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How to hang wallpaper – world map custom wallpaper

This is an easy tutorial on how to hang wallpaper sponsored by Wallpapered.
We hung this in around 3 hours.
The secret…

is getting that first piece hung perfectly square.

Which is easy to do…

I found out.




Head here to start at the beginning of my son’s bedroom makeover


Firstly, we cleaned the walls down and moved away some toys.


Then, I lined up all the rolls to ensure we had measured the wall size correctly. (I measured the walls about 3 times prior to ordering to ensure we had the right measurements)

Phew… perfect fit, with leftovers to trim.


Each roll is marked page 1/7 (in our case) so you know which order to hang them in.

Once we started, I used an exacto knife to cut the green banner from the top of each roll.



Did I mention…the secret is…

Marking a square line and hanging the first roll truly square.

Then the rest is easy.


What you will need:

Wallpaper mural (we used this custom black and white world map wallpaper)

Steel ruler


Wallpaper smoother

Plumb bob

Spirit level (not pictured)


1 litre of water

Wallpaper glue (supplied)

Exacto knife

Cutting mat

Chalk line (not pictured)

Seam roller (optional)

Ladder or step ladder





The important setup step..

We marked a line 50cm (or the width of your paper roll) from the edge of the wall using a plumb bob and a chalk line, to ensure it was square we confirmed it with a spirit level.

Then the fun began.


Mix the glue sachet supplied, with 1 litre of water and whisk until all dissolved.

Then apply with a paintbrush to the wall from top to bottom, wide enough to hang the first roll. (50cm in our case)


Apply the first roll exactly on your marked line and trim any excess off the top and bottom and left sides.

Most walls will not be perfectly square… our wall was slightly out on the left, so it meant we had to trim a bit off the left hand side.



Now each piece will match perfectly as you repeat the process.


Apply more glue to the wall for the second roll.

Then hang the second roll using your hands to match the seams.


Use a wallpaper smoother to smooth down firmly  on each roll once you are happy with the positioning.


Trim any excess with a sharp exacto knife and a ruler at the top and bottom.


See the end result and some pics of the big guy doing his first “wallpapering” below.


What do you think?





I wanted a twist to this world map.


So, I worked with the designers at Wallpapered to add some custom quotes.

The guys at Wallpapered sent pdfs for approval.

It was perfect communication…

Head here to see the story behind the kid’s inspirational quotes 

Basically, I got some of the little guy’s favourites to tell me a quote they would like on the wall.

This is the result…


Now he has a world map… which is pretty cool I think.


And the best bit…


It’s got a lot of love etched on it too.



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I added some coloured knobs in strategic places that will hold his clothers for the next day, special keepsakes and also add a pop of colour.

I’m sure there will be more garlands made for this room too.


The other night before bed, the little guy said…

“Have I been here?”

He pointed to Dutch Harbour…

I said, “That’s the place where they catch all those big fish on the tv show daddy likes,”

He said, “When can we go there?”


Too gorgeous…


Every night we have to point to all the places he has been.


I can’t wait until he hears and truly understands the story about the words on the map too.


That will be gold.



Have you ever hung wallpaper?

I was scared at first, but everyone kept saying it’s a cinch….

And it was.


It’s all about getting that first line square and the rest is easy.




Live with Love,




Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Wallpapered, I received a discount on this product for writing about my experience.

I researched the net and chose this world map, then I approached them directly and offered a post in return for a discount. I love doing sponsored posts for a product I would have happily paid full price for anyway.

You will only see sponsored posts on my blog from companies that I truly love and adore their products or services. If you are thinking of a world map mural, I can say from experience these guys are great and the product is totes awesome. Ask for Kat and tell them I sent you.


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18 responses to “How to hang wallpaper – world map custom wallpaper”

  1. Kate says:

    This looks so great! I am rubbish at hanging wallpaper meaning we always just paint our walls. Love the soft grey colours of the map you have chosen. The room looks amazing. Such a cool decor choice and the custom quotes on the map are so special. I would have loved one of these when I was growing up! x
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    • Sarah says:

      Hi gorgeous lady… I was never doing wallpapering either, but it really is all about the first piece and the rest is easy. People kept saying that but I didn’t believe them until now. Thanks for your lovely comment. x

  2. Ai Sakura says:

    Oh that’s a gorgeous wall paper!! I never really thought about putting up my own.. but I might try now with your tips 😉
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  3. Oh, what an amazing wall! I love how you added the quotes – it’s truly a personal decoration he can treasure for a long time.
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  4. Wow I adore this personalised wallpaper! I just have to say that I hope if I work hard enough that we can move from this house, which I do love and we built and own, but to a bigger one where I look at the whole picture…. such a sweet and close family you all are x
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  5. This is awesome! I’ve aways been to scared to use wall paper in case I get bumps (like when you cover books!). I might just have to give it a go.
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    • Sarah says:

      Yes, me too but since trying this for the first time, I can safely say it was easy, the wallpaper smoother gets all the bumps out.

  6. Grace says:

    What a fantastic result! We haven’t been game enough to put up wallpaper but these tips are great! Love the design you chose!
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    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Grace… yes it’s the first time for us putting up wallpaper too… I was worried I’d make a mistake and it would be ruined, but it was really easy. I could safely say we can now hang wallpaper.

  7. Bele @ BlahBlah says:

    Oh wow! It looks absolutely fantastic and how gorgeous are the quotes x

  8. Sandra Kelly says:

    Looks fantastic! I love the quotes designed into the finished product. So beautiful and meaningful. Xx

  9. Eliza says:

    That’s a fantastic wallpaper for a boy’s room – and I love the way you customized it with family quotes. I’ll definitely have to look into Wallpapered – my hubby’s a graphic designer too, and we’ve been looking to get custom wallpaper done for ages now!


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