DIY Wallpaper Projects

DIY Wallpaper Projects


DIY Wallpaper Projects

Lately I’ve been making loads with wallpaper. So I thought I’d share my projects with you, too. I got heaps of shoeboxes and they ain’t pretty. But with wallpaper, glue, water and a paint brush that can change. You can turn them into beautiful storage boxes. And one can never have too much storage, right? I found these great instructions from Finnish Ihana magazine via Ennenvanha.

What you need

  • Wallpaper
  • Shoeboxes
  • Glue (normal white glue works)
  • (Wallpaper glue or paste – optional)
  • Paint brush

Mix water and glue into a fluid liquid. You can also use wallpaper glue or paste if you have leftovers from renovating, but add about 1/3 of glue. It helps wallpapering as the glue attaches to cardboard quickly. If you get glue stains on the paper, wipe them as soon as possible with a damp cloth. If the wallpaper is bumpy, don’t panic. When the glue dries, most bumps disappear.

Covering a shoebox

The amount of wallpaper depends on the size of shoeboxes you have. Basically you need 2 x the length of the box + enough to cover the sides.

If you are a renovating maniac like me and have scraps of wallpaper lying about, great. But if not, there are shops selling it by the meter. For example Colore online store sells the pretty-pretty PiP Studio wallpapers and you don’t have to buy the whole roll.

Covering a shoebox

Draw the outlines of the box on the backside of the wallpaper. Spread glue all over the the bottom of the box. Don’t leave any parts glueless, otherwise you’ll get airholes.

Covering a shoebox

Press the box on the wallpaper and turn it around. Press the wallpaper carefully to smooth out any bumps.

Cut the sides of the wallpaper.

Covering a shoebox

Covering a shoebox

Next glue the long sides.

Covering a shoebox

Covering a shoebox

Cut the sides of the short ends straight and glue them. Fold the edges inside of the box.

Covering a shoebox

Cover the top accordingly.

DIY Wallpaper Projects

You now have a box to store whatever you want!

So what next? You still have more scraps to use.

DIY Wallpaper Projects

You can make art by framing it.

DIY Wallpaper Projects

Or cover coffee tins to store little trinkets, pens, paint brushes etc. I made a storage system for my markers by covering a bunch of coffee tins and securing them with a belt.

DIY Wallpaper Projects

I wrote instructions for decoupaged coffee tins years ago, you can find them here (scroll down to the end for English instructions).

DIY Wallpaper Projects

DIY Wallpaper Projects

The holiday season is coming (oh yes it is, and I have a feeling I’m going to go Christmas-crazy this year). You can use wallpaper for adorning gift tags or even fold origami boxes for your presents. This will work better for the paper-kind wallpaper. Thicker vinyl wallpapers might not fold well. Easy-to-follow video instructions for origami boxes here.

DIY Wallpaper Projects

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  1. 1
    Riisa

    Aivan ihastuttavia! Erityisesti tussien säilytysratkaisu on nerokas! Se muovikotelo, joka esimerkiksi copic-tusseille on saatavilla on sata kertaa tylsempi kuin suloisesti päällystetyt purnukat. ;)

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    Piia Anneli @ annelivia

    Aivan ihania, eikä vähiten tuon niin ihanasti väritetyn tapetin vuoksi! Minulla on ollut tarkoitus tehdä sekä noita paperoituja metallitölkkejä että joskus aikoinaan sinun tekemiäsi sisältä maalattuja lasipurkkeja, mutta en ole vielä tähän päivään mennessä ostanut maalia enkä tapettiakaan. Meillä olisi tarkoitus muuttaa alakerran väritystä, joten ehkä sen yhteydessä… Vielä kun osaisi päättää niitä värejä!

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