I’ve always wanted to use wall decals in my home because it looks so simple, instant wall decor! Unfortunately our walls in New Mexico are textured and it’s basically impossible to stick wall decals on them and have them stay in place.
By upcycling materials around my home from previous projects and some good dollar store finds, I was able to design my own elegant photo tree and I love how it turned out!
I don’t think of myself as very creative or particularly talented because my oldest brother is the true artist in the family. I felt particularly ambitious one day and had seen a wall decal I thought would be perfect for the large empty wall in my living room.
DIY Upcycling Creative & Elegant Photo Tree Tutorial
What You’ll Need
- Lead Pencil (I used a mechanical pencil, if you do this, you’ll need 0.7 or thicker lead and be prepared to go through a few sticks)
- Pencil sharpener if not using a mechanical pencil
- Eraser, preferably an artist’s brand
- Small sponge paintbrush
- Set of small paintbrushes for detailing
- Sample of green and brown (choose your own shade and shine) paint
The fun part is being able to make it your own and tailor it to your needs. I didn’t really have a plan on how many pictures I wanted to put up or what sizes until the end but you can always plan that out.
- Search for inspiration if you don’t already have a specific idea in mind that you would like to draw. I would check out Pinterest and wall decor ideas online and at your favorite stores to give some ideas.
- Using a pencil lightly draw a rough sketch of your idea on your desired wall. Grid drawing is a simple way to achieve your design piece by piece.
- Using a clean, thin paintbrush, outline the entire design for smooth lines. This is especially important for those who have textured walls. Doing this gives you that crisp lines that really make your design look great on the wall!
- Allow to dry overnight and add a second coat of paint if needed.
- Determine where and what size photos you will need and make them using a pencil in the spaces where you would like them to go. I suggest having the larger frames in the middle and branching out to smaller frames.
- I purchased matching single photo frames from the dollar store to save. A collage photo frame could work too!
Here is the final design!
My wall design was so large I couldn’t get it all in the shot!
I loved how it turned out! What do you think?
I enjoyed putting my own creative spin to this project!
Have you tried this before? How did it turn out?
I’d love to connect with you! Please leave me a comment!
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