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5 Reasons To Love Wallpaper

Updated on February 26, 2011

I love wallpaper and there is so much more you can do with it than just putting it up on the wall. There are lots of cool ways to use up both large and small left-over pieces, and if you don’t happen to have any wallpaper scraps on hand, you can order (free) samples online, or see if your local home decor store is willing to sell you last season’s sample books (some will even give them away for free). Here are a few fun ideas:

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Liners

This one is so easy: use larger pieces to line drawers and the inside of cupboards. Just cut the paper to size and put it in - no glue needed. For something a little bit more advanced, line the back or the shelves of a bookcase (for this, you’ll need to either activate the pre-pasted glue or add some yourself).

Decoupage

This is the art of decorating an item by gluing colored or printed paper cut-outs to it. Wallpaper is  perfect for this, since it is usually sturdier than regular paper. You can decoupage pretty much anything: furniture, old plates, ceramics, mirrors, frames, cans, cardboard boxes - anything you can think of. I like to use ModPodge for this. It comes in several varieties (outdoors, sparkle, glossy, etc.), is easy to work with (even young children can do it), and is both a glue, sealant, and finisher. All you do is cut out the piece of paper in the shape you need, apply ModPodge on the back, attach it to your object, apply ModPodge on top of the paper, let dry for half an hour, then apply a second coat. 

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Frame As Art

Another dead-simple project. Put a piece in a frame, or add a mat for a more finished look. Or put several identical pieces in different frames and create a wall of framed wallpaper. Another option is to cut out smaller squares (or any shape you want) and make a framed collage. Or, if it’s a wallpaper with a large pattern, cut out one of the images (like a large bird, or tree for example) and frame that. 

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Table Decor

To make a quick and easy table runner, just roll out and cut off as much as you need. Make sure at least 5” hangs over the edge at each end and to keep it from rolling up on you, clip a few table cloth weights to the ends on each side. Make sure to also put a centerpiece on it, so it won’t slide around on the table (or if it's a table you don't mind potentially damaging a bit, tape it down). Smaller pieces work great as place mats - either use all in the same pattern or mix and match for a more bohemian look. Don’t use wallpaper you want to keep and cherish forever for these projects though, since it will most likely be stained and somewhat tattered afterwards. 

Gift Wrap

Yet another no-brainer. You can obviously use the paper as wrapping paper, but also cut out smaller designs, (or if it’s a solid color, your own shapes, like pumpkins out of orange wallpaper for example, free hand or with the help of a paper punch) and glue to a plain wrapping paper.

I hope I have inspired you to try something new and put those old scraps sitting in a closet to good use. Happy crafting!

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    • Cattie C profile imageAUTHOR

      Cattie C 

      7 years ago from Boston

      Thank you! I recently discovered decoupage - what an addictive craft! :-)

    • Liz Goltra profile image

      Liz Goltra 

      7 years ago

      I do a lot of decoupage, but never thought of using wallpaper. What a great idea! Voted up. Thanks for writing!

    • Cattie C profile imageAUTHOR

      Cattie C 

      7 years ago from Boston

      Thank you! :-)

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      zoosmc 

      7 years ago

      hey cattie c I love these ideas! great hub.....very creative

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