Inspirational Font Wall

Inspirational Font Wall

This project transfers a large decal to the wall in a block of words that spell out messages.


5 col

Difficulty: Easy

Materials
Message printed on a wall decal sheet – any size to fit your wall space
Rubber squeegee
Tape measure
4’ Level
Scissors
Painters tape
Pencil

Instructions

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CREATING THE DECAL:

  1. Decide how much of the wall you want to be covered with the decal. There is no right or wrong size. Make a note of the width and height that you decide upon
  2. Using a word processer, type up the messages you want for your font block. Vary up the font and sizes for an added design element. Save the file as a .PDF and take it on a USB flash drive to your local print shop for it to be turned into a wall decal. Let the print shop know you want the burnishing* side on the front of the letters. Also let the print shop know the size of the decal from your measurements in Step 2
    *Burnishing refers to the process of rubbing the surface of a decal so it transfers to the wall

    APPLYING THE DECAL TO THE WALL:
  3. Measure the length of the wall and mark the center point with a pencil. Take the width measurement of the decal from Step 1 and mark it on the wall with even distance either side of the center point. These marks will be guidelines for centering the decal on the left and right of the wall. Check with a 4’ level that the lines are straight
  4. Measure the height of the wall and mark the center point with a pencil. Take the height measurement of the decal from Step 1 and mark it on the wall with even distance top and bottom of the center point. These marks will be guidelines for centering the decal on the top and bottom of the wall. Check with a 4’ level that the lines are straight
  5. The decal comes with three layers: waxy paper on the front, the vinyl text in the middle and thick paper on the backside. While keeping all the layers together, cut off excess paper from around the edges of the block font decal
  6. Lay the decal with the waxy side face down on a flat work surface. Starting at one end, peel the backside paper off of the decal letters (See image below)
  7. Carefully hold the decal up to the wall with the help of a second person holding one end. Make sure it’s lined up with the pencil marks from Steps 3 and 4. Secure in place with small strips of painters tape
  8. Once the decal is in place, apply pressure with a rubber squeegee in an up and down motion starting at the center of the decal and working towards the edges to make sure it’s securely adhered the wall. Carefully peel off the top paper layer leaving the letters in place. If a letter starts to lift off the wall, place the paper back over it and reapply pressure with the squeegee to secure it. You can also use your fingers to press the letter down without the paper over it (See image below)

Tip: Check for air bubbles in the lettering. If you see one, use a squeegee directly on the letter to press it out. Start at the center of the letter and move to the outer edges. Repeat as needed for all bubbles

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