Print Rooms

How to apply photocopies of any non-copyrighted material directly to walls for a one-of-a-kind look.


Enlarge Image The "frames" are photocopies of one drawn by an artist, then reproduced to fit around each print.

Look for books, calendars, postcards, small posters, photographs, and other printed materials to find designs too pretty to be left on the page. Make sure you are in no danger of copyright infringement if you photocopy the materials you selected.

Photocopies of vintage botanical prints bring a graceful English garden look to a small powder room.

What You Need:
  • Color photocopies of botanical prints
  • Photocopies of picture frames
  • Clear spray sealer
  • Wallpaper paste or decoupage medium
  • Ruler and level
Instructions:

1. Photocopy the prints and frame, adjusting the sizes if necessary. Trim away any excess paper, then spray the images with clear sealer to help protect the paper from moisture and soil.

2. Using a level and ruler, mark the placement of the images on the wall. Tack them in place with tape and make any necessary adjustments. Adhere the prints to the wall with wallpaper paste or decoupage medium, smoothing out any air bubbles or excess glue with a soft rag and your fingers. After the prints dry, glue the frames over the prints in the same manner.

Enlarge Image Run a row at chair rail height, then border the entire design with braid.

Create the look of tile without the work or expense by framing a mirror with photocopied images.

What You Need:
  • Photocopies of prints or other images that resemble tile
  • Clear spray sealer
  • Ruler and straightedge
  • Wallpaper paste or decoupage medium
  • Mirror cut to fit the tiles
  • Clear clips for hanging the mirror
  • Decorative braid
  • Hot-glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Fray-check liquid
Instructions:

1. Make photocopies of the images so they are all the same size. Trim away the excess paper, then spray the papers with spray sealer to protect them from moisture and soil.

2. Using a level and ruler, mark the placement of the images on the wall. Work around existing fixtures, such as lights, and leave an opening for a mirror.

3. Run a row of prints at chair rail height, approximately 30 inches from the floor.

4. Tack the prints in place with tape and make any necessary adjustments.

5. Adhere the prints to the wall with wallpaper paste or decoupage medium, smoothing out any air bubbles or excess glue with a soft rag and your fingers.

6. Hang a mirror, cut to fit the opening between the "tiles," using clear mirror clips. Hot-glue braid to cover the edges of the prints. Treat cut edges of the braid with fray-check liquid.

Enlarge Image Spice is nice, even as a decorative element.

Look for kitchen-appropriate designs on seed packets and old advertisements, or as small posters and prints.

What You Need:
  • Photocopies of prints, or spice, herb, and other kitchen-style images
  • Clear spray sealer
  • Ruler and straightedge
  • Wallpaper paste or decoupage medium
  • Striped wallpaper or wallpaper border
  • Small-link decorative chain
  • Decorative picture hook
  • 2 decorative tacks
  • Ribbon for bow (optional)
Instructions:

1. Make photocopies of the images, enlarging or reducing for compatible sizes. Trim away the excess paper, then spray the papers with sealer to protect them from moisture and soil.

2. Using a level and ruler, mark the placement of the images on the wall. Tape them in place and make any adjustments in placement and design. Adhere the prints to the wall with wallpaper paste or decoupage medium, smoothing out any air bubbles or excess glue with a soft rag and your fingers.

3. To emphasize the center image and create a focal point, frame it with strips of the wallpaper stripe or border. If the wallpaper has a bow design, cut out the bow and adhere it to the wall, centering it several inches above the center print. If the wallpaper does not have a bow in the pattern, make a bow from ribbon and glue it to the wall. Place a decorative picture hook over the bow. Loop a piece of chain over the hook and to each upper corner of the corner image. Tack the chain to the wall at these corners and trim away the excess chain to create the look that the image is suspended from the chains.

Enlarge Image Border the prints with coordinated grosgrain ribbon.

Large-scale blossoms are grand in a small entryway. For designs as big as these, use full-size posters from art stores or online sources.

What You Need:
  • Large prints or small posters with similar colors and theme
  • Clear spray sealer
  • Wallpaper paste or decoupage medium
  • Ruler and level
  • 1/4-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon
  • 4 decorative upholstery tacks for each poster
Instructions:

1. Trim away any excess margin from the posters, then spray the images with clear sealer to help protect the paper from moisture and soil.

2. Using a level and ruler, mark the placement of the images on the wall. Tack them in place with tape and make any necessary adjustments. Adhere the prints to the wall with wallpaper paste or decoupage medium, smoothing out any air bubbles or excess glue with a soft rag and your fingers. If you place them over wallpaper, use special vinyl-to-vinyl wallpaper paste.

3. Run the ribbon around each frame, tacking it at the corners. If necessary, tack it in place with glue to keep it from sagging.

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