Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s your very own little superhero! Transforming their room into a metropolis ready for them to swoop in and save will help build the confidence and strength of character they’ll need as they grow up – and provide the ultimate space for epic play, of course.

Watch the video above and then follow this easy step-by-step guide to transform their space into a striking city skyline.

Superhero equipment

You will need:

  • Striking Cyan Easycare Matt
  • Rich Black Easycare Matt
  • Tester pot of White Cotton
  • Tester pot of Banana Split
  • 1 x rolls of 2” low tack decorators masking tape (Frog tape)
  • 1 x roll of 1” low tack decorators masking tape (Frog tape)
  • 1 x Dulux 2” brush
  • 1 x Dulux 3” brush
  • Small artists brush
  • Ball of white string
  • Coloured chalk – we recommend children’s coloured chalks, as they stain less
  • Drawing pins
  • Pencil
  • Letter stencils
  • Kitchen sponges (or dense foam)
Superhero how 1

Step 1: Start by painting the walls in Striking Cyan.

Step 2: Measure and mark the position of the skyline using coloured chalk, do this by drawing around different shaped empty cardboard boxes to create the building shapes.

Step 3: Follow the outside of the chalked lines with masking tape and rub the edges down really well.

Superhero how 2

Step 4: Apply a coat of background colour over the edge of the masking tape (inside the area you’ll be painting black) and allow to dry.

Step 5: Use black paint and a small paint roller to fill in your skyline working from top to bottom. Wait for the black paint to dry and then remove the masking tape.

Step 6: Next, it’s time to create the yellow windows. Cut a square or oblong shape out of a potato in whatever size you want the lit windows to be.

Step 7: Brush the face of the potato square with yellow paint and dab it on to your buildings.

Superhero how 3

Step 8: To create the signal light (and to be batman, you need a signal light) use a paint tin or anything round to create the shape for the end of the light beam in the sky. Chalk around the shape and draw two pieces of masking tape either side of the circle towards a point on one of the buildings.

Step 9: Fill in the beam with Banana Split and paint the circle with White Cotton – you may need two coats.

Step 10: Paint in the initial of your little hero with Rich Black paint. To infinity and beyond!

Superhero Intro

Expert tips:

Here’s a little heads up before you spring into action:

1. To get a sharp point on the inside edge of the building shapes, press your fingernail into the corner you want to create at an angle - and tear the masking tape upwards and away from corner.

2. Use a spirit level as you go along to check the buildings are not leaning too much.

3. Stencil a letter on the signal light rather than hand painting it if you find that easier.

Superhero Shopping List

Finishing touches

Now you’ve set your cityscape backdrop, kickstart the crime-fighting action with these finishing touches:

Mask Pillow Case, Molly Meg, (£24)

DIY Light Box, Molly Meg, (£18)

Captain America Pillow, Etsy, (£17.80)


Uncover more kids bedroom ideas and inspiration you might like on the Dulux Kids page.