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DIY: Fabric Wall Appliques

Renters, I know it's hard for you to Dress Your Walls because many landlords prohibit wallpapering, painting, nailing things, and doing pretty much anything that makes your crib look cool. So, you'll be interested to learn this do-it-yourself technique for making spectacular fabric wall appliqués that can be removed easily when your lease is up.

To learn the steps,

Here's what you need:

Here's how you do it:

  1. Cut whatever motifs you like in various sizes and shapes from the fabric that you chose.
  2. Dip each piece into liquid starch and wring out excess liquid.
  3. Smooth fabric onto wall and roll on with the brayer.
  4. Continue until you are happy with the pattern.
  5. Voilà!

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
awesome idea!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i've tried this at my mom's place and it turned out well. we decided to change things a bit later and removed everything without much problem.
licia licia 10 years
This is a great idea! I might try that this weekend :D
reese05 reese05 10 years
wow I can't wait to do this on my wall!
Home Home 10 years
I'm going to experiment with this on my own walls soon, but according to some folks who've tried it, you can take it off with a damp sponge. Check this link for more information: From the site: Peel one corner loose, then gently begin to peel the fabric off of the wall panel by panel. If the fabric does not peel easily, dampen the fabric with water using a wet sponge and it should come right off.
karisaamy karisaamy 10 years
How do you take them off? This would be great for a teen's room too since I know I changed my mind about what I wanted on my walls about 20 times during HS.
Viperwoman Viperwoman 10 years
Is a brayer just some sort of wallpapering roller or is it a crafts item?
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 10 years
Thanks for this, Casa! I'm usually so tame when it comes to my walls. I totally want to try this!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
Beautiful. Love those roses.
Elizabeth519 Elizabeth519 10 years
Does anybody know if this does come off cleanly when you move?
davisdavis davisdavis 10 years
RosaDilia, they stay on pretty well in humidity (I do this with paper snowflakes on windows in Houston), but major drops in humidity and temperature can make them loosen up a bit. I suspect that they'd stay better on interior walls, as opposed to windows, since the temperature/moisture level would be much more stable.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
Wow! I might actally think about this!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 10 years
How long do they actually stay on the wall? Will humidity affect the starch?
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