The popularity of wrestling shows has exploded over the past 15 years. Wrestling stars have complex personas and drive soap-opera like storylines. The lights, make-up and action of wrestling make it a natural theme for a boy's bedroom. Here is how to put one together.
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Things you need
- Wrestling ring images for reference
- Wall paint
- Foam cushion pieces in 4-by-2-foot rectangles
- Hot glue
- Black fabric
- Needle and thread
- Wrestling posters
- Poster frames
- Narrow book shelf
- Play microphone and amplifier
- Replication championship belts
- Bean bag chairs
Set the tone of the room by creating a wrestling ring mural on one wall. Paint a grey or black base (the mat) and then paint in the ropes and corners of the ring. Look at pictures of a wrestling ring and have an artistic friend help you depict it. Include blurry faces in the background to represent the crowd and your child’s favourite wrestling association letters on the sides of the corner pads.
Carry the theme onto the bed and bedding. If your child has a bed with headboard posts, cover them in thick black pads you can make by encasing foam with black fabric. Older kids might enjoy some red or blue rope accents along the side of the bed (this would not be safe for younger children). Use plain blue or grey linens on the bed and sew big “WWE” letters onto the bedspread. Cut the letters out of felt and stitch them to the top of the blanket.
Dress up the walls with wrestling posters of your child's favourite stars. You can buy them online or at a wrestling event and place them in inexpensive, ready-made frames. Consider framing wrestling T shirts as well.
Display collectibles. Hang narrow shelves over a desk or television to hold wresting action figures and your child’s wrestling trophies. This is also a good place to store wrestling DVD’s and other memorabilia.
Hang a microphone from the centre of the room so that your child can play “announcer.” You can use a microphone that is connected to an amplifier (the toy kind) and then hang it from a cord so that it can be pulled out of the way. Children’s karaoke machines work great for this set up.
Hang imitation championship belts on closet and bedroom doors. You can find them at costume shops or wrestling websites. Hang them from a nail so that your child can easily slip them off for playtime.
Provide some additional seating in the room with red or blue beanbag chairs. This offers a soft place to relax as well as to break falls from overzealous play with friends.
Tips and warnings
- Don’t be surprised if your child get excited and wants to bounce on the bed and jump around the room while playing “wrestling.” Make the furniture as safe as you can by covering sharp corners. Be sure to lay down some behaviour rules as well.
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