How To: Make Fabric Wall Silhouettes

How To: Make Fabric Wall Silhouettes

Janel Laban
Jun 5, 2008

(Hello again to Megan, one of the bloggers trying out for a spot on the Ohdeedoh team. Her first post is here and comments are welcome.)

Remember the one who got away? The love who wanted more, but you just weren't ready to commit?
If you still have commitment issues, you might fall for this temporary way to decorate walls that requires neither paint nor wallpaper nor heartache. All it takes are fabric and liquid starch to create a bold scene in your child's room.

We first took note of the magic of liquid starch last September, when Kayte, of Love Forever , adorned her walls with fabric flowers. This version lets you dictate the shape of your art, rather than following the fabric's pattern.

  • First, decide on an image you want to create. Look to coloring books or cookie cutters, like these, for inspiration.

  • Pin fabric of your choice to a wall, wrong side facing out. Our rooster friend here is made with Chocolate Lollipop, by FreeSpirit.

  • Now, draw the image on the back of the fabric, either by enlarging a picture on a photocopy machine to make a template; drawing it freehand; or, if you have access to an overhead projector, tracing the picture onto a transparency sheet, projecting it onto the fabric and following the lines with chalk.

  • Cut out the shape, flip the fabric over and begin "gluing" the fabric to the wall by applying the starch with a sponge brush. Apply it to the wall and the right side of the fabric as you go, smoothing out any ripples that form.

  • Once dry, your silhouette should stick to the wall until you're ready to remove it. Leave it up for years or change it to reflect the seasons or holidays.

    When the time finally comes to say goodbye, peel the fabric off, wash the walls with a wet rag, and, like any good breakup, it should disappear without leaving behind a mess.


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