Today’s eco-friendly wallpapers dress up your walls, but wallpaper is not just for your walls. Wallpaper is sturdy and decorative, and it lends itself to many DIY home design projects.
My last post addressed some of the healthy new eco-wallpapers and some alternatives for the wallpaper commitment phobic.
Try these decorating ideas using leftover wallpaper and it just might save money on home decorating and eliminate the need to buy more stuff.
Some of the ideas below require gluing the wallpaper to a surface. Depending upon the surface the wallpaper is glued on to, will determine the bonding product. Try Care2′s wallpaper paste recipe or a non-toxic adhesive such as Mod-Podge for these projects.
Here are 12 innovative uses for leftover wallpaper DIY:
1. Cover a wastepaper can. Measure the can, glue the back of the wallpaper, wrap the wallpaper around the can and smooth out the bumps.
2. Line a shelf or cupboard. Cut to fit and attach with double-stick tape or removable mounting squares.
3. Gift wrap. Grass cloth wallpaper samples are beautiful for gift wrapping.
4. Gift tags. Cut out graphics from the wallpaper and glue onto cardstock.
5. Line a serving tray. Cut to fit and attach with double-stick tape or removable mounting squares.
6. Cover storage boxes. Make a pattern by tracing the box. Allow at least an inch around for folding in. Paste the back of the wallpaper and press onto the box. Smooth out bumps.
7. Cover a decorative screen with wallpaper or make a room divider panel by covering a simple piece of plywood with wallpaper. Here’s some inspiration.
8. Cover a lampshade. The DIY directions are here.
9. Wallpaper as framed art. Measure frame (use the matboard as a guide), cut wallpaper and insert into a frame.
10. Book covers. Here’s how to fold a book cover.
11. Hang a scroll. Measure wallpaper, fold the top and bottom edges over wooden rulers or dowel rods and secure with tape and hang.
12. Bookmarks. Cut out graphics from the wallpaper and glue onto cardstock and a tassel or cord
Don’t forget to save some wallpaper for patches and repairs. What do you do with leftover wallpaper?