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Topic: Step Away From The Spray Starch (aka easy removable xmas decals)  (Read 14978 times)
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Queen Mab
« on: November 27, 2011 02:55:04 PM »

Hi guys! I've had such a positive reaction on m blog about these I thought I'd share here too in case anyone was stuck for Christmas decorating ideas in a small space, a rented space or a kid filled space! Wink

Because our house is teeny tiny & I have a 12 month old who would demolish a real Christmas Tree in a matter of moments, I had to come up with a plan B this year, & this is it.





A removable fabric Christmas Tree! So easy I don't really need to explain it too much - cut a bunch of circles in varying sizes from different fabrics, spray starch on the wall, place on fabric, press, spray starch to cover fabric & smooth out/remove excess liquid with a dry sponge. When you want to take the decal down, simply peel off & wipe the wall with a damp cloth. EASY!



So easy that I promptly put up a fabric wreath too - & you better believe I have more spray starch based Christmas ideas bubbling away... it is indeed time to step away from the spray starch.



Thanks for looking & (an early) Merry Christmas!
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2011 03:08:03 PM »

Great idea! Those look really nice.
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2011 03:43:06 PM »

Very cool! I really like the shape, and the red ball details are nice.
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2011 05:54:13 PM »

Great idea. I totally get small house and small children.
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2011 06:25:22 PM »

Absolutely wonderful. I assume that you have done this before, have you noticed any lasting affects to the walls after removing the decals, or is the paint perfectly fine after wiping down the walls after removal?
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2011 07:25:28 PM »

These are adorable.  I was trying to think of something festive to add to a large blank wall we have in the livingroom, and I think your idea is perfect!  Talk about thrifty and fun.  Cheesy
Thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2011 12:26:11 AM »

Absolutely wonderful. I assume that you have done this before, have you noticed any lasting affects to the walls after removing the decals, or is the paint perfectly fine after wiping down the walls after removal?

I haven't personally, but a bazillion people in the past have, apparently it's quite an old technique, utilized by renters in particular! I got the fabric/starch idea from a book that recommended it for renters as a way to hang a type of temporary wallpaper (ie fabric). Google tells me there are no issues after removal, & from what I can see, everything is gone after a wipe down. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2011 03:56:30 AM »

Clever, Simple and very Elegant! Added to my bookmarks and to my wist, :-)
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2011 11:03:14 AM »

I thought this was great!  I visited your original blog post and Pinned it!  (Have you heard of Pintrest... ADDICTIVE!!!!!  Plus, maybe some extra blog traffic!!)
Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2011 02:28:54 PM »

What a great idea, it looks awesome.
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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2011 01:15:49 AM »

What a smart idea! And looks fantastic! I'm not too fuzzed about Christmas decoration and Christmas trees, but even without children I could be tempted by your tree!
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2011 12:15:15 PM »

LOVE this! I'm getting so many ideas in my head, cutting out animals from fabric for a nursery, birds flying and put it over my couch. Thanks for the inspiration!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2011 12:41:55 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2011 07:03:06 PM »

Mom would have loved this idea when we were little!  She got so tired of picking up the tree when she had 3 kids under 5 years old that she finally put the Christmas tree in the playpen where it was safe - LOL - and sad to say it was a family tradition (necessity?) for many years as there were eventually 7 of us kids!.
This really looks great on your walls. 
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2011 11:22:56 AM »

I LOVE this!!! So creative! how did you make your circles?
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« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2011 04:25:09 PM »

Sooooooooooooooooo freaking awesome!!! I will have to do this in my office at work!! How awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!
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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2011 09:11:08 AM »

Very clever!  I have used liquid starch to put up fabric on the wall with no issues at all upon removal...

The spray starch would be way easier and less messy for holding up small pieces!

Thanks for sharing...lovely job on both the tree and wreath...and I certainly will use this idea for other holidays as well!
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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2011 10:41:52 AM »

That's so cool!  I never knew you could use spray starch like that, what a handy tip.  And how clever a way to make your house ready for the holidays but completely safe!
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« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2011 04:51:36 PM »

What a great idea! I especially love the wreath. This would be great in an office too.  Happy holidays to you and your family.
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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2011 02:43:14 AM »

I LOVE this!!! So creative! how did you make your circles?

I just traced around a few different sized things like a tin & a cup etc & cut them out.

To the poster above who said she had all sorts of ideas about cutting out animals etc... I HEAR YOU! I fear my house is going to end up covered in starch & fabric!

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments; these decorations have been making me smile every time I walk in the room; hooray for Christmas!
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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2011 08:39:29 AM »

That looks amazing!  What a great idea for a small space.  Now I want one.
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« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2011 06:34:07 PM »

Oh wow... the tree looks fantastic! My wife and I didn't want to dig out the tree this year and were thinking about doing a tree on the wall made from lights ... but this is so much cooler! I'm gonna have to show her this.
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« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2011 10:44:25 AM »

Amazing idea. This could really work with different fabric decals all the year round - have not known of the spray starch tip before, but now I will be using it a lot I think!
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« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2011 09:12:48 PM »

This is great!  Thanks so much for sharing!  Where do you buy your spray starch?
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« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2011 01:52:09 PM »

what a brilliant idea! I have never heard of using spray starch to stick things to a wall..mind you it is very sticky if you get it on your hands when you are ironing.
it certainly seems a great idea with very small children
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« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2011 08:11:24 AM »

I loved reading this thread, the ideas that spin off. Do you think you can wash the fabric without it fraying too badly?
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« Reply #26 on: December 20, 2011 05:40:01 AM »

Why didn't I look at this sooner!  Very clever and oh so pretty!
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« Reply #27 on: December 23, 2011 07:20:46 AM »

That's awesome I'm totally going to do that next year for my wreth! You're a smart cookie Wink
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« Reply #28 on: December 27, 2011 03:25:32 PM »

That is so cool!!! I wish I had known about that when I was in an apartment or more when I was in a dorm room.  I'd have decorated the crap out of the plain white walls.  Heck I might still steal this idea for other projects.  I never thought about using spray starch.  I had seen an idea where you used liquid starch to "wallpaper" a room using fabric, but didn't think that the spray would work the same but make easy to peel off stickers.
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« Reply #29 on: December 27, 2011 06:03:38 PM »

Bestest. WallDecoTechnique. Ever.

I had never heard of using spray starch for something like this. My head is already spinning with ideas for my house that do not include the use of nails or spackle. This is just too cool!
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« Reply #30 on: December 28, 2011 06:04:22 PM »

very fun!! great idea.
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« Reply #31 on: December 29, 2011 08:46:39 AM »

Neat! I had no idea that they made starch in a can like that!
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« Reply #32 on: December 30, 2011 12:49:14 PM »

I love this idea. We stopped putting a tree up years ago, mainly because we just don't have the room, but also because my dog kept knocking ornaments off of the tree and eating them, haha. Will definitely think about this for next year!
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I thought this was great!  I visited your original blog post and Pinned it!  (Have you heard of Pintrest... ADDICTIVE!!!!!  Plus, maybe some extra blog traffic!!)
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« Reply #34 on: January 01, 2012 03:40:00 PM »

Sooooooooooooooooo freaking awesome!!! I will have to do this in my office at work!! How awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!

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« Reply #35 on: January 02, 2012 07:19:37 AM »

Great for a house full of mischievous kitties too! Noted for next year. Thanks so much!
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« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2012 11:55:39 AM »

What a fantastic idea! Hubby and I have not had a Christmas tree for a few years due to both space limitations and several very busy kitties. I think this is the answer. So, ah, how many days until next Christmas  Wink
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« Reply #37 on: January 03, 2012 04:05:20 AM »

Great idea!!
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« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2012 10:02:04 PM »

I've been looking for a way to decorate w/o loosing my deposit... this is a great idea.
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« Reply #39 on: January 10, 2012 08:39:37 PM »

Wow great tip. I could use that for so many types of decorations. Thanks!
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« Reply #40 on: January 15, 2012 07:28:45 PM »

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing. This idea could be utilized any time of the year! I have some halloween ideas bubbling now... Smiley
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Hey I know this is an old post but thank you for it! I'm going to pm you and find out if they came down ok - I know you might not be watching this thread anymore.

Also - it looks awesome!
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