Painting your walls can be a task a little bit ungrateful when you consider the money spent on the paint color you wish for the room, the hard work to cover it all and the result quite simple, a beautiful colored wall.
With less money and the same amount of labor, you can create very creative, stunningly beautiful walls with a very simple day-to-day accessory: Post-it notes !
Perhaps you have seen already several wall art projects designed with post-its, but in this first guide of our modern decor set hacks we will teach you all the step by step to do this kind of decorative project on your walls and how to make it last for real on your walls.
Walls: DIY Post-It Wallpaper
For decorating your walls like a wallpaper with our post-its, you first need a plan on what you desire to draw. Since post-its are colorful, you have limitless possibilities on what to create, but since we are talking about squares, the desired aesthetic effects will always flirt with pixel art and a very modern outlook, but you can design many different outcomes: a gradient of colors, a pixeled portrait/image, pixeled textures, wording, and much more. Let’s get to the materials you will need overall and then follow the step-by-step on how plan and then apply your art on walls.
– Post-It Super Sticky packs (as many and much colors you want)
– 1 Sheet of Engineering/Graph Paper
- To get started, as we said previously, you have to set first a project of what you are going to design with the post-its. If you want to create something really symmetric and precise, you will make use of the graph paper, that kind of squared paper used for technical projects.
- Take the measures of the wall and create a scale for the squares on the paper. Each square of the paper doesn’t have to correspond to one post-it, but take in mind that each post-it measures 3 inches x 3 inches. With these accurate numbers you can create an accurate as well scale for the paper, but if the measures of the wall are not even numbers, you can create an approximate scale. You don’t have to rack your brain on it, just create a safe pattern so the designing on the wall doesn’t come out asymmetric.
- You will use the colored pencils for that planning on the graph paper. You can purchase the post-its based on the colors you want to replicate from pencils or vice-versa
- When you finished your drawing, just take notes at last on how many post-its you will require for each of the squares on your graph paper plan. If your project will feature blank gaps, you will have to use the tape measure to calculate the starting point, otherwise – a full wall project- you just have to pick a corner and start the hard work.
- We are going to use here the Super-Sticky Post-its. They can last for a very, very long while on your walls, but you can make use of a second safety measure here and glue them with the acrylic sealer. This kind of glue is an excellent aerosol adhesive and even better for paper as it doesn’t stain and change the colors. Spray the area with the acrylic sealer and attach the post-its. If the sealer drys out before you attach all them, you can still spray over the post-its that are already pinned on the wall, they won’t get damaged.
- When you finish the long process of sticking the post-its to the wall, take some steps back and gaze upon your rad work of art!
Now, let’s get to the economics of this project. A regular pack of Super Sticky Post-its, including 16 pads, each with 25 sheets, provides you 400 post-its. Each post-it is 3×3 inches large, make the math on those dimensions for the 400 post-its and you have a 5 square foot coverage!
All that for around $10 to $12 depending on the retailer selling the post-its. So, with around $20 bucks you can create a 10 square foot custom area of walls.