What I’m Makin(g) Monday: Wall Vinyl Decal! {And Giveaway!}

In an effort to make myself more crafty, and also brag a little about some of my accomplishments, I thought it would be fun to make Monday my craft-related post day. It’ll also hopefully be a fun way to see other crafts out there that I haven’t heard of and that I’d like to maybe try (or buy) when others link up and share their skills.

As part 3 of my Operation Nursery Makeover, I made a wall decal for Spawnie’s Nursery.
Trading Phrases contacted me a couple of months ago about their beautiful wall vinyl designs. I checked out their nursery designs and found a perfect Wall Vinyl Decal for Spawnie’s room!
It says “With a Butterfly Kiss and a Ladybug Hug, Sleep Tight Little One, Like a Bug in a Rug.” I thought since her room is butterfly themed, and I call her my little bug it was PERFECT.
They were really nice and suggested I get color samples so I knew for sure it would match our room. I did as they suggested and narrowed it down to three greens and three pinks, they sent me a postcard with little stickers of the vinyl’s color and I picked my two favorite.
Shortly after I got the vinyl in the mail all rolled up nicely in a tube, and was ready to get to work! But I had a dilemma… Our walls are a little lumpy, “textured” I guess is the correct term. The nice people at Trading Phrases told me it would still work, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t want to stick it directly on my wall. I remembered a project I did once for my living room and got an idea!
First, I bought some wood at Lowe’s, I bought a big piece that was 4 feet long, by 2 feet wide, and got it cut down to 17in wide (the size of the vinyl). It wasn’t thick… About 1/4 of an inch.
I got home and painted it with two coats of brown, and a coat of sealant. You can get sealant at any craft store, and it’s not too expensive… about $5 for a bottle that should last awhile.
I made sure to get the sides and everything real good, and then I waited for it to dry.
Now it’s time to get the vinyl! … See where I’m going with this? One thing I like about Trading Phrases is they sent two pieces of “practice vinyl” with smaller phrases so I could get the hang of how to peel the papers and stuff before I did it for real… Good idea cause reading the instructions were a little confusing at first, but after I tried it a couple of times on the bottom of the my door for practice, I got the hang of it.
Now it was time to lay it out on the wood. Since mine came in two parts I took some time to mark where I wanted each piece to start and stop. Since the wood was practically the perfect size I had to make sure no words were falling off the edge.
I got it lined up and put down the first part.
Then the second part! And then covered both with another layer of sealant. I noticed there was some blank space in the bottom corner of the wood, and normally on the wall I think it would look fine, but since it was plain brown there I decided to spruce it up a little with some paper butterflies I had left over from the butterfly mobile I made. Then… TADA!!!!
What do you think? See, now the whole point of this meme thing is to get encouragement so don’t let me down!
I’m really happy with how it all turned out, and the best part is I can take it with me when we move!
If you DO put it on the wall, it’s way easy to take off just by peeling, or adding a little heat (with something like a blow dryer) and peeling.
Want to try this craft yourself? Trading Phrases has offered to donate this wall decal to one of my readers!! It’ll come in black 24in X 11in, it’s over a $39 value! And if you want to add it to a plaque, now you know how!! Want to get to know Trading Phrases better? They’re @TradingPhrases on twitter and they have a Facebook Fan Page.

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  1. That wall hanging turned out absolutely gorgeous! Whenever we are aby to get Izzy her own room I think I may do something similar! What makes it even greater is the fact that if you guys were to move, it’s something that’s easily transferable!

    I posted the ladybug comforter I made for my daughter on your McLinky!

  2. I would choose the 1 Samuel 1:27 quote for my baby’s nursery. I did wish they had one about teddy bears, though, because that would go with my theme.

  3. I love, love, love this!!! I work with a company called uppercase living and it is basically the same thing. I have everything for Titan’s nursery we are just about ready to move so I have yet to put the signs up yet. It look fabulous btw. Cant wait to see the final result of the whole room.

  4. You did a great job with the decal! I love the extra butterflies. I have done that with several wall sayings in my own home b/c we move a lot (military) and it’s nice to add a personal touch to them 🙂

    I like the “let him sleep, for when he wakes he will move mountains” saying at Trading Phases. I have actually thought about getting it for my son’s room.

    Oh and I already follow you!

  5. So so cute!! And pretty ironically, I came back to your blog today as I was writing a post about a craft I finally finished with some vinyl letters I won on your blog last July, so I was getting your url to link-up! I will be posting it tomorrow so I will come back and link up first thing in the morning. (oh and this isn’t any of my entries, I will do all that tomorrow)

  6. I love how yours turned out! I would’ve never thought to put it on wood but it turned out really nicely.

    My favorite from their website is: #WED802 Corinthians Love

    Thanks for the giveaway! comichelle51 at hotmail dot com

  7. The bugs and butterflies from their store is so cute! Love the little dashes and I totally know exactly where I would put it to finish off my daughter’s room.

  8. That phrase is too darned cute. And what a fantastic idea to put it on a piece of wood… I would never have thought of that myself! My first comment “entry” is that OMG they have “May the Force be with you”…. and I’m a HUGE Star Wars geek 🙂 I also really like the swirl monogram and the monogram cursive initial cross. Also, “I’m everything I am because you love me”… that’s awesome. “We may not have it together, but together we have it all”. Okay, I’m not even halfway through them all…. so hard to choose! I really like the one they’re giving away though, it would be perfect for my family photo wall!

  9. I like the animals and the I love you all the way to the moon and back!

    And I LOVE the what you did with yours! It makes it so you can use it over and over again! Great idea and I’ll def have to use it!

  10. Wow, that turned out beautifully. I wish we had a room for our litlte on to decorate, or the time and money. For now, i will live through your art. lol. Great job mommy!!

  11. It turned out really beautiful. You are becoming so crafty. I will certainly be linking up because I am somewhat of an artsy crafty person myself. Spawnie is going to love her room.

  12. I love how you made it on a board instead of on the wall! I might try that someday. My favorite phrase is “Welcome to our Nest”. Its so cute and perfect for our home since we will be newlyweds soon. I’m also a follower! :]

  13. Stumbled across your blog. You are a doll and I am excited for you to become a mother.
    I REALLY love the “Family We Are” vinyl design.
    azfillmores at G mail dot com

  14. I love the one that says…
    “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

    Perfect 🙂

    And I am now a follower of your blog 🙂

  15. As a librarian I loved all the library ones but for my home I would have to go with “Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by moments that take our breath away”. Congrats on the baby girl. My son just turned one and it seems like only yesterday I was in your shoes…enjoy every second!

  16. It turned out really beautiful. You are becoming so crafty. I will certainly be linking up because I am somewhat of an artsy crafty person myself. Spawnie is going to love her room.

  17. This is really gorgeous! Clever to avoid putting it right on the walls. Spawnie’s going to love her room!

    I linked some of my current but small projects above.

  18. Stumbled across your blog. You are a doll and I am excited for you to become a mother.
    I REALLY love the “Family We Are” vinyl design.
    azfillmores at G mail dot com

  19. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you might be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back in the future. I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a nice holiday weekend!

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