We Lived Happily Ever After: DIY Wall Decal for $1 {$55 Little Girl Playroom}

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

DIY Wall Decal for $1 {$55 Little Girl Playroom}

My daughter's playroom had tons of blank wall space that I wanted to transform without painting or putting holes in the wall. After brainstorming, I glanced over at my craft supplies and saw my stash of white poster boards and my stick and mount tape... *IDEA!* 

I've always loved the idea of a classy decal- but for a good sized one running on average $30, they have always been too pricey for my taste.

It hit me, "Why can't I make one myself?"

So I drew out my pattern freehand on my poster board. This is where I got my inspiration from. 

Next, using regular coloring pencils (the cheap type!) I filled in all of the pattern. I made some of the edges darker, giving contrast and interest to the drawing.

Super easy.

My little helper wanted to try her hand at it too.

Now for the wall decal part. First, I taped it on the wall in the exact place and position I wanted it.

Next, I started cutting into the board and cut out the center, while having the poster still taped to the wall. I also cut off a little bit of the edges of each piece to make sure there was no white on the edge.

Now I used my stick and mount tape to adhere the cut out poster to the wall. You only need a very little bit of stick and mount because it's very lightweight. Also, before putting your decal up, test out your tape adhesive to make sure that you don't pull off any of your paint or wall (especially if you're renting!)

Stick your cut out poster back into the spot you cut it out from. This will ensure that the position is the same as in the drawing.

Now repeat all of the above steps until all of your decal is up on the wall!

And you are done!

I love how the stick and mount makes it 3-d by not putting it flat up against the wall.

I put it in the entrance of the room. And as the first thing I see every time I enter the room, an instant flood of happiness floods me! :)

Wall Decal 1.67
30 cent Posterboard
$1.37- stick and mount tape

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  1. This is such a great idea!! Found you on Inspire Me Please link up! If you like to like up come over to www.craftdictator.com for Craft Frenzy Friday!! I hope to see you there!

    1. Thanks! I can't belive how easy this was & I love how it turned out. I'll defiantly stop by! <3

  2. This is so cute. I've been wanting to make my own wall decor for the kids' bathroom but no matter what I think of, I'm afraid the moisture will ruin it. I wonder if I sprayed the poster board with a matte laminate if it would work? Not even sure what the moisture would do to it if I didn't protect it?? Maybe wilt after awhile?

    1. It's totally worth trying out. Even if it did get a little warped, it would be an easy replace, especially considering the price! Let me know how it turns out! :)

  3. You are awesome! I love how cheap and stinkin' cute it is, it would make me happy too!

    1. Aww! Thanks Mindi! It was kinda one if those duh moments for me & I'm thrilled with how adorable it turned out! <3

  4. I have just stumbled upon your cute little blog!! .. I am planning on doing your 'yarn ball' garland tutorial and sticking Halloween colored lights in them to make a garland for a little Halloween movie night I'm having with some family and friends!! So cute and fun! I love your blog and how you do everything so everyone can afford it! :))

  5. That will look awesome! I want to add lights to mine too (at some point) Thanks for stopping by- made my day!

  6. You know, I wonder how this would work using the white contact paper? Hmm, I am so curious now to try it out!

  7. This is a very beautiful idea, and what a cute lil' girl's room.