I wrote this tutorial on behalf of Icon Wall Stickers, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.
This project didn’t turn out exactly as planned. Well, it went nothing like the plan. The good people at Icon Wall Stickers, who just so happened to host a giveaway last week here on the blog sent me a gigantic green skeleton wall decal. The decal was printed to the exact dimensions of the storm door on the front of my sister’s house. The boys and I were going to bedeck her deck with all sorts of Halloween goodness.
When that didn’t pan out I needed to figure out a way to use the decal in my own home. Here are a few tips that I’ve since learned – wall stickers don’t work well if you have walls that have 80s-tastic texture on them. This left using something smooth like a mirror or a window. I may have mentioned before, but this skeleton is massively huge. Like people sized and I didn’t have a mirror it would fit on. The only option was my big window in the living room.
So I smacked that decal up there and then realized that because my windows are double pane, the reflection prevented you from being able to see the thing from the outside. AND you can’t really remove it and replace it. Since I really wanted to see the skeleton from the outside, I busted out some flat latex wall paint (for real) and painted this guy on the outside of my window. It became apparent that no one else thought this was a normal course of action when I got asked twice if I was really doing that and once heard a neighbor tell his lady “bitch is crazy”. Amazingly enough, the neighborhood children just smiled and waved. I may be the crazy one on the block, but I’m also the only one that shares my fireworks.
While the project took a crazy turn, I’m really happy with what I was able to make work. Want to see how I went about it?
Putting the decal up is super easy, even a biggin’ like Doug here. Remove the backing layer and you’ll have the sticky side of the vinyl free. Attach to your smooth-ish surface and use a piece of masking tape at approximately the center.
Use a credit card or similar item to push the decal firmly onto the surface and push out any weird air bubbles that occur underneath the decal. Since I had window on the other side, I could tell that from the working side things looked great, there were still bubbles, so go ahead and work it a bit longer than you think you need to if you can’t run around and see if you’re ready to go.
Leave your decal alone for about 30 minutes. When you return, very, very slowly peel away the top layer. Keep your card handy to push the decal on anywhere it tries to peel away.
And while I took a gazillion pics of the skeleton from the outside, none of them turned out. See his arm, barely noticeable. And that’s when I got after it with my wall paint which just happened to be handy from finishing painting an actual wall white :)
And then one of the kids told me that Doug looked lonely and I had to agree. So from the inside I traced the decal onto a piece of long crafting paper, smacked it into the window and painted up some buddies.
When painting a window, the first coat is pretty darn see through because the paint doesn’t really want to adhere to the glass. On subsequent coats you have to be careful because you can easily wipe away the dried coat beneath. You get the hang of it after a bit, though.
If you’re wondering what kind of paint you can use on glass in a non-permanent way, well, just about anything will work. I used flat latex wall paint but you can also use craft acrylics or really just about anything you have on hand. To remove, I’ll wet the window painting down really well and let it soak a bit. Then I’ll get after it with some soapy water. Anything that doesn’t want to come off I can scrape away cleanly with a razor blade.
So, while the wall decal from Icon Wall Stickers wasn’t used the way I had originally envisioned it, I think the way I wound up using it was even craftier. And while the decal isn’t going to be able to stay up there forever, even though Russell insisted he could paint Santa hats for them all come Christmas I know these three boneheads will be back. I busted out my craft paper and traced the skeleton for a couple of patterns to be rolled up and stored away as templates for the future. How awesome is that?!?
And last, but not least – congrats to April, the winner of last week’s giveaway – you’ve been emailed with instructions to claim your $35 credit.
Happy weekend, everybody!
I wrote this tutorial on behalf of Icon Wall Stickers, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website