Wallpaper is the perfect detail to really bring your dollhouse together. It adds a lot of character and really helps define the space just like it would in a real room. I actually probably apply my wallpaper very differently than other miniaturists, but I found that my method really works for me. Let's get started.
You have a million choices for wallpaper options. Just check out the scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. The possibilities and patterns are endless. You can even get textured wallpaper like the second option above or paper with metallic accents like the third paper. I love the colorful, geometric patterns and the natural patterns like the last two. You can also find downloadable dollhouse wallpaper that you print at home. I sell several different options in my shop, including the Moroccan tile I'll be using for this tutorial. You can download the wallpaper by clicking here. Click here to view all the wallpaper/backsplash options I sell for $3 each.
I get questions all the time about how I attach my wallpaper. I've tried Mod Podge, but I had to work too quickly, and it often left wrinkles in the paper as it dried. I've found the best way for me is to use double-sided tape. It holds great, but it's repositionable and can be removed without damaging the walls.
Since I printed my own wallpaper onto cardstock, I started by cutting off the border. If you're using scrapbook paper, you won't need to do this since the design is printed to the edge of the paper.
Start by using a ruler or tape measure to measure the height of your room. Then, cut the wallpaper to the correct height.
Add a ton of double-sided tape to the back of the wallpaper. I make sure to get the edges really well and then several pieces in the middle.
Apply the wallpaper by lining up the bottom edge and then smoothing it onto the wall from the bottom to the top. Run your hand over it several times to make sure it's smooth.
To apply the next piece, line up the edge where the pattern continues. Depending on the design you've chosen, that won't be very important, but it definitely is for a patterned wallpaper like this. Measure how far you have from the edge of the first piece to the wall.
Use a square or ruler to draw a straight line at the correct width, and the cut the paper to the correct size. Add a bunch of double-sided tape to the back, and apply it the same way you did with the first piece. Be sure to line up the joint first to make sure the seam looks right.
Your wallpaper is complete! I just love this bold monochrome pattern.
It looks perfect with a pop of color. I use the exact same technique for applying backsplashes in kitchens and bathrooms.
I love this gorgeous pineapple wallpaper that I used for a special collaboration with Hygge & West.
This Arabesque tile was made to match the backsplash in Erin's house for The Cotton Stem Dollhouse. You can download it here.
You can never go wrong with classic subway tile. You can download it here.
I love the real copper accents in this scrapbook paper.
I love using floral scrapbook paper: it incorporates the color scheme of the house and brings the whole design together. I hope you have fun playing around with all the different possibilities for wallpapering a dollhouse.