DIY Birds & Butterflies Wallpaper

Birds & Butterflies

We were hoping to share the second part of our upholstery alternatives today, but as we’re not quite finished yet we have another office project to share with you. If you saw our inspiration post last week then you may have noticed that one of the images featured Schumacher wallpaper.

I absolutely adore the birds & butterflies wallpaper – it brings the right amount of colour to a room without being overbearing. But, at over £200 a roll there was absolutely no way us DIYers would be using it in our office! I started looking around for alternatives and came across the Slatthult wall stickers at Ikea (link here). At only £8 for a packet, which contains 6 sheets, we figured we had nothing to lose by trying to recreate something similar ourselves. Obviously there are no butterfly stickers in the pack, but there are plenty of branches and birds!

We began in one corner of the room, and worked our way across the bottom:

Custom Wallpaper

Custom Wallpaper

We then began to work our way upwards, filling in gaps as we went. The stickers are really easy to apply, but as the branches are different shapes and sizes it can be a bit fiddly working out where they fit best – as you can see from the lighting in these next photos, it was bright and sunny when we started, and early evening by the time we were done!

Custom wallpaper

Custom wallpaper

Once the majority of the wall was covered with branches we cut the stickers into smaller pieces to fill the gaps. It was quite tough going reaching the top of the wall (Simon did the majority of that) and we did occasionally have to remove and replace pieces to remove air bubbles, but as the stickers are reusable it really wasn’t too much trouble. Once we were satisfied with the wall, we stuck a small amount of birds onto the branches. We had tons left – there are 4 per sheet, but I only wanted a small smattering of colour.

Custom Wallpaper

Whole wall 2

Since then we’ve moved my desk back in, which I think pops out pretty well with the pale grey walls and coloured birds. The room is slowly starting to come together now – but I really need to find an acrylic chair so I can actually work at the desk! Something might need doing with the tray as well – I’m thinking grey with a chevron base? Decisions, decisions, decisions!!

Custom wallpaper

 Linking up at Best of the Weekend, That DIY Party, The Pin Junkie, Say G’day Saturday, It’s Overflowing, Link it or Lump it and Friday’s Unfolded.

23 Comments

    • Sammi
      March 27, 2014 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks Gloria!

  1. March 30, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    This is gorgeous!!! Too bad the Ikea in the US doesn’t carry them. 🙁 It looks beautiful on your wall!

    • Sammi
      March 30, 2014 / 6:43 pm

      Thanks Camille, I’m glad all the sticking paid off! I’m surprised they don’t have the stickers in the US, that sucks 🙁

  2. March 30, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    What a great way to get a beautiful wallpaper look for a small price. I’ve never seen those at my Ikea in the US. I wish they would carry them! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

    • Sammi
      March 30, 2014 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you Alison 🙂 they are only new in the UK so it may just be a matter of time!

    • Sammi
      March 31, 2014 / 6:47 am

      Thanks Trish!

  3. April 1, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Sammi, I’ve had this favorited in Bloglovin until I had a chance to come over and comment – this is GORGEOUS! I’m so jealous that these aren’t available in the US! It’s a perfect DIY version of that wallpaper – Love it!

    • Sammi
      April 1, 2014 / 7:35 pm

      Thank you Brynne – I’m so glad you like it!

  4. April 1, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    Adorable!! I’m sure your arms must be tired! Love the look for far less than the retail price!!

    • Sammi
      April 1, 2014 / 8:23 pm

      They were pretty sore Trisha! I think it paid off though 🙂

  5. May 7, 2014 / 9:36 am

    Your ” wallpapered wall”:looks fantastic and what a cost saving. it turned out beautifully and I think I mightff what

  6. May 7, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    Apparently I fell asleep while leaving a comment last night. I was trying to say that I would love to give this a try at my home.
    Traci

    • Sammi
      May 7, 2014 / 6:58 pm

      It’s super easy to do, if a little time consuming!

  7. May 9, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    this is beautiful, it turned out amazing

    • Sammi
      May 9, 2014 / 3:27 pm

      Thanks Emily!

  8. Eve
    November 16, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Just bought these stickers today and hadn’t realised you got so many in a pack and didn’t know how to apply them (thought it was 1 straight tree). Googled and found your site, love, love, love how you put them up, absolutely stunning! Hope you don’t mind but going to ‘borrow’ your style! Thank you!

    • Sammi
      December 30, 2014 / 2:05 pm

      I’m so pleased our post was useful Eve! I didn’t realise how many you got either – think I ended up taking 2 packs back. Hope your wall works out well 🙂

  9. Raquel Paredero
    February 7, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    I love your idea! How many slatthult packages did you use to cover the whole wall ?
    and what are the wall’s measurements?

    • Sammi
      February 7, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks 🙂
      We had 5 packages in total but didn’t use all of the birds. Can’t remember how big the wall was unfortunately and we’ve since moved – sorry!

  10. Raquel Paredero
    February 7, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    Thank you Sammi so much letting me know! That was useful 🙂

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