Decorating a Child’s Room with a Cheap, Easy Space Theme
by Joey Lewitin
Description: Tips for decorating a kid's bedroom with an outer space theme.
Most children have an inherent fascination with space. It is that
massive place above their heads that goes on forever. Tiny points of light
shine out of the great dark, making imaginary pictures in the air above
their heads. Then, as they learn and grow, they realize those points of
light are immense explosions, shooting fiery chunks of elements out
into the void, only to, sometimes, have them swing back around the flaming
star in a circle, and slowly begin to form a planet.
The cosmos provides such a wide range of exciting ideas that it is a
natural topic to encourage your child to explore. One way to do this is
to involve them in a project to decorate their room based on an outer
space theme. Together you can research astronomy, and perhaps develop a
genuine interest for science in the child. At the same time, you can
hold their attention by creatively selecting the most interesting aspects
of this far reaching subject, or simply garnishing your research with
aliens and space battles.
The intuitive first step for creating a space themed room is to paint
the area black. Unfortunately this will have the effect of making the
room feel smaller, hotter, and gloomier. Instead, use darkness and light
to create the appearance of the blackness of space.
An inexpensive example of this method is to use stars that
glow-in-the-dark. Scatter them across the ceiling and walls to create a
mini-galaxy. You can take this a step further using glow-in-the-dark-paint. Trace
an outline of the object you want to make on the material of your
choice, and then cut it out. Paint the object carefully with the iridescent
substance. If you are applying the paint directly to the wall, you may
want to use tape along the outlines to avoid a mistake. You can attach
your materials using thumb tacks or double sided tape.
This method can be used with regular paint to create a daytime galaxy.
A mixture of the two however can provide a very interesting look,
allowing you to have two different decorative schemes, depending on whether
the lights are on or off. You should of course, be careful to monitor
the effect glow-in-the-dark materials in the room have on the child’s
Planets and comets can be built using Styrofoam balls, easily purchased
at any craft store. Research the size and appearance of the various
planets with your child before purchasing materials. Make a scale of the
different planets, which will determine how big your Styrofoam balls
should be in relation to one another. Bookmark pictures of the various
planets you want to create, and use them as a reference when coloring the
Styrofoam. As you learn more about planets, engage the child’s
imagination by talking about what it must be like on those strange worlds, and
what the people living there would be like. Try and get them to ask
questions, and help them find the answers in various reference materials.
When placing the planets, use your research to place them in correct
relation to one another. If you have a ceiling light you can use this as
a sort of sun. Otherwise, you can cut a round piece of cardboard,
painted either with glow-in-the-dark or reflective paint, and tape this to
the ceiling. A sun will allow you to create orbits around it, for the
To turn the child’s bed into a space ship, purchase a piece of
cardboard that is large enough to cover the long side of their bed. You may
have to use two pieces to a side if you can’t find a piece that is big
enough by itself. Trace the outline of a spaceship onto the cardboard and
then cut it out with a scissor or exact-o knife. Paint the proper
colors onto the outline, wait for them to dry, and then attach them to the
sides of the child’s bed with tape or thumbtacks. Look in books and
articles for ideas about what would be found in a real spaceship, and then
create panels and screens using the same method. Wings and joysticks
are also a nice effect.
If you find your child is getting bored with all of the research, you
can spice your activities by exploring the science fiction aspects of
outer space. The best science fiction is based on real science, and this
is one way to encourage an interest in the knowledge that we have about
outer space, and in science itself. You can explore the ideas of aliens
by looking at what we know of other planets, and imagining what kind of
alien would live on that world. A space battle can be a way to discuss
the physics of what an explosion would look like in outer space. There
is really no limit to the ways you can engage your child’s interest in
Children should not try any of these ideas out themselves without the
consent and supervision of an adult. Caution should always be used in
any activity that involves a child. Make certain that none of your
decorative efforts causes any damage to the child’s safety.
Joey Lewitin is an artist and interior designer who has always advised
the use of creativity in decorating ones home. For many years he has
been one of the premier Pebble Artists working with PebbleArt Inc to
create unique home décor accessories using
natural stone. These designs can be seen at PebbleZ.com.
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