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« on: May 28, 2007 09:10:46 AM »

I've been really wanting these Blik wall decals for a while now.  however, my budget doesn't allow for them so I set off to make my own.  I used a bird silhouette stencil from the stencilry site (which looks suspiciously just like the Blik decals now that I take a second look...) and printed it out, traced and cut out some scrap fabric, and attached it to the wall using spray starch*.  I'm very happy with the result, although I think I might end up tweeking the positions a bit.



*to attach fabric to the walls using starch, all you need is to saturate the fabric with starch (either liquid or spray) and smooth onto the wall.  it peels off the wall easily when you're done (great for renters!).  any residue on the walls can be easily wiped off with a damp sponge and the fabric can be rinsed out and used again for something else.  it can also be used on many finished wood surfaces and laminate, though I'd recommend trying a test patch to test for residue on very matte walls/surfaces.
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2007 09:57:10 AM »

they look great!! i love all the little wall decals that are out on the market these days..but my are they expensive. thanks for the tip about using starch to attach fabric. i'm a renter and probably will be for a while, so i will definitely try something like this! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2007 10:56:53 AM »

That is so awesome! I love the Blik decals too, but they are so expensive! This is a really cool way to do it.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2007 08:33:21 PM »

Lovvve 'em!  Yours turned out great!

They're definitely the focal point of a room.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2007 08:43:05 PM »

That's a terrific alternative to Blik wall decals!  I'm adding this to my list of things to try Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2007 10:18:59 PM »

AWESOME!!!  ANd many thank yous!!!  My stepdaughter has been wanting to do things to her walls that I know she'll outgrow within weeeks/months.  Now I know how to do them without the permanence.

And BTW....the birds look great!
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2007 01:03:18 PM »

Ok, You=My hero!

I wanted the exact same stencils from Blik too, but, much like you, paying my rent has to come first, and so buying kick butt bird decals that are the same price as a little over a weeks worth of groceries was not in the budget....

I knew that there had to be some solution to making your own, but I hadn't gotten around to finding one yet, and then POOF! I saw this post!

Also, you are further my hero b/c I did not know about stencilry before, and I searched and searched for particular stencils (particularly birds, which I am very fond of) and I just kept getting cheesy, grandma's kitchen variety... so, now I have some of the exact designs I was looking for but could not find! Hooray!
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2007 01:37:08 PM »

Great job Kategirl!!! I have been wanting Blik decals for a while!!

I know this is a dumb question but where do you find starch? Is it sold in regular stores? I've never used it. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2007 03:05:07 PM »

I know this is a dumb question but where do you find starch? Is it sold in regular stores? I've never used it. Smiley

not a dumb question!  you can find starch in normal stores right near the laundry stuff (since starch is meant for use with ironing...  a starched shirt, you know?).  I got mine at kroger, a grocery store chain.  they had one type of liquid starch and a couple different types of spray starch (the liquid starch was $3 and the spray was $1.50 on sale for $1).
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2007 12:17:14 AM »

Omigosh I totally didn't know starch will stick things to walls! That's so neat! You can also get spray starch at the dollar store. (Ask them if they have it if you're not seeing it, because they most likely do.)

Btw, those particular decals are available in re-stick, so you can reapply those. Cost a bit more than the regular ones. I have the hibiscus flowers and banana leaves ones in re-stick, and I haven't reapplied them yet (just moved a few days ago), but I don't think they'll survive too many moves. Just FYI. Also, since they don't make your order until after you buy, you'll have to wait 'bout a month after you order, which so totally sucks. But I *love* the glossy sticker look, and I haven't found a place where you can buy big sheets of sticker paper...

And, yeah they do look suspiciously alike! Stencilry isn't making any money off your use of the stencil, and Blik is losing money (opportunity cost) from you making your own stencil of their most popular design, so what gives?

P.S. It would be a good idea to make them in different sizes so it's not so monotonous. Vectorize them and do as you please...
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