Psst! 5 Wallpaper Craft Secrets
Psst! 5 Wallpaper Craft Secrets
Wallpaper. You either love it or hate it. There is no in between. But what if you stop thinking about wallpaper only for a major home-décor project and bring it down to the craft level? Now that we have your attention, let’s introduce you to wallpaper crafting. Wallpaper has a lot of built-in versatility. It can be quickly cut out or used to punch up style for a wide range of DIY projects. To prove our point, we’ve gathered a whole bunch of exciting, new DIY ideas using—wallpaper!
Before you get all crafty, here are a couple of supplies to gather:
- Wallpaper scraps. You can find all kinds of colors, prints and textures. Stop into a hardware store, paint store, or call a wallpaper hanger. They may have partial rolls and scraps that are perfect for your needs.
- Adhesive. The obvious is wallpaper paste. But white glue, spray adhesive, decoupage paste all work, too, and usually dry faster.
- OLFA® ROTARY CUTTER
- OLFA® ROTARY MAT
- OLFA® FROSTED ACRYLIC RULER
READY TO ROLL? HERE WE GO!
- Blind Beauty. It’s easy to brighten plain window shades with wallpaper. For roller shades, you only need to decorate the surface that actually covers the window when you pull the shade down. Cut the wallpaper to fit using the OLFA® 45mm Quick Change Rotary Cutter, 18″ X 24″ Double-Sided Rotary Mat and the 6″ X 24″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler. Attach the wallpaper to the shade using adhesive and let it dry completely before rolling it back up. If the paper isn’t wide enough, center it on the shade and trim the sides with coordinating ribbon. You can follow the same basic procedure for blinds by cutting strips of wallpaper to fit each slat and adhering. Time consuming? Yes. Stunning? Yes!
- Frame It Up. Create a fun wall accent by positioning sections of wallpaper in interesting picture frames and hanging them as an eclectic collection. Or skip the frames and cut pieces to fit small wood boards or painting canvases for a cool conversation piece. You can also cut out separate motifs, apply spray adhesive to the back and use them like decals to dress up furniture, serving trays, even the wall surrounding a mantel, shelf or mirror.
- It’s In the Cards. Slice up small pieces of colorful wallpaper scraps to decorate blank card stock for fun greeting or holiday cards. Christmas trees, birthday cakes, flowers, flags—cut out whatever comes to mind and glue the shapes in place with white crafting glue. You can also cut strips and mount to cardstock for bookmarks or custom name or place cards for a large meeting or gathering. On scrapbook pages, customize with wallpaper trim, but keep in mind that wallpaper isn’t acid free.
- Bright Idea. Looking to upgrade your lighting? Rehab your lampshades by embellishing with wallpaper. Just measure, cut and attach, making sure to smooth the paper so that it looks neat. Add coordinating ribbon or cording to the edges. You can also dress up light switch plates with scraps of wallpaper. This is especially effective when the wallpaper is a perfect match with the walls of your room. Line it up right and the switch plate will blend right in.
- From A to Z. Dress up popular paper mache or wooden letters with wallpaper for eye-catching wall and shelf décor. You can paint the shapes first, then cover with patterned paper. To make cutting easy, trace around each letter on the back of the wallpaper and cut inside the lines using the OLFA® 28mm Straigh Handle Rotary Cutter or the precision OLFA® Auto-Lock Utility Knife with Blade Snapper.
Currently popular on Pinterest are upcycled hutches and wardrobes with vibrant wallpaper covering the back. It’s a colorful accent and quickly upgrades secondhand furniture. Other items to wallpaper include metal cans, flowerpots, coasters, binders and clipboards.
BONUS IDEA: Beads Galore! Colorful wallpaper can be rolled into beads in a few easy steps. First, cut long, narrow triangles of wallpaper. Next, take the wide end of a triangle and wrap it tightly around a chopstick or a knitting needle. Keep rolling up the paper, adding glue to the point end to hold it together. Hold the pointed end to the body of the bead until the glue sets (orthodontic rubber bands work great, too). Remove from the stick and craft!
TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS
- Keep an eye out for wallpaper sales or see if you can finagle an out-of-date wallpaper sample book from a retailer. They toss out these books when new designs come in, so ask and you may receive.
- Keep in mind that wallpaper adhesive is pretty forgiving stuff. Once you apply it, you have as much as an hour to reposition pieces. Because it takes that long to set up, you may want to use faster-drying glue on your DIY projects.
- Some wallpaper is prepasted. All you need to do to activate the paste is wet the paper in clean water for about 30 seconds. Remove, fold the paper so that the print is facing out and let it rest for about five minutes. Then apply the paper to your surface, running the edge of your ruler over it to remove any air bubbles.