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DIY Wall Paper

If you don’t want to invest in wallpaper or deal with the sticky mess of putting it up, I have an idea to share with you for a child’s room…

My older son loves maps, geography and flags, so it was only appropriate to include that look into his tween room. Of course, there was the option of doing a mural or buying something large and expensive for his wide back wall. However, I realized that we had two old Road Atlases in our car, I took apart one and decided to use it as wall paper.

There is no secret to putting it up.  I used scotch tape to attach them to each other and taped them to the wall.  Super easy.  Yes, it takes about 3 hours, but so does putting up wall paper if you haven’t done it before.

Sam loves it and I love the pattern and texture it adds to the room.

To top it off I had to add the American flag as a beautiful bold statement over his bed that represents how all these maps are connected.

You don’t have to use maps! This would work with pages from your favorite children’s’ book, quotes, images of your favorite artist, etc.

Most of all be creative and have fun.

Have a wonderful weekend!




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  • Amy
    August 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Very cool, and frugal! For my son’s room I got a huge pack of silver vinyl stars in varying sizes and alllied them all over one wall, and to be extra nerdy I hid the constellations that correspond to our astrological signs, within the field of stars. My dog is named after a star too, so his constellation is up there too! I love this idea of a wall/backdrop that has some personal meaning. Great job!

    • Melessa
      August 24, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      I know! I’ve seen that super cute wall. I totally love it. We might need to make that a post too.

  • Beth
    August 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love this!

  • Leann
    August 24, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Cute, cute, cute!

  • Lillian
    August 24, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    What a fun idea!

  • Anonymous
    August 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Seriously!!! You never cease to amaze me with your awesome ideas!!! LOVE!!!

  • Elane Teasdale
    August 24, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Wow!!! LOVE IT!!! If I attempted this same feat I just don’t think It would look the same. It is a God given gift you have!!!!

    • Melessa
      August 26, 2017 at 9:17 am

      I can help you! I’ll be starting decor services very soon… stay tuned.

  • Barb
    August 28, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I love the maps and flag theme.

  • Jo Brown
    September 7, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    This is one of my all-time favorites! My husband loves maps too so I can see this happening in multiple spaces. First, though, I want to cover my whole camping trailer in maps!!!

    • Melessa
      September 8, 2017 at 7:40 am

      That sounds super cute!

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