The polka dot wall was the most visually impactful features of Eleanor’s old nursery, and it was also an easy and affordable DIY project. Using polka dot wall stickers and a homemade stencil, installation took less than two hours, and it made a huge difference to the room.
How To Install Polka Dot Wall Decals
I used gold dot decals from Land of Nod, but you can find similar ones on Etsy. They’d also be easy to make yourself with a Silhouette or a Cricut, if you’re crafty. I had about 75 sq feet of wall space to cover, and with the spacing I chose, the decals came to $75.
1. Determine Spacing
To start, apply the first decal to the wall. Use a horizontal level to apply a second at a spacing you’re happy with. Mine were 20 cm apart.
Next, measure the same distance directly down from the first and apply a third sticker. Add a fourth diagonally centered between the second and third.
See the order the initial decals were applied in the image below.
2. Create a Stencil
Once you’ve applied a few polka dot wall stickers, you can really make sure you’re happy with how they’ll look. To speed up the remaining installation, make a stencil.
Use as large a sheet of paper as possible, and cut circular holes a couple of millimeters larger than your decals, accounting for the larger size in your spacing. (Please excuse the iPhone photos.)
3. Use A Stencil to Apply the Remaining Wall Decals Quickly
Use the decals you’ve already applied as a guide, and hold your stencil in place with painter’s tape. Then use it to fill in the gaps. In the photo below, the top two dots were my guide, and I used the stencil to add four more.
Suddenly the process gets a lot quicker.
Initial placement and creating the stencil took 30 minutes, then applying the remaining polka dot wall decals took about an hour and a half.
The stencil makes it easy to install the wall decals uniformly. It’s a perfect solution for renters who want a statement wall but aren’t allowed to paint, or don’t have the budget for removable wallpaper.
See the rest of this loft nursery room reveal here.