Even though wall vinyl decals are relatively inexpensive – especially when compared to hiring someone to paint a mural or a set of wall quotes for you – the prices can still be intimidating for many people who would like to add quality and intricate wall decals in their home. But there is good news for creative people who like to do things themselves : to make vinyl wall decals is not particularly difficult and they can rival the look of in-store vinyl decals at a fraction of the cost.
Simulating Wall Vinyl Decals With Contact Paper
What you will need is contact paper. This is the same type of paper that people often use inside drawers and cupboards to produce aesthetic effects and hide defects. It is used for decorative purposes and comes in various colors and patterns. In similar fashion to vinyl wall decal stickers, there is an adhesive on one side and a printed color or pattern on the other. Removing contact paper from its surface will be easy should you decide to change your wall decor in the future.
Like vinyl, all contact papers are not created equal and you will want the thinnest paper possible. You will find them in home supply stores as well as some arts and crafts shops (they are usually sold in rolls and will cost anywhere between 2 to 20 dollars). If it’s not available in your area, Amazon.com has large variety of contact papers for sale (see examples in black, white, green, stained glass effect, b&w flowers, b&w checkered).
Making A Wall Decal Project
1. Once you have settled on a design idea, you need to determine how big your decal is going to be and cut a piece of contact paper accordingly.
2. Next, lay out the paper face down on a table or flat surface so you are seeing the removable layer that protects the adhesive underneath. On this layer you will draw whatever imagery you have decided upon : quotes (you can use stencils), flowers, trees, silhouettes, etc.
3. After you are done with the drawing (this can involve several decals of various colors), cut out the different pieces of your design.
4. You are now ready to begin applying your decals to the wall : start with the biggest piece and remove the protective layer gradually (a few inches at a time) revealing the adhesive side that you will be applying to the wall. Use a bank card to flatten the decal on the wall and remove any air bubbles that may occur as you proceed.
5. Repeat stop no. 4 for the other decal pieces. And voilà! You are done and you should have something that resembles wall vinyl decals very closely. If you like to draw there is no limit to what you can create.
|Tip : To display posters or pictures you love, use clear contact paper to seal the image on the wall. You can create cool montages with this technique and produce lush vinyl wall art this way.|
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