DIY Polka Dot Walls


My littlest bean has long outgrown her crib, but other than it’s removal from her room and the addition of a bed, everything else has stayed exactly the same. A few months ago I thought it would be fun to do a little update and ordered some wall decals. In general I’m not a decal person, but these were just too darn cute to pass up.

But life sometimes gets in the way and by the time I remembered the decals six months had passed. I was worried that perhaps the extended time they’d spent rolled up would tragically warp them but bless those decals, they were perfect. And applying them couldn’t be easier.

Start with a clean wall. Your polka dot decals come in one long roll. Cut them into smaller sections as they are easier to handle that way.

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I bought my set from Walls Need Love and not only were they exactly what I wanted but the instructions were cute (I appreciate humor wherever I can get it). I ordered the 2″ polka dots in gold. They send you a burnishing tool but I found for the size of my decals and the orange peel texture of my walls (why, oh why, do builders use this texture?!) my fingers worked perfectly for the job.



Peel the paper back from the decal as opposed to peeling the decal off. It saves you from inadvertently creasing your decals.


I knew I wanted a random pattern with a concentration of dots up high and more dispersed dots as they came down the wall. To achieve this look I applied the decals in sections, starting from the top and working my way down. This also helped me to check each section after I’d finished it to make sure the dots were evenly distributed and I wasn’t accidentally creating patterns as I worked. You’d be amazed at the brain…you’re going for random but the brain is built for patterns. If you don’t check your work along the way, you may find you accidentally have created patterns on your wall without trying.

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The last step I did was to stand back and look for any gaps that look wrong. I kept a few dots to “fill in” these spots.

The total cost for the decals was $22 and it took me about 35 minutes from start to finish. Money and time well spent when you consider the alternative…

And I have. I wanted to do polka dots of various colors and sizes in my girls’ bathroom. Only this was long ago, before I learned to love decals. I painstakingly drew each circle with a compass and then hand painted each polka dot with a little paint brushes. Total time=3 days. Total cost=$10. No question about it; the decals win.



So for a few bucks and a little decal action, we turned a blank wall into a bit of fabulousness!





27 Comments on DIY Polka Dot Walls

  1. Lisa
    January 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm (4 years ago)

    LOVE! Darling :)

    • roxannestellmacher
      January 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks! The littlest bean was very excited about her room getting a dose of “big girl.

  2. Olivia
    January 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful! Perfect for any age, too 😀

    • roxannestellmacher
      January 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks! I agree—I love those polka dots and I’m a grown woman;)

  3. Azine
    January 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this! It’s beautiful! Finally have some inspiration for my youngest’s room. Do you have any fun suggestions (or saw any inspiration for other style decals) for a room with purple walls?

  4. Nora N
    January 22, 2014 at 4:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Gorgeous!! I’ve been dying to do dot either in my green room or pink room just have to get around to it haha

    • roxannestellmacher
      January 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm (4 years ago)

      It was seriously easy, Nora! I’m sure your space would be darling with them!

  5. Danielle
    February 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm (3 years ago)

    I have the typical builders textured walls also… On the website you ordered from it mentions that you shouldn’t use the decals on a textured wall, did you have any issues?? I just would hate to purchase and then they don’t stick…

    • roxannestellmacher
      February 4, 2014 at 8:44 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Danielle!
      I have orange peel texture (the worst!) and it did not cause an issue at all. I think the key was to use my finger to burnish the decal onto the wall as opposed to the burnishing tool they supply. I was able to press the decal firmly and completely into the texture. I hope that helps!

  6. Alicia
    March 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your walls for 2 reasons, the color and the decals. Do you know the name of your paint color?

    • roxannestellmacher
      March 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Alicia! Finding the right shade of pink was such a task but we ended up going with Ballet Slipper by Valspar and I still love it!

  7. Missy
    July 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

    How many 2″ dots did you use? And what was the size of your wall?

    • roxannestellmacher
      July 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Hey Missy! I think I used two sheet from Walls Need Love and their sheets have 72 decals per sheet, so 148 total. The wall is about 10 feet wide and 8 feet tall. Hope that helps!

  8. thepicklesandwich
    November 19, 2014 at 8:23 am (3 years ago)

    I am about to polka dot my baby girl’s nursery right now!! I found some gold contact paper at Jo Ann’s online for $6! I cut out each circle with circle cutters. I LOVE your design on the wall. I like random better than exact, so we will see if my brain can do random too. :)

    • roxannestellmacher
      November 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Good luck! I’d love to see a pic after you put them up:)

  9. amber
    January 4, 2015 at 8:50 pm (3 years ago)

    How difficult are they to remove?

    • roxannestellmacher
      January 5, 2015 at 8:17 am (3 years ago)

      These were incredibly easy to both apply, remove, and replace. They can be reused at least twice without losing much of their “stick”. Hope that helps!

    • roxannestellmacher
      March 19, 2015 at 10:47 am (2 years ago)

      Not difficult at all!

  10. carlea
    April 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi there! I goT a sample of Valspar ballet slipper and it’s more the color of the side table and headboard in your pic. Will it dry way darker than its looking in the jar?

    • roxannestellmacher
      May 9, 2015 at 9:36 am (2 years ago)

      It should, but if you find it’s too light, another option to try is Behr’s Pink Parfait. It’s a slightly darker, warm pink.

  11. arantxa govea
    May 4, 2015 at 6:59 am (2 years ago)

    What is the Nam of this wall color?!?! I am in loveeee

    • roxannestellmacher
      May 9, 2015 at 9:37 am (2 years ago)

      This is Valspar’s Ballet Slipper but another great option is Behr’s Pink Parfait.

      • roxannestellmacher
        October 3, 2015 at 8:52 am (2 years ago)

        LOL. Hope the instructions we’re helpful. It really is a quick and easy project!

  12. Christy
    April 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm (1 year ago)

    Where did you get her sheets from?


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