Landlord-compliant “wallpaper” from recycled toy bubble capsules

After learning that our landlord didn’t allow us to paint or hang pictures on our apartment walls, my sweetheart and I searched for an antidote to our boring white walls. We found visual inspiration in three boxes of hundreds of discarded plastic toy vending machine capsules, and created our own landlord-compliant wallpaper alternative. Here’s how we did it.


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  1. Karen Lockinger Greenberg via Facebook - May 30, 2011

    I love that owl pillow on the couch!

  2. Jessica Gore via Facebook - May 30, 2011

    Would be better if the toys were still in it.

  3. tawny owl - May 30, 2011

    Wow! The colorful owl on your sofa is very nice too. Is it self-made? :)

  4. Lisa Burns Peterson via Facebook - May 30, 2011

    I’m a “beaded curtain” kinda gal! Gotta love this!!

  5. Elly Ramsay via Facebook - June 5, 2011

    I Love this fun!

  6. Erika Gosser via Facebook - June 5, 2011

    Glad you liked this project! It made my day to see it here!

  7. Clare Walton via Facebook - June 6, 2011


  8. giulia - June 15, 2013

    è un’idea allegra e simpatica,mi piace moltissimo!ciao!.

  9. 'Green Jean' Ferguson - June 15, 2013

    Brilliant idea! Where did the capsules come from? What method was used to affix fishing line from moulding? BTW…Command Strip fasteners can be used to hand artwork without nailing into the wall or marring the painted drywall. They are terrific if you are worried about the landlord’s restrictions.

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