Make 3d Murals

Murals transport the viewer to faraway places, which makes them ideal for children’s room.

Murals add life to walls in our living spaces, community spaces and outdoor spaces. Making three-dimensional murals can add more visual interest to a wall and draw the viewer into the scene. A three-dimensional mural in a child’s room can ignite their imagination. Three-dimensional murals are not as difficult as they may seem. A basic understanding of perspective and some drawing ability will get you started on your way to making a three-dimensional mural for your child’s room.


1. Draw three simple sketches of how you would like the mural to appear. Just do a line drawing on the first one. Include a sense of background, mid-ground and foreground in the second drawing, and in the third drawing include one or two elements that you would like to stand out as if they are coming out from the wall. Draw them larger than they would appear in the foreground of the picture.

2. Measure and tape off at least a 48- by 48-inch section of the wall you are going to paint the mural on. This will act as a guideline border for painting the mural.

3. Refer to the three sketches as you draw the mural onto the wall you have chosen for the mural. Draw a horizon line on the wall. Draw a line to represent the background, mid-ground and foreground of the mural. Add in the elements of the drawing. For example, if the mural depicts a lunar landing, draw the stars in the background, the moon in the mid-ground and a space ship in the foreground. Make an astronaut floating from the foreground out into the room. Make the astronaut larger than the foreground objects.

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4. Paint the background, mid-ground and foreground, using a variety of paint brushes. Add details to the elements of the painting. Create texture and shading on the elements. Provide more details in the elements that are closest and less as they fade away into the background. In the example, the astronaut should have the most vivid details so as to appear in the room. Allow the paint to dry.