Two years ago we sold our home in Kentucky to move for my husband’s job. If you’ve ever gotten a home ready to put on the market you know how much fun that is (hah!). Once the pictures are removed, nail holes filled, and new paint is on the last thing you want to do is put holes back in the walls. But what to do about those bare walls? This is where a large wall decal is perfect!
To add interest to the walls for the “staging” process, I designed a vinyl decal with my Silhouette Cameo. That way the wall wasn’t damaged, and the new owners could easily remove it if they wanted to hang pictures in that space.
The trick with these large wall decals is getting them up on the wall so they are level. Trust me, its very frustrating to step back and see that your decal is crooked, and it’s not repositionable… I followed this great tutorial on Silhouette School Blog. I took a couple photos of my process since I had a row of vinyl OVER background vinyl rather than on separate lines.
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How to Hang a Large Wall Decal
- Design and cut your vinyl decal. I use a Silhouette Cameo. This post isn’t about either of those things, hopefully you already know that part! ** Remember, for wall decals, you want to use REMOVABLE vinyl, like Oracle 631. This will stay on, but comes off when you want without damaging the wall.
- Once your design is cut, remove the excess vinyl (weeding) and put transfer tape over each. I use contact paper; it’s inexpensive and you can get it at WalMart or even the Dollar Tree. I’ve heard this transfer tape is even better and has grids to help with alignment. I’ll be ordering this when my contact paper runs low!
- On the base layer (FAMILY in my example), mark the center of your word on the transfer tape.
- On the top layer (my script words) mark the center on the transfer tape.
- Measure the width of your wall and mark the center lightly with a pencil.
- Using a tape measure or yardstick, measure down from the ceiling and mark the height you want your word hung on both “ends” of the word so that you know it will be straight. (I forgot to take this picture before I installed it, but this gives you an idea of how to measure!)
- With the transfer paper still on the word, place it on the wall at the appropriate height and make sure it lines up with your marks – so it is straight.
- Tear small pieces of painter’s tape and tape along the top edge of your paper as shown in the photo below. This is what makes the “hinge” so you can keep your word straight when you apply it. (Photo below shows the tape/hinge method on the top layer)
- Flip the decal up, and slowly peel away the backing to expose the transfer tape and vinyl. BE CAREFUL!! You need to hold the whole thing up so nothing falls down and sticks to the wall until you are ready. Peel the backing off slowly, so you make sure all the vinyl is stuck to the transfer tape.
- Once you have all the backing removed, carefully lay it back down onto the wall. I had a helper because mine was so long. We started in the middle to make sure it was straight.
- Burnish the words with your scraper to make sure they have adhered well to the wall. Move slowly to make sure nothing stays on the transfer tape. In the photo example below, part of the word was staying on the tape, so I laid that small section back to the wall and rubbed again until it was stuck to the wall.
If you only have one layer, congratulations you’re done! If your wall decal is two layers like mine, repeat the same process with the top layer of words.
Once it was all on the wall I went over it again with my scraper to be sure it won’t come off the wall.
Now step back and enjoy your beautiful wall decor!