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Tips on Using Wall Decals and Murals

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About Wall Decals for Kids

Different types and what to expect

If you’re just starting your shopping for wall decals for kids rooms, you need to know that a lot of different terms are used to mean the same thing. And a lot of things are called decals or murals when they’re really something else.

Here’s a run-down of the types you can expect to see and what to look for.


Dora's Enchanted Forest Wall DecalsYou’ll see these terms used interchangeably. Generally, what it means is that you’re getting a few to a lot of individual images, not necessarily meant to be used to create a scene. For example, there’s a set of Dora stickers that includes three different images of Dora. Great for placing around the room, but strange if you clump them together.

This category also has a wide range in size. A set might be four paper sized sheets, which can hold a lot of images but they’ll all be fairly small. Great for putting on furniture or a small area around the bed, but not for dramatic effect. Others can be quite large – like at Fathead – which makes them dramatic, but you need to have the wall space to play them up.

Borders and wallpaper

Still fairly common, especially sticker-style wall borders. You’ll want to make sure you understand if you’re getting a stick-on type or pre-pasted that goes on the old-fashioned way. (And comes off the hard way!)

Note that occasionally you’ll see the word “border” to describe a particular set of stickers meant to go along a straight edge in a specific design and not necessarily an actual wallpaper border.


A term that pretty much means a scene. This could be a single piece of paper that goes up like wallpaper – a stick-on poster, if you will – or lots of wall decals that work together to create a scene.

The larger, single sheet murals come in the repositionable stick-on kind, as well as pre-pasted that require water. Make sure you know what you’re getting. MagicMurals and Murals Your Way offer you both options when you place your order.

I see a lot of murals where it says “self-adhesive” and what they’re describing is a stencil, not a graphic. So you’d end up with a mural, but only after you paint it on.


These are starting to pop up more and are another case of making sure you read the description. Traceable generally means a stencil. It sticks to the wall, and rather than paint through it, you trace the design, then go back and paint. This is a great idea if you want a specific image in a specific color, but there will be work required to get there.

DIY Bedroom Ideas

Inexpensive artwork from an old calendar

Cinderella Exclusive Barbie PrintFashion Shelby 50th Anniversary Barbie PrintLimited Edition Vintage Veronica Barbie Print

Barbie is so glamorous, isn’t she? Especially in these gorgeous fashion art prints.

And wouldn’t you know it? The price is pretty glamorous too!

These exclusive, limited edition prints come in two different framed options – silver at $150 and with a mat at $135 – or unframed for $99, all from PoshTots. And you can choose from Barbie in all sorts of couture from evening gown to daywear.

Barbie 2012 mini calendar cover - pink Cinderella dressBut for the price of just one of those, you could have an entire collection, easy peasy. That’s because the 2012 and 2013 versions of Barbie calendars are using this exact same artwork! Just rip up a calendar, frame in the images and you can have a similar look for way less. In fact, you can be pretty flexible in how use use them since you’ll only have invested a few dollars. Decoupage them on furniture, cut them into different shapes – it’s all up to you.

Barbie 2012 mini calendar - all imagesThe 2012 mini wall calendar pictured to the right includes the dresses in the images above, plus others (some in the image here to the left). They come in at 7″x7″; not a standard frame size, so expect to get creative on how you display them. The 2013 Barbie wall calendar is using the exact same images, so you can get them in a larger, almost 12″ square size now as well. Those would be more dramatic and possibly easier to find frames for.

Barbie 2012 mini calendar - January - black evening gown
You can see the mini calendar uses the Veronica print with Barbie in the elegant black evening gown for January. With nothing but the dress image as the top part of the month, it’s easy to use it as art. Best way to go about it would be to remove the staples from the entire calendar, then use a straight edge to cut the bottom edge of the image. This gives you the best possible piece of paper for framing.

I did find some interesting frames in sizes like 8″x8″ and 12″x12″. Both would call for at least a small mat. Floating glass frames are also a good option if you can find the right shape. I found a set of 12 glass and metal clip frames in the 8″ square size, so you could do the entire year.

(You can score the 2012 calendar over at for a great price while they last!)