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Spruce Your Space with DIY Wall Decals

Wall decals haven't quite yet jumped the shark, but they've definitely reached critical mass. You've read about them here (and here and here) on RentedSpaces, and if you don't have them in your own home, then chances are good that you've at least seen them at a friend's apartment.

So with store-bought and online-ordered decals clinging to seemingly every surface around, how can you stand out from the crowd? Simple: make your own! It's easier than you think, and you can get a unique, custom look for a fraction of the cost. Read on to see how.


ApartmentTherapy walks you through an elegant solution utilizing wallpaper remnants, glue, and a few other supplies you probably already have on-hand. Don't have a stash of cool wallpaper scraps? Go ask a local store - they probably have outdated samples they'd be happy to unload.

Instructables shows you how to whip up stylish decals from a kitchen staple: contact paper (a.k.a. shelf liner). Why didn't we think of that?! It's sticky, it's vinyl - it's only a craft knife away from being a custom wall decal. Imagine how cool this idea would be with a roll of that otherwise horribly tacky wood-print paper. Faux bois for everyone!

Sewing for Scarlett (via Ohdeedoh) chimes in with a sweet and simple tutorial for large-scale fabric decals. We're loving the versatility of this one (just think of all the fun fabrics!), and the fact that the decals are re-positionable and re-usable. What's the secret? Iron-on fusible webbing - like you'd use to no-sew hem pants or curtains, but purchased in sheets instead of a roll.

With so many great and easy ideas, there's no excuse for bare walls. Now get out there and do the decal!

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