How to Apply Peel and Stick Picture Moulding with Scissors

You know that time I created my own shiplap without any power tools? Let’s just say I used a similar process for this DIY moulding. Except rather than using peel and stick vinyl flooring, I’m using peel and stick picture moulding! You won’t believe how easy it was. The best part? Anyone at any skill level can apply peel and stick picture moulding with scissors.

How to apply peel and stick moulding with scissors

Do you think I’m crazy yet? I don’t know whether I’m always up for a challenge or I’m just a lazy DIYer. No joke, I would rather cut and peel a few foam pieces to a wall rather than deal with a miter saw and lots of wood pieces.

That being said, this DIY peel and stick picture moulding isn’t for every project. I’ve shared MY OPINIONS below of where and where NOT to use this stuff.

Where to use peel and stick moulding:

  • Decorative accents on a wall (like picture frame moulding)
  • For a semi permanent or temporary project (like a nursery because we all know nursery’s just last a few years)
  • It’s a great option for people who rent and can’t do anything permanent to the walls
  • DIY picture frames (hmmmm, future project?)

Where NOT to use peel and stick moulding:

  • As a baseboard or crown moulding (it’s foam, enough said)
  • For a permanent wall project (it could be permanent I guess, but if you know that it will never be replaced then I would invest in the real stuff)

Once again, those are just my opinions!

Let’s take a look at this moulding product.

I ordered it from Wish and it came wrapped up in a coil. It took about 2-3 weeks to arrive.

The way it was packaged created a problem because the moulding wrapped tightly in the center had been stretched. It looked like this;

I obviously could not use the pieces that looked like this, so I ended up discarding about 1/6 of the product. This product was very affordable, so I wasn’t too upset about it. After all, I knew that this project would be a huge experiment so I didn’t expect too much.

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Materials needed to apply peel and stick picture moulding:

  • Moulding
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (good sharp scissors)
  • Pen
  • Miter box (not necessary but very helpful to draw lines before cutting)
  • Caulk
  • Paint

How to apply peel and stick picture moulding (foam moulding);

  1. Mark where you want the moulding to be applied on the wall
  2. Measure the peel and stick moulding
  3. Lay your moulding in the miter box and make a mark (45 degree angle) where you want the first cut to be made
  4. Cut the moulding with scissors on the line
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other end of the moulding
  6. Create a box with your moulding
  7. Make sure the edges meet as closely as possible
  8. Once you’ve applied the moulding, caulk around all sides
  9. Sand the caulk once it’s dry if necessary. Note; you can sand the caulk but not the foam
  10. Prime and paint!

Note; you can see above where the bottom pieces look a little crooked.I had to readjust it a few times and make a few more cuts to get it to fit correctly.

This is the hardest part about applying the foam moulding; creating a perfectly straight line.

Look! I can’t believe it’s actually working! Or should I say I can’t believe this foam moulding might look decent. LOL.

Ta Dah! A job nearly done. Now it’s time to Caulk.

Caulking the foam moulding was tricky because it’s not like real moulding where you can sand down the wood. I had to be extra careful to just get the caulk (or wood filler) in the open space between the ends. Otherwise, once the caulk dries on the foam it’s really hard to remove.

This is what one of the ends looked like with caulk. This was BEFORE I lightly sanded to remove the extra caulk pieces.

Oh, by the way; I went back and forth about paint colors. I ultimately decided on a plain white. I’ve got some dark colors in the room with the black and wood tone dressers, so I didn’t want to compete with those.

Below is BEFORE paint.

The next picture is after two coats of paint plus primer. I only needed two coats.

Ready to see it! I’m so excited with how my DIY foam picture frame moulding turned out.

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Not too shabby for a job with only scissors! I have to say it turned out much better than I ever expected.

On to the next project….

A side note; if you are wondering why I had vertical lines on the wall, check out this post:

how to fake a tall ceiling

I decided after the fact that I wanted the bedroom to look a little more “classic” and less farmhouse style. So that’s why I did away with the vertical “shiplap.”

Also, below is what this room looked like before the “sharpie shiplap.”

Restoration Hardware Dresser Knockoff

Let’s do a little side by side for comparison, shall we?

What is your favorite? I think my DIY moulding is mine!


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5 thoughts on “How to Apply Peel and Stick Picture Moulding with Scissors

  1. I love this! I rent and have the world’s most boring narrow hallway. This is my answer! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing this.

      1. Funny you mention this because I have thought about using the left over moulding for this exact project. So yes I think it would work well.

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