Wall Decals Using Contact Paper

I have had this idea for years now, why not use contact paper for wall decals?  I bought the contact paper months ago and have used it for everything but Wall Stickers.  I was re-doing my room and my plan was to paint some art to put on the wall above the bed.  We have a platform bed (that my amazing hubs made) so I was looking for something to take up a lot of space since we don’t have a headboard.  Immediately the thought came to me, finally I get to put this contact paper to use.

I usually name all of my art work,  I named this Wall Decal art STAND BY ME.  It’s two love birds out on a branch of a tree that is bare.  Sometimes in our marriage we don’t have much to give but all we need from our spouse is for them to just stand next to us.  I love Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116

Love is not love,

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark…..

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  • It worked fabulously!
  • It only cost me $3 for the roll.
  • It was so easy!

Convinced yet!

You will need: scissors, sharpie and colored contact paper (I used black contact paper above).

This large Wall Adhesive would have cost me $50 but this cost me $3.  I free-handed my tree on the back of the black contact paper. In some areas where I made the branch to thick I would just peel it off and slim it down as I went.  It is actually one long piece for the thick branch and then I added all the other ones on as I went along. If you’re not comfortable with freehand then print out your image and enlarge it, cut it out and trace it to the back of the contact paper.  Use scissors or an exacto knife.  I prefer scissors.  Make sure you don’t peel the backing off all at once. If you peel it as you go it will prevent from it sticking together.  Press as you go to prevent air bubbles. If it the air buble is stubborn make use a needle and release it.

You could also use colored contact paper for the birds but I wanted to paint them. I love how the birds are leaning on each other.

The DIY Faux Capiz Chandelier tutorial you can find here.  This is an original post from my blog that I wrote last year but I wanted to share here on our e-zine.

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35 Responses to “Wall Decals Using Contact Paper”

  1. July 18, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Maybe I’m still half-asleep, but did you use black or brown contact paper? Or did you paint the paper? when you said contact paper I was thinking the clear stuff…

  2. July 18, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Such a great question. I will make sure to also clarify it above. It’s black contact paper. I only painted in the birds. You can also use the clear stuff on glass to make designs but if you used clear contact paper on a wall I am not sure how that would turn out.

    • July 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Thanks – I was wondering how you did it if it was clear!

      • July 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

        I didn’t use clear contact paper. I bought black contact paper and that is what I used above. Have fun! Take some pics and post them and let us know so we can stop by and check out the creativity!

  3. July 18, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    This is great I need to do some decorating in the Fairy’s room so I’ve pinned this for future reference!

  4. July 18, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    I love your tree! What a great way to decorate!

  5. July 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    that does look fantastic. great idea

  6. July 19, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Who knew. Great idea!

  7. July 19, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    How wonderful. It looks great!

  8. July 19, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    They looks great! Fab idea!

  9. July 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    What a lovely idea. I wish my kids were older so I could have someone to cut everything out for me! : )

  10. July 20, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    They are gorgeous – we still haven’t put any decorations up in our bedroom and these look perfect idea – will have to decide what I want to have

  11. jaime
    July 20, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    What a pretty room, love it-FSPDT

  12. July 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    What an awesome idea! So much less expensive than buying wall decals.

  13. July 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    ooh, clever idea. I have a lot of wall decals at my place and I bought all of them. Might have to have a go and making some of my own 🙂

  14. July 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    This just works! 🙂 Love that it costs a bunch less!

  15. July 21, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    Love love love the family tree with the frames. Too cute!

  16. Jen Dons
    July 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Love this Mari!! I love your pillows too.

  17. July 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    THIS is a fabulous idea! Pinned! Thanks for sharing!

  18. July 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    So charming~ love the decals! 🙂

  19. July 22, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Wow, that’s beautiful Mari. I really like the idea of wall decals but I’ve never found one that I truly loved and they are so pricey. I never thought of making my own. I’m off to check out the link for the chandelier tutorial!

  20. Sarah
    July 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    This question may be silly but will the contact paper peel off the paint on the wall?

    If you get a chance come link up your tutorial at my Pin Party.


    • July 28, 2012 at 7:40 am #

      Sarah, Great question. It really depends on your paint and the contact paper you use. I would try it in a corner first and see how it does. I had to reposition the branches tons while I was putting it together and my wall paint was fine.

  21. evelyn513
    July 24, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    I love when someone uses something so common to make something so unusual:) This is just too sweet. Great idea! Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays.

  22. marissa
    July 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    This turned out great. I just wanted to let you know I’m featuring you today 🙂


  23. cheeriosandlattes1
    July 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Thank you for linking these great ideas up at Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back again this week with more great ideas.

  24. July 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Very inexpensive and beautiful way to decorate our wall. Thanks Mari 🙂

  25. July 28, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Great idea. I love that sonnet too, it’s so lovely.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase.

  26. Esh
    November 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Thank you for the great idea. Does contact paper damage the wall. I have a new house which make me little too worried 🙁

  27. January 11, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    I love these decals!
    I would love to brighten up my kids playroom


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