Locker wallpaper can not only be a fun form of self-expression, it can transform your locker from a drab and industrial box to a bright and cheery getaway in which to store your belongings. When you’re using a space on a daily basis, it’s nice to have it be aesthetically appealing. There are many locker wallpaper DIY projects that can help you to make your locker look fabulous. Let’s take a look at the 3 best locker wallpaper DIY ideas, and how to execute them!
1. DIY Magnetic Locker Wallpaper with Wrapping Paper
We love this idea because the end results look just like the magnetic wallpaper that you buy at the store, if not better. You’ll have more options and can better customize your design to fit your style! It does take some measuring to get it just right, but you’ll find that the results are totally worth it. This locker wallpaper DIY method is inexpensive, uncomplicated, and super easy execute!
- Stylish Wrapping Paper of Your Choosing. Cute wrapping paper can be bought in the gift wrapping section.
- Posterboard. Provides a flat durable surface for your wrapping paper and magnets to adhere to.
- Scissors. For cutting, obviously.
- Double Stick Tape. Used to stick the wrapping paper to the cardboard.
- Measuring Tape. To measure the exact dimensions of your locker’s interior walls.
- Adhesive Magnets. Ideally, ones that are similar to these.
- Measure the interior walls and door of your locker, and then cut the posterboard to fit these dimensions.
- Remember to cut holes for any hooks in your locker and for the latch and handle to everything fits together seamlessly.
- Cut the wrapping paper to fit the posterboard, folding it over the edges to cover any gaps.
- Stick the wrapping paper to the posterboard by evenly spacing double stick tape out on the back of the wrapping paper.
- Stick the magnets to the corners of the posterboard.
- Hang it up in your locker and enjoy!
2. DIY Locker Wallpaper with Vinyl Contact Paper
By far the easiest locker wallpaper DIY method, contact paper allows you to cover the inside of your locker without breaking the bank. Contact paper is a type of adhesive paper used for lining drawers or covering flat surfaces. It comes in a wide variety of designs and materials and is a great DIY option.
- Contact paper. To line your locker with.
- Scissors or Xacto-Knife. Either will work, it just depends on what material the contact paper you choose is made of.
- When you’re at your locker, hold up the contact paper and mark it with the highlighter so you know where you’ll need to cut it. Remember to make holes for coat hooks and your locker’s inside latch.
- Cut the contact paper according to your measurements.
- Peel off the sticky backing of the paper, and press it onto your locker’s walls starting at the top and smoothing it in a downward motion to eliminate wrinkles or creases.
- Trim off or fold down any sloppy edges.
Recommended read: Since you’re here, you might also be interested in other DIY ways to customize your locker or in our collection of fun AND useful DIY school supplies!
3. DIY Fabric Locker Wallpaper
This locker wallpaper DIY idea is great because it provides you with a variety of fun textures and gives a really unique matte look to your locker’s interior. It also makes your locker look kind of like a posh little room or treasure chest. You can even use plush fabrics like crushed velvet for an over-the-top effect. It takes more work than the other locker wallpaper DIY methods, but it’s totally worth it in the end.
- Fabric That You Like. Probably about 3 yards depending on how good you’re at exact measurements and cutting.
- Cardboard. This provides a durable backing for your fabric and can be acquired for free. Choose tall pieces that fit your locker well. You can even use the box your order came with!
- A Hot Glue Gun and Stapler. Used to stick your fabric to the cardboard.
- Scissors and an Xacto-Knife. Used to cut the fabric and cardboard. You can use just scissors, but it’s much easier to cut cardboard with an Exacto-knife.
- A Measuring Tape. This will help you get the exact dimensions of your locker to help you avoid mistakes.
- Adhesive Mounting Strips. Used to stick the fabric covered cardboard to your locker.
- Measure the interior dimensions of the walls of your locker that you want to cover.
- Cut the cardboard to the exact dimensions. As always, remember to make holes for coat racks or latches.
- Cut the fabric to match the cardboard, leaving enough fabric to wrap about an inch around the edge of your cardboard pieces.
- Cover the cardboard with lines of hot glue and then gently and evenly lay the fabric on top.
- Staple the edges around the back of the cardboard to provide secure attachment and help the fabric to stay taut.
- Using your Exacto-Knife, cut the fabric in the spaces that there are holes for your locker’s latch and coat rack.
- Gently push the fabric through, and secure it on the back.
- Flip the now fabric coated cardboard pieces over and attach adhesive strips to the corners and center of each piece.
- Attach the newly made fabric inserts to your locker and remove the backing of the adhesive strips to make them stick. Press down firmly to ensure a good hold.
- Enjoy your chic and unique locker!
These 3 great locker wallpaper DIY ideas are fun, inexpensive, and well worth the effort. You’ll be staring at the interior of your locker all year, why not make it lovely to look at? Self expression and creativity make everything more fun!