How to make “fabric” Vinyl Wall Decals

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vinyl fabric decals

I hope you’re enjoying Far Far Away week as much as I am.  Today I’m going to show you how to make vinyl wall decals from your favorite fabric.  If you’re like me, when you spend $18/yard on expensive Japanese fabric you love, you want to make it stretch, use up every last inch.  Well this project doesn’t actually use any.  Yup, that’s right.  The secret:  Well we’re going to make a photo copy of it and use that!

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Color photo copies have great resolution now and at only a little over a $1 for a 11″ x 17″ copy, it’s a bargain (and we still have our original fabric to do something with).  One of the secrets to getting a good copy is iron your fabric really, really well.  Any little wrinkle will be magnified by the copier.  Spray starch is your friend.  Remember you only have to get a small portion ironed (whatever size you will be copying).

vinyl fabric decals

Ok, once you have your photocopies, you’ll also need some Contact paper (white would probably work best), spray adhesive, painters tape, mod podge, a small paint roller (or paintbrush), and x-acto knife, and a pattern (tiara or frog prince or one you’ve made).

Cut a piece of contact paper just a bit larger than your photocopy.  Tape it to a hard surface (like an old tupperware lid – or heavy cardboard) and take it outside with your spray adhesive and photocopy.

vinyl fabric decals

Spray the adhesive on the contact paper and on the back of the photocopy.  Wait a few seconds and then place the photocopy onto the contact paper.

vinyl fabric decals

Smooth out any wrinkles with a bone folder or brayer.

vinyl fabric decals

Next apply an even coat (or two) of mod podge.  I like to use a small stencil roller to get a nice even coat with no brush strokes!

vinyl fabric decals
 vinyl fabric decals
If you’re using my tiara pattern, you’ll need to make a full pattern.

Once dry, take your pattern and cut out your image with an x-acto knife.

If you're using my tiara pattern, you'll need to make a full pattern.

Turn it over and peel off the protective paper.

If you're using my tiara pattern, you'll need to make a full pattern.

Place it on the wall and enjoy!

If you're using my tiara pattern, you'll need to make a full pattern.

Tiara pattern shown without the heart and small circles added.

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16 Comments on How to make “fabric” Vinyl Wall Decals

  1. Mod Podge Amy
    November 27, 2010 at 8:19 AM (7 years ago)

    This is about as cute as it gets. 😀

  2. Patrice
    November 27, 2010 at 2:35 PM (7 years ago)

    Very cute project, very well-explained. Thank you!

  3. judean
    November 27, 2010 at 3:57 PM (7 years ago)

    super cute–and smart!!

  4. Tonia
    November 27, 2010 at 4:23 PM (7 years ago)

    Awesome! Just awesome!

  5. Anonymous
    November 27, 2010 at 7:41 PM (7 years ago)

    great idea! wonder if it would cut on the cricut???

  6. thriftyfinn
    November 28, 2010 at 7:50 AM (7 years ago)

    So the contact paper really doesn’t peel the paint off? Wow. If so, I must try this one. I don’t have japanese fabrics but I do have a nice collection of vintage sheets I have a har time cutting into.

  7. Rachel
    March 23, 2011 at 4:50 PM (7 years ago)

    This is SOOOO cute and creative. I’m sure it would also work for decorating my boys’ rooms with superheroes 🙂

  8. SnowyOwl
    May 17, 2011 at 9:12 AM (6 years ago)

    Wonderful!! I can hardly wait to unpack all my art stuff and have my boys create something amazing for their new room.

  9. Vinyl Decals
    August 6, 2011 at 2:18 PM (6 years ago)

    Those are absolutely lovely! It will definitely give any space that extra oomph everybody’s looking for in every design.

  10. Kaelin
    January 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM (6 years ago)

    How does the mod podge stand up in a humid environemnt? Like a bathroom? My girls want fish fabric swimming on the walls… 🙂

  11. Vanessa
    January 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM (6 years ago)

    Kaelin — I don’t know how well it will stand up in a bathroom. I think the mod podge should be ok (if you do a few coats and let it dry completely, but I don’t know if the contact paper will stay tacky in a moist environment. I’d test out a small piece of plain contact paper first, if it holds up, I guess I’d try it with the mod podge too. Let me know if it works . . .or doesn’t! 😀

  12. Micheal Vaughn
    August 27, 2012 at 11:35 PM (5 years ago)

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  13. Wall Coverings
    January 3, 2013 at 6:23 AM (5 years ago)

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