My son is a pretty obsessed with Minecraft. So obsessed, that when I asked him to swap bedrooms with his sister, he only agreed to do it if he could have a Minecraft room. I was reluctant — I’m not much of a bedroom “theme” kind of person, but I wanted to him to be happy with this move and if Minecraft was going to help, then we needed to find a way to compromise. It turned out pretty great, if I say so myself.
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I dove into Pinterest to get some inspiration, and ideas soon formed. I would paint the room a dark grey color and then create one pixilated-looking feature wall out of different colored squares. We’d make our own art and use toys as decor as much as possible. I was aiming for fun without being tacky. I was also aiming for easy and impermanent, because how long was he really going to love Minecraft?
I drew most of my inspiration from an image I found on Pinterest from The Daily Dot, I loved the wall, the larger size of the squares, and the variety of colors. While the bedspread is also super cool, I wasn’t going to sew a handmade quilt (Sorry, son.).
Minecraft Accent Wall
Most examples of Minecraft bedrooms I had seen, including the one above, involved grid lines, painting, and LOTS of money spent on quarts of paint. It was all too much work and too expensive. Then I had an idea.
I have a Cameo Silhouette and often purchase my vinyl in 12×12 squares for cutting vinyl labels. I pay about $.60 per square. Outfitting an entire wall in squares would not be as cheap as one gallon of paint, but it was less than wallpaper and was going to be a lot simpler and cleaner than painting a variety of colors — as long as they had the colors I needed.
I was in luck (details below).
Painting the Room
The first thing I did was paint. I decided on SHARK FIN for the walls. It’s dark grey and cave-like, which is quite appropriate for Minecraft. Plus, if my son grows out of his Minecraft bedroom in a year or two, the grey will still be fine.
If you’re a frequent reader here and this color looks familiar, it’s close to the dark grey we painted our playroom when we made a Homework Station, but not quite the same. Apparently I have a thing for grey walls.
I painted all four walls, even the one that would eventually be covered in vinyl.
Measure The Minecraft Wall
After choosing which wall I was going to make the Minecraft wall, I measured. Ordering 12″x12″ vinyl squares were going to make things fairly straightforward, as I could purchase the number of squares as square feet, plus an extra 10 or 20 for inevitable mistakes.
I chose the brand Oracal 631, an indoor removable vinyl. I’ve used it before and have been pleased with the quality. Additionally, it came in a wide variety of colors.
The wall I was decorating was 8 feet tall and 11 feet wide, with no windows or any other obstructions. I needed 88 square feet of vinyl.
My vinyl supplier is no longer selling this brand of vinyl, or any removable vinyl, but you can find it at Expressions Vinyl.
I ordered 92 pieces in all. I ordered a variety of tans, browns, and greens, striving for the classic Minecraft look.
Here’s what I ordered:
- 10 sheets of Brown
- 10 sheets of Celedon
- 10 sheets of Clay Brown
- 5 sheets of Dark Beige
- 10 sheets of Dark Green
- 7 sheets of Green
- 15 sheets of Light Brown
- 10 sheets of Light Green
- 5 sheets of Nougat Brown
- 10 sheets of Tumble Brown
All in all, my 92 pieces of vinyl cost $55.20, plus $10 shipping. Although I hate paying for shipping, I was quite pleased at the low cost of this project.
Applying the Vinyl Mosaic
Before applying the vinyl, I gathered my materials. I had previously applied peel and stick wallpaper, so I had everything I needed.
I laid all the vinyl out in piles on the floor and grabbed them mostly at random. I wanted to replicate the colors of Minecraft, so I was going to apply the greens at the top of the wall and gradually work in some tans and then darker browns as I got lower. I sometimes put two of the same square next to each other or in an “L” shape, but only once in a while.
I started at the top left corner of the room and worked my way to the right, and then down.
I peeled the backing off a vinyl square, applied the top edge and then gently scraped down the middle of the square and then out towards the sides.
I applied a few squares crookedly, but luckily the vinyl was forgiving and I could pull it off and reapply. One challenge I didn’t expect was the static. It pulled the vinyl to the wall before I was prepared, which was tedious, but I did this project in December with the heat on, so there wasn’t much I could do to prevent this.
It also turned out that the dark grey base was an excellent choice. Towards the bottom of the wall I left a handful of squares un-vinyled and the grey worked perfectly in the mosaic. Can you spot the 4 Shark Fin squares in the picture below?
Full squares of vinyl wouldn’t fit along the bottom row of the wall, so I used the X-Acto knife to cut the vinyl where it met the baseboard.
My work is imperfect when you look at it closely, but luckily the wall is busy enough that you can’t quite tell, plus the grey background helps disguise the mistakes. If the wall color was white, you would definitely see gaps.
The Minecraft Bedroom was coming together!
Cost & Time
Overall, this Minecraft wall cost me $65 for the vinyl and $30 for the gallon of paint. I applied the vinyl in about 3 hours. I did it for an hour or so at a time over the course of the week between Christmas and New Year (and that’s why you can see Christmas lights in some pictures).
To jazz up the other plain grey walls, we painted our own Minecraft themed canvases.
I purchased 12″x12″ canvases, then used a pencil a ruler to draw grid lines every inch. I mapped out what I wanted each canvas to look like, then painted using small bottles of acrylic paint, which I already had Sometimes I had to create my own custom colors to get each picture just right.
These pictures are imperfect and I cringed a bit letting my son do the work, but we had fun creating them and they look great on his walls. The pop of color is just what his grey Minecraft bedroom needed.
To allow the Minecraft wall and Minecraft artwork to shine, I kept the rest of the room fairly simple. Instead of getting a Minecraft-themed bedspread, I went with a plain black comforter and sham. It’s reversible to bright green if we wanted to switch it up a bit, but for now, it’s black. He also has a small fuzzy Minecraft throw at the bottom of his bed.
To jazz up the bed a little, I purchased two Minecraft pillow shams. One is a Minecraft TNT box pillow, which provides a nice pop of red in an otherwise dark room. The other is a Minecraft creeper pillow.
After I finished the Minecraft wall, I had a few large squares of vinyl left. I cut them down to 4″ squares and stuck them randomly around the room. He’s got a few over the bed, a few under his desk, and a few in the closet. It’s just a fun touch that brings the room together.
Cost: About $60
I didn’t purchase additional decor for this Minecraft bedroom because I didn’t want to spend money on items that would end up as clutter. I like to keep things as minimal as possible so there’s less to tidy (just one benefit of minimalism for moms).
He had a few Minecraft toys that add to the theme, such as a sword and a stuffed animal creeper. The only other toys he has in here are Minecraft LEGO. He has an entire world set up on a LEGO/train table in his room. The collection of LEGO is made up of birthday and Christmas gifts over the years. While I know less is more when it comes to toys, we all have a hard time letting go of LEGO.
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Cost: Probably more than the rest of the room combined. Ouch.
Making a Minecraft Bedroom
My son has been in his Minecraft bedroom for about two years now and he still loves it as much as ever. When I dare to recommend he take some of his Minecraft LEGO down to build something else, I’m met with resistance. His room is dark, but it’s cozy and fun.
Do you have a Minecraft-obsessed child? Creating a Minecraft bedroom is a fun way of making a project out of their favorite past-time. If you’re thinking of taking this project on, I’d love to hear about it! Drop a note below and let me know how it goes!