Make a fun and EASY statement wall with this DIY Faux Heart Wallpaper. It’s made with Cricut vinyl and it’s easier and more inexpensive than real wallpaper!
I saw this gorgeous girls’ room in Pottery Barn a few months ago and my favorite thing was the heart wallpaper. It was such a cute accent wall, but wallpaper can not only be pricey, but a pain to put up and take down. So, I created this DIY Faux Heart Wallpaper made with Cricut Vinyl instead! I created this wall using my FAVORITE craft tool – the Cricut Maker! You may also like my cute Heart Pillow made with the EasyPress 2.
I dreaded doing this for weeks, and when I finished after about 2 hours (including planning and measuring), I felt silly for putting it off. It was SO incredibly easy, and when Riley’s ready for a change, taking down the removable vinyl will be a breeze! Since the heart shape isn’t intricate, I was able to cut these out really fast using the Fast Mode on my maker. That’s really helpful when I have A LOT of vinyl to cut. I’ll be posting more vinyl tutorials later…but I used rolls and rolls of the stuff!
What you’ll need for this DIY Faux Heart Wallpaper:
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air (read more about the Maker here)
- Heart Shape in Cricut Design Space (I gave you several hearts to choose from in this file – choose your favorite!)
- Midnight (Black) Removeable Vinyl (or any other color you like)
- Fine-point Blade
- LightGrip Mat
- Measuring Tape
- Leveler (I didn’t use this one, but it looks like it would work great with this project – otherwise use a large one from a Hardware store)
- Magic Erasers
First, you need to figure out how many hearts you want and how they’ll be spaced. This, unfortunately, involves math and I had to have my husband help me because I CAN’T MATH. Every house will be different, but here’s what I did to space the hearts correctly:
Getting measurements for the Faux Heart Wallpaper
- To make this look more realistic, I wanted the hearts to be cut in half at the window frame that I painted, and at the edge of the wall. It was impossible for it to be the exact right size, but it was close.
- I measured the window and it came out to 53.”
- We divided the space between the window frame by FOUR so I would have 3 hearts at the top. That ended up being about 13.25″ apart.
- We measured from the middle of the window out, and measured 5″ down from the ceiling and made the first V mark. So go to the right of the first mark, measure down from the ceiling and to the right the measurement you came up with from step 3 and do the same for the left side of the first mark. Tip: Making a “V” mark is more accurate than a line since it points directly to the measurement.
- Go down about 1/4″ of your wall size, and make the horizontal measurement marks again from the center to the right and then from center to the left.
- Hold the Leveler vertically and draw a FAINT vertical line down, trying to stay as close to your measurements AND staying level as much as possible. Do this for all your marks. Please note, you will only have vertical lines!
Creating the Faux Heart Wallpaper with Cricut Vinyl
- Open up the Heart Shape File in Cricut Design Space.
- Choose the heart you like, and delete the rest. Note: Some of the hearts of free, some are for purchase and some are included in Cricut Access. You will be notified when you go to cut the image, so test it out before moving to step 3.
- Resize the heart to about 4″ wide, and copy and paste for a little over half as many marks as you make. If you made 30 marks, cut out 17. You can always go back and cut more hearts later.
- Send the design the Maker, and select VINYL as your material.
- Place the Removeable Vinyl on the LightGrip Mat and load it into the machine when prompted. When the C button starts flashing, click it.
- Now, you’ll start to place the hearts, starting with the middle top marker. The center crease will go at the point of the V and the bottom will be centered with the vertical line you drew.
- Repeat to the left and right of the heart, SKIPPING on line in between. You can see below that I had 5 marks at the window, but only placed 3 hearts at every other mark.
- Now, at the spots you missed, you’ll measure down from the top mark that was 5″ from the ceiling. This time, though, you’ll measure double the distance as your first measurement. Since mine was 13.25″, I measured 26.6″ down on those vertical lines.
- Place the center of the heart on those marks, then repeat measuring down double the distance under each heart. REMEMBER, measure from the center crease of the heart.
- For windows or the end of the wall, cut your hearts in half and place them at the measurements. (or where they would be cut if they were measured exactly – my edges were about 1/4″ shorter than half of the heart).
- In the end, you should have evenly spaced, offset hearts. Think of it as a polkadot pattern, but with hearts!
- Once they’re all in place, feel free to adjust the hearts if you feel like they’re not perfectly straight, and erase the lines and markings lightly with a Magic Eraser or slightly damp cloth. Be careful not to get water on the vinyl since it could mess with the adhesive.
That’s it! It sounds more complicated than it is. If you’re good at math, you won’t even need my instructions! If you’re not, and you’re still confused, leave me a note and either I or my husband will help you out!
And don’t feel limited to decorating a wall with just vinyl! The Maker has so many tool adapters, like the Knife Blade, Pen tool and Rotary Blade…so many possibilities to creating the perfect space for your kids!
Make sure you check out the rest of the posts from this Tween Room Idea!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.