Contact paper, painter’s tape, and a variety of lightweight craft items are all you need for this toddler activity. Make your toddler a space for a creative wall stick mural!
I had a spare roll of contact paper that I bought from a thrift store just to paper the teeny tiny shelves inside my bathroom medicine cabinet. I knew that deserted roll of paper was perfect for this art project!
Disclaimer: it is easier to get this contact paper square on the wall with two people. However, it can be done with one. Proof: mine’s a little bumpy, but I did it myself!
This project is suitable for a one-year-old, or even younger as long as you are using craft items that are safe for them to handle and are supervising them.
Get Started on Your Wall Stick Mural Toddler Activity
First, cut a square of contact paper to whatever size mural you want to create. Then, begin to peel the backing off the paper at two corners. Tape those corners down and gently peel the backing off the rest of the paper, taping it down with painter’s tape as you go.
You will end up with a lovely blank, sticky canvas for your toddler!
Next, collect a lot of light weight craft items that will stick to the contact paper.
As you can see, what I have used here are craft feathers, foam letters and numbers, and craft pom-poms. Additionally, I have lots of other ideas for items you can use and have a list at the end of this post!
Need to begin a craft supply collection for projects like this? Amazon sells craft sets with all kinds of craft items together to get your collection started.
Now it’s time for your little one to get stickin’! Bonus points if they are still wearing their PJs like mine :)-
Craft Items to Use on Your Wall Stick Mural
Please note the items you use should be safe for your little one’s age/developmental stage.
- tissue paper pieces
- cotton balls
- craft feathers
- foam letters, numbers, or shapes
- popsicle sticks
- felt squares
- yarn pieces
- pipe cleaners
- leaves & small twigs (older toddlers can collect leaves and make a tree design on their board!)
- flower petals (older toddlers can decorate a large flower you outline with yarn with petals)
- construction or scrapbook paper scraps
Further Ideas for Your Wall Stick Mural
You can direct older toddlers to create a particular theme on their mural board, such as making a turkey for Thanksgiving (use yarn or pipe cleaners to outline and then use feathers for his tail), hearts or flowers for Valentine’s Day, etc.
They could also design a forest out of very small twigs and leaves or even blades of grass.
You could also design a target ring out of yarn (or anything) and then toss items to try to hit the target.
The nice thing about this wall stick mural is that it can easily be peeled right off the wall and tossed when you’re all done (take a photo of any masterpieces first, of course!)
Still feeling crafty? Want another DIY idea? Try making a toddler dress out of one of your tank tops!