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Temporary Children’s Wall Art

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Vinyl wall décor is all the rage in children’s rooms right now, and this is a simple way to create your own! All you need is some contact paper (matte, if you can find it) and Sharpie pens!

It’s always a special treat when I let the kids use Sharpie pens, and I think using them to decorate contact paper – which we then adhere to the walls of our home – is one of their all-time favorite activities! It’s like drawing on the walls, except you were able to draw on a nice flat table, and you aren’t in trouble for destroying Daddy’s paint job! Emma drew these adorable fish, and Lily wrote her first two letters:

temporary children's wall art

I’m not sure what the rest of Lily’s picture is of, but she sure enjoyed drawing it!

Johnny’s drawing is very whimsical:

temporary children's wall art

My boy loves faces!!!

I’ve blogged about this activity before – here, and here. As you can see from the photos, you can see the edges, but it’s quite faint. They would show less if you cut out a colored-in shape, such as the pink heart Emma drew me.

Do you have a fun way to decorate your children’s rooms?

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

17 thoughts on “Temporary Children’s Wall Art”

  1. This is very cute. We don’t have a lot of wall space anywhere (too many bookshelves :)), but we have a small art gallery on the sides of Anna’s bed. We just tape her pictures there.

  2. I really like this idea! Especially the idea of cutting out around the shapes… Matthew has been wanting planet wall stickers for his room, but everything I’ve found has been too expensive (in my mind, not necessarily his). I’ll see if he’d like to make his own drawings of the planets on contact paper! And it will give me an excuse to go buy a pack of colored sharpies, which I’ve wanted to do for a long time. :)

    1. My colored sharpies were a splurge, but we have all enjoyed them so much!!!

      I bet you could make some fantastic planet wall stickers this way!

    1. I’ve had mixed results with dry erase markers on contact paper (sometimes they wipe off, sometimes not – maybe a brand issue?) But I think overhead markers would be lovely!

  3. Sharpies are a treat over here as well! My youngest writes on all things but paper! :( None of my other kids did this!
    Love your ideas!

  4. Brilliant! They can redecorate as much as they want and hopefully by the time they are rebellious teenagers they won’t get any tattoos because they’ve realized how often they change their mind about ‘decorating’.

  5. What a great idea – much better the the wall art we have ; )

    You really could put together a book of all your no-fuzz fun projects – I would buy it!

    We do tape stuff on the wall but I saw a clever line and clothes-pin method I want to try.

  6. Elisa | blissfulE

    These are adorable! Lily’s enthusiastic swirls are so like what my Vi produces. I’m constantly amazed at the similarities. Emma colours in beautifully. And I could look at Johnny’s art all day… I love faces, too. :) =)

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