4/12/09

Colorful Mosaic Wall on the cheap!!!

scrapbook paper mosaic wall

Like a lot of people, I live in an apartment. The type of apartment complex that doesn't allow painting of any kind. I really try to jazz up the blah eggshell walls with color, whether it be colorful artwork or colored lampshades that cast a hue on the wall. Well, I wanted to step it up a notch with my décor beyond that and do something totally different with my bedroom wall that would make visitors come in and say, "Wow! You did that?" And the cool thing is that I did it all for under $20! Yep, for $20 bucks you can get a totally rockin' wall that is full of color and will brighten up any room!

What do you need?

– Multicolored scrapbook page packs (I purchased mine at Target and 50 sheets came to a pack; I purchased 2 packs)
– Aleene's Tacky Dots (available at Michaels)
– tape measure

So, I'm not going to do a full-blown step by step tutorial, but I'll give you a very easy rundown of what I did. I measured out the length of my wall, then I figured out how many square 12x12 pieces of paper would fit into that length. I picked out 9 different colors from a multi-color pack that I liked and placed them in a random fashion. Starting at the top, I horizontally placed the paper (to adhere to wall I put dots in the four corners of the paper and pressed). I then began on the next row. My goal was to not repeat two colors in a row vertically or horizontally. It was a challenge, but not that hard once I started doing the mosaic. I tried to not get too many colors together or have similar colors sitting next to each other. I wanted it to look like a mosaic of color that looked random in placement and aesthetically pleasing overall. Does that make sense?

Honestly, I'm not a by the book/measurement kinda girl, so a lot of this was eyeballed. Oh, and word to the wise. The dots need to be carefully removed. If you tug the paper off the wall, the Zot will remove the paint (OOPS!).

I'm really with the way it turned out and am excited to finally show it to you!

Until next time Swellions!

Alexa

56 comments:

Edith said...

That is fantastic - I love it! I'm moving into one of my university's off-campus houses this fall and I think this might just be in store for one of my boring, bland 'you're not allowed to paint in here' rooms! :D

angeltreats said...

Wow, it looks fantastic! We live in a rented apartment and hope to buy soon but the place needs a makeover in the meantime - this might be the very thing it needs.

Drea said...

very nice!

Lori-Lyn said...

That is so cool.

Retta said...

This turned out great! And those colors are so you. How fun.

polishedtwo.etsy.com said...

This is beautiful! I did something similar in my apartment in college where I, too, was not allowed to paint.

Beth H said...

oooooh! this is really pretty! a very creative idea - love it!

Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica said...

i am so doing this!!!!

Heather - Dollar Store Crafts said...

That looks freakin' awesome, Alexa!!

The Painting Libra said...

Great idea. I wonder if poster puddy would work the same as the dots....only if you used a very small amount on each corner and thinned it out....

Tururu said...

good and creative idea!!

All the best from www.x4duros.com

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INFUSEDgoods said...

This looks great esp. with the stuff in your room. I love your blog too, I just bookmarked it.

Alexa said...

I'm so glad you guys like this! I've been putting off showing it for weeks, cause I was waiting to show off the look with new pillows, but I'm glad I didn't wait.

I think you could use poster puddy, but it will prob. leave residue on the wall. It did when I used it in college.

Caley said...

This is great. I wouldn't be able to resist the urge to move the pages around every few weeks. =P

I wanted to talk to you about a Guest Feature at www.FaveCrafts.com If you are interested, shoot me an email!

Thanks for sharing the project!

Michelle@Everyday Celebrating said...

Very cool. Surprising that it's just scrapbook paper. It looks glossy, like they are laminated. It's really striking!

Kristen said...

You're a hot new project on Craftster for this! Awesome awesome job! :)

Keri Tate said...

They make adhesive dots that are removable. I use them all the time on painted and wallpapered walls. It's fabulous, secure until you want to remove them and then easy to take off the item you hung.

Alexa said...

Thanks everyone again! It isn't laminated. I think the photo just makes it that way. Kristen: Thanks for noticing. I have gotten a lot of comments on there! Keri Tate...thanks for the info. I'll have to look into that!

Crysti Couture said...

This is absolutely wonderful and very aesthetically pleasing. I think that this interests us all so much not simply because its cheap or DIY, but because its an unorthodox way of primping up a blah wall!

Thanks for sharing!

kevin said...

This looks amazing, Alexa--I can't wait to try it out myself.

Kari said...

Fabulous idea - looks wonderful!

Kiki, The Fearless Crafter said...

How cool is this?! It's so simple, even I can do it! :D

The Sick Chick said...

I used to do this in my dorm with rubber cement (comes off most walls but beware glossy finishes) and free carboard posters from the record shop. Of course back then they still have a few lingering records so the posters were 12 x 12 to reflect the size of LPs. I'd change em out fairly often as new stuff was being thrown out.

Caroline said...

I love this idea, what a way to think outside the box.

Shawna Bates said...

Very cool. Nice and creative. I wouldn't have even known it was paper if you wouldn't have said so!

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

Beautiful use of color, and the part I liked best...the price. Awesome. Congrats on being featured on Craftzine.

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

Beautiful use of color, and the part I liked best...the price. Awesome. Congrats on being featured on Craftzine.

hellosteffi said...

umm, i'm not american so i wondered what Zot adhesive glue dots are...?

Tururu said...

I post you in x4duors.com look: http://www.x4duros.com/2009/04/un-mosaico-barato-para-la-pared.html

inspiredwithlove said...

LOVE YOUR IDEA MY AUNT WANTED SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND I WILL DO THIS IN HER ROOM LOVE IT.

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Nancy said...

I love this! I live in one of those apartments too, and have been trying to figure out ways to add some color; this is great.

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

I already commented that this was awesome, but I'm back to tell you that I'm gonna link to it on dollarstorecrafts.com

Alexa said...

Thanks guys so much! Too date, this is my most popular post i've ever posted! That's super exciting to me :)

And thanks so much Heather!

Relaby said...

wow!! very smart and I thought you've used expensive things for this--but after reading your instructions--wow!! why have I not thought of that...very nice--I'll do it for my daughters' room...thanks for the idea

Pam Reyes said...

Aw cool! So those are sheets of paper?

The Diva Superstar said...

Hi,
I just discovered your blog & I love it. I adore the wall you've created here!

SMM said...

This is really an awesome idea. I was trying to think in my head how I was going to paint my wall like this, and then I read that it is PAPER!! YOU ROCK!! I am getting out of my jammies and going to Target now!!!!
Thanks for the awesome idea!

Amruta said...

its amazing widout a doubt....bt I dint get wht zot dots r...

Katie said...

I tried this last night, and I was so excited... the room looked fantastic--for a couple of hours... when I woke up the next morning, only a couple of papers were still on the wall. The rest fell down. What would be another thing to use besides those glue dots? The papers don't stay stuck to them!
(check out the finished results by clicking on my link)

Starving Student said...

Okay, so I figured out the problem--I used Glue Dots brand instead of Zots brand. Glue Dots aren't half as sticky as Zots.. So I've redone the wall, and they seem to be sticking a lot better. :)

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Jane Chandler said...

LOVE IT, Alexa!!

Just a thought, but I wonder if the spray adhesive intended for "re-positionable, non-permanent hold" might work for this project? (the kind you can use for photography, graphic art, etc..)

You're awesome!

The Nichols Fam said...

Love this! Thank you! Doing it asap!

Anonymous said...

If you use the permanent zots, you can blow dry them with a hair dryer and when they heat up they are simple to remove.

Esther said...

Loved your project and would link it at "creative friday" post tomorrow on my blog with your credits.

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Hugs from Brazil and thanks for sharing this fantastic idea! ;)

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Lara said...

What did you use for the criss-cross network you have here? Tape, ribbon? It looks great. I might even do this on a board and hang on the wall to cover up an ugly window behind my bed. Thanks!

Kim Johnson said...

I love this idea. Great price. Thanks for sharing!

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Thea said...

I spent the day redoing my room, inspired by this of course!

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