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I've been looking around at my bare walls lately and thinking that they need some dressing up. So, what's the perfect solution? Wall decals, of course!

I have spent countless hours scouring the pages and pages of vinyl wall decals online, but I haven't been willing to part with $50 to $100 for something that I felt I could create myself. And the beauty of making it yourself is that you can make something that is unique and customized to fit with your space perfectly. And if you are impatient like I am, you can have this project up on your walls in a couple of hours from start to finish instead of waiting on the mail to deliver the one you bought online. Sweet. 

Materials - contact paper (preferably a solid color) ($5.68); scissors ($2); X-Acto knife ($5)

Time - approx. 2 hrs

First of all, just want to mention that I have seen this project idea before, but what makes this instructable unique is that it is about making a specific design (i.e., 3 long-legged birdies). Thanks for reading! You can see more at http://31diy.blogspot.com

Step 1: Draw Your Birdie Shapes Onto the Back of the Contact Paper.�

Cut the shapes using the following dimensions (or adjust to make bigger or smaller while keeping the same height-width ratio): The big birdie is 21 cm wide x 13 cm tall, the medium sized birdie on the right is 16 cm x 10 cm, and the small one is 10 cm x 7.5 cm.

Step 2: Cut Out the Shapes.

Step 3: Use the X-Acto Knife to Cut Out the Eyes.

Note: This was challenging, for me at least. If you find that you've accidentally given the little birdies angry expressions (ha ha), then just cut out some more contact paper and cover the eyes. The mistake is hardly noticeable.

Step 4: Apply the Contact Paper Shapes to the Wall.

It helps to lay it out on the floor first, and then peel away the backing and apply it to the wall. But if you do make a mistake, the nice thing about contact paper is that it is removable, so you can reposition the shapes as many times as needed.

Step 5: Here Is Another Decal I Made.

If you would like more pictures of this design or anything, just ask and I would be happy to send you some or post them here. Thanks!
<p>I love this craft!But I added something to it, I cut out a wing and creased it so I can make it fly!:D Thanks for this amazing craft I'm following you now on Instrucables!</p>
That is adorable! <br> <br>never would have thought of it
Nice instructable but I would include the design into your instructable.<br> <br> As you say the unique thing about this ible that makes it different from others is the bird. But I can imagine that people won't be able to replicate this bird easily.<br> <br> That's why this ible would be alot better if a trace plan for the bird would be included. You can add it in word or in pdf save it and then add it to your ible just like you would do with a picture.<br> <br> Other then that great instructable! I'm going to make something for my wall to using contact paper. Don't know if I'll make an ible for it. There are many around here. But I'll surely post some pics :)<br>
That's a really good idea! I didn't know it was possible to add a PDF when I created this, but I will certainly do that soon and add it to my instructable. I would love to see pictures of whatever kind of contact paper wall decal you create. Thanks again for the tip!

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