Wall decals are all the rage, but they come with a pretty hefty price tag. If you like the look, why not make your own using a few easily sourced materials. They’re also simple to remove – just warm them up again with your iron and peel them away from the wall.
Gather your supplies
• 1m charcoal-coloured fabric
• 100cm x 90cm fusible iron-on webbing, such as Vliesofix
• Large sheets of paper or newspaper
• Iron and ironing board
• Pins, scissors and baking paper
Step 1 Use the Kite Diagram (above) as a guide to draw up desired size on paper. The diamond of the kite here is 700mm at its longest point and 400mm at its widest point. You can be as free as you wish with kite tail, adjusting it to trail around artworks on your wall. Cut roughly around kite outline.
Step 2 Lay design onto fabric to determine the most economical layout – the tail can be cut in sections, then joined as you affix it to the wall. Try to place joins under kite ribbons.
Handy tip! You can trace the kite design directly onto the paper side of the webbing, and cut it out with a 1cm margin, before ironing it onto the wrong side of the fabric and trimming to correct size. This is less wasteful and makes it easier to manipulate the pieces. Remember your traced pieces will be back-to- front when placed right-side up on the wall – reverse the original design, if necessary.
Step 3 Using an iron, press webbing onto back of fabric. Pin design onto webbing- backed fabric and cut out all pieces of design.
Step 4 Unpin pieces of design from webbing, then peel off paper backing of webbing. Holding kite diamond in 1 hand, iron into place on wall using other hand. (It’s a good idea to keep your iron off paintwork by placing a large piece of baking paper between iron and fabric.)
Step 5 Repeat to fix kite tail to wall, remembering to hide joins behind kite ribbons wherever possible.