Fabric Wallpaper & Decals

How adorable is this?
Melanie over at Sewing for Scarlett crafted this adorable fabric wall decal for her little girl's room, and I'm loving it!  I was considering using paint as a wallpaper/decal alternative again in my nursery, but I think it may need a little patterned fabric decal - maybe an owl?  Or an elephant!? 

Melanie used double stick fusible web for her decal, but another option for sticking fabric to walls is starch.  Waaay back in 1996 my mom made fabric decals for our walls - the first time I had ever seen them.  We didn't have access to craft supply stores on the Army post in Germany where we lived, but there sure was an abundant supply of fabric starch.  Though its intended use was to keep soldiers' uniforms nice and crisp, my mom used it to stick fabric shapes onto our walls.  We later starched pretty fabric sheets over all our dining room walls - a cheaper, easier to remove version of wallpaper.  (Click here for a tutorial.)

Any of the patterned sheets above would be pretty on walls.  (First two from overstock.com, second two from target.)  Check in store at TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, or JC Penney outlet for even thriftier options.  

I haven't starched anything in years now, but maybe I'm ready to break that streak and gussy up my walls a little.  I'll keep you posted.  If anyone out there tries starching or using adhesive to do either decals or whole walls, I'd love to see photos!      
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Frugal Home Designs said... Best Blogger Tips

So you come by your craftiness and frugality naturally. Your Mom is brilliant. I have never heard of this, but I am going to check it out.

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad you posted about this! My mom and I were just talking about this the other day! She was telling me about a neighbor of hers years ago who was a military wife. She use starch to make fabric wall paper borders (all the rage back then)that were removable so that she could take them from house to house when they moved. I'd love to experiment with this idea.

GB said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, My first time commenting- love your blog. I'd love to see how this turns out- we live in an apartment and I love the idea of an easy-clean option. Definitely going to try this.

Lovely Little Nest said... Best Blogger Tips

That is a really great idea! How do you remove the fabric from the walls after it has been starched?

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks! Lovely Little Nest - when you're ready to remove it, you just peel it off and then wash the walls with a little water to get the starch off. It comes off very easily - unlike wallpaper.

debtkickingmama said... Best Blogger Tips

I did this in my son's nursery in our old rental house. I used dark brown felt to make a tree that wrapped around a couple of the walls, and then tons of multicolored cotton fat quarters for the leaves. It was a pain to hang the felt (so heavy with the starch), so I ended up using push pins to hold it in place while it dried. Came off with warm water when we moved, no staining to the walls. Just wiped them down with a clean wet washcloth to remove the starch remnants.

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

debtkickingmama - thanks for the tip!

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