DIY Faux Wallpaper... With a Sharpie!

2 Materials
6 Hours
Hi! It's Jess from Jessica Welling Interiors. My two girls and I are currently working on their big girl bedroom makeover. We were originally planning to use floral wallpaper on one accent wall. But there was a lot of drama over choosing just the right wallpaper. So finally it occurred to me that I could draw my own faux wallpaper print on the wall instead! What's the worst thing that could happen, right?And guess what? We love how it turned out! So today I want to show you how to make your own faux wallpaper accent wall with a Sharpie! Really!This is before... I know it wasn't that bad, but we're going through a style change, and the kiddos really had their hearts set on bunk beds, so it was time for a makeover.
I started by painting the light blue walls my favorite white- Polar Bear from Behr. I chose an eggshell finish, which worked really well for this project. If you plan to draw on the wall with a Sharpie, I wouldn't go any shinier than eggshell because the marker won't perform well.
I started experimenting with my print on paper, and I made sure I had at least five different flowers and vines to add variety to the pattern.
I started by drawing bunches of the main roses and their leaves. As you can see, they're very loose and really simple. Some bunches had two, and some had up to four roses. I tried to space them out over the whole wall.
Once the roses were done, I started to draw the long, winding vines around them. Once that was finished, I moved on to the next flowers.
It's not perfect, but that's kind of the whimsical look I was going for. And of course the kiddos weren't going to let me have all the fun!
I even hid a couple of alpacas in with the flowers to surprise the girls!
And that's it! You can follow along with the rest of the bedroom makeover here. We'll be doing an upholstered window seat, throw pillows, desks, and even a DIY chandelier!
Don't be scared. Try it! For more fun kids' decor ideas, come check out my blog!

Resources for this project:

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info

Jessica Welling Interiors
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about this project?

  1 question
  • Londa Londa on Oct 24, 2020

    Did you use anything to seal the sharpie drawings onto the wall? I ask because I did a design on a kitchen wall several years ago and now it looks like the sharpie is coming off in places. If you could suggest a sealant, which would you use? just a regular acrylic sealant might work but is there something better that won't stink up my house?


Join the conversation

4 of 60 comments