Ten fun ways to use leftover wallpaper scraps!
I hate wasting anything…especially something as beautiful as wallpaper. Thankfully there are so many fun home decor ideas that will use up your scraps.
Wallpaper remnants (at least the peel and stick versions) are thick enough to stand up to some wear and tear and are easy to work with.
When you hang wallpaper with a repeat (which most have), you’ll have a lot of excess leftover when you’re done with your project.
The repeat is the the distance between where the design matches up on each roll of wallpaper.
Because the repeat on the wallpaper I used in our powder room
(thank you for all of the lovely comments!) was 24 inches, I had numerous scrap pieces that were around two feet long:
I always keep that excess just in case I need to patch up a spot sometime, but also because it’s just too pretty to throw away!
I walked around our house with this floral paper in my hands, looking for a spot that would make sense.
I mentioned earlier this week that it has all of the colors we use in our home, so it wasn’t long before I found a spot in our dining room.
I’ve always loved painting or treating the backs of our bookcases for a pretty accent. Paint is the easiest choice of course!
But I’ve also used fabric, wallpaper and even wrapping paper in the past.
The key is mounting it to something — that way you don’t have to try to awkwardly reach back and get the wallpaper just right in those tight spaces.
I use cardboard or foam core boards as my “mount” — delivery boxes are perfect for this!:
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You’ll want a straight edge like a level or ruler, a measuring tape and a sharp
craft X-Acto knife
or utility knife
to cut with.
I measured the wall on back of each shelf and then transferred that onto the cardboard or foam board, then used the knife to cut:
If you don’t have a mat, make sure you score it on something that won’t get damaged, like a cement floor.
After my foam board was cut to size, I found the easiest way to attach the peel and stick wallpaper was to lay it down on the sticky back:
Because these shelves are so skinny, I didn’t worry about the pattern matching up. That’s the beauty of this project — it doesn’t need to be perfect!
The board doesn’t have to be the exact right size either — you won’t notice minor imperfections.
I smoothed out my wallpaper (the peel and stick was easy to remove from the foam board and readjust), and then flipped it back like pictured above so I cut the excess off the sides with my knife.
These mounts make them so much easier to install, and you also don’t have to worry about the wallpaper damaging the walls
on your bookshelves.
This colorful pattern makes for such a pretty, unexpected surprise!:
If you tire of one design, you can reuse the boards to apply a new fabric or wallpaper.
Love this little hack and the pop of color it adds behind the accessories:
That blue and green wallpaper goes perfectly with the dark blue Cyberspace walls in here!
You may have noticed the other wallpaper art I have in this space. Years ago I added a gorgeous white and blue floral wallpaper
to a little hallway near our kitchen:
I’ve gathered some other fun and unexpected ways to use wallpaper scraps to share with you!
You can order samples from most online wallpaper shops for a few bucks each!
That wall uses more than scraps, but you could create a similar look on a smaller scale.
Framing it out with trim is the key!
This project would be easiest with a pattern with no to little repeat so you don’t have to match up the design down the stairs.
Either glass or acrylic on top makes it so it’s easily cleaned!
This is the cutest pet idea I’ve seen in awhile! Not only is the built in dog crate awesome, but the adorable dog wallpaper inside
is the perfect finishing touch:
A few more fun ideas for using leftover scraps of wallpaper:
- Stick it on the top of your photo mats for a pop of color on your gallery wall.
- Cover a drum lampshade with scraps (a cone shaped shade won’t work well for this).
- Use it as a background to dress up basket or shelf labels.
- Wrap it around simple, flat mirror frame or picture frames.
- Save to use as pretty wrapping paper for small gifts.
- Cover your switch plates for an unexpected accent:
Have you tried any of these ideas with wallpaper remnants? This post actually gives me some ideas for future projects! 🙂