When decorating your child’s room is a job never gets done, I look at whether artistic stickers could be the answer to personalise their space.
Our daughter Tilly’s bedroom walls have been unchanged since we moved in over two years ago. Although she’d deeply love pink walls, the opportunity to do any painting has been all but non-existent. Her room is crying out for something to personalise it, though, so I leapt at the opportunity to try out Stickerscape’s range of stickers for children’s rooms.
Here is the scene; a blank wall in dire need of something to brighten it up. Functional but it doesn’t shout out “child’s bedroom”.
Stickerscape offer a wide array of stickers, browsable by category and type. I opted for a sticker from their designer collection and in particular Emma Vallis, whose hand drawn designs are full of charm and character. My choice for Tilly’s room was the Rainbow Bike wall sticker. It’s a bright and colourful design and also features rabbits, adored by Tilly.
The sticker arrives in a robust card tube, lovingly wrapped within. Once unrolled the sticker reveals the instructions, which are pretty straight-forward. The process involves cutting out the stickers comprising the scene, using a credit card-like item to rub the sticker, peeling off the backing paper, applying the sticker and peeling off the protective layer.
I have to admit that I don’t do a great deal of DIY or decorating though, so it was with more than I a little apprehension that I set about doing the stickers justice. My lack of coordination might mean I ended with nothing more than a sticky mess. Nevertheless I decided to film myself putting the stickers up to show how the process works.
Let’s see how I fared, including my daughter’s reaction at the finished work…
The sticker process explained
I started off preparing one of the small stickers, one of the bees, to check I got it right. It turned out I’d pulled off the protective layer rather than the backing paper. Fortunately it still stuck to the wall but I quickly learnt which side of the stickers to be peeling. After that it was pretty plain sailing. There were a few edges that would stick to the backing paper and that needed some additional pressing to get them sticking to the protective layer instead but it wasn’t difficult.
As you’re building the scene, it’s important to consider the order the stickers need to be applied to the wall to provide the intended appearance. In the case of the Rainbow Bike sticker, this means the rainbow first, the bike on top and then the smaller grass and bee stickers last of all.
The trickiest element was preparing the bike sticker. Now to be fair the instructions do recommend using two people for larger stickers but as ShireMum was entertaining Tilly downstairs I thought I’d have a bash myself. The bike has a lot of edges, many of which initially stuck to the backing paper and needing further pressing. You can see me repeatedly going back and forth to the table to do this in the video. When applying the sticker I didn’t quite get it flat across, so I needed to reapply to avoid any creases but with some gentle persuasion the sticker could be removed without damaging the stickers underneath.
That done, everything else went on the wall without a hitch. All that remained was the grand unveiling.
Tilly was delighted by the end result. It does look great, giving a hand drawn and painted appearance to the wall with some loveable characters for Tilly to enjoy. At £25 for the large sized sticker that we used, it’s a really nice way to easily provide striking art and characters to a child’s room.
Disclaimer: The Rainbow Bike sticker was provided in exchange for a review. All views expressed in this review are my own, honest, opinions.
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