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October 21, 2013

How to Make Silver Wall Decals

You can cut out any shape you want to create these decals, I've just always had a thing for feathers. I used silver leaf to create the metallic look but there's so many great metallic looking spray paints out there, you could definitely get away with using that to save on cost and to make this project a little easier.

MATERIALS

  • silver leaf
  • silver leaf adhesive
  • silver leaf seal
  • paint brush
  • blank stencil sheets or a thicker plastic (ie: ice cream pail lids)
  • dry erase marker
  • craft knife
  • cutting mat
  • damage free wall adhesive

STEP 1

Draw or trace the shape you want onto your stencil sheet using your dry erase marker.

STEP 2

Follow the lines and cut the image out using your craft knife.

STEP 3

Use a paper towel to wipe the dry erase marker off the edges.

STEP 4

Arrange your cut outs in the pattern you want them to appear on the wall so you know which side of the plastic to put the glue on. Follow the instructions for the silver leaf adhesive to apply the glue.

To be honest, my jar was dried up when I opened it so I used an all purpose spray glue which worked just fine. With the silver leaf adhesive you have to give it about 60 minutes to dry and get tacky but with the spray adhesive, it was ready to go instantly.

STEP 5

Gently lay your silver leaf sheet down over the tacky side of the cut out. It's very delicate so you need to be careful when handling it and setting it down. You only get one chance to get it in the right place. It's best to use as big of sheets as you can to cover the cut out. The more seams you get, the more likely the silver leaf is to lift up and expose the plastic underneath.

STEP 6

Press the silver leaf down using a dry, soft brush and gently brush away the excess. I used my fingers to press the leaf down along the edges and then rub the excess off.

STEP 7

Use the silver leaf sealer to finish off each cut out so that the silver doesn't lift off.

STEP 8

Attach your wall adhesive to the back of each cut out and press onto the wall. I used the damage free Command strips to be sure they wouldn't remove any paint when I was re-positioning them or was ready to take them down.

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