New Ways to Wallpaper

updated 03/11/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/11/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A copy shop makes these projects a snap!

ENLARGE A FAVORITE PHOTO
Choose an image that is crisp, colorful and not too busy. Keep the photo's background simple, such as a clean landscape or a solid block of color.

Too many words? Try a simple border or a song lyric.

PUT IT IN WRITING
Inspire your family to eat right with an entire wall of fruits and veggies. Other ideas? Spell out your kids' names or their favorite desserts. As for the color scheme: "Have fun with it," says N.Y.C. interior designer and eBay design director Shawn Henderson, "but try to tie the colors in with the room's existing elements."

Cost: $10 a square foot. Impact? Priceless.

USE YOUR CHILD'S ART
Most of your child's school projects—like a painting, drawing or collage—will work here; just be sure the image is bright, simple and takes up the entire piece of paper.

How To Do It

1. SELECT YOUR PHOTO
To ensure that your photo will be sharp even when it's blown up to wall-size, choose a digital image that is at least 10MB in size.

2. MEASURE THE SPACE
Decide where you want the image to go and measure that space.

3. GET THE IMAGE ENLARGED
Transfer your photo to a CD and take it to a copy shop like FedEx Office. Tell the copy expert how much wall space you'd like to cover, and they'll tell you how many panels of paper your image will require. (Our flower image needed two panels of 46-lb., heavyweight, coated paper; the copies were ready in less than 24 hours).

1. BUILD A DOCUMENT
Measure the space you want to cover. You'll need to create a document with the same proportions. For example, if your wall is 8' x 10', create a Word file on your computer and set the page borders for 8½" x 10½". (The extra ½ inch will ensure the end product isn't too small.)

2. CREATE THE DESIGN
Enter words in a 20-pt. font using a typeface you like (we used Didot). Color words as desired, then save as a PDF file.

3. ENLARGE DESIGN
Put the file on a CD and take it to a copy shop to enlarge onto rolls of 46-lb., heavyweight, coated paper. Tell them how big to make your image (it would be 8½' x 10½' in the example above).

1. SELECT YOUR ARTWORK
Due to the artwork's set dimensions (i.e. the size of the paper), the final, enlarged image will resemble an oversize poster. As a result, this project works best when covering a portion of a wall—not the entire wall.

2. MEASURE THE SPACE
Decide where you want the image to go and measure that space.

3. GET THE IMAGE ENLARGED
Take the artwork to a copy shop and tell them how much wall space you'd like the image to cover. Ask how many panels of paper this will require (Our tree artwork required one sheet of 46-lb., heavyweight, coated paper and was ready in a day).

BEFORE YOU START...

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Drop cloths
Sponge
4-inch roller
Paint tray
Wall primer
Level
Wallpaper paste
Smoothing tool
Scissors
9-mm. razor knife
Seam roller and repair paste
Liquid drywall

PREP YOUR WALLS

CLEAN
Wipe the area down with a soapy sponge to remove any dirt, says Lowe's wallpapering expert Sean MacDonald.

SMOOTH
If necessary, cover the wall with a liquid drywall to even out any dings or dents.

PRIME
Apply primer with a roller. (Priming makes wallpaper easier to apply and simpler to remove, says MacDonald.)

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