My Wonderful Walls Blog — DIY
How to Stencil Using a Roller with Liquid Paint 0
There are many techniques you can use to paint with your new stencils but one of the easiest is to use a roller brush and either latex house paint or acrylic craft paint. If you have bought a stencil kit from My Wonderful Walls, we do sell acrylic paint kits with all the colors you need to paint your wall mural as shown. But you can also purchase these paints at most craft or big box stores. Here is a step by step guide to stenciling with a roller brush.
- High Density Foam Roller Brushes (you may need many sizes depending on what stencils you are using)
- Acrylic Craft Paint or Latex House Paint (For indoor projects)
- Flat Palette Tray, Old Cookie Sheet or Paper Plates
- Palette Knife or Spatula
- Brush for Shading/Details
How to Stencil with a Roller Brush:
- Start with a clean, dry surface. My Wonderful Walls stencils are self-adhesive so you can just stick them to your walls, furniture or wherever you are stenciling.
- Pour a few spoonfuls of paint onto your flat palette tray or paper plate.
- Using a palette knife or spatula, draw a long wide streak of paint from the spoonfuls. You’ll want it to be shallow.
- Roll your roller brush in the steak until the entire roller is covered with paint. Work it back and forth so your paint will be distributed evenly.
- Draw the roller back and forth over the stencil openings, pressing lightly at first. You can press more firmly as some of the paint is used up. Try to keep the brush as flat as possible.
- Build up the color slowly with more passes of the brush. If you are worried about making it too dark, lift up the corner of the stencil to check. When you are satisfied, you can gently lift the stencil away and let your paint dry. HINT: You can use a hair dryer to speed this process up.
- If you want to blend a second color into an interior portion of the stencil use the tip of the roller only being careful not to tear the foam. You can also add shading with a brush.
- HINT: When not using the roller, keep it in a ziploc bag to prevent drying out. This is especially true when using latex paint. If you still need to moisten the foam, you can roll it over a damp kitchen sponge or spritz it with a little water. Don’t let it get too wet or you will have bleeding with your paint.
This is just a basic overview of painting with a roller brush. When you purchase My Wonderful Wall stencils you will receive a lot of helpful hints and project ideas with your stencils and you can always check out our photo reviews and blog for ideas. If you have any helpful hints for using a roller brush to stencil feel free to leave them in the comments!
From Zig-Zags to Hearts: How to Easily Stencil an Accent Wall 0
Today we have a guest blogger, Ash from Just Measuring Up who along with his wife Eileen are a dynamic team of home improvement and DIY bloggers. Read on to see what he has to say about working with our Hearts Stencils.
Have you ever see a gorgeous accent wall and wished you were able to replicate it?
Well, I have some good news for you! With the right stencil and perfect paint color, it’s super easy to create a stunning accent wall in your home. No artistic ability necessary.
Eileen found a heart stencil pattern from My Wonderful Walls that she fell in love with, knowing it would be perfect in our nursery.
The current pattern on the wall (from the original homeowners) was begging for an update. There were two black zig-zags with colorful squares between them that Eileen and I wished we had painted over before moving in.
And, here’s a picture of the gorgeous after:
It’s like night and day!
How to Paint a Heart Stencil Wall
We usually just paint walls a standard color, so we were looking forward to having a little more fun with this wall.
To begin, I had to first start with a blank slate. This meant removing the current pattern. I used a high-quality white paint from Benjamin Moore and applied two coats to cover the pattern. I was hoping one coat would do the trick, but the pattern was still visible, so two coats were needed.
I did have to use my orbital sander a few times though. Some areas on the original pattern were causing visible ridges. It was a hand-painted pattern and had a lot of paint build-up on the edges of the zig-zag. I thought the white paint would cover and hide it, but I was not that happy with the result. So I just used the sander to make a few areas more smooth, and re-applied the paint.
Soon the wall was a blank white canvas, begging for some pink hearts. I read the instructions for using the Wonderful Walls template and watched their video tutorials on their website. The process was very straight forward.
Materials for the Heart Accent Wall:
- Heart stencil template from My Wonderful Walls
- Quart of thick, high-quality pink paint
- Chalk paint/stencil brush
- Paper towels
- Sheets to protect your floor from paint
- Hair dryer
Here’s a picture showing my setup:
Yes, that was a hair dryer you saw on the list. I should have told Eileen I borrowed hers for this project. She was confused on why I had borrowed it. It came in handy to speed up the drying process for the templates.
So, the template was sticky on one side and adhered very well to the wall. I started on one corner of the wall with the template attached, and started painting on hearts. I did my research ahead of time to know that some of the best results come from using chalk paint/stencil brushes. Luckily Eileen had one lying around that she used in a recent chalk paint furniture redo project.
With these types of brushes, a stippling technique would work best to apply the paint (where you gently pat the wall with the brush repeatedly until the heart was filled in with paint, much like a woodpecker motion - pat pat pat pat).
The key to forming a sharp heart pattern with the template was to use a minimal amount of paint. Too much paint would bleed under the stencil and create wavy edges on the hearts. I had a few hearts like these until I perfected my stippling technique with the right amount of paint.
To prevent too much paint on the brush, I just tapped the brush against some paper towels after each dip. Then I was start stippling the hearts. On average, I filled in around 3 hearts at a time before having to re-dip the brush.
Once all eight hearts on the template were filled in with paint, I tapped the brush on the four registration mark holes on the corners of the template. These left small pink circles on the wall that helped me with placement of the template as I made progress along the wall.
The registration marks were critical in getting a consistent distribution of hearts. The marks were only temporary though. A quick dab of the original white paint would remove them once all the hearts were applied.
After I finished each section, I used the hair dryer on a low speed / high heat setting to speed up the drying of the paint. I needed the paint dry before I could remove the template and reposition for another section.
About 10 seconds per heart with the hair dryer seemed sufficient to remove the template cleanly.
Here’s a picture of the wall after I finished my first section (the template is on the bottom):
The hearts were looking really good. It was just a matter of time now before the whole wall was hearted.
Here’s a close-up of some of the hearts:
Here I am half way through, caught with Eileen’s blow dryer:
After about two hours, here is the completed wall:
Eileen and I loved the way it turned out. We loved the quality of the heart stencil, which didn’t surprise us because we also loved the wall stickers from My Wonderful Walls, which we used in our son’s room.
The heart stencils are simply perfect for a little girl’s nursery. They would also look awesome in a craft room.
Aside from priming the wall from the previous pattern, the stencil took just an afternoon of work.
Overall, the accent wall was completed in a weekend, and Eileen and I were kicking ourselves that it took us so long to rid the nursery of the previous pattern.
Of course, here’s our dog Zeus, making himself comfortable in our updated nursery.
Who doesn’t love those hearts?! What a difference from the zig-zags!
Ash is a DIY blogger who, along with his wife Eileen, inspires others to embark on their own do-it-yourself projects through sharing their tutorials, tips, and ideas. Subscribe to their newsletter for DIY inspiration.
DIY Birthday Party Ideas For Any Age 0
Birthday party planning can be somewhat stressful, especially when the birthday child has very definite theme ideas or no idea at all! Don’t worry! We have rounded up some easy ideas for you to add your child's own personal style to the day and make their party stand out from the rest. You’ll also get bragging rights when everyone at the party wants to know where you got the cool birthday swag. Best part is, these simple DIY party ideas won’t break the bank.
Whether you're looking to create a Princess Party, Mad Science Party, Dinosaur Themed Party, Train Birthday Party or a Fun Tween Slumber Party, you can get some inspiration right here. Some of these ideas are even great for after the party as well!
Perfect Princess Party
There’s only one princess in your house and she deserves a fairy tale perfect party. Give her the royal treatment with this DIY Lace Crown instead of buying a party store plastic and bead crown. She’ll look extra special and you’ll be her hero. You can even create extras for the party goers.
If your princess would rather throw a baseball than a royal ball, bake this Couture Princess Sneaker Cake and score a home run. This recipe provided from Parents.com is easily made with store-bought ingredients. Not only does it look adorable, it will be made with love.
When dinosaurs are your kiddo’s favorite thing, you throw them a dinosaur themed birthday party. Instead of spending a fortune on goodies and games, how about making your own like this Dinosaur Fossil Activity fun for girls and boys! Danielle at A Crafty Spoonful shows you how to get ready for a prehistoric good time.
Add a fun DIY Dino Tee for the birthday guest of honor and they’ll be roaring with delight. Check out this no sew idea from Melissa at Sippy Cup Mom. How fun would this be for Halloween too!
Blind them With Science
If your kiddo is a fan of weird science, check out this Elephant Toothpaste Experiment idea from Come Together Kids. You just can’t have a cool science themed party without the kids doing some experiments, right?
The other ingredient that is a must for any fun party is a cool cake. How about this beautiful (yet scientific!) Surprise Cake for your future Madame Curie? You could easily change the colors on this if your birthday child is not a fan of pink and purple.
Train Lovers Party
When it’s all about the engines and caboose, you know your son or daughter wants a train themed birthday party. If you’re looking for something different to entertain your guests try our Train Track Decal Set and some play trains! Perfect for walls but even great on the floor so little engineers can play pretend for hours on end. (Thanks to customer Bill W for the pic.)
Don’t let the fun stop indoors! Head out to the back yard for an “InTraining” Obstacle Course like Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with me came up with for her five-year old’s birthday party. You don’t have to follow her ideas exactly but this should give your mind chugging along with inspiration.
Craft a Great Birthday
If your child or tween is looking for less of a themed party and more of a fun slumber party, she may be asking for a craft to do with her friends. Try this DIY Dreamcatcher idea from Art Bar Blog and make sure each guest goes home with something they made themselves.
Teens may be “too cool” for crafts and party games but one thing most love is taking selfies with their friends. Give your teen girl a beautiful backdrop for her pics with these easy to make DIY Rosettes. These are also perfect for a bridal or baby shower!
Whatever type of party you are planning this year, you can make it extra special with a little creativity and time. Let us know in the comments below what you'll be whipping up for your next party.
Top Ideas to Decorate With Tree Branches and More! 0
If you love nature and want to bring a rustic feel to your home, you can easily create some DIY Tree Branch Projects in any room. Upcycling tree branches that would otherwise end up as kindling or wood chips is not only earth friendly but stylish. Whether you are working on a kid's room or your own space, decorating with tree branches and logs can bring the outside in and make your guests ooh and ahh! Here are just a few ideas we love:
Tree Branch Chandelier
Don’t fret when a storm knocks down those big branches! Turn them into something beautiful like this illuminating chandelier from Magdelena at Mama is Dreaming!
Birch Tree Placemats
Have a birch tree that needs a little pruning? You can turn those cut branches into a unique place mat as shown by Lucy in this Ehow.com post.
DIY Log Vase
Create a rustic vase or candle holder with a few simple steps and logs from your back yard. Britt from Hello Honey shows you how easy it is to create this natural décor.
Branch Seed Stakes
Following the idea of waste not, want not you can create fun seed stakes from the multitudes of branches you’ve collected through the winter and spring storms. Susan at Home Road shows you how.
Toy Tree House
Get the kids in on all the fun with a fabulous toy tree house made from branches and wood cutting boards. You can get super creative with this idea from Alex at Northstory.
Looking for more ways to bring trees into your decorating? Whether it’s a nursery, child’s bedroom, living room or your own bedroom My Wonderful Walls has beautiful tree stencils and wall stickers to create everything from a garden mural to a family tree! Check out our newest Breezy Tree and Birds Wall Decal for a natural looking tree with white birds and leaves. Or go for our super popular, colorful Birds and Tree Branch Wall Decals. You can also paint trees on your home furnishings with our easy to use stencils for a fun forest inspired room. Let us know if we can help you find the perfect tree design for your space and if you try any of these tree branch projects, comment below!
Decorating with Elephants 0
The elephant is widely considered a symbol of good luck and good fortune. If you look all the way back to ancient times, elephants take on an even more significant role in several cultures and religions. The white elephant is even said to be an incarnation of the gods in some cultures. Elephants can also be a symbol of wisdom and strength. It’s no wonder we find elephants in so many forms of art, literature and home décor. Who wouldn’t want to surround themselves with good luck and wisdom? If you love this amazing animal as much as we do here at My Wonderful Walls, you can easily add some elephant décor to your home. We have several products to help you show off your love of the giant mammal. And if you want to bring your elephant obsession to more than just your walls, we have a few ideas below to help you add some fun elephants in any interior decorating scheme you choose.
Start with the walls
We have several different elephant wall decal options to choose from as well as an amazing elephant in our Jungle Safari Wall Stencil Kit if you’re decorating a nursery or child’s room. Two of our newest elephant decals are the Colorful Elephant Wall Decal and Black and Grey Elephant. Both feature an intricate floral design and are available in 4 great sizes up to 39.5” w x 48.7”h for a big impact!
You can also add a fun DIY Elephant Key Hook to your wall with this easy to follow idea from Creative Soul Spectrum. Though cutting off the lower body of the elephant may not sit well with some, you’ll have a super cheery key rack when you’re done.
Create your own Elephant String Art with this tutorial from Erin Spain. You can easily add this to a nursery or use at a baby shower for some unique décor. And once you’ve got the elephant down, you can adapt this to any animal or design you want.
Make your elephants rock
If you’re good with a paint brush and have some time, check out this video on painting a beautiful elephant on a rock. The video was intended for those wanting to make money with their rock painting, but you can just follow along and create your own for fun.
An elephant to cuddle
Prefer something a little softer than a painted rock? How about a sock elephant you can sew yourself with these instructions and free pattern from Craft Passion? These are great for kids and in nurseries but let’s face it, sometimes even us grown-ups want something cute to cuddle.
But if you can’t or won’t sew, here’s an easy No Sew Elephant Pillow you can make with the kids. You’ll be able to print PDFs to trace the elephant on to your fabric so there's very little artistic skill required.
An outdoor elephant
Want to add an elephant to your yard or garden? Try making a Clay Pot Elephant (scroll down). There’s even ideas for other jungle animals you can create and have a full safari in your back yard!
Throwing an elephant themed baby shower or gifting a basket to a friend who’s expecting and loves elephants? Create these super cute elephants from baby washcloths and you’re sure to get a big thank you.
If that’s still not enough elephants for you, check out our throw pillows and blankets with elephant designs and add a few extra touches to any elephant themed room! However you choose to incorporate elephants into your decor, they are sure to add the promise of good fortune and wisdom.
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.
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.
Creating a whimsical nursery with feather accents? How about this DIY Gauze Swaddle Blanket from Miggy at This Little Miggy Stayed Home?
Add instant elegance and glamour to any room with this DIY Feather Pendant. Laura from A Beautiful Mess shows you how.
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.
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!
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.