Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Framed Chandelier Decal Tutorial

I have wanted another picture for the wall in my bedroom, and I knew I wanted to do something to tie in the chandelier theme in the master bath, but I hadn't been inspired until I saw this project at The Diary of Daves Wife Blog.

I took her idea and changed it up a bit based upon things I already had on hand, and the purchase of a vinyl chandelier decal.

To do this project, you will need:

  • Frame
  • Double Mat for a picture frame a size smaller than your frame
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Poster Board
  • Scotch Tape
  • Tombow Mono Permanant Adhesive
  • A Ruler
  • A Vinyl Decal
I had this huge frame from frameusa.com. I had neglected to order the right size mat for it, so it was just sitting unused.

Inspired by The Diary of Daves Wife Blog project, and the desire to integrate a chandelier into my bedroom because the master bath is filled with them, I ordered this vinyl decal from NothinbutVinyl on Etsy for $15.99 (including shipping).

I knew I wanted to give the piece a little dimension, so I grabbed these mats I had for a smaller frame. Since they were already in black and white, I didn't have to do anything to them.

Next, I grabbed my black and white damask wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby.

On this project, I used regular Scotch tape, and my favorite Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive.

These large frames come with plastic on both sides of the acrylic or glass, and you have to make sure you remove this or your vinyl will not stick.

Using the wrapping paper, I "wrapped" the piece of cardboard that is the backer for the frame. I just used tape on the back so I could change out the paper for another color later, if I wanted.

Using my Tombow roller adhesive, I glued the two mat boards together so I wouldn't have to worry about them separating.

Then I placed them in the center of the back board, using a ruler to make sure the spacing was even.

Then I placed the board and mats inside the frame. I was a little concerned about the black on black, so I didn't glue the mat boards down at this point. You'll see why, later.

This is what it looks like with the pieces together. As soon as I saw this, I realized that I may have a problem and there might not be enough contrast between the background and the black decal. I decided to apply the decal first and then decide if I needed to make a change.

Following the instructions that go with the decal, I cleaned the surface of the piece first. Then I peeled the back away from the transfer (you can see it peeled away that the top right), and placed the sticky side of the vinyl onto the surface. Then you just rub like crazy to get all the little bubbles out. 

The final step is to peel the transfer tape away at an angle to make sure that the vinyl stays on the surface. (If it doesn't you just lay the backer down again, rub, and then peel away the backer again).

As you can see, you can barely see the transfer over the busy  background.

So, the next morning, I ran over to Dollar General, and for .55 cents, I got a piece of poster board, which I cut down to size. I placed that under the mat boards, and glued all three down to the surface.

And this is what the final piece looks like! (Pardon the flash reflection!)

And here it is in my room. That room is still "in progress", as well, but I'm very happy with the final piece! My thanks to Kristy at The Diary of Daves Wife Blog for the inspiration for this project!


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  1. Hi Tera, your picture is fabulous. I love the choice of background colours also. You did a wonderful job and thanks for sharing how to make it. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  2. Beautiful!!
    Following via Welcome Wednesday. I am your newest GFC and Linky Foollower.

  3. Great job! Love it! I'm so in to chandeliers right now! I redid a picture by freehanding it but like yours much better!
    PS Come link this up at my place tonight if you can!

    1. Done! Thanks so much. I'm a follower of your blog!

  4. What a cool project, came out great! We checked out your Black and White Decor Collection for the Design Crush giveaway and really enjoyed your picks! The Houndstooth accent chair would be an amazing piece to add to any room! Thanks for entering! Xo, Beso

  5. Very nice-love this piece! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  6. What a great blog and a gorgeous post! I am following via Welcome Wednesday. I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!

  7. Fun to see these silhouette shapes used in new and different ways. Thanks for sharing this on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  8. Giving the piece some dimension with the addition of the different mats really made the vinyl chandy pop! You got a cute piece of art at a budget price, but it looks as if it costs a lot more! :-) Sue

  9. I love it! Thanks for sharing your beautiful art at my Show & Tell party!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  10. Thanks for following me via the Linky Follower blog hop. I am for sure following you back!

  11. Oh WOW, what fabulous art!!! I LOVE it!!! Thank you so much for linking this up to Woman Thing--the link party!!

    1. Thank you, Cindy! Thanks for hosting the party!

  12. That looks great! What a fantastic tutorial. The mats were a great idea. I am a new follower visiting from Free For All. Vicky from Mess For Less

  13. Hi Tera! I love this! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am following you through Linky followers.

  14. Hi Tera, Thanks for stopping by and following me! I have spend some time on your blog this morning and I very much have enjoyed all of the posts that I have read. I am a new linky follower!

  15. Hi Tera! I love this its too cute!!! Thanks for following by my blog! I am following you through Linky followers. ~Mom of 3 Boys

  16. Great tutorial!! Looks so beautiful! We loved having you at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Come back next Saturday and share more of your great ideas! -The Sisters


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