If you follow R&W on Instagram you likely know that Halloween is my family’s jam. It comes in right behind Christmas, but I’m pretty sure that may only be because Hallmark isn’t running 24-hour feel good Halloween movies yet. My oldest son is my biggest Halloween collaborator, and this year he had big opinions on how we should decorate, right down to his own room. He’s always loved The Nightmare Before Christmas, so I wasn’t surprised when he started showing me Jack Skellington bedding on my IPad. What I was surprised by though was the price. Everything was $60-$100+, and sometimes it was just for the comforter. We’re talking no sheets, no matching shams. Just. A. Comforter. I love you son, but, ummm, no.
Little history here. I was that first time momma who thought it was a wonderful idea to dump an embarrassing amount of money on bedding for my son’s room. Of course my sweet, angelic boy needed a pure linen duvet for his “big boy” room. What could ever be irrational about that? It’s not like toddlers wet the bed or don’t bother to ever try to make it to a convenient place when they have to be sick. And, linen. I mean, it’s not like if it does get peed or puked on it’s going to look like someone doused it with bleach. No. It’s the perfect toddler bedding. Said…no mom who wasn’t still living in the blissful obliviousness of the first year of motherhood. So, needless to say. I learned my lesson, and if we were doing holiday themed bedding, it was going to have to be cheap.
Enter IKEA. My personal version of a superhero. The Dvala duvet set is only $19.99! It includes a duvet cover and pillow case. That plus the cost of some fabric paint from Hobby Lobby, and a brush I already had, and my bud has his Jack Skellington bedspread! Here’s how I did it friends!
I started by ironing the duvet cover to get out the larger creases. I didn’t spend time trying to make it too wrinkle-free, and I only ironed the center crease enough to reduce how raised it was. I left it visible, so that it would make balancing the drawing of Jack’s face easier. That’s right folks. I drew and then painted the face. Let me just say here, I am not an artist. I am not even a DIYer really. I’m too impatient. But, this is one of the easiest possible characters to sketch out. You really can’t go wrong. If you are worried about drawing and painting, though, a Silhouette or Cricut machine could absolutely make this design happen.
Next I laid the duvet out on our family room floor (doing this on a table would be ideal, but confession: mine was covered in laundry I was avoiding folding or putting away). I folded the top of the duvet down the way I would on the made bed so I would have a reference for where to start drawing. I had some craft foam that I inserted into the duvet to prevent bleeding. You could also use cardboard.
This is some high-level photography here folks. I hope you enjoy all of the toys on the floor too. Haha. But, you get the point. It’s still wrinkly, but the creases are smooth enough that they won’t interfere with the face once drawn and painted.
I started with the eyes and loosely sketched them knowing that I could erase if I messed up. Google Images has thousands of versions of Jack’s face. Choose the one that you or your kid likes the best! Next I drew the nose, and then finished with the mouth.
I used a basic black fabric paint. I bought bottles the size of craft paint. They were $2.50 a piece, and I ended up using one and a half bottles. I outlined the eyes first using a straight, but hard bristled brush. I then used a larger, softer bristled brush to fill in.
Friends, this really was way easier than I anticipated it would be when I decided to give it a try. My only regret was starting in the middle of my two-year old napping. It took about two hours to finish, so I was frantic toward the end when he started to wake up and I was still working on the mouth. I had visions of black footprints covering my rugs. But, the heavens aligned and I was able to get it done and up off of the floor before any toddler tracks were made.
We added some orange lights at my son’s request, and a stripped pillow. And, we are waiting on Jack an Sally dolls that I broke down and bought, because the bed still just “needed something.” Sometimes this love of decorating thing is exhausting! Am, I right?!
Thanks for checking out this DIY! If you give it a try, we’d love to hear how it went!