Young kids often cycle through interests, and you might not want to redecorate their room fully every time they go through a new phase. If your kid loves all things jungle, then these ideas will help you to create a bedroom fit for a true explorer without spending a fortune.
Some simple decorations can make a massive difference to the look of a room, and you and your child can have fun getting crafty together. Home-made decorations are really special, and learning how to make things is a lot of fun for kids, as well as a big boost for their confidence. Follow the tips below to create your very own jungle paradise.
Hanging vines and plants
You'll want your jungle to be full of plenty of lush foliage, and luckily that's easy to create. Take a large sheet of green paper — you might find that old wallpaper works well — and cut it into strips. These can then be hung across the doorway, so anyone trying to come in will have to fight their way through vines.
Cut out large leaf and flower shapes to stick on the walls with sticky tack for easy removal later. Your child can help by looking at pictures for inspiration, drawing out shapes and helping to cut things out if they're old enough. If you're happy to spend a little more, then you could also include fake leaves and flowers from a craft store. Placing a few real plants around will add to the effect, and you can teach your child how to water and care for them.
Plush animals hiding
No jungle would be complete without plenty of wild animals! Soft toys and animals can be expensive, so it's a good idea to check out plush toys wholesalers for the best prices. You could end up with a whole pride of lions or a troop of mischievous monkeys. Soft toys will double as both decorations and playthings, and they can be a great tool for teaching your child about different animals, their habitats and their relationships to one another. If there's room, you could set up different 'habitats' for the toys to live in. A blue storage box would be great for elephants and rhinos to paddle in, while a hanging storage basket could be home to a cheeky chimp.
Animal print fabrics
A new bedspread and curtains can make a big difference to the look of a room. Pick up some cheap fabric with an animal print and make your own curtains, cushion covers and duvet. You could choose zebra, tiger or leopard print — let your child get involved with picking. If they can't decide, then a mix of several prints can create a really wild look. Fabric can also be used to cover tired looking chairs or turned into a handy tablecloth or floor mat.