How to Make Decorative Word Wall Art

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Decorative word wall art is the latest trend in home decor. Designers are using this technique to decorate every room of the house, from the foyer to the nursery. Hiring a professional or purchasing a prepasted design can be quite pricey, but if you have a bit of crafting experience you can easily create your own custom decorative word wall art with a few basic supplies from your local craft store.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Photo editing software
  • Printer
  • Printer paper
  • Tape
  • Graphite paper
  • Laser level
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint pens

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  1. 1

    Open your editing software and choose the desired font. Decide on the poem or text you wish to place on your wall. Type the poem or text in the desired format, and insert any design elements.

  2. 2

    If your printer can produce large-format sheets, size the image to the desired size and print. If your printer does not support large-format paper, size your text to one to two words a page. The first capital letter should be 1½ to 2 inches tall. These pages are your wall stencil.

  3. 3

    Tape graphite paper to the back of your printed image or images. Using a laser level, tape the prints to the wall in the desired location. If you use multiple pages for your text, overlap pages to avoid large spaces between words.

  4. 4

    Use a pencil to trace the outline of the text and any design elements. Remove the paper slowly and make sure the image was properly transferred.

  5. 5

    Trace the outline of your text and any design elements on the wall with a paint pen. Allow the text to dry. Fill in the text and design elements with a paint pen. Allow the text to dry. Repeat fill if needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Print out your entire design on standard printer paper and take to a copy centre to have it enlarged to desired size.
  • Buy high-quality paint pens to avoid dripping.
  • Go slowly and take your time.
  • Use paint pens only in a well-ventilated area.

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