Thursday, August 8, 2013

DIY Birch Trees Wall Decal

I had tried my first ever DIY wall decal, which was fun to make, but I got bored of it soon.
This one though, turned out very beautiful!! All my guests admire it and are amazed that it was a DIY project. Also, the quality of the end product is so good, you'd be shocked that store-bought wall decals cost so much, while this DIY wall decal is dirt cheap.

All you need is:
  • contact paper (bought it from Lowe's)
  • colored paper (optional, for leaves) 
  • Paint the wall a color that contrasts well with the color of your contact paper. I painted it dark gray. 
  • Keep in mind, colors appear darker when you paint a whole big wall. So I bought the gray a shade lighter than I actually wanted.
  • Trace and cut out birch trees with free hand on the contact paper. I know it's common sense, but be mindful that if you draw on the back side of the contact paper, your pattern will be reversed on the wall. It's not a big deal with these trees because there's not much directionality to them. Add some branches here and there.
  •  Cut elongated V's cross-section-ally along the edges of the bark.
  • Space the trees equally along the wall.Start pasting on the wall from the top. That ways gravity will help you and you won't have to lift the weight of the paper.
  • Cut out and paste birds, some flying, some sitting.
  • Cut out leaves, in groups of 2 or 3 or 4 or just single ones falling from the branches. 
  • Cut leaf shapes out of the colored paper too. Paste colored paper leaves on top of contact paper leaves.
  • Place leaves randomly on the branches, and here and there. Be creative!!
On a second thought, you can also choose a very light background paint to give a soothing effect; like something for your bedroom. Like very light blue gray. I think that'll look cool too.

So ya, just be creative and have fun!!!

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