For the next few days on my blog, I am going to be sharing everything Dinosaur with you all. No, I’m not going to be talking about how old me (but mostly my husband, lets be honest) are getting, I’m talking about the pre-historic creatures that once walked our magical little ball of rock!
I will post a blog each day with different Dinosaur related products, baking ideas, craft ideas and we will also be getting ready for ‘back to school’!
(*Cheers with joy whilst holding a gin in a can aloft*)
So, how did this Dino week come about? Let me explain…
A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at Stickerscape to see if I would like to review a Chalkboard Dinosaur Wall Sticker as well as some of their Dinosaur themed wall stickers designed by the talented Kali Stileman.
As coincidence would have it, I have been on the lookout for some appropriate wall stickers for my middle one’s bedroom, which was still looking a little blank and sparse since we came out the other side of a load of building work last year, so I jumped at the chance!
We do have some experience of wall stickers already. My eldest asked for a Spiderman Comic strip type one for his room a few years ago and it was quite a large one. Putting it on the wall was a 2 man job and almost ended in me wrapping my husband up in the giant sticker (much like a Black Widow wraps it’s prey) because he was annoying me so much. To be fair to him, it was a bit of a pain, so much so, a large amount of ‘effing and jeffing’ ensued. Thankfully the kids weren’t home to hear that debacle! What appealed to me about these Dinosaur wall stickers from Stickerscape, was that they would cover a large expanse of wall once up, but without the faff of it being in one, giant, awkward sticker. These wall stickers come as individual images which you can then cut out and place on the wall where you see fit. Perfect!
After a few days of waiting for the stickers to be made, they arrived and we excitedly opened up the thick cardboard tube which they were packaged in, so as to ensure that they arrived to us in tip-top condition. My middle one was very excited. He has been the one who has been subjected to the most hand me down clothes, hand me down toys and so on, so for him to have something of his own, that was new, made him full of excitement. It was lovely to see his little face light up…
We carefully unrolled the stickers and read the instructions. These were very clear, to the point my 8 year old was happily understanding what we needed to do because he wanted to help me put them up in his brothers room.
I had already earmarked a spot in Zak’s room where I wanted to put the stickers. He has a blank piece of wall near the doorway in his bedroom (a kind of small corridor) and I have made this into a little area for him to hang his uniform and bags to help him get organised for school. I figured I could put the Dinosaur Chalkboard and wall stickers in this area so we can use it to write what Zak has coming up that week, to help him remember what he needs on what day and to tell him what events are coming up. A hopeful attempt at getting him to be a little more independent and to begin getting himself organised, rather than me having to do it all for him. Here’s hoping…
We cut the stickers out as per the instructions and laid them out on the floor in an arrangement we were happy with. We then began applying them to the wall.
This was really fun and very easy to do. We had gone for the regular size wall stickers (they have 2 sizes available, regular and large but the regular size was plenty big enough for our space we had chosen) and my 8 year old helped me peel the backing paper off and smooth them onto the wall, using an old gift card to remove any air bubbles as we went. They really did go on easily. The regular size Dinosaur scene retails at £20.00 (price correct at time of publishing) and I was quite surprised at the price given the quality of the stickers. They really are very good and nothing like I have seen before with their bright colours and textured appearance.
Once on, we stood back and had a look at our arrangement. It really looks brilliant and Zak was over the moon with them.
The way the stickers are printed is of very high quality and we love the fact you can see the paint texture in the stickers, almost as if you have had them hand painted on your wall! We also love the fact, even though many people sadly still see a gender divide and think Dinosaurs are more of a boy orientated interest, that this has been ignored by Kali and she has used bright colours including pinks and purples in her designs. Zak is a fan of pink, so to have an image that wasn’t ‘girlie’ or princess like on his wall, but with one of his favourite colours in, was brilliant. Well done Kali, we love that about your products!
We placed the Chalkboard Dinosaur above the completed Dinosaur scene so Zak can write his reminders on it and see them as he goes in and out of his room. He was really enthusiastic about using it and spent a good 30 minutes drawing, doing maths, spelling words and messing about with his Chalkboard Dino. Again, this went on the wall really easily and we had no issues with air bubbles or the sticker ripping. They really are great quality. These retail at £25.00 on the Stickerscape website which I think is good value for a durable, well made, multi-use and large wall sticker. They have plenty of other designs on there too so do head on over and check them out!
We have loved reviewing these Stickerscape and Kali Stileman wall stickers.
If you’re looking for some fun, and good quality, wall stickers for your home (they do some amazing personalised chalk boards which I quite like the look of for the downstairs – shhh! Don’t tell Mr Knutts!) we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to friends, family and Life is Knutts readers.
If you’re interested in any of Kali’s Wall sticker range, I am very excited to be able to give Life is Knutts readers 20% off their order (thanks to Stickerscape!) if you enter the code DINOKALI at the checkout until 10th October 2016.
To find out more about the very talented Kali Stileman and her products, click here.
And click here to see more of what Stickerscape have to offer!
Disclosure: We received some Kali Stileman Dinosaur wall stickers and a Stickerscape Chalkboard Dinosaur sticker in return for this review.
All words, thought and opinions are my own.