Since moving to CA I’ve had this blank wall above the bed, and I’ve been too afraid to hang anything on it because of the potential for whatever I hang to fall on me during an earthquake. (I mean, I spend a lot of time sleeping, so the likelihood of something falling on me during a nighttime rumble is probably pretty high.) The blank wall was so distracting, though!
I ended up searching around online to find something I could put on it that wouldn’t become shards of doom when the shakes start. My options were either to buy a beautifully expensive tapestry or get a decal, and I wasn’t liking my choices. So I decided to make my own dang decor.
Enter the washi tape geometric fox:
It took less than an evening to design this little guy and throw it up on the wall, and now I can sleep safe and sound.
- 2 rolls of Washi Tape (I used Scotch Expressions in black and Recollections Washi in gold, both from Michaels)
- Xacto knife
- 1 Bitchin’ plan
I made a quick plan in Illustrator, then threw it up on my iPad for reference. I’d imagine if you were a thorough person you would have made a grid on the wall and on your art, then meticulously planned things out. I did nothing of the sort – I grabbed my tape and got to it.
First I put up the outline in black, kind of looking at my iPad to make sure I didn’t give the fox super wonky legs or something. I placed tape and cut while I went along, using the scissors. If things got crooked I just pulled and re-applied. The washi tape is SUPER forgiving. (It’s easy removal makes it great for renters!) After laying down the outline I went back and used the Xacto knife and a ruler to cut down the edges and make corners tight. Then I filled in the geo stripes in gold, all willy-nilly:
After laying down the stripes, I busted out the Xacto knife and ruler again and cut the gold stripes to fit inside the black outline.
After trimming down everything I was left with a renter-friendly solution to my anxiety-inducing blank wall. It’s hard to tell it’s not just paint. Bonus: The whole project was super cheap, and I’ve got washi tape left over for future decal-ing or whatever.
I can’t take any photographs of a finished project without cats getting in the shots. It’s a bonus feature of my camera, I’m sure. “Wouldn’t the ‘after’ shot look better with a cat?” Yes, yes it would.