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Personalize Your Space With DIY Vinyl Stickers and Wall Decals

A few affordable materials can help you brighten up dull nooks

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Photography: courtesy of the Author

One of the biggest complaints renters have is that their spaces don't feel like their own. It can always have an undertone of impermanence. However, when you settle into your home and make it your own, your roots can grow and so can your happiness. 

Getting creative with vinyl wall stickers and decals is a cheap and simple way of dressing up and personalizing a space. I took it one step further with this project and used my well-loved silhouette cutting machine to make my own stickers and a wallpaper for my desk space.

Let these easy DIY ideas inspire you to spruce up your home and make it your own:

1. Stair decals


The staircase has become an important part of a home's design as many homeowners liven it up with pops of color and patterned designs. Since I wanted to learn the Filipino language while adding a little fun to our staircase, I added numerals in Filipino on each step. 

RL Tip: As an alternative, you can add words that bring positive vibes, too. Consider adding words like smile, hugs, and family to decorate the steps.

2. Wallpaper

Design inspiration can really come from anywhere. For me, I fell in love with a tropical pattern on a note card and couldn’t shake the obsession. 


I used the design as inspiration for a wall pattern and created a layered wallpaper out of the decals. Visit bookstores to get pattern and print ideas. Browsing Pinterest can leave you with a ton of ideas as well.

3. Static pattern


Design isn’t just for adults! Use a basic static pattern to modernize and liven up a space for children. I used brush strokes brighten up my kids' art corner and to inspire my budding artists.

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Author's tip: Personal cutting machines can be purchased locally from Cricut Explore Philippines, Lasting Impressions and Hey Kessy. You can also buy affordable sticky vinyl at Red Materials.

Click here to read the complete post with tutorials.

Amber Smith Folkman is one of RL's Style Spotters. She's the lady behind A Momma Abroad, a blog that chronicles her life in the Philippines. Visit her website for DIY ideas, shopping tips, and other fun, interesting topics. Click here to see photos of her home.

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