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How to Use Feathers to Decorate Your Home 0

 

If you want to add some airy, whimsical décor to your home, feathers can be a great medium to use in many DIY projects. You can create some very inexpensive yet beautiful décor with feathers and a little imagination. Here are some of our favorites from around the web. 

How about a super simple Feather Votive Candle? These can be as colorful or as subtle as you want with your choice of naturally colored or painted feathers. We found this idea on Hayseed Homemakin’ and it won’t take much imagination on your part to replicate this candle craft.

DIY Feather Votive

 These versatile Clay Feathers from Kelli at 100 Layer Cake will last longer than the real thing, they’re hypo allergenic and can be used for mobiles, wreaths, table settings and more. 

DIY Clay Feathers

Creating a whimsical nursery with feather accents? How about this DIY Gauze Swaddle Blanket from Miggy at This Little Miggy Stayed Home? 

Blanket with Feather Design

Add instant elegance and glamour to any room with this DIY Feather Pendant. Laura from A Beautiful Mess shows you how.

Feather Pendant

If dreamcatchers are your thing, create your own with these instructions from Lisa at Tuts Plus. This is a more modern take on a dreamcatcher but once you get the basics down, you could use any materials you want. 

DIY Modern Dreamcatcher

Finally, if you love the look of a boho chic dreamcatcher, check out our new Bull Cow Skull Dreamcatcher Wall Decal. This beautiful skull is decorated with flowers and feathers making it ideal for offices, bedrooms and living spaces. Easy to hang, move and remove, this wall sticker is a great way to add some feathers and flowers to your décor without spending much time or money! 

Bull Cow Skull Dreamcatcher Decal

Now that you have several ideas to add some fun feathers to your home décor, where will you add them? Comment below and let us know. Make sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to get ideas like this and more delivered to your inbox. 

Decorating Your Home With Zinnia Flower Stencils and More 0

Zinnia Stencils Mural

What makes zinnias such a wonderful flower to add to your home decor? People love zinnias for their long-lasting, brightly colored blooms. The zinnia is said to represent feelings of friendship and affection, with different colors holding a slightly different meaning. For example, the white zinnia bloom means goodness while a magenta zinnia represents lasting affections. What a great flower to share with someone you love. But if you can’t add some real zinnias to your home, why not get the next best thing and create your own faux flower garden. Decorating your home with zinnia flower stencils is a great way to start!


Painting a flower mural might be one way to express your love of this fun and cheerful flower. You can easily add several zinnias of different sizes by purchasing a few different stencils. We offer our Zinnia Wall Stencil in 5 sizes from 4.5”x 4.5” up to 22” x 22”. Follow along with this instructional video to see how easy it is to create a wall full of zinnias in no time. To create this look you will need to purchase a medium size and large size zinnia stencil.

 


 
Our stencils are great for other projects as well. You can easily add some fun accents pillows by purchasing plain throw pillows in your choice of color or pillow covers and some fabric paint to paint your choice of zinnia blooms with our stencils. If you have already used the zinnia stencil on your walls, you may need to tape it to your pillow or pillow cover to paint without bleeding. Try a small foam roller brush and small bristle brush for the edges.

Stencil a Throw Pillow
 

Another item you can stencil a flower on is a lampshade. Instantly add a pop of color and fun to your bedside lamps with a zinnia. Using the same technique, you would for a pillow you can either use fabric spray paint or fabric paint and a stencil brush, depending on the type of lampshade you are using to paint your zinnia.


 
What other ways can you add some fun zinnias to your décor? How about making your own beautiful bowl or basket of zinnias? This how to from Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist shows you how you can easily turn pinecones into colorful zinnias.

 

Zinnias from Pinecones
 

This wallet friendly idea from BHG.com is perfect for gift giving or your own décor. Make a simple dollar store glass plate over with a printed zinnia flower and some decoupage medium.  You could add magnets to the back of smaller plates, picture hooks to the back of larger ones or try this same technique with a glass or wood tray.

 

Zinnia Plates DIY


Upcycle an old bottle by adding a printable zinnia seed packet label and make a pretty display of glass bottles. Angie at Knick of Time shows you how.

Flower Bottle


Or for a tasty and beautiful treat, try these Zinnia Cookies from Krista at Cookies with Character. These are probably not for baking with the kids but how wonderful would they be for a bridal or baby shower!

Flower Cookies
 

What other ways do you add beautiful flowers to your décor? Let us know in the comments below!

Flower Wall Stencils Help Mariette Create Her Happy Room 0

While you don’t have to be an artist or great with a paint brush to use our My Wonderful Walls wall stencils, sometimes having that extra talent sure shows in the murals our customers create. We recently corresponded with a customer, Mariette in and fell in love with not only the mural she created but her lovely spirit!

Mariette is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, author, painter, retired teacher and crafter. She wrote a book entitled, Visiting the Past, which talks about her immigration to Canada from Belgium with her parents and brother, subsequent return to Belgium and then finally their immigration to the United States of America. The family settled in the Detroit area and her book tells of the immigrant experience; both the funny and serious moments. One book reviewer stated, “The people she describes really come to life, and the anecdotes, poignant and hilarious, stick in your mind long after you put down the book. Most of all, it is an example of how one creative and resourceful woman made lemonade whenever life handed her lemons and how she moved on, never holding a grudge.”  It must be this positivity that drew us immediately to Mariette.

Book About Immigration


She credits her parents, grandmother and the nuns at school for her love of life and crafts; hand knitting, machine knitting, crochet and painting. Mariette grew a successful business and website from creating pattern books for sale. She taught machine knitting for many years at seminars across Canada and the U.S. and her husband Roger, who passed away in 1997, would travel with her and sell her patterns. Now at 80 years old, Mariette decided to take her website down and concentrate on writing hand knitting and crochet patterns. But she needed a place to do that, a happy place.  A room she had in the basement previously for storing cones of knitting yarn was the ideal spot. She had always intended to paint a mural on one wall, so it was painted sky blue.

Mariette’s original idea was to paint a mural of her grandmother’s garden in Belgium. Now since she has three great grandchildren, 2 girls and one boy, she thought it would be fun to paint a whimsical garden mural for them to enjoy. She often teaches her children and grandchildren about Belgium in her family room which is decorated with everything she brought when she came to America.  So, it made sense to use a room just off the family room to show them her love for crafts.

Garden Wall Mural


Mariette searched online for help and came across My Wonderful Walls stencils and an idea was born.  Being an experienced painter, Mariette didn’t have much trouble using our self-adhesive wall stencils to achieve her vision. She even kept one wall for the little ones with a white board where they can draw.  The room is vividly colorful and happy and indeed is called, “Nana’s Happy Room”.   Mariette has visitors from the neighborhood come to see her happy room. Her neighbor’s ten-year-old son even called it, “the coolest room I have ever seen”.  Pretty good testimonial right there.

Mariette suggests taking great care with your brushes as she always does. When she is done with each color she places her brush in a little pail of lukewarm water with a few drops of shampoo. At the end of the day, she places a dab of shampoo in the palm of her hand and “swooshes” each brush around until no color remains. Each brush is treated this way, then rinsed, wiped with a towel and left to dry overnight with the brush end up. Smart advice for anyone looking to paint a lovely wall mural.

Flower Garden Wall Stencils

Whether you want a space to paint, to write, to sew or to do yoga we agree with Mariette that everyone needs a happy room. And you don’t have to be a great painter to create something for yourself or your family like this special room. Our self-adhesive wall stencils and wall decals make it easy to get your happy on! Let us know if we can help you create the room of your dreams.

How to Decorate a Big, Blank Wall! 0



Striped Wall decorIf you’re lucky enough to have a lot of space in your home and a lot of walls, you may have faced this issue we know here as the “ugly wall problem”. This is when you have a big, blank wall that is just screaming out for some attention. Wall décor can be a very personal thing, so we understand if you have hesitated to take the dive just yet. But with Spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to think about beautiful wall décor for your home. By adding some art to a large, empty wall, you can break up a space, add interest and draw the eye away from other areas of the room that maybe you don’t like as much! And with today’s products, you have so much flexibility to create an entire wall mural or just a few accent pieces with ease. Here are a few of our favorites:
 

Wall Stickers


My Wonderful Walls offers high-quality wall stickers in both kits and as individual pieces for kids’ rooms and grown up spaces. With a fabric wall decal from us, you can choose to add one large sticker to a blank wall or create an entire wall mural. For kids’ rooms, we suggest checking out our popular Forest Friends Wall Sticker Kit or Jungle Safari Wall Decals. These are great for both nurseries and kids’ rooms. 

Lyra Constellation Wall Sticker

Grown-ups love our wall decals too! Try a beautiful constellation decal from Elise Mahan. These astronomy and nature inspired decals come in sizes up to and are sure to make you smile in the morning. Need a little more inspiration? Try an inspirational quote decal from Valentina Harper like this Today is Going to Be Awesome floral wall sticker.
 

Wall Stencils

Cherry Blossom Decor

Stencils give you the flexibility to paint in any color scheme you like and with our self-adhesive stencils it is easy to use and re-use each one so you can get creative with your décor. A large wall may be the place to add a flower pattern like our new English Rose Stencil or Cherry Blossom Stencil Set. These stencils are super easy to paint, clean and repeat so you can fill a wall with flowery goodness in no time. You can also create a stunning focal wall with our pattern stencils. Try a fleur de lis pattern or herringbone pattern and up your room’s face value instantly.
 

Mirrors

Mirrored Wall Decor


In addition to adding some beautiful designs on your walls, you can do things like add an artsy mirror to break up a large, empty space. Mirrors are also great for making rooms appear larger than they are. Instead of opting for one big mirror, you can also add several mirrors in different shapes in sizes for a reflective wall.


Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves


If you’re looking to add character to a blank wall, go with a floating shelf and layer framed art prints and/or photos with accessories of colors different than your wall color. For larger walls, add more than one shelf at staggering heights for a trendy look that is sure to draw the eye in.


 Chevron Cool

Chevron DIY Wall ArtAdd some color and texture with this DIY Chevron Wall Art you can easily create using wooden shims, spray paint and picture hanging strips. You’ll also need a saw and some newspaper. If you don’t feel like being quite that crafty, try our Chevron Stripe Wall Decals in multiple colors, widths and lengths to create a similar looking wall. The best part about our striped wall decals is you can change your mind on the colors in six months and easily change your decor!

   

 

 


Chevron Wall Decals 

 

 

All in all, it is very easy to add some flair and fun to a large, blank wall. Just use your imagination and the possibilities are endless. If you choose to use or wall stickers or stencils to dress up a boring, blank wall, let us know by sending before and after pics to info@mywonderfulwalls.com and maybe you’ll be our next blog feature!

Five Hot Home Decor Ideas You Can DIY for Less 1

If you ever puruse the decorating magazines whilst waiting in the checkout line or  spend a lot of time checking out the latest décor trends on your computer, you may be dreaming of creating something new and fabulous this year. But for most of us, the cost of staying on top of the “hottest trends” in home décor can be prohibitive. Well we’re here to give you hope with five hot home décor ideas you can DIY for much less than you can purchase and many are super simple as well! Ready? Let’s create!


Paint Your Own Milking Stool

If you’re looking to add some antiques or antique looking furniture to your home, today’s trend is to mix and match pieces of different eras and places. Maybe you’d like a little chic French countryside feel in your kitchen? You can spend a few hundred on an antique milking stool with lettering or you can DIY one for yourself! If you’re lucky enough to find a castoff stool like Erin at Elizabeth Joan Designs did, you can easily use some printable graphics and a little elbow grease to create a lovely French Lettered Milking Stool. Ooh la la!

Monarch Butterfly Art
Elle Decor reported the butterfly effect would be taking hold in 2017. You will see these beautiful, colorful creatures on walls, upholstery and more. You could buy some very beautiful butterfly wallpaper or you could add your own fluttering butterfly motif to your walls with butterfly themed wall decals or butterfly wall stencils for much less and with less fuss. The beauty of wall stencils is you can choose the colors you like for each butterfly and add texture and depth by blending colors. Wall stickers make it easy to change out your décor as the trends or your own personal taste changes.

 Wine Cork Board

Cork is hot again in 2017 according to Domain.com. It will be popping up on walls, furniture, floors and taking over entire rooms this year. Cork is great for adding a warm tone to any room and also for absorbing noise! Rather than pay someone to install a cork wall for your den or home office, you can DIY one yourself with these easy steps from Jenny at Jenny Collier . Not quite ready for that much cork? Check out this old window turned cork board from Jessica at Mom 4 Real.

Painting Faux Marble
Marble is also popping up all over in 2017 from walls to counter tops to tables. But if you want to add the look of marble to your kitchen or dining room without the expense, use this technique for painting faux Carrara Marble from Diane at In My Own Style.


DIY Nailhead Table

Where you’d often see nailhead detailing on upholstered furniture, it’s now cropping up on wood furniture, lighting fixtures and more. Don’t want to spend the money for new furniture? Follow this trend and makeover any furniture piece you want on the cheap by following the tutorial from Jessica at Mad In Crafts.

DIY His and Her Planters
 
If you’re a fan of Jonathan Adler designs you could drop $28 and more on a boy/girl bud vase or you could follow the His & Her DIY Face Planters from Amy at Delineate Your Dwelling for much less. And they are super cute to boot!
 
 
Now that you’ve seen it is possible to add some fun, trendy pieces to your home this year, what will you start with? Make sure to share your pics with us by tagging us on Instagram at @mywonderfulwalls!

Valentine's Day DIY Gift Ideas with Heart Stencils 0

Have you been shopping for your Valentine but feel like you’re looking for love in all the wrong places? Our heart themed stencils are just the thing to let your husband, wife, girlfriend, fiancé, best friend or child know you care! Why buy a box of chocolates or a flower bouquet when you can paint your way into their heart? Our heart wall stencils are self-adhesive so they are easy to use and come in a variety of heart shaped themes so you can paint hearts on your walls, furniture, décor and crafts!

Want to show your honey you are head over heels in love? Start with our Heart Stencil Allover Pattern and create a wall of love! To create a look like this, you’ll need one wall stencil sheet, acrylic paint, foam roller, small brush for details, a paper plate and some paper towels. That’s it! You simply stick the stencil on, paint, let it dry, remove and repeat. You won’t need any glue or tape because our stencils are self-adhesive. Easy peasy! 
 

Heart Stencil Allover Pattern

 

If you’re proud to let everyone know about the love your family shares, create a personalized welcome doormat with our Love Lives Here Stencil. You can get the look shown in the video below by sticking our stencil on a simple doormat (ours was made from coconut material) and painting using spray bottles of fabric paint you can buy at your local hobby/craft store. This stencil looks equally great on walls and can be personalized with your family name. Wouldn’t this make a great gift for newlyweds or new homeowners?

 


Your kids light up your life like a rainbow on a rainy day, right? Now you can show them the depth of your love by painting a beautiful Cloud and Raining Hearts design on their walls, door, or shower curtain. You could stencil this heart design anywhere! What kiddo won’t feel extra special that their parents painted them their own heart mural and you don’t have to let them know how easy it was! 

 Raining Heart Wall Stencil Set

 

Still don’t know what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day this year? Here are five other uses for our fabulous heart stencils:

  1. Paint a decorative mailbox with our heart stencil and then fill it with love letters!
  2. Take an up-cycled wood pallet and turn it into a sign showing off your family values with our Love Lives Here Stencil.
  3. Get practical and paint a shower curtain with fabric paint and our Cloud and Raining Hearts stencil!
  4. Plan a romantic night for your honey and decorate the bedroom door with stenciled hearts to surprise him or her.
  5. Create a backyard love nest (if it’s warm where you live) and paint hearts on a table and chairs, planters or a large heart mural on the fence. Even if it’s not that warm, enjoy it with a cup of your favorite beverage and cuddle up!

Hearts are always a good idea on Valentine’s Day and really any day you want to show your admiration for a special someone. Whether you paint a wall, stencil a door, add hearts to your furniture or create a heart themed craft, you can’t go wrong. Check out all of our heart pattern stencils this February and keep the love going all year long!