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Topic: Black ConTact paper wardrobe art+more (pic heavy) (EDIT: added how-to pg1)  (Read 4803 times)
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« on: February 18, 2009 07:03:36 PM »

Hi!

After seeing this instructable; DIY Vinyl Wall Art  http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Vinyl-Wall-Art/
I was really interested to try it on my plain boring white wardrobe! Wink
I live in New Zealand, and so was surprised when I was able to buy the "vinyl" suggested in the instructable, conTact paper at my local Warehouse for $5 NZD.
Then I pretty much went wild with it, using inspiration from websites such as blik.com... anyway, heres the pictures:

I pretty much just free-handed the branch, each twig is made up of seperate pieces of vinyl, so it was easier to put together. The leaves and flowers I cut out with scissors and then the details with a stanley (exacto) knife. I got the silhouettes of the birds off the net.

Then I decided to make a frame around my whiteboard too! I just used a repeating pattern all the way around.

And, because there are a heap of butterflies in my room, I had to try one out in this stuff. It took a LONG time to cut out!


This stuff as far as I know is used to cover shelving, and its removable after you've stuck it on. I've had no peeling back off the wall so far (after around 2 weeks), even in the heat of summer here! Overall, a cheap and fun way to make changeable decorations. And I still have some of the original roll left...
Any comments/crit would be most welcome. Grin



Thanks for the nice comments everyone!  Grin
Quote from: SkyyAngellink=topic=292952.msg3330073#msg3330073 date=1235015387
Ooh pretty! I too love the whiteboard border!! How did you do the repeating pattern?

I thought I'd do a quick 'paint' diagram to show how I made the whiteboard border. It takes a little planning, and then quite a lot of cutting out Wink but its worth it in the end. I thought it might also be cool to make a little frame on a wall with an actual photo in it too...

Anyway, first I searched google images to find a "baroque" style frame. I found an image I liked (sorry, I can't actually find it anymore!) similar to this one:
http://www.ochigo.co.uk/acatalog/baroq-photo-frame-blk-2.jpg
and copied+pasted into paint where I enlarged a section (half of one side of the frame- as the side is symmetrical) plus a corner (seperately), printed it and then cut them both out. This meant I had a section I could repeat.
Then I measured the sides of my whiteboard, and calculated how many 'repeats' I would need for each side. e.g for the long side I needed 4 and a bit cut outs.
Then I outlined/traced the cutout onto the back of the conTact paper (its like duraseal to cover books with- it has a paper backing you peel off and can draw on). You have to remember that what you trace will come out backwards when you cut it out! And cut them out with scissors. Then using a stanley knife, cut out all the inside parts.
Here is a "rough" outline of my corner and side repeat parts.

Note: if you can its best to draw as many of the outlines together as you can across the width of the paper so you have less visible attachment lines when you stick them up. I attached the corner bits to the vertical side pieces (not to the horizontal ones!).
This shows how I placed the cutouts around the frame:

Remember you have to flip the side piece cutout when drawing next to the 'original' piece as you want the pattern to be symmetrical and repeating.
When you find a gap that is too small for an entire side piece, I just guessed at it, and semi altered the side piece so it looked like they flowed into the next piece.
When you are ready to attach to the wall, just peel off the backing and smooth onto the wall. You can remove if you did it wrong, and replace.
I hope that hekps! If anyone has any questions please ask  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2009 07:11:59 PM »

you went contact paper crazy! (crazy in a good way!)  It all looks great!  detail around the white board is insane! (insane in a good way!)
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009 07:21:31 PM »

that looks awesome I dunno if i have the patience to do that
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2009 07:24:00 PM »

this looks awesome.  I am wanting to try something similar for my daughter's bedroom makeover. 
thanks for the link.!
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2009 07:36:37 PM »

I love the frame for the white board!  How long did that take to cut?
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2009 07:49:33 PM »

that frame is stunning. brava!
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2009 07:49:47 PM »

Ooh pretty! I too love the whiteboard border!! How did you do the repeating pattern?
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2009 09:21:43 AM »

The stuff looks wonderful and I'd say professional. I'll definitely try it myself. The pics are BTW also great!
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2009 10:09:44 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments everyone!  Grin
Quote from: SkyyAngellink=topic=292952.msg3330073#msg3330073 date=1235015387
Ooh pretty! I too love the whiteboard border!! How did you do the repeating pattern?

I thought I'd do a quick 'paint' diagram to show how I made the whiteboard border. It takes a little planning, and then quite a lot of cutting out Wink but its worth it in the end. I thought it might also be cool to make a little frame on a wall with an actual photo in it too...

Anyway, first I searched google images to find a "baroque" style frame. I found an image I liked (sorry, I can't actually find it anymore!) similar to this one:
http://www.ochigo.co.uk/acatalog/baroq-photo-frame-blk-2.jpg
and copied+pasted into paint where I enlarged a section (half of one side of the frame- as the side is symmetrical) plus a corner (seperately), printed it and then cut them both out. This meant I had a section I could repeat.
Then I measured the sides of my whiteboard, and calculated how many 'repeats' I would need for each side. e.g for the long side I needed 4 and a bit cut outs.
Then I outlined/traced the cutout onto the back of the conTact paper (its like duraseal to cover books with- it has a paper backing you peel off and can draw on). You have to remember that what you trace will come out backwards when you cut it out! And cut them out with scissors. Then using a stanley knife, cut out all the inside parts.
Here is a "rough" outline of my corner and side repeat parts.

Note: if you can its best to draw as many of the outlines together as you can across the width of the paper so you have less visible attachment lines when you stick them up. I attached the corner bits to the vertical side pieces (not to the horizontal ones!).
This shows how I placed the cutouts around the frame:

Remember you have to flip the side piece cutout when drawing next to the 'original' piece as you want the pattern to be symmetrical and repeating.
When you find a gap that is too small for an entire side piece, I just guessed at it, and semi altered the side piece so it looked like they flowed into the next piece.
When you are ready to attach to the wall, just peel off the backing and smooth onto the wall. You can remove if you did it wrong, and replace.
I hope that hekps! If anyone has any questions please ask  Wink
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galaxe_grl
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2009 06:53:59 AM »

I am in awe of your patience!  It looks great. 
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