Off the Wall: How To Make Homemade Wallpaper

From books to walls, store bought contact paper surely brings with it a bang for your buck. A cheaply purchased roll will cover 1/2 of an eight foot wall. Pull out your paints and create a custom design on the wallpaper. In an afternoon you can inexpensively cover any wall with whatever your heart can imagine!Use this DIY to bring new life to a space and make it easy to update whenever you desire something new. This project is great for renters, since the contact paper easily comes off walls without leaving residue.

Materials you will need include; contact paper measured to your wall space, paints, brushes and a stencil of your choice.

To make the wallpaper you will simply layout your paper in pre-cut lengths and apply your paints. Freehand draw a design if you are willing or use a stencil to repeat a simple pattern for a bold impact. Plain white contact paper comes with a grid printed on the back that you can follow for perfect placement.

I decided a more friendly erratic placement would coordinate with my imperfect design pattern. After painting the paper let it dry for 3-4 hours. Then simply peel off the backing and adhere to the wall. I would recommend a second pair of hands to help with he instillation as hanging any paper straight on a wall can be a challenge.

~ Victoria

Images: Victoria Hudgins

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