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How to Make Your Own Wallpaper – Simple Steps!


I’ve learned a new home decor DIY trick, how to make your own wallpaper! It is crazy easy and so much fun to do. It’s obvious I’m a big fan of hanging wallpaper of all types in our home. But this version of creating our own is an all-time favorite for creating a space that is totally unique.

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create 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. I’m excited to show you the ways to make your very own wallpaper. 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!

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How to make wallpaper

How To Make Your Own Wallpaper

To make your wallpaper you will need:

  • Long lengths of contact paper (remember that from school book covering days!?!)
  • Paint
  • A paintbrush
  • A template/design to trace, or go freehand for fun

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, similar to how we painted the picnic plates. I like the fun and brightly 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.

Make Your Own Wallpaper

How To Make Your Own Wallpaper

Contact paper wallpaper

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. You can use a simple tool or even a credit card to ensure the paper is solidly on the 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.

Before you go, why not check out some of our most recommended home decor subscription boxes? If you’re into DIY home projects, you can find plenty of affordable monthly options. For example:
  1. The Home Box
  2. Project Home DIY
  3. Carver Junk Company

Photography in collaboration with Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry.


  • Emily
    July 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Brilliant idea! Love the bright fun pattern.

  • Aldara
    July 18, 2013 at 1:24 am

    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
    I hope it helps to make even more complex wallpapers!

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    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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  • Andrea
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    Did you put paint on the top of the contact paper? Does the paint chip off over time? How have you found the contact paper staying on your wall?


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