
- Pooh getting stuck in Rabbit's hole.
How to Paint a Mural
Character Mural Ideas for Kids' Rooms
You can design a mural around your child's favorite character from books, movies or T.V. Many of the Disney characters are actually very easy to do in a mural because they appear in picture books as simple cartoon drawings which you can trace on the wall and color in with matching paint. Character Walls can cater to your child's passion for:
- Thomas the Train
- The Disney Princesses
- Their favorite Superhero
- My Little Pony
- Dr. Seuss
- Bob the Builder
- Angry Bird
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Super Mario
Character Wall Paintings can feature one or more of the following:
- Scenes from the character's adventures (as mine did).
- One large picture of the main character.
- Several characters in the story.
- The setting of the character's adventures.
You may want to accent your wall mural with:
- Using wall and floor colors to match the scene or character.
- Adding in a bedspread, drapes and pillows with prints or colors to match your character (bold primary colors for Thomas the train, for example).
- Highlighting a collection of toys of the character on shelves.
When it came time to do my second child's room, I wanted to paint a farm scene, but my husband suggested a city. We compromised and I did both. You could too, or you might want to fill your mural with farm animals and a barn. Young children love a farm mural because they can name all the animals and say their sounds. Moreover, this is any easy wall mural to do well, because you can find terrific farm pictures to copy in many children's books. If I were to do this scene again, I'd choose the scenes from my favorite barnyard, the Minnie and Moo series by David Cazet. Or maybe The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise. What can you include in your farm scene?
- Barn surrounded by trees
- Tractor with a farmer on top pulling hay
- Cows with their calves or being milked
- Ducks and geese
- Chickens and chicks running around
- Pigs rolling in the mud
- Sheep clustering
- Dog chasing the sheep
- Cat sleeping or chasing a mouse
- Rainbow over the farm
- Rooster Crowing on a fence
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A Mural of Your City
On the city side of my son's wall, I started to just paint a generic row of buildings. However, that seemed boring when I drew it out, and besides, we live in a small town where he would never see large skyscrapers. That gave me the idea to do a scene with buildings from our town. I had a great time planning what to draw. I included:
- Our house
- The tallest building in town
- My husband's office building at the college
- The building I worked in
- Our college basketball stadium
- Our church
- A fountain the kids liked to play in
- Our cars
I loved this mural because my son was able to talk about the things he saw all the time when he looked at it. If you did a mural like this you could also include:
- Famous city landmarks
- Your favorite stores
- Bridges, lakes or rivers
- A friend's or relative's house
- A park or playground
- The elementary school
- Your pets or animals in your neighborhood
- Your child playing with friends, or your family having fun outside
Furthermore, you wouldn't have to do a whole scene, as I did. You could pick just one or two places to highlight on your child's wall.
Nature Scene Mural
Nature scenes make great murals because they create an imaginary world in your child's room. Moreover, you can have fun hiding surprise butterflies, insects, animals or people in your mural. Your mural can be realistic, or playful. My oldest daughter made a Sea mural for her sisters with 3 Mermaids painted to look like her sisters in the sea along with fish and an underwater castle. Here are some other ideas:
- Forest mural with trees, butterflies, rabbits, deer, beaver and mice
- Dessert wall with mountains, sunset, and cactus
- Beach scene with waves, sand, shells, surfers, sand castles, beach umbrellas, balls, and towels. Add your family playing in the water
- Ice scene with polar bears, penguins, and seals
- Rainforest mural with trees, flowers, birds, monkeys and a waterfall
- Underwater scene with fish, octopus, whales, dolphins, starfish, sea horse and seaweed
- Flower meadow with daisies, butterflies, ladybugs, birds and bunnies
Patterns and Lego Wall Murals
Perhaps the easiest kid's wall mural is to use shapes and patterns. Actually, this is the type of home painted wall mural I've seen the most often. I did this in one of my bedrooms to make a cute girl's room using yellow stripes (made by using masking tape in rows) and black and white checkerboard (made with a wall stencil).
When my son took over that room, I kept the checkerboards and made Lego bricks in between. These were easy to do by painting squares and then using a round cap to make four circles to turn it into a Lego brick. Here are some other simple ideas:
- Hand prints on the walls.
- Circles of different sizes.
- Vertical Stripes all down the wall in two or more colors.
- Vertical stripes on the bottom half the wall with a border on top (wood, stenciled shapes, hand-prints, or decals.
- Large and small squares.
- Hearts in a row or randomly done throughout the room.
Easy Circle Pattern Mural
Sports-Themed Wall Murals
Another very easy way to do a wall mural for your kids is to use their favorite sport or activity as a theme. Here are some ideas:
- Use a quote: I eat, sleep, breathe, learn, live and love_______ (whatever sport).
- Basketball: One large ball. A basketball hoop (maybe with a net coming out of the wall?). A player in silhouette.
- Baseball: Large ball and bat.
- Football: Paint room in colors of the favorite team. Put large ball on the wall. Use decals of favorite players.
- Soccer: Large ball and use netting on the wall to hold sports equipment.
- All Sports: Put several large balls on the wall. Consider using wall decals too.
- Dance: Paint room in favorite colors (pink and purple?) then put "Dance" in large letters, or have a dancer painted or done with large decal.
- Gymnastics: Use a fun quote like " Look Ma, no hands!" or an inspirational one: "If you don't leap, you'll never know what it's like to fly" --Guy Finle.
Use Color Combinations
Monochrome: A very effective mural can be made by using different tones of the same paint color. Choose any painting chip strip with 5 or more different tones and choose 2-4 that are close together. Paint the walls with the lightest color and do your pattern with one or more of the other colors.
All Primary Colors: Using red, green, yellow and blue can make a striking and fun room.
Two Contrasting Colors: A striking wall can be done using two colors which are a child's favorites or which stand out together, for example:
- pink and purple
- blue and purple
- yellow and blue
- green and pink
- turquoise and yellow
- purple and yellow
- silver and black
- red, white and black
Questions & Answers
I have a very small window in my room. I was thinking of having a mural included with my window to look wider! Any ideas?
That is a great idea. How about having a mural of a child or animals looking out the window? Or you might think about using something inspired by the book Harold's Purple Crayon.Helpful 1