Ever since Ben Franklin floated a kite up in the sky during a lightning storm to harness the power of electricity, people have been fascinated with kites. Children love to learn to fly kites and watch them soar in the air. Adults find ways to kite jump, turning the experience of flying a kite into a thrilling adventure. Bring the magic, peace and fantasy of kites into your home by decorating your child's room with them. With a little imagination, paint and a few beautiful kites, the ceiling of your child's bedroom or playroom can become a summer sky bursting with clouds and color.
Items you will need
- Bright blue paint
- Pale blue paint
- White paint
- Drop cloths
- Paint trays
- Roller brush
- Small painting nails
- Clear fishing line
- Staple gun
Paint the Ceiling Like a SkyStep 1
Select two colors of blue paint at your local home improvement store. Choose one that is a deep, vibrant blue and another that is a pale blue color. Get white paint for the clouds.
Remove furniture from your child's bedroom or playroom. Cover the floor and any furniture you left in the room with plastic drop cloths.
Decide where you want to paint clouds on the ceiling. Use a picture of a summer sky filled with puffy white clouds to help you visualize what the ceiling should look like. Draw cloud shapes lightly on the ceiling with a pencil. Make clouds that are free-form or that resemble some of your child's favorite animals or toys as a fun way for your child to practice cloud gazing in his own bedroom.
Pour the vibrant, deep blue paint into a paint tray. Dip a roller brush in the paint and cover the parts of the ceiling that do not have clouds sketched on them. Bring the deep blue to within an inch of the edges of the clouds. Let the blue paint dry completely, for about 12 hours.
Pour the pale blue paint into another tray. Dip a paintbrush into the pale blue paint. Press the brush firmly against the ceiling, leaving brush bristle trails in the paint over the clouds to add texture to the skyscape. Let the pale blue paint dry completely, about 12 hours.
Pour white paint into another paint tray. Dip a sponge into the white paint and press it gently against the ceiling over the pale blue paint to create fluffy, full clouds. Let the paint dry completely, about 12 hours. Remove drop cloths and bring furniture back into the room.
Hang KitesStep 1
Select five or six kites in different sizes and shapes to hang from the ceiling in the bedroom. Look for kites designed like birds, butterflies, dragonflies or other creatures that your child loves. Let your child help you pick out the kites. Select a few kites with long, colorful curly tails and others with shorter, more linear tails.
Assemble the kites, leaving off the string. Nail two of the kites directly into the ceiling with a hammer and small painter's nails. Loop clear fishing wire around the horizontal cross bar of three other kites and tie a double knot in the fishing line to secure it to the kite. Cut 12-, 18- and 20-inch lengths of fishing line for the three kites so that they hang from different heights in the room.
Attach the loose end of the fishing line on each of the kites to the ceiling using a staple gun.
Attach the last kite, if you're using six instead of five kites, diagonally to the ceiling and the wall. Hammer a painter's nail through the top of the kite into the ceiling and another nail through the bottom of the kite into the wall.
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