You Really Need to Do This DIY Decor Trick for Your Stairs

DIY Patterned Stair Risers with removable wallpaper
credit: Sara Albers

Here's a clever way to add color and pattern to your home: "decorate" your stairs. Yes, stairs. In a few simple and affordable steps, you can add a pop of personality with removable wallpaper.

DIY Patterned Stair Risers using removable wallpaper
credit: Sara Albers

To get a faux tile look, removable wallpaper is a smart (and budget-friendly) solution. And while you can certainly buy patterned peel-and-stick stair risers that are precut, for this tutorial we found a way to make it less expensive and pretty darn easy. This DIY will set you back around $30 — that's it!! Let's get started ...

Things You'll Need

supplies
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Step 1 Measure the stair risers.

Measure and check each riser (they should be the same size, but you will want to double check). The risers in this tutorial were 39.5 inches by 4.85 inches.

step 1 diy stair risers
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Step 2 Measure out dimensions onto the removable wallpaper.

First we measured the front of wallpaper to check that the lines were straight on the front pattern.

Measure removable wallpaper for stair risers
credit: Sara Albers

Step 3 Cut the wallpaper with an X-ACTO knife.

When cutting the wallpaper, be sure to cut on top of a piece of cardboard, foam core, or a self-healing mat.

cutting removable wallpaper for stair risers
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Step 4 Peel and stick.

Now it is time to adhere the peel-and-stick wallpaper pieces to the stair riser. Peel off the backing and line up the piece on corner of riser. The removable wallpaper is forgiving, so if you need to straighten the paper, it is all good!

Adhere removable wallpaper to stair riser
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Step 5 Use the scraper to smooth out any bubbles.

steps for removable wallpaper stair risers
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Step 6 Finish all of the risers.

Continue applying the removable wallpaper pieces until you have covered the risers.

DIY Patterned Stair Risers using removable wallpaper
credit: Sara Albers

What we love most about this simple DIY project is how you can completely change the look of a focal point in your home with an inexpensive project. The faux blue-and-white tile is perfect for summer, don't you think? We are dreaming up a black-and-white print for the cooler months! (Keep things changing to keep things interesting!)

Removable wallpaper stair risers
credit: Sara Albers
Removable wallpaper stair risers
credit: Sara Albers

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Alice & Lois is a DIY and lifestyle blog where twin sisters Sara and Melissa share their inspiration, projects, connection and celebrate the good in life. They create inspiring posts centered around home, family, style and creativity, specializing in simple, yet sophisticated DIY projects. Sara and Melissa live in two very different places – Sara is in the heart of the midwest, Indianapolis and Melissa in the majestic ski town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Alice & Lois was named one of the Top 10 DIY and Decorating Blogs by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens in 2015 and 2016 and recently named one of the Top 30 DIY Blogs to Follow by Domino.