Colorizing with Contact Paper

8/14/2012 / 16 comments
Much like my sister Kristen, I too have a fondness for Contact Paper. I prefer to use it to add some life to my drab walls!

This was my color scheme for the past two years, however I am dreadfully tired of this combo-so I passed the paper (a roll which seemed to never end!) onto a colleague.  But in the past it served me well! I really like how student work and word walls pop when the paper is on there. I have learned to move slowly when applying this to walls, especially on hot days! I'm eternally thankful that it can unstick too, once stuck, otherwise the roll would have disappeared a long time ago!
It even sticks to bulletin boards and chalkboards! I used it this year to cover up all of these boards:

The top two pictures are of chalkboards and the bottom is a cork bulletin board. It really worked great on those surfaces too!

My walls tend to be a cream brick color so I really like how the green popped in the past. This year I am thinking of a new look - I'm leaning towards black Contact Paper and some colored Washi Tape (rather than the borders that have a tendency to leap off my walls every weekend!!) so I am eagerly awaiting everyone's classroom reveals to get some ideas and inspiration for my room!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Neat idea! Will it come off at the end of the year? Is it easy?

    Mrs.D Reading with Mrs. D

  2. It comes off really easily and leaves no mess! I've used in on brick and flat regular walls and never had a problem taking it off! It is easy to put up as long as you take your time and just unpeel the backing bit by bit.

  3. That is such a great idea! I spent hours and hours re-taping and sticking the colored roll paper I used on my walls last year before finally just tearing it down. Silly question, but do you purchase the colored contact paper at a teacher store, or would a place like Target have it?
    Thanks!! :)
    Teacher Wife

    1. Thanks, I have much more patience for contact paper--big sheets of roll paper and I do not get along. I got this here:

      It's worth it, the rolls last a looong time. It even sticks to bulletin boards & chalkboards!

  4. A brilliant idea! Major kudos to you though for having the patience for contact paper... I can't seem to get my drawers lined with it so I can't imagine attempting a whole WALL. :) Look forward to seeing your new creation!!

  5. I love your new blog! I'm just as excited to read about fashion ideas as I am about classroom stuff! I'm glad I found you! I am your newest follower!

    Creative Lesson Cafe

  6. Hi Jeannine, thanks for following, I followed you back! :)

  7. Ok, now I know I love you as much as I do your sister. This is fabulous. Not to mention that this makes everything match. I think black is perfect to make all your neon colors pop. BTW, I just am obsessed with Washi tape.


  8. Hehe, I have a thing for matching too. Maybe it's a Melissa thing!! There are sooo many Washi tapes out there, I am having a hard time choosing!

  9. Thanks for posting, what a great idea! I'm happy to be your newest follower!
    Hearts Flowers and Kindergarten

  10. Thanks Jessica, I followed you back!

  11. Melissa,
    I never thought to use contact paper on bulletin boards. I have always used material. I think I may try that this year. I actually have a retractable divider. Hoping that works. It should add a little punch to the drabness. Thanks for the tip.


  12. Hi Melissa!

    Your bulletin boards look great! I've never thought to use contact paper before. I guess Kristen was right when she bragged about your contact paper skills! I'm your newest follower. :o)

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

    1. Hehee, thanks Karyn, and walls are even easier than desks-less bubbling! Thanks for following, I followed you back!


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