Posters are great and all, but they’re kind of… square, don’t you think? There’s no better time than when you’re in college or an apartment to create faux quilts, easy wall borders, or simply add fashion-forward accent piece to your walls. But when you’re decorating a space you don’t own, or a space where the walls are made of cinder blocks (like, ahem, a dorm room), you have a few important limitations to get creative within. Read on for one of my favorite ticks for customizing rented spaces.
6×6″ or 12×12″ scrapbooking or origami paper in your favorite prints
scissors or paper cutter
Glue Dots poster roller
Glue Dots are something I discovered a few years ago and find immensely useful. I’ve used Glue Dots to decorate several apartments since they don’t wreck your paint, which keeps your landlord happy (and gets your full deposit back!). I’m partial to the poster Glue Dots because their bond is stronger than the removable version. The removable version is really only useful for temporary purposes like turning a plain piece of paper into a sticky note. The permanent Glue Dots are, of course, the strongest of the three varieties. Info on where to get Glue Dots is at the bottom of this post.
On to the project! You can do this project in no time, but that doesn’t mean creating something awesome is out of the question. In my last apartment, I used scrapbooking paper and Glue Dots to create a faux headboard since my bedroom was excruciatingly small, and I was excruciatingly broke. You can also use paper & Glue Dots to make a cool border along your ceiling if your dorm is in need of some help.
To do the version of the project I’m sharing today, simply cut your square paper precisely in half on the diagonal.
Pick a few colors you like and play around until you find a cute design you like.
Clean the wall you want your paper art on with rubbing alcohol and some paper towel. Let dry. Then, grab a poster Glue Dots roller and apply a Glue Dot to each corner of each piece of paper.
Carefully recreate your design on your wall. Since Glue Dots are nonpermanent, you’ve got some flexibility. If you don’t exactly get it right on the first try, no worries. You don’t have to be a crafty genius to do this project, which is why it rules.
The Glue Dots used in this post were provided by Glue Dots. Opinions shared are my own. You can get your hands on small, non-roller packs of Glue Dots at Dollar General, and roller Glue Dots are available online and at stores including Walgreens, Jo-ann, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Office Max.