DIY Wall Decal = Adorable Nursery/Child’s Room
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I’ve been wanting to get a decal for Piper’s room for a while but I couldn’t decide exactly what I wanted and decals can get expensive, especially if you change your mind a lot. My solution to this was to make a DIY wall decal. I have a Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine, which is seriously the best thing ever. It can be used to make decals, stickers, iron-on images, stencils, confetti, paper crafts, and so so much more! I purchased the vinyl that I wanted to use from Hobby Lobby and then created the design in PicMonkey and uploaded to Cricut Design Space™. Images can be created in the Cricut Design Space™ app or web-based program, but I prefer to use PicMonkey to design my images.
Cricut & Mat
Measure the size you want your image to be. Cricut mats are 12×12 or 12×24. If you want a larger image, you’ll need to slice your image into different pieces in Cricut Design Space.
Design your image in Cricut Design Space. I actually use PicMonkey to create my designs and then save as a jpg or png file. Then upload to Design Space and make the image the correct size.
*if your image is larger than 12×24, you’ll need to slice the image into multiple sections. I followed THIS tutorial. It was super helpful and made the process much smoother.
Place your vinyl on the mat and ensure it’s pressed down well, then load it into the Cricut. Select the type of material you’re cutting on the dial if you’re using the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine.
Cut the image out, then weed the image, or peel away the vinyl that isn’t going on the wall. I always try to cut around the image as closely as possible so I don’t waste as much of the material.
After you have the vinyl weeding, you are ready to apply transfer tape. Make sure the transfer tape is smooth and has a good grip on the vinyl. You’ll peel the packing off of the vinyl so the adhesive side is exposed and ready to apply to the wall. I recommend ensuring your wall is clean and dry before applying vinyl to it.
Start on one side of your image and use the scraper to firmly press the vinyl onto the wall. Go slowly, making sure there are no bubbles under the vinyl. Once you have the image applied to the wall, CAREFULLY remove the transfer tape. Sometimes, the transfer tape sticks too well to the vinyl and it’ll start to peel it up. If this happens, use your scraper to hold the piece of vinyl down while you peel the transfer tape back.
After you’ve removed all of the transfer tape, go over the image again with the scraper. This ensures it has a good stick to the wall and there aren’t bubbles underneath. Depending on the quality of the vinyl, you may inevitably end up with bubbles. The brand of vinyl that I got was less expensive than other brands and I have noticed a little bubbling/lifting on the edge of one letter.
Finished DIY Wall Decal
I think it turned out super great and it was relatively simple to make. The only thing that was really challenging was making sure that I had the three pieces of vinyl lined up evenly. The project was pretty inexpensive which is a great bonus for doing it yourself. The vinyl cost me about $8 and I had all of the other supplies at home. I also have leftover vinyl from this project that I can use for other projects.
I’d love to see what projects you come with! Be sure to check out my other DIY & Decorating posts.