Easy Diy Fabric Wall Decals

by Aubrey on August 29, 2011

Have you tried making fabric wall decals?  So so fun, super easy, and way cheaper than the kind you buy. I wanted to have an accent wall to pull my girls room together and a friend of mine shared a great tip for removable fabric wall decals – applique pellon. Two weeks ago I made these cute headboards for my girls room, and for a little whimsy made some crepe paper pom poms to hang from the ceiling.  I decided to do polka dots on one wall to continue with my polka dots theme.  I didn’t realized how much I like polka dots!  (There in my toy room too!)  :-) So if you are looking for a fun way to add a little drama to a room, catch me after the jump for all the details!

How To Make Fabric Wall Decals


  • Pellon used for applique or Heat n Bond will work too
  • steamer or hot iron
  • fabric of choice
  • scissors


Start with a design in mind.  I wanted dots, so that was pretty easy.  I just picked out the colors I wanted and traced out two different size bowls for my template.  If you have a specific theme in mind you could print off a graphic, clip art, or even letters you have blown up on word for your template.

Once you have an idea of what kind of wall decal you will be making, cut out a piece of pellon to fit the size and iron it onto the fabric per the packaging instructions.

Next trace your design onto your pellon and cut out.  Now just pull the backing off and your ready to stick them to the wall.

Take the decal and put it on the wall, place a dry washcloth on top of it and use a steamer to steam it to the wall.  An iron would work as well, but the steamer works a lot quicker, if you have one.  That’s it!

My friend said that they came off her wall easily and left no mess behind, and I had one that came off easily.  I would think that different paint finishes (like flat paint vs. eggshell) would determine how easy they come off.  So if your worried, I would just do a test patch.

These turned out so cute and were super easy!  Really the options are endless.  If you get a chance to make some, let me know, I would love to see how yours turn out!

I’m down to two weeks before baby number three is due…wish me luck!


ps ~ we hung the pom poms with fishing line, so the girls think they’re magic!

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Jocelyn Naquin August 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

What a great idea! The best ideas are usually so simple. I love it. And the girls’ room looks really great.

Wow, only 2 weeks! How exciting. I hope they go quickly for you and you are able to stay as comfortable as possible.


Destri August 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

Aubrey I love the way the girls’ room came out! It looks so fun and playful :)
Now I am trying to remember the dots in your room! Can’t remember! Can’t wait until we see the new little one’s picture.


Aubrey August 30, 2011 at 6:15 am

So I have to laugh because even my diaper bag has polka dots! :)


Mary August 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I’ve done this in my daughter’s room, too. Love that we can change them on a whim and there’s no damage.
The girls’ room looks great. I wish my room looked that cheerful!


Rochelle August 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Great idea, darling room! Love your name, I have a daughter named Aubrey!


stephanie r August 30, 2011 at 7:43 am

I love this idea, we rent so this would be perfect to put up on our boring white walls.

PS. That room is AMAZING!


Keri Christensen August 30, 2011 at 7:44 am

Such an excellent idea!! I only wish I would have known about it a few months ago. My friend who is starting her preschool just spent a lot of time PAINTING a border of polka dots on the wall. This would have been SOOO much easier. Thanks for sharing!!!!


pinky August 30, 2011 at 8:41 am

this is really cute….i’m really going to try this one out…and polka dots are my favorite,,so guess what??? lol…….have to run to a fabric store… yeahhhh


Mac August 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

Thanks so much for sharing this! BRILLIANT idea!


Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage August 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

This is amazing!! :) Love those polka dots!!


Elaine August 30, 2011 at 11:53 am

Cute idea! Wonder if it would work with chalkboard fabric. Hmmmm…


stacey August 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm

i think it may depend on the size of the piece you are trying to put up because (at least the stuff we have at my store is reasonably weighty ) – and i would imagine that you would have to use an iron rather than a steamer because of the heavy face.

that said, i bet the new 3M product – commandeer strips i think they are called may work beautifully with the chalkboard fabric! and they are completely removable.


Amy & Lisa August 31, 2011 at 4:52 am

Wow…I love this idea. My sister in law was planning on putting up circles of some kind in her daughters room. I will share this idea with her, might be much easier than what she was thinking of doing. :)


vanina August 31, 2011 at 2:04 pm

wonderful! thanks for sharing.


stacey August 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm

this is fabulous!!!!! and LOVE the idea of the pompoms hanging with fishing line. thanks so much for sharing this – now i can’t wait to begin on both my twin girls room & their brothers room (then maybe mine, then the sewing room…)


valerie September 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

Love the linens! Where are they from?


Destri September 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

Hi Valerie,
Here is a link to the set she bought
I know she got a better deal on them in the store, so if you have a Kohls in your area, it might be worth stopping in!


Kelley September 2, 2011 at 2:35 am

Hi, really great idea with the polka dots. I was wondering where you bought the letter cut-outs for the names? I’ve been looking for something like this for my son Sebastian’s room. Thank you.


Destri September 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Hobby Lobby! And I love that name!


Stephanie September 12, 2011 at 9:25 am

These are so cute! I love the polka dot look! This room is adorable. You have done an amazing job!


Deb September 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

Help! I tried a test of this using the heat n bond. It ripped the wall off when I removed it. I want to use this on a project where I will have NO control over the paint type so that is not a solution. Is there a difference between the pellon and the heat n bond? Is that worth a try? Or do I just have to give up the whole idea? Other ideas on how to attach things like this to walls? We want to do cut outs of children’s hands and have them use fabric paint to write their names on them. Then attach to a wall. Ideas please…quick!!!


Destri September 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Hey Deb! OH no, did you have flat paint? We used it on eggshell and it worked out great, but I am thinking some flat paints would be a little more…adhesive? Okay. Solutions, I have seen where you can use some kind of starch solution, you could just google that, but I think it can be a bit of a mess.

Also, you could get heat-n-bond light and see if that works better for your walls.

But just a thought, maybe take the heat n bond and apply the fabric to one side, then when you remove the backing try just rubbing it on the wall, with some kind of scraper. Your wall might have enough grab to it that without the heat it stays put. Might be easy for little ones to take off, so try it where they can’t reach?

Hope this helps, let me know!


Vicki October 8, 2011 at 1:39 am

I would imagine steaming the fabric again would break/soften the bond and make it easier to remove without damaging the paint. Same concept as removing wall paper.


Laura November 11, 2011 at 9:11 am

Hi, I love this idea and was searching for some instructions for how to do it myself for my daughter’s bedroom, so thank you for the post. I have some scraps of Liberty fabric so I’m planning to do birds and leaves. I was wondering if this stuff would work as a replacement for the heat n bond?
I’d be grateful if you could let me know what you think.


Destri November 11, 2011 at 10:21 am

Hi Laura, I think that would work great. I love Liberty fabric, be sure to send a picture if the finished project, we’d love to see it :)


Jessica January 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Love the room! I am getting ready to redecorate my girls room and this serves as perfect inspiration. Where did you get the ball type things hanging from the ceiling? Did you make them?


Destri January 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Hi Jessica, she did make them, just follow the link in the post and you’re on your way. They are super easy!


Lisa March 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Where did you get that adorable polka dot bedding? Thanks!


Destri March 3, 2012 at 7:10 am

Hey Lisa, she got it at Target last year…I think it’s gone :(


Jera March 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Thank you so much for this tutorial. We are in the process of redecorating my daughter’s room. She wanted circles on the wall and I was going to paint them. I was dreading spending an entire day tracing circles, taping around them and then hoping I could keep the paint inside the tape. We found fabric that matched her new bedding perfectly (also circles from Target) and it has worked out wonderfully. I did burn my finger on the steamer, but that was minor.


Lynne Schneider May 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I am trying to make airplane wall decals that are removable. Since I’m not familar with Pellon, could it be used on scrapbook paper to make airplanes for the wall?


Destri May 29, 2012 at 5:32 am

Hi Lynne,
Yes, you can use Pellon on paper, but I don’t know how the paper would hold up to steam to apply the decal. You could always test it and see!


Beth January 10, 2013 at 11:03 am

I’m not familiar with Pellon; what Pellon product did you use?j Their website shows quite a few products and I’m not sure which is best to try to fuse to the eggshell-pained wall.


Aubrey January 14, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hey Beth, it’s a light weight Pellon that has adhesive on both sides. Good luck, I hope that helps!


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