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ROOST MAKE: Quick and Easy DIY Decals


Decals are absolutely everywhere at the moment, in all colours, sizes and shapes – but I have to say, I find them pretty expensive for what they are, especially if you can’t find exactly the style you want.

So, as per usual, when I’m feeling a bit budget conscious (read: skint), I decide to mess about and find a way of making my own version for a fraction of the price. Today’s post – DIY decals!


You Will Need:

A4 double-sided tape sheets (mine were from Hobbycraft)
Washi tape in every colour and pattern you can find
Stiff card
Sharp scissors

1. Start by roughly planning out which colours and combinations of tape you’re going to use – try little pieces on a piece of paper, because once it’s stuck on that tape sheet, it’s not coming off!

2. Once you’ve decided which tape you’re using, take your first tape sheet and peel the backing off so you’re left with one smooth side and one sticky side.

3. In whichever order you like, stick strips of your washi tape along the STICKY side, until the whole sheet is covered. Trim the edges so they’re neat – this means you can store your sheet away for later if you don’t use it all.

4. Make a stencil from the cardboard for the shapes you’re going to cut out, or use a large hole-punch. We did both, and they work equally well.


5. Cut out your shapes, and arrange your design on the desk – it’s best to get it right before sticking to the wall, because although they’re repositionable to a certain extent, they won’t stay sticky forever (just like real decals!).

6. Gently peel the back off of your shapes and carefully stick them to the wall in whatever pattern you’ve decided.

7. Stand back and admire!


There are so many uses for these little beauties, and they’ll stick to more than just the wall; we decorated a plant pot, a pencil pot, tea-and-coffee canisters, notebooks….. the list is endless!

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  • Reply Jennifer March 2, 2016 at 9:20 am

    They look fantastic! I’ve not heard of the double sided tape sheets before but they look brilliant, I can think of lots of uses for them so thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Molly March 2, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      I’m definitely going to have a go at these too Jennifer!

  • Reply laura redburn March 2, 2016 at 9:42 am

    i make stickers this way sometimes! looks so lovely! (and that cat bag is adorable)

    • Reply Molly March 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      It’s such a great idea isn’t it Laura?!

  • Reply Mel Wiggins March 2, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Clever sausage! I have tried this before but without the sticky back! That’s where I went wrong and the decals just fell off the wall – great tip! Thanks Roosters! x

  • Reply Polly March 3, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    well these are just what i need for Beasties room when I re-do it sooN!

  • Reply Eleanor March 5, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Man you guys are clever! I love a bit of symmetry too, looks so good in collections of things like hooks!

  • Reply Gill Crawshaw March 7, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Hmm, an excuse to buy more washi tape? I’m in! Looks great x

  • Reply Natalie April 2, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Love these! Love pops of colour, and I neeeeeed that green stripey bag!?!?!? Where from!

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