10 Creative Ways to Use Wallpaper

wallpaper lined tray
Lindsey Crafter

Many of us have extra rolls of beautiful wallpaper in our homes. Don't throw them out! You can put these leftovers to good use. Check out these 10 project ideas for inspiration so you can get crafty with your home decor.​ They are so gorgeous that no one will ever believe they are made from leftover scraps of wallpaper!

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    DIY Origami Lampshade

    origami wallpaper lampshade
    Apartment Apothecary

    Wallpaper is such a versatile medium. Can you believe that this hanging lamp is constructed from leftover wallpaper? It looks as if it came from an upscale store with a hefty price tag.​ Your friends will not believe that you made this gorgeous lamp yourself!

    DIY Origami Lampshade from Apartment Apothecary

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    DIY Wall Art

    wall paper art
    Crafts N Coffee

    Do you have some empty space on your wall and an empty pocketbook as well? Not to worry, wallpaper to the rescue. Take some leftover wallpaper strips and arrange them on your wall as art. Cheap, easy and fun, but oh so fashionable!

    DIY Wall Art Inspiration: Make Wall Art with Wallpaper from Crafts N Coffee

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    Marimekko Stair and Lampshade Upcycle

    marimekko lamp and stairs
    Pillar Box Blue

    Marimekko is a Finnish company that has been in business since 1951. They are known for products that feature bold colors and designs. Claire, the owner of Pillar Box Blue, revamped her stairway and hallway light with wallpaper designed by this company. As Claire says in the tutorial, "You either loved or hated it," there is no middle ground with this design style.

    If you have stairs that have seen better days in your home, revamping them with wallpaper strips is an economical and quirky solution! You will love the colorful transformation every time you use your stairway. Your staircase will never have looked better.

    Marimekko Stair and Lampshade Upcycle from Pillar Box Blue

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    Upcycled Wallpaper Covered Radio

    wallpaper covered radio
    My So Called Crafty Life

    Wallpaper can be applied to almost any vertical surface as long as the surface is clean and dry. You can even give an old radio new life with some old-fashioned floral styled wallpaper. A perfect look for those that love vintage style design. If your radio gets lots of use you might want to give your wallpaper a coat of polyurethane or Mod Podge to seal it and keep it fresh.

    Upcycled Wallpaper Covered Radio from My So Called Crafty Life

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    Wallpaper Flower Wreath

    wallpaper floral wreath
    Trisha Zemp

    Many wallpaper rolls have beautiful flowers printed on the paper as part of the design. Make a cute wreath by cutting out the paper flowers and arranging them in a circle. Add some natural eucalyptus as filler, and you have lovely home decor that costs almost nothing to make!

    This craft is easy enough for kids to do, and would work well with homeschoolers, scout groups and in the classroom as a cute springtime craft.

    Wallpaper Floral Wreath from The House That Lars Built

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    Five Minute DIY: Decoupaged Wooden Tray

    wallpaper lined tray
    Lindsey Crafter

    Add some color and pizzazz to an ordinary wooden tray with some leftover wallpaper scraps. Measure the bottom of the tray and cut a rectangle of the paper to size. Then apply decoupage medium to the bed of the tray. Attach the wallpaper cutout to the bottom of the tray and dry. Get ready to receive compliments from your guests! This project is a no-fail craft that anyone can make in under five minutes. These trays would make lovely gifts for the people in your life.

    DIY Decoupage Tray from Lindsey Crafter

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    DIY Lampshade with a Hidden Design

    wallpaper lined lampshade
    Domestic Imperfection

    Line a lampshade with geometrically printed wallpaper for an instant designer look at budget prices. The inner lining looks elegant during the daylight hours and adds interest at night. The printed design peeks through the shade when the lamp is turned on.

    DIY Lampshade with a Hidden Design from Domestic Imperfection

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    Wallpaper Photo Backdrop

    wallpaper photo backdrop
    Elizabeth Messina

    Make a photo backdrop from leftover scraps of vintage style wallpapers. Can you imagine a bride and her bridesmaids in front of this shabby chic wall? Such a lovely and feminine photo backdrop that costs next to nothing! What a fabulous way to repurpose leftover floral wallpapers.

    Wallpaper Photo Backdrop from Blue Eyed Yonder

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    Wallpaper Decoupage Flower Pots

    decoupage flower pots
    Mitzi Curi

    Make your flower pots into pieces of art with leftover floral wallpaper and decoupage medium that is formulated for use outdoors. Your deck or patio will look beautifully decorated with these crafty beauties! You will smile every time you look at your plants. So pretty!

    Wallpaper Decoupage Flower Pots from Favecrafts

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    Wallpaper as Gift Wrap

    wallpaper gift wrap
    Chez Larsson

    Wallpaper can be recycled into many things, but none is more useful than turning it into wrapping paper. Cover your gifts with leftover wallpaper, and you will have an economical yet stunning presentation. You could also wrap your gift in plain old butcher or freezer paper and decorate with wallpaper cutouts as in the photo above. Save your money and save the planet at the same time by recycling.

    Gift Wrap Inspirations from Chez Larsson