"Where the Wild Things Are" is the tale of a rascally young boy named Max who is sent to his bedroom without supper. While in his room, Max embarks on an elaborate imaginative voyage that takes him to another land. Many children can easily relate to Max and his emotions. Decorating a child's bedroom in a "Where the Wild Things Are" theme can be an exciting project with rewarding results.
Things You'll Need
- Paints (various colors)
- Paint brushes
- Overhead projector
- Color printer
- Curtain rod
- Off-white muslin curtains
- Leaf rubber stamps in two different sizes
- Fabric paint
- Off-white cotton comforter and pillow shams
- Decoupage glue
- Lamp with plain cream colored shade
- Faux greenery
Paint the bedroom a soft shade of blue. Take a copy of "Where the Wild Things Are" to the paint store to match the colors of your paints with the colors used in the book's illustrations. Most of the book's pages have a blue background, so your "Where the Wild Things Are" room should have blue walls. The night scenes are done in a dark blue, but those might be too dark for a child's bedroom.
Print out the illustration of your choice to create a mural on your child's bedroom wall. If you like, you can print more than one image to cover more than one wall. Take the image to your local office supply store and have them make an acetate print out of it.
Use an overhead projector and position it in the room so that the image is projected on the wall at the height and size that you desire. Trace the image with a pencil. Use a stroke that is heavy enough so you'll be able to see it when you are painting.
Use paints to color in the images on the wall mural. Stay as close to the colors in the book as possible.
Use a leaf-shaped rubber stamp and fabric paint to decorate the curtains with a leaf motif. Hang the curtains with a curtain rod.
Lay the off-white comforter on a flat surface and use a larger leaf-shaped rubber stamp to decorate it.
Print out color images of Max in his wolf costume and the Wild Things with your printer. Cut out the characters and trees and make a decoupage on the off-white lamp shade using decoupage glue.
Make another decoupage on the light switch plate.
If your child has posts on his or her bed, paint them to look like tree trunks (using shades of brown), and top each post with faux greenery, to simulate trees.