Make your own DIY custom wall decals to update a blank wall using spray paint and other supplies you probably have at home!
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DIY Custom Wall Decals with Spray Paint
It’s a new month, and that means that I have another DIY project challenge to share with you for the At Home DIY Challenges! This month’s challenge is “Update it with Paint!”
If you want to see last month’s challenge where I upcycled a pair of folding stools, be sure to head to my post, “Upcycled Folding Stools!”
I’m all about updating things with paint! Spray paint, chalk paint, wall paint…you name it, I’ve used it!
Related: “Using Spray Paint to Update Home Decor”
However, this is the first time that I’ve used paint for a project like this! Although it might be unconventional, I’m updating a blank wall with custom wall decals that I have made with paint and a couple of other supplies!
I recently changed the layout in my son’s room while working on it for the “555 Room Challenge.” You can see the design board for the room HERE! I’m almost finished my reveal post, so you should see that shortly!
With the layout change, it left a large wall open. There’s no furniture against it, so it needed something! I had planned to create a gallery wall on it to take up some space and add some interest.
Even with the gallery wall, I felt like the wall was going to look too white! I decided to use some wall decals to the wall to add some dimension! I checked out these online:
They are reasonably priced, but for the room challenge, I only had $500 to spend, so the more I could DIY the better! I decided to try to make my own custom wall decals, and it turns out that I had everything at home!
You can create your own custom wall decals using items from around your house! I grabbed some masking tape, spray paint, scissors, measuring tape, and wax paper to make my wall decals!
How to DIY your Custom Wall Decals:
Decide on the design for your custom wall decals.
I chose to make mine into Swiss cross shapes.
I love the sponge wall treatment going on in the home decor world, but I wanted something with crisp edges and a little less boho.
After that, you can decide on the size of your custom wall decals. I made each strip four inches long.
To make the strips for the decals, I cut really long pieces of tape and then continuously measured four inches. I cut the tape into the four inch strips, and then placed them onto the wax paper.
The wax paper was so that the tape wouldn’t stick to the surface when I spray painted it.
Measure out your design on the wall. I chose an easy pattern with alternating Swiss cross shapes high and low. I measured the distances using a tape measure and a level.
With my pencil, I marked where each wall decal would go by placing a small cross.
I placed the horizontal strip first on the mark and then put the vertical piece of tape on second to form the Swiss cross shape.
First, I adhered the wall decals in the tallest columns. I did that so that I could make sure they were level.
Next, I added the wall decals in the lowering columns. For the most part, the decals appeared level, but I did have to move a couple of them to achieve an even look.
This is another reason why I didn’t want to use paint! It’s a lot easier to move tape than it is to move paint if one of the Swiss crosses isn’t level.
DIY Custom Wall Decals
I’m so happy with how the wall decals turned out! They stick nicely to the wall and have a sharp edge to them.
Although I’m in love with how they look on the wall, I planned to create a gallery wall on top of them for more interest. The gallery wall is full of DIYs as well!
I used the same spray paint to paint an old frame and the wall letter “F” that was previously in my son’s room. Those pieces along with the wall decals really pulled together the wall!
In case you aren’t ready to DIY your own custom wall decals, here are the ones that I was looking online again!
I’ll do a foll0w-up post to share how they hold up! Be sure to check out the other awesome “Update It with Paint” projects below!