How To Make Wallpaper Decals

How To Make Wallpaper Decals

Misty Adair
Feb 25, 2010

We adore these vintage wallpaper decals from Romp, as seen in Misty's Cottage home tour. When we are feeling like crafty penny-pinchers, it's nice to know that we can make up a batch of these wallpaper decals ourselves. Even better? Our version is much less permanent (no wallpaper paste) so the landlord should have no complaints.

What You Need

Wallpaper remnants or free sample books (thanks, WallpapersToGo!)
Pencil and/or Sharpie
Exacto knife and cutting board
Aleene's Tacky Glue (available at any craft store)
Modge Podge and poster board (optional)
Foam brush and small container
Dry soft cloth


1. Find a template on-line or in a children's coloring book. Try searching for simple, graphic images on pre-school education websites or craft websites.

2. Cut out template using scissors or Exacto knife, if image is more complex around the edges. Trace template onto a piece of wallpaper using a pencil or a Sharpie, if necessary. Cut out wallpaper image.

3. In a small container, dilute about a teaspoon of glue with a few drops of water. Using the foam brush, apply the glue to the back of the wallpaper decal.

4. Make sure the wall where the decal is going is clean and dry. Attach the decal by applying pressure from the center to the edges. Using the dry cloth, rub out to seal the edges. If the edges curl up, apply a little more glue just under the perimeter of the decal and smooth down again. This should stick fairly well for an extended period of time, but will not be difficult to later remove (according to Martha Whittle, wallpaper installer).

5. For a completely temporary solution, attach the wallpaper decal to poster board. Using a foam brush, apply Modge Podge to the back of the wallpaper, smooth it down on the poster board, and apply a thin topcoat. Let it dry completely before cutting it out. Finally, attach the decal to the wall using removable Glue Dots.

Additional Notes: Ask local wallpaper and paint stores for old sample books to make this project practically free. Wall decals look better in groups, so make more than one. You can also try making fabric silhouettes for a similar effect.

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