glueing fabric to my walls (and a book wreath)

I saw a book wreath by Living with Lindsay a while back and thought it was pretty dang cute.  So I made one.  And then I hung it up on the sad, white walls of my apartment and was a little disappointed: 

That's a lot of white on white - we're not allowed to paint.  Sometimes apartment dwelling sucks.  When I finally own a house, the walls are going to have color!

I didn't want my pretty wreath to go to waste though, so I tried something a little daring and pasted fabric to my wall! (click on the link for instructions and the cornstarch paste recipe).  Ok, so it isn't really daring.  It is actually very apartment-friendly, because the fabric will just peel off when it is time to come down (I can even wash the fabric and re-use it!).  A little color goes a long way, don't you think?


It was so much fun I have been looking for other places to paste fabric.  Like this little peekaboo of color I added to the peephole on our front door:  


I still have about a quart of cornstarch paste left over.  This could get dangerous.

29 comments:

Laurie Anne said...

What a great idea! The wreath pops now...it's too bad you can't frame the fabric now...or can you?
I especially love the peephole :)
xo

Melanie said...

Ha ha ha! Awesome. I can't paint either, but at least the walls aren't stark white where we live. But still.
Fabric is definitely a good idea.

marla grace said...

i just made the same wreath from lindsay's tutorial!
http://marlagrace.blogspot.com/2010/04/book-wreath-project.html
maybe the wreath would pop from the white if it had a more antique look with the help of brown paint?
the fabric is definitely a great idea!

Danielle said...

That is super cute...I think I might have to try that.

Ashley said...

I love how the fabric turned out! I've heard of using Wonder Under to iron fabric onto the wall, but this sounds easier.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Ashley
http://cuteasafox.blogspot.com

Ana said...

The peephole project is just BRILLIANT!! I loved it!

Izzy said...

Love the paper wreath and the fabric idea! I know hoe you feel since I also don't have my own apartment but a rented one so I can't make any drastic changes!
I framed my peephole with an old green picture frame - it looks so cute and interesting! I like your version as well...

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Awesome... Love the concept and the green behind the book wreath ROCKS!

Katherine said...

Great idea with the fabric. Love the peephole!

Anja said...

Oh, what a pitty we don`t have a peephole!

LOVE TO STITCH BEE TREE DESIGNS said...

love it, love it! Must pass this idea on to DD#3 who is also in an all off white, can't paint the walls apartment too and she loves color. She's been trying to think of a way to add non-permanent color. cyndi

Amanda said...

Great idea. I have some books that were going to D.I. Maybe I need to save a couple.

Angie said...

My mom pasted and entire wall with Strawberry Shortcake fabric when my sister and i were small...I've never heard of anyone else doing it! Awesome! We're renting now, too and I may have to give it a whirl.

Jessica said...

Hey, this is totally unrelated to this post, (but the wreath looks great!) but I just wanted to let you know that seeing your felt playhouse inspired me to make one for my son's first birthday! I just added pics to the flickr group. (or you can see it on my blog.)

Thanks so much for the inspiration!

lifeinredshoes said...

I ove it:)

Kristi @ Creative Kristi said...

I LOVE the fabric around the peep hole! So cute!! :) I have thought about doing this in our hallway instead of peeling 3+ layers of wallpaper- each painted over (can you say: WHY WHY WHY?? lol)
Might just have too now!

Melody said...

Such amazing creativity!! I love it! I hope it's okay that I've referenced your site from my site after completing some of the tutorials you've listed. I LOVE all the beautiful things you make!

claudia said...

If you really want to paint, I know of a house whose walls are in desparate need of paint.... ;)
Cute idea...I may try that in lieu of painting, even though I can paint and don't...

MizAngie said...

Growing up in rent houses taught my mom a few tricks. She covered a 1/2" piece of plywood with fabric (color/pattern is personal choice) and hung it on the wall. Then hung pix, etc, on it as if it was the wall. There are even lighter choices that could be mounted on the wall much easier. She also put 1X2s along the top & bottom of the wall and then tacked fabric to cover an entire wall without having to glue or use lots of staples directly in the wall. Instant accent wall!

erin d. said...

Here is another idea for you! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com/2010/04/non-painting-your-walls-she-erin-d.html

BJ_Mama said...

AWESOME! I love your peep hole!

Riece said...

This is SO CUTE!! If you have a moment, could you email me the name of the fabric you used?! I ADORE that shade of green!

My email is sheriece (at) gm ail [dot] com

Thanks so much!

Kimberly said...

oh my gosh, what a good idea! (I really really love the peephole. I wish my house had one so I could do that too!!) I think I may add fabric to my walls even though I DO own my house and CAN paint... I just like the idea so much. :)

cribs said...

This is a very nice idea! I want to try this out when I have the time!

Annie said...

The wreath is great! Sometimes the stuff you make is a little too... maternal for my taste. I mean, it's nice, but I don't really go for it. But this is awesome!

"This could get dangerous." Hahaha!

Erin said...

Jill

Where did you get your Barrette cards from? I went online and can't seem to find anything. Please e-mail at tessamei@cox.net
Thanks

leaf and letter handmade said...

lovely, jill! that is my absolute favorite shade of green. i made one from that same tutorial and used an old second hand book so that the pages had some color, and the ink was actually green which was fun!
~lindsey

http://leafandletterhandmade.blogspot.com/2009/11/on-cheap-sunburst-mirror.html

The Hillbilly Housewife said...

Oh...not a single wall is safe now!! Which room shall I tackle first? I'm thinking the babies room.

Julie said...

We were living in an apartment when our son was born and I was bound and determined for him to have a real nursery to come home to so I used liquid starch and many yards of pony hide print quilting cotton along the bottom half of the wall. I used the full width (36 inches I believe) as the height then tacked up braided rope to cover where it ended which was also where a chair rail might have been (same height). His room was old-west style and sooo cute. When it was time to move out, I just peeled it all off the walls, wiped them down with some water and washed and folded my "wallpaper" for another project. You really can do big things with the fabric wallpaper treatment.

BTW, I was just introduced to your blog and my brain is just churning with creativity. Thanks for the inspiration.