Large custom wall decals are expensive! Make your own fabric decal to add color and texture to any room– and yes, they’re removable!
1If you’ve recently painted the walls, wait one week to allow the paint to fully cure. If you don’t, you’ll risk having the paint set onto the decal, and it might peel off when you remove your decal later.
2There are a lot of different brands of iron-on adhesives, but this project requires Heat ‘n Bond Ultrahold. I bought a 5-yard roll of it from Wal-Mart’s fabric section. It has a thicker, plastic-like adhesive that doesn’t leave any residue on the walls.
3You have some options when it comes to drawing your image. I just free-handed the airplane and clouds, but if you want a small decal (or letters) you can print them out and trace them.
4If your walls have a great deal of texture, this project won’t work for you. An “orange peel” finish is fine, anything rougher will turn out lumpy.
5I’ve only used this technique on interior latex paint. If you have oil-based paint on your walls, test an inconspicuous area first (and let us know if it works for you!)
1Now that you have your image, let’s get started by ironing your fabric. It needs to be completely wrinkle free. Then, lay the fabric face down and lay down the Heat n Bond on top of it, with the paper side facing up. Iron on top of the paper to adhere it to the fabric.
2Draw your image directly on top of the paper backing. Remember that you are drawing on the BACK of your decal, so your image will be reversed when you cut it out. Don’t worry if you make a mistake, the paper will be removed and no one will know.
3Cut out the decal. Iron once more, being sure that all of the edges are secure. Allow to cool completely, then peel off the paper backing.
4Iron it directly onto the wall. You might need to use an extension cord.
5To remove the decal, simply peel off. It won’t take off the paint or leave any marks– BUT– you probably won’t be able to reuse the decal once it’s been removed, it loses most of its “stick.”
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