Tuesday, March 29, 2011

DIY Starched Fabric Wall Decal

This is a very easy project using materials on hand and the best part is that it is completely removable to satisfy a decorators whims.

Lay out paper the approximate size you would like your finished decal to be.  You can see I had to tape some paper together to get it the size I wanted.  Then draw out your decal either using something as inspiration as I did, or out of your head.
 Cut out your decal and this will create your pattern. 

Lay your pattern onto your fabric and pin in place.
Cut out your fabric following your pattern.
Mix up your starch paste:
Mix 1/4 cup cornstarch into 1/2 cup cold water.  Then add 4 cups of boiling water and mix together.  Let cool.

 Because I used lace as my fabric which has very loose fibers I was able to skip one step but if you are using a cotton or tighter weave fabric you will need to paint the underside of your decal with the starch mixture.  Your starched decal will then stick to your intended surface.  I had to use pins to tack up my decal.
 Paint your decal to the wall using the starch mixture.
 If you end up with some drips and mess on your walls like I did, simply clean up with a damp cloth.

Get tired off your decal?  Simply peel up the edge and pull off.  Wipe your wall down with a clean, damp cloth.