This DIY Faux Floral Wallpaper with Sharpie Paint Pen is so much fun to draw. This DIY wall treatment will save you so much money. I wanted wallpaper in my foyer but I didn’t want to put up wallpaper. A template of a floral design was drawn on a piece of plastic and traced onto the wall. Who doesn’t love to draw on the walls?
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I love the look of wallpaper and I love that it is making a huge comeback! Wallpaper can add beautiful colors to a room but I do have issues with wallpaper. Yes, it can be expensive but that is not my issue. My problem with it is that I love to change things up often. Also, if I spend the money and do all of the work to wallpaper the walls, I am going to have to live with it awhile. Probably, longer than I want to.
We purchased our first home in the 1980s and I have lived in 5 homes in my lifetime. I have removed so much wallpaper in every one of these homes. All of the wallpaper was a PAIN to remove. Removing all of the wallpaper has left me with a phobia even though I know that the wallpaper today is easier to remove.
Being drawn to wallpaper that looks hand-drawn, I thought that it would be fun to try to duplicate the look of wallpaper with a Sharpie paint pen. I am wanting wallpaper so if it looks horrible, I can paint over it or wallpaper over it. Also, if you have the paint that is on the walls, you can paint the spot over the area of your mistake and draw it again. I know that because I did that several times and it was an easy fix.
TheProcess*Use a Sharpie PAINT Pen not a Sharpie permanent marker!! I used Medium Point and I used two pens for my wall.
A Sharpie Permanent Marker is very hard to cover with paint. I repeat, do not use a permanent marker. I used two paint pens for my wall that is 65 square feet. You may want to purchase a couple of extra paint pens and return the ones you don’t use so that you don’t have to run to the store in the middle of your project.
I knew before I started that everything had to be straight, even, and almost exact so that it would look like wallpaper instead of being hand-drawn.
I googled pictures of hand-drawn peonies and printed off a few pictures that I liked. Most importantly, I had to find flowers that were simple enough for me to draw. I created a floral design for me to trace on the wall. You can view the tutorial for How to Make a Stencil for a Wall.
Measuring the width of my template, it was 16 inches wide. I wanted to make sure that my floral design stayed straight going up the wall so I placed painters tape every 16 inches on the wall. That made it so easy for me to keep everything lined up and placed perfectly. Trace the design on the wall with a pencil for the first one but I switch to use the paint pen for the rest of the wall.
I made a few small mistakes but it is not noticeable at all. If my paint pen bled, I covered it up with wall paint and a small art paintbrush.
You have to stagger every other row of flowers so that it will look like wallpaper. To do this, I measured and noted that the first flower will be 3 inches from the bottom so every other row starts 3 inches from the bottom. Every time I started a new column going up the wall, I measured the space between the flower and the wall so that my wall would look like real wallpaper.
Everyone that sees the wall asks how long it took me to draw the entire wall. I made the template one evening. I did not want to get a sore neck so I did one vertical row(up and down) a day. It took me one hour to draw one vertical row so basically, I worked on the wall an hour a day. There are 8 vertical rows so it took me 8 days. I could have finished the wall much quicker if I spent more time on the wall each day. I am very pleased with the look of this faux wallpaper. Also, you can view the tutorial for the DIY Orb Chandelier that I made from a thrifted chandelier and macrame hoops.
Maybe this DIY Faux Floral Wallpaper with a Sharpie paint pen will inspire you to draw on the walls!