How to Make Repositionable Vinyl Wall Decals

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Vinyl wall decals are the latest trend among renters because they add interest to a room without making a permanent statement or damaging the walls. These homemade decals are made with fabric store vinyl and spray adhesive and can be removed and reapplied as many times you like. The bonus of doing this type of project is that its completely unique and customizable so you can guarantee your home will be the only one to feature your design statement.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinyl fabric
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Credit card
  • Choose your vinyl. Look for thin vinyl or oilcloth without a thick fabric backing. Choose the material with the least weight and bulk. Consider what colors you need for your design. Purchase enough yards of fabric to create your decal. Ask your sales representative to roll your fabric rather than fold it to prevent creases and fold marks.

  • Create your design. Sketch it out on poster board or other large paper so you can cut your image out and use it as a stencil. Trace the image onto the back of your vinyl in reverse. Take into account that your image will be flipped in the opposite direction when you put it up on the wall.

  • Cut out your pieces with scissors. Craft knives are likely to pull and stretch the vinyl or make jagged cuts. Use scissors for the most precision.

  • Put newspaper down over your workspace to protect it from spray adhesives. If you can, complete this step outdoors. Lay out your vinyl pieces, face down, and spray them from a distance of about 6 inches with an even coating of spray adhesive. Use sweeping back and forth motions and build up about three coats of glue. Allow the glue to cure for about 5 minutes. If you allow your spray adhesive to cure, it will allow you to remove and reposition the decal. Sticking the decal to the wall without allowing the glue to cure will make a more permanent stick.

  • Test a fabric piece by sticking it to the wall. If it sticks, continue applying the rest of your pieces. If it doesn't, apply more spray adhesive and cure for three minutes rather than five (some adhesives cure slightly faster). Use something hard and flat like the side of a credit card or piece of card stock to smooth out your pieces. Clean up any stray spray adhesive quickly.

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