Katie & Matt's Magic Marker Forest Hall

When Katie fell in love with a woodsy wallpaper from Anthropologie that was a little beyond her means, she decided to take matters into her own hands. With the help of her talented boyfriend, and armed with a few magic markers, Katie created a DIY version of the wallpaper for a fraction of the price.

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When Katie saw the Woods Wallpaper at Anthropolgie she was immediately smitten. Katie just knew that the wallpaper would be perfect for the little hallway in the house she shares with her boyfriend, Matt. The only problem? At $198 per roll, the wallpaper was way beyond the couple's budget. Leave it to these two creative types to find a way create a DIY alternative!

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To get the same look as the expensive wallpaper, Katie and Matt needed only a pencil, some magic markers, and a lot of patience. Matt, a talented tattoo artist, sketched the outline of the trees directly onto the wall using a pencil. Katie then darkened in the trees with magic markers. At first, she was worried that making the jagged lines of the trees would be a long, arduous process. However, since the walls are slightly textured, the jagged lines kind of created themselves as Katie dragged the marker tip across them.

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The trees have a fantastic impact in this little hallway. The vertical lines make the small space feel bigger than it really is. And, because Katie and Matt DIYed the project, they were able to add their own little touches, like their initials "carved" into on of the trees.

You can see some of the behind the scenes of this project, well as follow her other projects, at Katie's blog: Katie's Pencil Box.

Images: Jason Loper

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