19 (Other) Ways to Use Wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a comeback as a home decor element. Experts advise that you buy an extra roll or two to make sure you have enough paper to complete the room. But what to do with the leftovers?

  • If the paper has a large pattern, cut one or more of them out and frame them. Hang in multiples for an artistic effect.
  • Use a border on the risers of steps in your home - you can match or contrast with the border, paint and wallpaper in the room.
  • Cover the frame around a window or doorway, then sponge over the paper with brown stain for an antique carved wood look.
  • Line kitchen or bureau drawers to match the decor of the room.
  • Why settle for plain wooden kitchen or office organizers? Cover them in a color or pattern that inspires you to cook, work or create.
  • Cut it into strips or squares, or tear it into random shapes and sizes, and use it for decoupage.
  • Cover switch plates and plug plates to blend into a papered wall, or to stand out in a painted room.
  • Cover a window cornice to blend with the paper on the wall. The cornice will recede, drawing attention away from the window treatments.
  • Make a refrigerator picture frame magnet: Cover thin cardboard with wallpaper, then cut two pieces the same size, a bit larger than the photo you want to frame. Cut a hole in one piece for the picture to show through. Glue the two pieces together along the sides and bottom, attach a magnet to the back and slide the picture in the top.
  • Find a cigar box or sturdy shoe box, and cover it with wallpaper to make a re-usable gift box or a treasure box for a child.

  • More Ways to Use Wallpaper
    • Make custom-designed paper-doll clothes (use wallpaper that's not pre-glued), or add some fringe and make dollhouse rugs.
    • Buy an inexpensive plastic kitchen clock and pop off the back. Replace the face of the clock with a piece of wallpaper mounted on thin cardboard and cut to size. This works especially well when the paper has a large design that can sit at the center of the clock hands.
    • Remember the old-fashioned composition books with mottled black-and-white cardboard binding? Cover them with wallpaper to make personal journals for children - or school notebooks with a creative edge.
    • If you're framing something yourself, cut wallpaper to use as a mat with a pre-made frame. Silvery foil papers look great with black-and-white art photography.
    • Cover a wastepaper basket to match the decor in a bathroom or guest room.
    • Glue matching or contrasting wallpaper back-to-back, then cut to size and laminate for placemats. They're perfect for picnics or the children's table, or make custom-designed placemats for parties or holidays.
    • Refinishing a shabby bookshelf? Use wallpaper on the shelves and/or back panel to complement the color of the paint.
    • Cover a collection of old hardback books so they can be used as a decorative element in your living room or personal library. Old books are available at yard sales, thrift shops and library resale tables. Wallpaper can make temporary or permanent covers; be sure the old book isn't valuable before you glue anything onto it.
    • A pre-finished tabletop and legs are functional. Cover the tabletop with pretty paper and it becomes a fun addition to the room.

     

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