12 Decorating Ideas For Leftover Wallpaper

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?

84 comments

Gordon Van Gies
Gordon Van Gies3 years ago

thank you

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thanks

Jesika J.
Jesika J.4 years ago

Wallpapers are a captivating source of imagination. This side provide new desktop wallppaer and ideas for different situations, occasions and events. Be it for expression love of cats a romantic situation,Beautiful and well captured fruite wallppaers are hardly ignored and catches the eye.

Jesika J.
Jesika J.4 years ago

Wallpapers are a captivating source of imagination. This side provide new desktop wallppaer and ideas for different situations, occasions and events. Be it for expression love of cats a romantic situation,Beautiful and well captured fruite wallppaers are hardly ignored and catches the eye.

Joy Wong
Joy Wong4 years ago

Thank you for all the wonderful ideas.

Sisilie B.
Sisilie B.5 years ago

Cool ideas!

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Ve G.5 years ago

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K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Emmajade G.
.5 years ago

Instead of buying self adhesive paper for shelves and drawers I use wallpaper. It's easier to put in (you can reposition it!) and easier to remove and looks nice, too. I also apply it to cardboard boxes to be used as gift boxes.