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From Habitat magazine - issue 21

Create your own big top with this fun wall art.

Circus themed wall art/painted headboard

You will need:

Top tips:

  • Circus tents are billowy, so don't worry if you paint outside the lines. Take your time.
  • When painting the flag, avoid overloading the small brush with paint, as it will dribble.
  • Have a play with other colours. Try Resene Zappo (purple), Resene Splat (blue) and Resene Tutti Frutti (green), all from the Resene KidzColour range.
  • Finish off by painting a square from the bottom of the tent to the floor. This means that if you move the bed, you'll have a mural instead of a bedhead.
Supplies you will need
Step 1
Step 1
Step 2
Step 2

Step 1:  Kids, you will need an adult to help. Outline your tent by drawing a triangle. Start by ruling a line along the width of your bed at its height (we allowed for one pillow). From the centre of that line, measure 50cm up and mark. Draw two lines to form a triangle. Pencil four evenly spaced points along the bottom line and connect each to the top point, making five panels. Keep lines straight by using the level when necessary.

Step 2 :  Use the ruler and level to draw a 20cm circus pole at the top, 3cm wide. Draw a small circle on top of the pole. Lightly pencil your name beside it. For longer names, drop down half a letter for each syllable for a 3D look. Draw a flowing flag around the letters.

Step 3
Step 3
Step 4
Step 4
Step 5
Step 5

Step 3:  Get painting. Use the masking tape to outline the first and fifth panel. Paint with Resene Razzamatazz (red) using the medium brush. Remove the tape and repeat with the middle panel, this time using Resene Sea World (blue).

Step 4 :  Paint Resene Fizz (yellow) on to the remaining panels (second and fourth). Allow one colour to be touch dry before starting the next.

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Step 5:  Using the small brush, paint the tent pole with Resene Sea World and flag with Resene Fizz. Once the flag is dry, fill in the letters with Resene Sea World.

See more great step by step projects for children at

styling: Megan Harrison-Turner
pictures: Tony Brownjohn
props: bedlinen from Gorgi

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