How to Decorate a Wall Using Plastic Wrap

Looking to make a temporary wall decoration without harming it? Want to decorate your room without leaving a mess? You can use the plastic wrap to cover your walls and draw/paint whatever designs that you like, while leaving your wall or walls clean and unharmed. Here are some steps and guidelines to consider when using this method of decoration.


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    Get a hold of the necessary supplies. Some explanations and considerations are listed below.
    • Plastic wrap. This is the same wrap that you might use to cover leftovers or other dishes, designed to stick to the surface when applied correctly. Whether you intend to do one wall or an entire living, you will need at least one full roll.
    • Art supplies. You will be placing the wrap onto the walls, so you will need something with which to make some kind of design. Paint, permanent markers, construction paper—use your imagination! Be careful of particularly messy or odorous products (e.g. paint), as these may take longer to dry and may create a mess on the floor when removing, especially if you are doing this as a temporary decoration.
    • Tape. While the plastic wrap may stick to the wall on its own, it's risky to cover the wall with any substance with weight (construction paper, thick paint), and it could fall off without warning. Enough clear tape should be sufficient, but you can use masking tape to ensure that it sticks to the wall securely.
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    Apply the plastic wrap to the wall. It's best to take large 6- to 8-foot strips of plastic wrap at once and drape them horizontally from the top. Affix the plastic wrap with tape at the top, and smooth the plastic wrap onto the wall as best as you can, avoiding bumps and air bubbles where possible. Continue to do this for an additional wall or the rest of the room, if you so choose.
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    Decorate! Now that you have your plastic wrap "canvas", use your other supplies to start decorating! Be sure to test small areas to make sure that the plastic wrap can support any additional weight.


  • Play a practical joke using this technique on your siblings or one of your friends! Make it look as if someone has drawn all over the walls. Who knows—your friend might actually like the design that you've made, and decide to keep it.
  • You may find it difficult to use washable markers, pens, or other writing tools on the plastic wrap alone, as it becomes difficult to read. You might compensate by using colorful paper to write any other messages that you want. Simply tape the paper to the plastic wrap, itself.
  • Plastic wrap sticks together fairly well, so it isn't absolutely necessary to tape the sheets of plastic wrap together. You can overlap them and press down on them firmly to have them stick together. However, this is different from taping the plastic wrap to the wall, which is a must if you intend to use heavier decorations.
  • If you're using Manhattan pressurized walls make sure that you check first the wall before placing the decoration.
  • Make sure to secure the plastic wrap tightly to the wall if you intend to decorate near a potentially windy area, (e.g. outside, near a door, next to a fan).
  • This can be used on virtually any surface. You might try this on a door or a friend's locker at school as a way to make a temporary decoration, such as a friend's birthday.


  • Be especially careful about adding too much weight to the plastic wrap. If in doubt, use tape to secure the plastic wrap to the wall.
  • Don't press onto the plastic wrap too firmly, such as with a marker or pen. You might unintentionally tear through the wrap and write on the wall instead!
  • Avoid using heavy duty tape to stick the plastic wrap to the wall, such as duct tape. These tapes can leave adhesives on the wall and may even strip paint once the tape is removed. Masking tape or clear tape is a safer bet.

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