Here are some uses for partial rolls of wallpaper from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own ideas here.
I use wallpaper as wrapping paper all the time. You will be surprised how many compliments you receive when you do this!
I get the outdated books from the stores and use the pre pasted pages to make plant pot covers or bowls. Pick two pages, soak in water for a few minutes. then put wrong sides together. Then just wrap them up around a plant pot and let dry. When you're finished, you have very dressy covers for your otherwise plain plant pots, or you can take them off the pots and use them as decorative bowls for the table or the vanity. You can also use to fill with candies, cookies, etc. and give to a friend or teacher.
I have a half-dozen out-dated wall paper sample books. I use the pages for the back ground for scrap booking pages. They work great. I also make sturdy "fancy" envelopes out of them for special occasions.
I have framed small pieces that coordinated with my wall color, especially when it is an all over print. I have done the same with fabric, just painted the frames to match my trim (which is atrium white) and framed pieces of material in an all over pattern. Wallpaper can also be used as matting for framing pictures. I have even used the leftover paper when I redid my craft room (only wallpapered halfway up the wall and put a wood border painted to coordinate with the stripes around the top where it was uneven) and covered small shelves with it and then painted the edging to match.
By LI Roe
I take shoe boxes and cover them with wall paper or fabric. Then I have some nice places to keep my shoes rather than scattered on the closet floor.
Don't even get me started. Use a glue stick and line a pretty piece with construction paper and make a homemade card. Cut out pretty designs and make lovely decoupage pieces. Use cutout pieces to make a faux mosaic tabletop. Book covers for worn paperback cookbooks. Cover the light switch plates in your house with coordinating patterns in every room.
Cut two large pieces and place with the backs facing each other and laminate with clear contact paper for "designer place mats". Same technique as above but cut smaller, punch a hole in the top and add a piece of yarn with a tassel for a bookmark (makes great gifts). Make a wonderful collage on a plain chest or trunk. Cut into the shapes called for in your favorite patchwork pattern for a wonderful "quilt-top" for a chest or flat top trunk.
Go to wallpaper shops and ask for the outdated samples. You can make lovely greeting cards and stationary from them. You can also line drawers or shelves with wallpaper.
I buy old rolls of wallpaper and let the children draw on the "plain" side. It works out cheaper than buying proper paper for them to paint and color on.
My mom uses leftover wallpaper to line her drawers. (05/07/2007)
Recycle a family size detergent box and cover it with wallpaper. Use this box to hold recipes, children's art work, bills, photographs, etc. To embellish the plastic handle, wrap with ribbon and tie a bow at each end of the handle.
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