luke and my dad are on their way to go surf churches. my mom and the girls are on their way to the lake to go feed the ducks. i am sitting at a computer icing my big swoolen ankle, which i did a number on last night while playing on the stairs with ivy- rolled it on the last step which is not good when you have a crappy ankle from years of soccer injuries. i am just a little (read: completely) bummed.
so, seeing as i will be out of commission for a while i thought i would type up some directions for those who wanted to know how to make contact paper wall decals. here ya are:
1. go to target, home depot, wall mart, ebay- wherever and get some contact paper. any color, mine is black with a faux leather texture- which at first sounded funny but it turned out cool having a little texture.
2. decide on a design- do a google image search of something you like, copy one you have seen, draw your own, look at flickr, check the wall decals on etsy and attempt to copy one
3. make a template, out of paper or card stock, of the design you want if you are going to do something like bamboo or anything that you will want multiple of the same design- my mom drew two different bamboo segments that we used.
4. trace the template onto the back of contact paper- remember the final product will be the inverse of what you draw, so plan accordingly. or you can just draw on the contact paper, that is what i did for the ferns.
5. cut out design, we used scissors. you could use an exacto (is that how you spell it?) knife, and will need that if you do anything that has small details or cut outs.
6. tape to wall, toilet, laptop, window, lamp, whatever you can think to spice up and see if you like how it looks.
7. peal backing from contact paper and apply contact paper to wall, toilet, window....
8. step back and admire your handy work, and if it's not as cool as you envisioned take it off and make adjustments or buy one on etsy.com