How to Paint a Tree on a Child's Bedroom Wall

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Painting a tree on the wall of a child's room is a great way to decorate while making the room personal to the child. The tree this article will direct you to paint is a deciduous tree. Before you paint the tree, you may want to paint the wall blue for the sky. After the tree is painted, you can add flowers on the ground, clouds and birds in the sky, the sun -- whatever you want.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 shades of brown paint
  • 3 shades of green paint
  • Large paint brush
  • Medium brush
  • Large sponge
  • Medium-sized leaf-shaped sponge
  • Drop cloth
  • Water
  • Cleaning rags
  • Put down the drop cloth in front of the wall where you plan to paint; this will protect the floor from paint drips. You also need to make sure the wall is clean. If you paint over any dirt on the wall, that paint will chip away fairly easily.

  • Draw the trunk of the tree on the wall with a pencil. Make the top of the trunk split into two section and then stop.

  • Paint in the trunk with long vertical strokes using the middle shade of brown you choice. Once the whole trunk is painted, go over the trunk making random vertical strokes with the darker brown, and again with the lighter brown. Make several strokes in the other two shades of brown, overlapping them often. Be sure to paint slightly over the pencil line of the wall so it is not visible.

  • Let the trunk dry completely.

  • Use any of the shades of green to paint the grass. Start at the base of the wall by the floor and paint vertical lines going up from the floor. When the grass is as tall as you want it to be let the brush slide off the wall so that the stroke will get thinner before it stops. Keep creating the vertical strokes across the front of the tree, overlapping them often. The more you overlap the strokes, the thicker the grass will appear.

  • Sponge paint the entire green area of the tree. You can make the tree as full looking as you like. Sponge in the whole area using the middle shade of green.

  • Using the leaf sponge, stamp a leaf in one of the other two shades of green randomly through the green area. Be sure to use both colors. You can add as many or as few leaves as you want. The more leaf stamps you create, the fuller the tree will look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Give yourself two to three days to complete the project. This will prevent you from accidentally smudging colors together that weren't completely dry.
  • Be careful not the drip paint onto the blank areas of the wall. Dark colors like brown and green are hard to cover up with lighter colors like white or blue. If you do drip on the wall, immediately wash the area with your cleaning rag and water.

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