Create a deliciously fun theme room for your child by taking inspiration from the Candy Land board game. Use bold colors and patterns as a backdrop for candy-shaped pillows and fabric wall appliques to create a mini fantasy land.
Things You'll Need
- Candy Land board game
- Colorful candy
"Build" a path. Paint a path of color blocks from the door of the room to the bed. Tape curvy parallel lines about a foot and a half apart and divide them into squares by taping horizontal lines a foot and a half apart. Use bright colors of the appropriate paint type for linoleum, wood or carpeted floors. Or, cut pieces of different colored carpet and install in a path pattern on the floor.
Set the scene. If you are feeling ambitious, paint a mural on one wall using images from the board. Make a transparency of the image, project it on the wall, trace in pencil and fill in with paint. Otherwise, bring the Candy Land board into a paint store to match two colors to the squares on the path, such as a blue and yellow. Paint opposite walls to match so adjacent walls are different colors. Make fabric appliques and use liquid starch to adhere them to the wall. Choose colorful fabrics and cut out candy and candy-cane shapes. Glue the fabric shapes to the wall by applying liquid starch with a sponge brush to the wall and the back of the fabric. You could even continue the colorful path from the floor to the wall using fabric squares, or applique a color path border around the ceiling. When you want to change the design, peel the fabric off and wash the walls with a wet rag.
Furnish the fantasy. Paint a dresser and nightstand using a color taken from one of the tiles on the Candy Land board path. Superglue game pieces to the fronts of simple drawer pulls on the dresser and nightstand drawers. Upholster or buy a seat bench or ottoman with bright-colored or candy design fabrics for a yummy-looking place to sit and store toys inside.
Set your child up for sweet dreams: Make a gingerbread house or icing castle canopy bed. Install two curtain rods--one above the head and one above the foot of the bed. Hang brown fabric with white trim across both rods. Add big circular "gumdrops" cut out of fabric. Or, for the ice castle, use white sparkly fabric. Make tootsie roll pillows by cutting a three-by-four foot length of brown fabric. Sew the long side together and turn the column of fabric inside out. Tie one end with a ribbon and stuff with pillow stuffing. Tie the other end with a ribbon, so the ends look like the wrapper twist ends. Buy colorful Candy Land sheets and blanket covers, or make your own by using fabric paint and stencils of characters from the game and candy designs.
Add delectable details. For a bookend, fill circular boxes (from corsages or hats) with sand or beans to add weight, and glue shut. Paint boxes to look like peppermints and wrap in cellophane. Fill a clear lamp base with colorful candy and assemble the lamp. Finally, frame a Candy Land board and hang it on the wall.
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