How to: Make DIY Temporary Fabric Wall Decals

How to: Make DIY Temporary Fabric Wall Decals

As my family embarks on yet another year in our rented condo, I finally threw down the gauntlet and rebelled against bare, naked walls.  A girl can only handle so much white.  While I've been sneaking framed art here and there (my husband whines about having to fill holes when we eventually move), it was time to pull out the big guns: Fabric.   I love fabric.  It loves me.  It told me it wanted a place on the walls, so I listened.

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To recreate this DIY fabric decal wall art, all you need are a few things:

  • Fabric, of course!
  • A double-sided fusible webbing, like Wonder-Under or Heat n Bond.
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Pen or Pencil

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1. First, draw or trace your design on the paper side of your fusible webbing.  If your image has words or a specific direction, REVERSE your image when you draw it.  For a symmetrical image, it is easy if you fold your webbing in half and draw only half of your image.

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2.  Roughly cut around the image you drew on the paper.

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3.  With your fabric facing down, iron your paper to the wrong side of your fabric.  Get it good and stuck!  Take care if your fabric has a directional print so your image isn't upside-down when you are done.

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4. With the paper still ironed on, cut your shape out along your drawn lines. For my symmetrical image (an odd, oval-shaped frame looking thing), I folded the fabric in half before I cut it.

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5.  Carefully peel the paper off your fabric.  If you ironed it right, the paper should peel off without a problem.  Then, stick it on the wall where you want it, and iron the fabric decal right on the wall!  My walls have flat paint, so I wasn't worried about the heat; you might want to use a press cloth though.

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6.  You are done.  Stand back and admire!

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My blue oval frame will eventually be home to a collection of mini embroidery hoop art.

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My orange decal was perfect to use as a quick-change frame for photos of my little baby girl.  She's cute, huh?

Where would you use fabric wall decals?

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VenaZ1 on Sep 21, 2018:

What a grand idea! I Love It! I don't sew, I hope fabric loves me. I am and will try this...

wall stickers on Jul 29, 2015:

like your diy Wall Decals,great 

Taylor on Sep 15, 2014:

I'm going to try doing this in my boys' room bc I want tools (hammers, screwdrivers, ect.) sporadically on the walls and can't figure any other way to do it! Or making my own stencils to paint them. Thank you for this!

angie on May 04, 2014:

i want to do this in my bedroom wall but my problem is, its a plywood. is it okay if i use iron to that? am i not make a fire on it? im worried.

A little bit of cheek on Apr 15, 2014:

What a great tutorial. I really like how easy this is. I never thought of doing it this way. 

sharon on Oct 24, 2013:

This is fantastic! What an awesome idea. This has the advantage of the starch washes off the wall completely, leaves no residue.

Alyssa on Jun 02, 2013:

How long does the fabric stay up without starting to peel off on its own?

Anonymous on Jan 07, 2013:

can u do that on glass??? see the doors of the rooms in my house have a piece of glass on them, kinda like a window and I used regural stickers which came off eventually!

Kathy on Dec 18, 2012:

Liquid starch works great. I covered a wall in fabric this way. Instead of wall paper. Just soak fabric in a bucket with the starch, ring it out and put on wall. The starch goes a long way. If the wall gets dirty you can take it down wash and rehang.

Noelle on Aug 23, 2012:

Could you explain the starch method in more detail? Do you still use the interfacing?

craftmel on Jul 29, 2012:

Deen, you can get fusible webbing at fabric/craft stores like JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby, and even Walmart carries it!

mesha on Jul 29, 2012:

Oh Wow!!! I'm so doing this in my kitchen!!! I tried making decals using contact paper but it peeled right off in a month :-(. New Project in the making!

mesha on Jul 29, 2012:

Oh Wow!!! I'm so doing this in my kitchen!!! I tried making decals using contact paper but it peeled right off in a month :-(. New Project in the making!

Deen on Jul 23, 2012:

LOVE IT!! I'm gonna give this a try, please tell me, where can I get fusible webbing???

Ashley on Jul 12, 2012:

Would this also work on tiled walls?

Ashley on Jun 05, 2012:

This is fantastic! What an awesome idea. I have a ton of fabric sitting around just waiting to be placed on some walls :)

craftmel on Jun 04, 2012:

Debbi and Kat, the fabric just peels right off, no need to re-heat or soak or anything like that. Just find a corner and peel! I have used both a light-weight interfacing and a heavy-weight, and both worked the same. As long as most of the interfacing stays with the fabric when you peel it off, you can re-use it again! 

The starch method is fun too!

Kat on Jun 04, 2012:

Oooooh what a fabulous idea! We've been trying to figure out a way to make removable decals for our baby's room. Can you reuse them once you've peeled them off the wall or is it pretty much a one-time deal?

Nancy on Jun 04, 2012:

I use plain old fabric starch. Soak the fabric, place on wall, smooth out and finished.

This has the advantage of the starch washes off the wall completely, leaves no residue.

Debbi on Jun 04, 2012:

What a clever idea! Did you use any particular version/weight of fusible web? And when it's time to take it down, do you have to reheat it? Or just find an edge and slowly peel it off?

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