Several generations have enjoyed Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. The beloved children's book makes an excellent nursery theme.

How to Decorate a Nursery with "The Cat in the Hat"

by Ronna Pennington

The Cat in the Hat, published in 1957, remains a timeless favorite for people of all ages. Since so many adults have fond memories of the book, it is no wonder that it has become a popular nursery theme. To create a Cat in the Hat nursery, use colors and motifs from the book as inspiration. While there is some mass-produced merchandise, making your own Cat in the Hat decor means your nursery is one-of-a-kind.

1. Paint the Walls

1 Prepare sheet rock walls for painting by removing any hanging objects and filling holes with spackling paste. Move large objects toward the center of the room if they cannot be moved out.

2. Paint the Walls

2 Carefully remove outlet and switch plates. Add a piece of tape over the outlet faces to protect them from paint. Place plastic sheeting or tarp on the floor of the area in which you will be painting. If necessary, move the sheeting as your painting progresses.

3. Paint the Walls

3 Use a brush to cut paint in around the ceiling, floor, around windows, outlets, switches, and in corners.

4. Paint the Walls

4 Pour some paint into a tray, then roll on to fill the walls. Repeat, cutting around corners and rolling on another coat if the first coat does not provide good coverage. Allow paint to thoroughly dry. Replace all outlet covers and return furniture to its place.

5. Baby Name Display

1 Hold the two dowel rods together to form a lower case "t" shape. Wrap twine around their intersection and tie them in place.

6. Baby Name Display

2 Fold a sheet of white tissue paper on the diagonal to form a triangle. Hot glue it to the upper right quarter of the kite form, folding under any excess tissue paper.

7. Baby Name Display

3 Fold a second sheet of white tissue paper on the diagonal to form another triangle. Hot glue it to the lower left quarter of the kite form, folding under any excess tissue paper.

8. Baby Name Display

4 Fold a sheet of red tissue paper on the diagonal to form a triangle. Hot glue it to the upper left quarter of the kite form, folding under any excess tissue paper.

9. Baby Name Display

5 Fold a second sheet of red tissue paper on the diagonal to form another triangle. Hot glue it to the lower right quarter of the kite form, folding under any excess tissue paper.

10. Baby Name Display

6 Hot glue a long strand of black yarn to the dowel rod at the bottom of the kite.

11. Baby Name Display

7 Paint mini wooden clothespins with white paint and allow to dry.

12. Baby Name Display

8 Cut 4-inch circles from red construction paper or card stock. Cut enough circles to spell out baby's name.

13. Baby Name Display

9 Cut the letters to spell baby's name from white card stock or construction paper. The letters should fit within the 4-inch circles. Glue the white letters onto the red circles. Clip them to the kite's tail with the mini clothespins.

14. Baby Name Display

10 Hang the kite on the selected wall with removable adhesive strips. Pull the kite tail banner to the right, holding it in place with black push pins through the yarn.

15. Fabrics

1 Use a simple red and white horizontal striped fabric for the crib comforter.

16. Fabrics

2 Add a red or black cushion to a rocker.

17. Fabrics

3 Use red and white vertical striped fabric for the curtains or valance.

Items you will need

  • Paint, light teal (to match Thing 1 and Thing 2's hair)
  • 2 to 3-inch interior paint brush
  • Paint roller and roller cover
  • Paint pans
  • Plastic sheeting or tarp
  • Painter's tape
  • 2 16-inch wooden dowels or sticks
  • 2 pieces white tissue paper
  • 2 pieces red tissue paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Twine
  • Black yarn
  • Scissors
  • Mini wooden clothespins (enough to spell out baby's name)
  • Black thumb tacks or push pins
  • Red construction paper or card stock
  • White construction paper or card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Removable adhesive strips
  • Red and white horizontal striped crib bedding
  • Red and white vertical striped curtains
  • Red or black cushion for rocker

Tips

  • Use a small red vase to hold cotton swabs. For decoration, hot glue blue and red pre-made pompoms onto chenille stems and add them to the vase.
  • Paint frames white or black, then put copies of your favorite book pages in them for wall art.
  • Enlarge and print a drawing of the goldfish from the book. Cut it out and tape it on one side of a small fish bowl. Fill the bowl with blue marbles and use it to hold baby's hairbrush and comb.
  • Light teal marabou boas are great to swag over curtains or use as tie backs.
  • Add red tape to an inexpensive white trash can to resemble the cat's hat.

Warnings

  • Use caution when operating a hot glue gun or using scissors.
  • Paint in a well-ventilated area. If you are pregnant, ask your doctor before painting.
  • Ask a clerk at the paint store to help you match the paint to Thing 1 and 2's hair.
  • Place the name banner and kite in an area where a toddler could not reach it and pull it down.
  • Keep the pompom flowers and marbles from the fish bowl out of reach of children.

Photo Credits

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