It’s no secret that I’m head over heels in love with my Silhouette Cameo. I tell people I use it on a daily basis and I don’t think they believe me but it’s true. I even have a special setup in my craft room where I ran the power cord through my craft island so it’s always ready to go! It is my “go-to” crafting tool. That being said, this was key element in designing my floral faux wallpaper for my bathroom that I showed you yesterday. If you missed that post, check out my glamorous bathroom reveal here.
It goes without saying that the faux wallpaper is the focal point and the BEST part of this tiny little bathroom. I was inspired by the Oh Joy! Wallpaper. Unfortunately, the cost of the wallpaper was way out of my budget for my little bathroom makeover and it had a shipping time of 3-4 weeks. I’m way too impatient for that.
The wallpaper got my creative brain going and I realized, I could probably recreate the same look with my Silhouette machine and some gold vinyl. That’s exactly what I did. Since I sell vinyl decals on Etsy, I had enough gold vinyl in my stash to cover every wall in my house but decided against it. 😉 I live with 5 boys in my family and I’m not sure they’d appreciate that very much. I’m lucky they didn’t mind the uber girly bathroom. Surprisingly, they all think it looks awesome! Yahoo!
Here’s what I did to create the Floral Faux Wallpaper.
First, I opened my Silhouette Studio Design Software and searched for a flower that I loved. There were so many options but I fell in love with the Dahlia flower since it resembled the Oh Joy! wallpaper so closely. You can purchase that flower shape here for $0.99.
Next, I placed the flowers in different sizes on a 12×24″. You can see that I left a few hanging off of the space so only half of the flower will get cut out when I ran my vinyl through my machine. I did this as to not waste the empty space and I used several “half flowers” on the wallpaper. You’ll see that soon.
Next, I ran my vinyl through my Silhouette machine. It took a few short minutes to cut out all of the details on the flowers. This is where I got really excited because I could envision exactly what it was going to look like. When it was done cutting, I headed to the bathroom and just started peeling them off of the backing paper and sticking them on the wall. I started in the corner and just alternated which sizes of flowers I used. It was really fun to see it come to life.
I obviously needed several sheets so I ran another sheet of vinyl through my machine while I stuck these on the wall. By the time I was done applying them, the, next sheet was ready to go. I repeated this until I had enough flowers for the entire wall. Can you tell worked on this right after I put the kiddos to bed? The toothbrush and bath towel left out were a dead give away. 😉
You can see close up that my walls are slightly textured but once it’s all put together, it’s not noticeable at all. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even notice it until I took the close up shot! Either it’s very minor or I have terrible eyesight. Definitely both. 😉
As I was applying, I noticed that it needed to be “filled in” I didn’t like the white negative space left as I started putting the flowers on so I decided to use the negative space left over from cutting the flowers and “fill in” that space with the petals. I love that it looks more polished and complete with the petals in between each flower.
I repeated applying flowers and filling in the space with petals until the wall was done. It took me about 1.5-2 hours for the whole wall. Can you imagine how many hours if I hand painted or stenciled this??? Not to mention, it’s totally removable so this is PERFECT for renters like me!
Sorry for the close up of the toilet! haha!
Wait, you don’t have a Silhouette machine to make this?? No worries dude, we’ve got you covered. You can purchase this design in a variety of colors on my Etsy shop! Heck ya! See the design here. >> https://www.etsy.com/listing/215681728/flower-vinyl-wall-decals-faux-wallpaper