DIY | How To Create A Polka Dot Wall with Stickers (Quickly)

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.

Polka Dot Wall Decals DIY tutorial
DIY Polka Dot Wall

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.

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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.

Initial placement of wall decals

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.)

Creating a stencil to install wall decals

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.

Applying wall decals using a DIY stencil

Suddenly the process gets a lot quicker.

Applying wall decals using a DIY stencil

Initial placement and creating the stencil took 30 minutes, then applying the remaining polka dot wall decals took about an hour and a half.

Gold Polka Dot Wall Stickers
Polka Dot Wall Decals in nursery with Oeuf Sparrow Crib

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.

Gold Polka dot wall decals tutorial

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See the rest of this loft nursery room reveal here.

See more DIY projects to add to your interiors here.



  1. January 23, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    I am a huge sucker for polka-dots and gold ones in a nursery are perfect! I love how you made it so easy to get them placed just right. Thank you for linking up to The Makers. Hope to see you back next Tuesday!

  2. January 24, 2014 / 12:21 am

    Love gold polka dots on a light pink wall! It looks perfect. And using the decals must be so much faster than painting. Thanks so much for linking up at The Makers! 🙂

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