I’ve been gradually making over my daughter’s bedroom and finally getting around to sharing this project that I did over a month ago! I painted her room white (SW Creamy) to create a neutral backdrop to showcase fun pops of color. Some of my plans have changed along the way, but you can always count on an 8-year-old to choose things with color, so that has not changed.
Faith decided she wanted “American Girl stars” on her wall. Adding vinyl stars was a great way to add color without the need to repaint down the road if she changes her mind. We originally were going to order some online, but I decided that I’d likely be able to do it cheaper and have more freedom in the design if I did it myself with my Pazzles. In addition to the stars, I thought it would be fun to incorporate something gymnastics-related because she’s really loving all things gymnastics these days. I found an image and a quote that I liked online, put it all into my software and cut it on vinyl purchased from a local scrapbooking/printing store. We went with hot pink and gold vinyl.
The vinyl cost about $28 total and I had some left to spare. To utilize most of it while cutting, I filled spaces in the gold with circles so that we can add polka dots to Faith’s closet after we paint it.
One disadvantage of cutting your own vinyl is that you don’t have the easy application that comes with purchasing from a retailer. In my experience (with Uppercase Living, anyway), vinyl purchased pre-cut comes on a sheet that allows you to transfer the entire design together…no need to worry about lining up letters, etc., or having a design fold in on itself. This vinyl is also thinner than what you might get by purchasing vinyl meant for a wall, so I had a couple tears during application that I had to re-cut. Applying free-hand also caused a little issue with regards to the large open stars. They were difficult to get lined up to lay perfectly flat, and in addition to a few wrinkles, one came unstuck. You can see that the big one on the left has a corner that’s up, and it’s just not going to stick. I may have to get a glue dot to help it along. Faith loves it, though, so that’s what matters!
*Update: I realized a day after this post that Pazzles and Silhouette sell “wall” vinyl AND transfer paper to put it on all on one piece. Live and learn! I know what I’ll do next time!
In the end we were able to customize our own design and color scheme, and while it took a little more time, I’m sure we saved at least 50% (if not more) on the cost of the vinyl. Faith has fun wall decor that is unique and inspirational! I hope she takes that quote to heart and always reaches for the stars!