DIY Floral Faux Wallpaper
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 decided to create a floral focal wall using my Silhouette machine and some gold vinyl. 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. 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
so cool…this is a great idea
Oh I absolutely love it. What a fabulous idea.
Can you update us on if the vinyl still sticks well in a humid bathroom … Does the water/ steam from a shower make it peel at all ?
Hi Stephanie! The vinyl sticks really well. I’ve used it in bathrooms that get steamy during showers and have had no problems. Thanks!
Oh my gosh I would have never known that was not wallpaper! It looks AMAZING!
It looks sooooo good! Seriously, when I saw it come up on the feed I thought it was the wallpaper. Love love love it!
my jaw dropped when I saw your bathroom makeover the other day, and I couldn’t wait to see WHERE you had located that fabulous wallpaper!!! Lol, now to find out that you made all of that awesomeness is just too cool!!! I entered your giveaway so fast and hard, because if I get a chance, I am totally replicating a similar gold design for my bathroom walls – that is how much I LOVE IT!!! it just so happens that I am actually in the process of a tiny bath reno as well, so I am scoping out wall ideas. I love how a bold design like your gold walls looks in a smaller space like that!! GREAT JOB on the whole bathroom, land thanks for sharing !!!
I can not believe it only took you that long. It looks so amazing!!
Thanks so much Krista!! You’re so sweet!
Lady, you are a genius!
How have I never even considered doing something like this with one of these machines? I bow to the master! When I get one this is at the top of my list. You have made. my. day.
You are so so sweet!! Thank you so much! xoxo – Mallory
WOW…Amazing…can’t believe it took less than 2 hours…love it!
You ROCK that faux wallpaper! I’ve been in love with it too and yes, it’s out of the budget. What a great idea to make your own, of course!
Got my Silhouette the other day and now I’ve got to learn how to use it to make some fab projects like this.
P.S. Where are good places to get the vinyl?
I get it from either Expressions Vinyl or US Cutter. I buy in bulk (since I run a vinyl shop) so US Cutter is the cheapest for the Oracal vinyl that I love but you have to buy a lot from them to get a good deal. I recommend Expressions vinyl to most people. Expressions Vinyl has fantastic prices and you can get large rolls for a great price! xoxo! Hope you’re feeling great! Only a few weeks left, right?! xoxo
Would you be able to help me figure out how to use my Silhouette to cut a tree about 36″ tall and 30″ wide? It makes sense to overlay the panels but I wasn’t sure if the software has something to help out with this task.
My daughter had wanted this wallpaper for a long time but the cost was prohibitive. She saw your brilliant idea and sent it to me as I own one of the original Silhouettes. I have two questions for you before I commit to making this for her:) What sizes did you make your flowers, because I think I might me limited by my machine, and where can I buy foil vinyl? Your response, via email if possible, would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much!
Sorry, just saw your reply about Expressions Vinyl so that question is answered but still need to know about the flower sizes:)
I just made varying sizes. The smallest was 3.5″ and the largest was 8.5″. The Silhouette SD should be able to do this, no problem. I used to have one! My vinyl wasn’t foiled, just gold metallic.
Your bathroom looks to be about the same size as mine and I can’t believe how different they look. I LOVE your custom “wallpaper” look. It is elegant, beautiful, but not over the top gaudy. Just Perfect! Ugh. Now I want to redo my bathroom.
Wow… you could have fooled me with your Faux wallpaper. Your wall decals totally look like designer brand. Love how you think outside the box. Now you got my creative brain going…
Love the design. It looks pretty to the eyes.
this is the best-looking DIY project I’ve seen in a long time! I do wish I’d gotten a Silhouette too, but maybe someday! Congrats on this fabulous job!
This is absolutely amazing!! I’ve been coming up with ideas for my half bath, which I’ve been wanting to include with gold. And to think I used to hate gold! It’s my new obsession!! This is definitely going on my main inspiration board. Kudos to you for the fabulous inspiration!
Unfortunately I do not own a Silhouette, nor do I think I will be in the near future. I apologize if someone mentioned this in a previous post, because I only got to read about half of them! I noticed you mentioned owning an Etsy shop. Would this be something you would be interested or even could sell? I definitely wouldn’t want to go on more than one wall….if that helps persuade you at all 😉
Thank you for taking the time to read this….and again for the amazing inspiration 🙂
I’m trying to organize how to list the flowers for sale on my shop. I’ll let you know as soon as I get it up in the shop. Thanks!!
That’s awesome! I can’t wait! Thank you for the quick response 🙂
First of all, this is amazing!!!
Secondly, can you give the specifics on the vinyl? There are so many types of gold, even within the Silhouette brand…matte, glossy, foil, etc. I found an aztec pattern that I would love to try but I love the metallic gold that you used. I don’t know which one to order…matte, glossy, etc.
You can order the same gold vinyl I used here.
I love this! Do you have any plans to sell the Oh Joy-inspired decal in your Etsy store?
HI Rachel! I will be adding this to the shop soon! Thanks!!
This makes me wish I had that machine so badly! It looks incredible!
If you’re interested, I just put some free printable daily planners on my blog! Check it out and let me know what you think!
Can you tell use how much vinyl you used and how big your wall is?
I LOVE IT!!!
Hopefully I will get the permission of my husband to do the guest bathroom the same <3
I would love to know which Vinyl you used. I clicked on your link to the expressions vinyl website, but there are a few different types of gold available on that link. If you could just comment back the name I would appreciate it! Beautiful work!
It’s Gold Metallic Indoor Vinyl.
Did you use transfer paper to apply each flower to the wall?
No way, no how! haha! Just peeled and stuck them on. It was really easy!
Just wondering did you stick each individual flowers onto the wall because I notice you are selling only one size of each individually. Hope that makes sense.
Yes I do stick each flower on individually!
I love this SO much!!! Amazing. Do you think I would be able to do this on the silhouette portrait? I haven’t used mine very much because it scares me to death! I just need to hurry and learn it!
This is what I have been looking for! I was planning to do a wall using vinyl on my silhouette, and was searching Pinterest for it. I was curious about how big to cut them and relieved that yours weren’t as big as I expected them to need to be! This is goregous and much better than doing wallpaper! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing! I will have to start following you:-)
Truly awesome!!…. I love it!
I have been scratching my head on how to decorate a wall in my baby girl’s nursery, and I came across this post and BAM – this was just what I was looking for! I love the large floral prints! I modified my application a bit, and I shared my DIY on my blog here: http://linaandvi.blogspot.com/2017/06/baby-girl-nursery-diy-decals-with.html. Thanks for sharing this DIY!
I am trying to find the exact flower you used in the design store and haven’t been able to find it on the design store website. Do you know if they still have it or what I would search to make it easier to find? I am so excited to try this in my pantry. I LOVE your ideas and your style!
Hey Jan! I DM’d you in IG. Hope that you were able to trace it!
Well, darn!!! This exact flower is gone from the design store! Others seem a bit busier. I just LOVE this!