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DIY Vinyl Wall Quotes

Updated on February 20, 2012

Vinyl wall art is a beautiful touch to any room of your home but unfortunately it is a bit pricey, and I don't have a money tree growing out back! Can you relate? I decided to get creative and figure how to make some of these myself. If you have Photoshop and a printer, you can do this too! This project is so easy it will blow you away..and the end result is definitely comparable to a lot of things you can buy out there. I want to share this project so that you can see you don't have to pay a fortune for beautiful home décor. In this project I will show you how to make a quote or phrase to put on your wall. You can do shapes, too. I encourage you to get creative and see what you can come up with.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Contact paper
  • Printer Paper
  • Printer
  • Photoshop (or similar program)
  • Spray Adhesive 
  • Scissors
  • Paint (optional)

STEP ONE

First thing you need to do is make the templates for the letters and I did this with Photoshop. If you are familiar with photoshop you probably don't need this tutorial- just go in and print out your letters (for your phrase or quote) in the size and font you want. But if you aren't familiar with photoshop, I have a hubpage tutorial on how to do this here but instead of gluing your paper onto chip board (like in the hubpage tutorial) we will be gluing it onto contact paper. The tutorial is basic and easy to understand. So once you have gone to the link above and printed out your letters on paper you are ready to glue them onto the contact paper.

NOTE: Please be aware that the more intricate your letters are the harder they will be to cut out so it's a good idea to stay with non-cursive fonts.. or at least simple cursive. Also, the larger they are the easier they will be to cut out.


STEP TWO

Now take your contact paper and cut it into letter sized (8.5 by 11)pieces. The amount of the pieces depends on how long your phrase will be. After cutting the 8.5 by 11 pieces, use a spray adhesive to glue each of your sheets of paper with your printed letters on them onto the contact paper sheets. Elmers craft bond spray adhesive is great to use for this because you can use it for permanent or temporary hold. Once you have the letter sheets glued to the contact sheets, it's time to cut them out.


STEP THREE

You could stop at this point if you like the look of the contact paper already. They do have some awesome patterns and colors in contact paper (online anyway) but if you only have a drab pattern or color, maybe something you just had laying around the house or left over - you can change the color. I do this with spray paint.. it covers well and evenly. Wal-mart brand works wonderfully! Black and Browns look good on light walls and white and light taupes look great on dark walls.

So, paint your letters and sit them aside to dry. After they are dry.. Just peel and stick on your wall and TADA!! You have a gorgeous vinyl wall quote!

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    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Rachael- Mine stayed up very well... after about a year and a half I noticed a couple of edges were lifting so I re-applied some glue (spray adhesive) and it stuck right back down. I even moved since then and reapplied the "Dream" one on my wall in my bedroom and it's stuck right in place and it's even on a bumpy textured wall (now and before). I believe they would do even better on a smooth wall. Thanks so much for dropping by.. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Rachael 

      5 years ago

      Love this idea. I want to make one of these for a gift... how well do they stay up?

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Laura S, Thank you SOO much! I am glad that you like these.. It makes me feel good knowing I've inspired someone :0) I am currently getting ready to make another one- a train to put on my sons wall. I know he's gonna love it. Thank you for stopping by and also for the votes! I really appreciate it :)

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      Laura Schneider 

      6 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Jamie, you're amazing! What an excellent way to decorate on any budget. AND you could use this concept to decorate any number of things that are relatively flat. Now my head is spinning with ideas of what to try first. I'm going to go check out some of the sites you've linked to, also. Voted up, useful and etc.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Dolores! I really was surprised at how well they came out.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      This is such a cute idea! The possibilities are endless. I think cutting the cursive letters might be easier than cutting straight ones.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Victor Doppelt 

      7 years ago

      Interesting idea. I had not seen these before.

    • tnderhrt23 profile image

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      I'm gonna give this a try! Thanks!

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