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DIY wall decals

DIY wall decals

I HATE plain white walls. I wish I could be one of those people with a beautiful all white room but it’s never gonna happen. White walls make me crazy. I cannot stand them in MY home.

I also have no motivation to paint right now. None. I think part of the reason is I now have to have paint colors approved by my landlord and I just do not feel like going through that extra step-I know, life is hard…

So, what is the solution?

DIY wall decals! OKA: contact paper cut into shapes.

Here is my white hallway:

white hallway

Even in this photo I think, Oh I kinda like the white-it’s pure and simple and lovely. But in real life it makes me angry!

white hallway 2

I wanted something super simple and something that could be done with what I already had on hand and would therefore be FREE. Enter DIY Contact Paper Wall Decals.

These are SO easy to make I recommend them for everyone.

supplies:

1. contact paper in the pattern of your choice (I would have preferred to use plain black for this project but I had wood grain on hand-so wood grain it was)

wood grain contact paper(source)

This isn’t the exact contact paper I used but very similar. I got mine for $1.00 at Dollar Tree.

2. scissors

3. garbage can

4. wall cleaner and rag

directions:

1. wipe down the walls so they are as clean as possible

2. cut the shape you desire from the contact paper- I choose triangles in different sizes (you could use an Exacto Knife and make more complicated shapes but I was going for ease)

*have a garbage can close by for this whole project, the cutting and peeling leads to a ton of waste*

3. peel the backing off the contact paper (this can be difficult at time since the shapes are on the smaller size, I found that stretching a tiny bit will release part of the sticky backing from the paper)

4. place, stick, and pat down the contact paper shapes, remember these are removable so you can re-position as needed

5. done! admire your handy work.

after-wall decals

wall decal

wall decals

wall decals

I do not know that I will keep the “decals” up for long but they were a quick, easy, and free solution for the time being. I am inclined to paint a bright color in that hallway since it is such a small space but we shall see.

DIY wall decals

What do you guys think? What shape would you choose for your home?

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3 thoughts on “DIY Removable Wall Decals (Perfect for Renters!)

  1. Grandma says:

    The part I wouldn’t like is washing down the walls, but it is a great idea, glad you thought of it. Put that brain to work. Our brains are the most amazing thing.

  2. Rachael says:

    I like it! very clever indeed! Reminds me of that triangle drop cloth that you posted yesterday :)

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