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Kids Bedrooms - How to create a circus bedroom

Roll up! Roll up! And find out just how to transform your child’s room into this circus-inspired big top.


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Circus intro

Playful and full of energy, kids love the circus, especially the moments of surreal, slapstick comedy. For many children, this type of humour is the first they really understand and like. This delightful room is the perfect way of bringing that feeling into your kid’s bedroom.

Difficulty: 4 out of 5

Time: weekend

Step-by-step guide

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the circus decorations are about to begin!

A fun way to inject colour and encourage play in your kid’s room is with a big and bold circus theme. Once you’ve set the backdrop with this striking ceiling effect, let the show commence with circus-themed toys, games and bunting galore.

Fear not – transforming your little ringmaster’s bedroom into a big top is easier than it looks. Read on for our step-by-step guide:

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1) Create a blank canvas by painting the ceiling and walls in White Cotton.

2) Now find the centre point of your ceiling and mark it with coloured chalk.

3) Once you’ve done that, measure the length of all the walls and divide them into an even number that will give you approximately 50-60cm wide stripes (although this will depend on the size of your room).

4) Measure and mark your 50-60cm wide stripes along the top of the wall using coloured chalk.

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5) Next, cut a piece of string that will easily stretch from your marked centre point in the ceiling to the edges and run it over a stick of coloured chalk a couple of times.

6) Tie a knot at one end of the string and use a drawing pin to hold the end in place at the marked centre of the ceiling.

7) Line it up with a mark on the edge, pull tight and then ‘snap’ a chalk line onto the ceiling. Do this for every measured mark (you will need to apply more chalk as you go).

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8) Tape along the outside of the red stripes and rub your finger over the tape to make sure it’s stuck down really well to avoid any paint leaking over its line.

9) Apply a quick coat of White Cotton over the edge of the tape you are going to paint red and allow to dry.

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10) Fill in with red using a small roller and brush. Leave to dry, then give it a second coat.

11) Remove tape and touch up any little mistakes with a small artists brush. Ta-dah!


You will need:

Circus equipment



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  1. Bed frame, Ikea
  2. A letter light, I Love Retro
  3. Bed sheets, Tesco
  4. Bed linen fabric, John Lewis
  5. Red bunting, Molly Meg
  6. Red trolley, Uber Kids
  7. Clown outfit, Party Delights
  8. Books, Stylist's own
  9. Rabbit, Stylist's own
  10. Panda, Ikea
  11. Star rugs, Cox & Cox
  12. Shoes, Primark
  13. Hula hoops, Stylist's own
  14. Side table, Eero-Aarnio
  15. Popcorn holder, Tiger
  16. Pom poms, Ikea and DZD


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