DIY temporary wallpaper

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Yesterday I realized I never put together the tutorial for the temporary wallpaper I put up in our laundry room.  Oops!
So, here she is!
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I was definitely inspired by the Scalamandre zebra paper.  It’s killer.

I kinda want to put it up in the powder room of our new place.  We shall see.
Here’s what I did to get a fun and cheap temporary version.
What you’ll need:
  • roll of black bulletin board paper (I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby)
  • removable mounting putty or Command Strips
  • razor to trim the edges
  • chalk or paint marker
STEP ONE:  Place a row mounting putty along the top of your wall and then another row every 2ft or so.  (NOTE: I went back later and used Command Strips at the top row only because I was worried the mounting putty wouldn’t hold the weight of the paper long term).  UPDATED!!! Place some Command Strips along the top of the wall and then repeat rows every 2ft or so down the wall.  ** I recently pulled down the wallpaper when we moved out and the mounting putty had actually hardened.  I was still able to get it off the walls without damage, but the Command Strips were SO much easier.  I’d recommend only using the Command Strips. **
STEP TWO:  Starting at the top corner, press your paper into place and work your way down.  Pressing the paper firmly onto the putty UPDATED!!! Command Strip.
STEP THREE:  Once your entire wall is covered.  Use a razor to trim off any extra length.
STEP FOUR:  Using chalk or a paint marker, draw on your design.  I ended up making a stencil for the zebras so I wouldn’t have to free hand the silhouette every time.  Saved a lot of time and stress.

There you have it!  Temporary “wallpaper” that can be pulled down in literally one minute with zero damage to the walls.  That’s my kind of wallpaper.
You can read more about the temporary table skirt here, and the temporary cabinet knobs here.
I’ll be linking up to these fab parties!



  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    that is so fun! what a great idea!

  2. Avatar

    So cute and smart! xo Kristin

  3. Tiffany Avatar

    That is so impressive, the idea and the stencil. You've got mad skills!

  4. Jenny Romaine Avatar

    OMG that is amazing! I had no idea it wasn't store bought wall paper. Bravo, girl!

  5. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door Avatar

    Still my favorite laundry room – ever.

  6. Mindy Avatar

    So awesome. I need a free wall.

  7. Catherine Fuller Avatar

    I love your ideas! Not only am I getting ready to make over our mud/laundry room with a skirt but I am also thinking this temporary wall paper idea would be great in our homeschool room!

  8. redesignedbym Avatar

    That wallpaper turned out super cute! Love the room transformation! ~M.

  9. Melissa Whitcher Avatar

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I always wondered how you did that. Thank you too for linking it up to our Simply Create Link Party! ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. Miranda @ Someday Crafts Avatar

    What a cool idea! This is especially great for renters or people who can't make up their mind, like me ๐Ÿ™‚ We'll be featuring this at Someday Crafts tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Lauren Avatar

    This is so awesome! I would love to feature this on my blog in the upcoming weeks. Also, I would love it if you would link this up at Well Crafted Wednesdays. If you would like to do so, here is the link!

  12. Gretchen Avatar

    zebras! so fun–LOVE!

  13. Mindi@MyLove2Create Avatar

    Soooo cool! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Roeshel Avatar

    It's awesome, Shelley! I love the zebras! I'm including a link back in tomorrow's DIY highlights. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity. Great temporary idea!

  15. Alexis Middleton Avatar

    That's amazing! What a great idea. Love it!!

  16. This Sarah Loves Avatar

    What a great idea! I love that Zebra print too!

  17. Korrie@RedHenHome Avatar

    This is SO cute! Love your zebras!

  18. The DIY Homegirl Avatar

    Hello! I featured your tutorial in a my blog series, Living in a White Box. My series features tips and ideas for how to decorate rental homes. Your chalkboard wall is a great way to personalize a wall when you can't paint, so I had to highlight it! I never even knew this paper stuff existed, either!

    If you like, you can grab a featured button and check out my post at Living in a White Box: White Wall Syndrome. Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity!

  19. Summer Avatar

    Just curious is there any reason this same concept wouldn't work with regular wallpaper? Freehand drawing (or anything that doesn't involve tracing) has never been my strong suit but I'd really like to try this. Thought I'd ask

  20. Summer Avatar

    Just curious is there any reason this same concept wouldn't work with regular wallpaper? Freehand drawing (or anything that doesn't involve tracing) has never been my strong suit but I'd really like to try this. Thought I'd ask

    1. Shelley | Crazy Wonderful Avatar

      Hi Summer! I don't see why that wouldn't work. Even wrapping paper would work!

  21. Kathleen Avatar

    Hi. I know this post is old…but I want to do this exactly except on my painted walls. Can you share your stencil design? I'm not artistic enough to create one but your inspiration is also my inspiration! Thanks!

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      Hi Kathleen! For my stencil I pulled up an close up image of the Scalamandre wallpaper from the internet and placed a piece of paper over my computer screen and traced the image. I knew my project wasn't going to be permanent so I wasn't worried about it being perfect. Since yours is going to be permanent, I would suggest printing off a blown up image of the Scalamandre zebra print and then use actual stencil paper (craft stores like Hobby Lobby sell it) to make a stronger/more precise stencil. Actually, now that I think about it, I used that method when I was making a stencil for some fabric painted curtains here:

      I hope this helps, and best of luck on your project!!

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