{because my wall should be as festive as i feel}

how to make your own wallpaper

One of the fun things we’ve been working on this summer is getting settled into our new house. I will be showing a full home tour this fall, but until then I can’t wait to share with you some of the projects we’ve been working on for home. Like this one… we created our own wallpaper in the front entrance and I am absolutely in love. It was incredibly simple and affordable to do, making it a great project for the weekend, or an easy way to change the look of a room for an important party!

To make the wallpaper we used long lengths of contact paper (remember that from school book covering days!?!). The contact paper holds up great on the wall and can be taken down without leaving a trace behind, which makes it a great solution for renters or those of us who might be up for a change of wall scenery every season. Plus at three bucks a roll, you can fill an entire area for practically nothing.

We worked out a pattern and made a simple template to trace onto the contact paper. After the pencil lines were set we pretty haphazardly filled it in with paint. I like the fun and bright colored in effect it gave to our space, but you could definitely do the project with a more serious stroke and change the entire look of it.

After letting the paper dry overnight, we just put it right up on the wall (this part is a two person job). One of us measured out and laid the paper along the top line and the other removed the backing. Then we used two sets of hands to smooth it out as we went down the wall adhering it. Our wall paint is a bit textured and it would definitely lay smoother on a non-textured wall. The sides butt right up to each other leaving similar lines to wallpaper. I just adore how it cheers up my way in and out of the house every day.

Photography in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry.

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Posted July 17, 2013
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6 Responses to “how to make your own wallpaper”

  1. Emily says:

    Brilliant idea! Love the bright fun pattern.

  2. Aldara says:

    I love the idea of making my own wallpaper with contact paper. I live in a rented flat so it would be handy! By the way, I have a tutorial of how to make wrapping paper with photoshop in my web http://www.abrandmadeofglitter.com/diy/make-your-own-wrapping-paper/
    I hope it helps to make even more complex wallpapers!

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  4. Sylvia says:

    Great idea. I have never used contact paper on a wall but I did cover a fridge with it one time. It worked great. Wouldn’t it be fun to use this on a dresser and let a kid paint on it? Nothing to paint over when you tire of it or just want a change.

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