Fabric Wallpaper

Brit + Co helps us transform fabric into wallpaper.

What you need

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What you need

  • Cotton fabric
  • Liquid starch
  • Measuring tape
  • Straightedge
  • Paint roller + cover
  • Small paint brush
  • Paint tray
  • Fabric scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Thumbtacks
  • Electric fan (optional)

Let's Get Started

Step 1

Gather your materials. 

Step 2

Measure the space you’ll be covering in cotton. Trace these dimensions onto the fabric using a straightedge and a pencil, then cut your cotton slightly bigger — you’ll want some extra fabric on all edges.

Step 3

Carefully hang the cotton to the top of the wall using thumbtacks.

Step 4

Pour the liquid starch into your paint tray and evenly coat the paint roller.

Step 5

Lift up the cotton fabric, then coat the entire wall in liquid starch.

Step 6

Carefully smooth down the fabric over the starch from top down, being sure to eliminate all bubbles and wrinkles as you go.

Step 7

Apply a heavy coat of liquid starch to the top of the fabric using the paint roller. Make sure to fully saturate the cotton.

Step 8

Seal the edges and hard-to-reach places with a paint brush. Then let the entire wall dry. (We set up a fan in front of the wallpaper to expedite the process.)

Step 9

Once the wall is completely dry, carefully trim the edges with a sharp utility knife. 

Step 10

Your wall is now the perfect backdrop!

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