In the spirit of our Renter Dec project series, we found a handful of creative wallpaper project ideas from around the web that are perfect for temporary spaces!
- Use wallpaper to dress up an unused fireplace.
- Wallpaper the doors of a simple armoire for an easy update that's completely portable.
- Add interest to door panels by wallpapering sections for a pop of color and pattern.
- Use a simple black and white photographic print to add depth and detail to a modern bedroom.
Check out our Renter Dec Pinterest board for more removable wallpaper project ideas!
Renters, rejoice! For the month of May, we're sharing DIY projects to personalize those temporary spaces we call home. We're bringing you simple and beautiful how-tos easily achieved with custom removable wallpaper and decals. Peruse our Pinterest board for DIY inspiration for your home!
To kick off our monthlong series dedicated to DIY weddings, we wanted to share some lovely handmade wedding projects to inspire you in creating your own. Check out our Pinterest Board for unique ways to add a little something special & handmade to your wedding day!
Guest writer Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful shares a handful of ideas for simple projects using Spoonflower wall decals to add fun and color to your home for the new year. Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m continuing to have fun thinking about ways to use Spoonflower decals and I’m excited to share a few ideas I came up with to add colorful detail to our home. For some of these projects, I’ve used my Fiskars Fuse Creativity System, which is a new die-cutting machine designed not just for paper crafters but for anyone interested in using all kinds of materials and textures in their crafting and home dec projects.
For other projects I’ve used scissors, but I can also recommend cutting the decal material with a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler– there’s nothing better for cutting perfectly straight lines when you need them.
I started with a simple set of coasters that are very quick to make up. I’m thinking of making a set for every holiday and special occasion throughout the year in a variety of fun colors and designs. These decals were designed by Ravynka from her April Rain collection.
To make my coasters, I used a sheet of cork, purchased from the craft store. After adhering the decal material to the cork, I ran the two layers through my Fuse Creativity System, using the circle die– which is the PERFECT size for coasters. And FYI, the 5” x 5” small decals will conveniently fit most of the medium Fuse dies.
Another fun project I worked on had me making up some magnetic frames that I’ve stuck to my refrigerator. They are a great way to neatly display photos, notes or keepsakes. As with the coasters project, I simply stuck the Spoonflower decals to magnetic sheets and ran it through my Fuse using the frame die. I used designs by Studio Fibonacci, Art Is Us, Holli Zollinger and Leighr.
For my next project, I used this cute owl design by Holli Zollinger. My 6-year-old daughter loves the sweet owls that are so popular at the moment, and these decals make it easy to brighten her room.
These decals are easily removed, leaving no sticky residue, so that in time the owls can be removed and replaced as her whims change. I cut out the owls using a small pair of sharp scissors with non-stick blades. If you do something like this, consider positioning them in a variety of ways. We really love the little owls who look like they are peeking around the corner.
It’s amazing to see what a big impact a little color makes to a room. I brightened up our plain white kitchen backsplash tiles with decal squares stuck to their surface. I used the square die with my Fuse to cut these, but you could of course use a rotary cutter and ruler on a cutting mat. I recommend using pattern weights to hold the decals flat whilst cutting.
About Our Guest Blogger
I'm an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they're not absolutely perfect. And though I'm no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.
I got my copy of Lotta Jandsdotter’s Lotta Prints in the mail yesterday and I’m so inspired now! I already had a copy of her Simple Sewing in my possession and, while it is an equally lovely, approachable book, I was deep in the throes of projects from Amy Karol’s Bend-the-Rules Sewing at the time and didn’t want to switch inspiration just then. Lotta Prints, though! It’s one of those must.do.this.now kind of books. Her instructions are crystal clear and the photos taken by her best friend, Jenny Hallengren, show the connection between Lotta’s designs and what she sees around her. I’ve already run out to buy several bottles of fabric paint and some cheap stencil brushes to work on some stencil designs (hopefully!) this afternoon. Or maybe some potato prints with the girls…
About 6 months ago or so, I had the privilege of attending a lecture given by Kaffe Fassett, sponsored by our wonderful local quilt shop, Thimble Pleasures. I remember a lot of gorgeous slides of some of his quilts and knitting projects, and I also remember a question someone asked from the audience. The question was, "Where do you find inspiration?" He sort of chuckled and said, "Everywhere! Just look around you at all the color combinations that pop up in the world!" (I’m paraphrasing here.) To illustrate his point, his next slide was of an enormous pile of colored grain sacks at a railroad depot in Portugal (or some random place like that). They were all chalky pinks, reds, blues, greens, and yellows–a really beautiful pile of just grain sacks!
So sort of in the same spirit, I recommend taking a look at the little floral vignettes that illustrator and children’s author, Jeremy Tankard has his little animal guys living among. I can’t stop looking at them in my copy of Grumpy Bird. And imagining how I might take pencil and watercolors to paper and try something similar applied to cotton one of these days….
I’ve been stewing for the past week about fabric design, as in how the heck do I come up with my own? I definitely know what I like, but there are just so many ways to go when I consider the prospect of making up something from scratch. I have a good friend who’s been running a vintage thrift shop here in Chapel Hill, Time After TIme, for the last 30 years. When I told her about Spoonflower, she told me about a customer of hers, a fabric designer, who used to come in every few months or so to buy up enormous stacks of ’30’s era print dresses. The condition of the dress didn’t matter–holes, tears, and armpit stains were all fine. This customer was buying them to copy their prints. Huh. Research on the whole issue of vintage print copyright has led me to understand that this is a pretty common practice. Amy Butler did it, right?
I do love me some vintage prints and, as friend to someone who can give me access to LOTS of them, I could have all the inspiration I needed pretty easily. But is this a legitimate thing to do? I still can’t decide…