Rental Approved: DIY Faux Fornasetti Wallpaper

Happy Tuesday All!  Sorry for the missed post on Monday, I was having technical difficulties.  I received some questions via inst...

Happy Tuesday All! 
Sorry for the missed post on Monday, I was having technical difficulties. 


I received some questions via instagram about these "circles with faces"...so I know I am due for some explaining. A year or so ago, I did a CRUSHIN' ART post  about an artist by the name of Fornasetti. For those who do not know about Fornasetti, He was obsessed with opera singer,  Lina Cavalieri, and he created 500+ different variations of her face for his artwork. It is quite astounding, how much of an influence she had on his artwork. Like Fornasetti, I too, have an obsession with Lina Cavalleri's face...so much I wanted them and had to have them plastered (not literally) onto my walls. 


I was inspired to create this faux wallpaper by all the many fornasetti wallpaper I have been seeing online. There was one picture in particular that made me jump and do it and it was featured in Rue Magazine. Unfortunately my wallet cannot afford that type of luxury, so I had to create it myself. It is really easy and very inexpensive, especially if you plan to create this to make a statement in your home. 


Materials:
Print out of Fornasetti Print - can purchase it, here
Clear contact paper
Scissors
*plate (a little larger than the circles)


Steps:
*Wipe your walls clean and dry with a rag to ensure that the contact paper will stick

1.Cut out Circles
2. Find a round plate a little larger in than the circles, and trace circles on the BACK side of the contact paper (so you do not see the lines).
3. With the backing of the contact paper still intact, cut the traced circles with scissors
4. Once the faces and contact paper is cut, adhere the faces to the contact paper and apply to wall one by one.

*I found it better for me to eye the placement rather than to measure it out. You cannot really see the contact paper unless you are close to it.

Note: I do not think that the contact paper will adhere to textured surfaces well, I am not for sure. If you are not in a rental or you would like to use this technique on furniture you can simply modge podge the faces on to desired area.


See, you really cannot see the contact paper. 

I love the look of and feel of my foyer. Adding this faux wallpaper to walls adds interest to a space that was very bland. It is now my favorite place in my house. I love that it literally cost nothing and is easily removable. Love it! 


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61 comments

  1. Wow. Absolutely wow!! Brilliant! I love Fornesetti's work and I absolutely love your DIY project!!

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  2. What a fun and sensible thing to do for my new rental !

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    1. Since you are abroad this can definitely add some spunk to your rental. Are you in military housing?

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  3. All I can say is WOW! How unique! When I moved out of my last apartment, all of my wall decals completely destroyed the wall after I took them down. This type of project seems like the perfect substitute if you're looking for wall-friendly decor. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you for your comments. Sorry to hear about your past rental, that sucks...I hope you were able to get your deposit back.

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  4. That looks so cool! What a great idea. It really adds depth and interest to your foyer. Thanks for the tips!

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  5. Oh my goodness I love this!! I wanted a couple of his plates for my dining room but they were, like you said, a little too spendy! This is a great idea and I may definitely have to try this out!

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    1. Yes, I wanted a couple of plates...but they cost an arm and a leg. I even thought to do this on cheap thriftstore/dollar store plates using modge podge...it would be cool. I think you should try it.

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  6. This is usually not my style but I'm really diggin it!!!

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  7. That is so clever, what a great project!

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  8. Oh, cool! I don't know that I'd do faces, myself (just not my style), but I love the idea of multiple circles with the same subject!

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    1. Yes, do you... my post is to serve as a form of inspiration. find a print you like get it printed and just make it happen...the possibilities are endless. Love it and thanks for your comment.

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  9. Very cool project! This would be a great project for a kid's room, too, since they change their mind about what they like so much. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. thanks, this would be cool for a kids room. It has such fun expressions.

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  10. That's an interesting way to display art!

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  11. This came out great! I love how creative this was and how simple the instructions were. Nicely done :)

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  12. I'm been wanting to try some of the temporary wallpaper sold at Target for the longest time! It's perfect for apartment renters who can't change their home much!

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    1. you should try it, I bet it would look great!

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  13. What a cute project!! I've been wanting to use removable wallpaper for awhile now!!

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    1. I would love love love to see what you come up. You are so creative, I cannot wait.

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  14. Great idea! It would be great for anywhere.

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    1. Thanks Sheryl! That is the one cool thing about this and this technique.

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  15. I love the idea of faux wallpaper! We just bought a house and I'm still hesitant to do anything too permanent but it would be nice to play around with some fun colors!

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    1. it would be fun and it would be a way to get your feet a little wet and maybe even encourage you to do more.

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  16. So creative, and a great idea for a rental!

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  17. That's such a neat idea! Your wall looks great!!

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  18. That's a great idea! You could really do anything that fits your style with this method.

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    1. Yes, the possibilities are endless. I love it. Thanks valerie.

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  19. Wow this is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing this it's amazing!

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  20. Great idea!! Love it and t looks great in that nook.

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. I love that it makes a statement and makes you stop and look.

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  21. How cool! I'll definitely keep this in mind for when I move at the end of summer :D

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    1. You should definitely try it! thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Wow, very interesting. It's very eclectic and edgy.

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    1. Yep, my type of style. Thanks Melanie for the kind words and for being spot on!

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  23. Awesome! What a fun idea, especially in a rental!

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  24. This is awesome! I want to try and do it for my apartment!

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  25. This is AWESOME! I love the final look and how striking it is!

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  26. 500 variations of someones face is ALOT OF VARIATIONS! Haha! I can see why you would be intrigued by his work... I love how you took that fascination and turned it into art for your home. Plus I love that it's rental friendly... what could I use this for?

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    1. You can put the print on a plate, on furniture, frame it...the possibilities are endless. Thanks Betsy for stopping by!

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    2. Hi, I just came across this posting. I went on Etsy to purchase the file but the seller tells me that they are too small to be place on a wall like these? How were you able to print them so large? THANK YOU!!

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  27. What a genius idea!! I love that it's super fun, edgy, and temporary!

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