As much as I love huge elaborate makeovers, I’m really a fan of those little things you can do in an afternoon that make your home seem brighter. Lizabeth Rogers was in love with x-decals from Urban Walls and decided to take matters in her own hands, literally, and make her own. I also love the fact that this isn’t the perfect DIY, Lizabeth suggests that we learn from her, and use washi tape instead of electrical tape. But sometimes, you just need to use what you have at the moment you’re ready to make a change. Thanks, Lisabeth! –Amy
- metal ruler
- one roll of washi tape, color of your choice (From Lizabeth: I used electrical tape. According to some people, this is a big no-no. But, I couldn’t get my hands on black washi tape, and I live in a bungalow, so I do what I want. You do it the right way, though. With washi tape.)
See the full how-to after the jump!
Image above, from Lisabeth: After doing my best to make a straight cut across the tape, I unwound it along the edge of the ruler from the 2.5″ mark to just beyond the ruler’s end. Using the end as a guide, I again did my best to cut straight across. You’ll notice there’s extra space before the first hashmarks on the ruler–my plus signs are actually longer than 2.5″, and I was fine with that. Plan the length of your decals according to your vision.
Image above, from Lisabeth: Repeat the process directly across from the first piece of tape, on the other side of the ruler. Electrical tape has a tendency to bend and warp as your using it, another reason you should use washi tape. And really, if you’re set on perfection, consider that you get what you pay for when you buy the decals from the folks who make ‘em for real.
Image above, from Lisabeth: Peel the second piece of tape off, eye ball where the midpoints overlap, and place. Tada!
Image above, from Lisabeth: Temporarily stick your new decal elsewhere while you make a few gazillion more. That way, you can go to work later, placing them all at once.