If you’ve ever completed a wallpaper refresh in your home, you’ve probably found yourself asking what to do with the wallpaper scraps left behind. It’s hard to part with such beautifully designed wallpaper, even if they’re only suitable for an ant-sized room makeover. DIY blogger Stacy Grinsfelder felt the same way after wallpapering her front entry, and after seeing the 10 DIY projects she made with her leftover Smooth wallpaper, it’s safe to say she’s found the answer to our wallpaper wonderings!
Stacy: I recently finished a wallpapering project at my house. Even though I cut it very close and used every roll that I ordered, there were still scraps left from trimming the ends. Also, before I made the final choice for our front entry, I had ordered a healthy selection of 2’ wide wallpaper samples too—you can see my sampling process here! The samples and scraps left me with a substantial stack of bits and pieces that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away. Instead, I brainstormed a list of ten easy projects for leftover wallpaper, including a few tried-and-true projects already available on the Spoonflower blog.
Danish Stars are a simple way to brighten up a fireplace mantel or add a pop of color anywhere. Large-scale Danish Stars are perfect for leftover wallpaper because wallpaper is sturdier than traditional printer paper. I recommend following this tutorial and I’ve provided a few of my tips below:
Fine Motor Skills Practice For Seniors & Kids
Seniors and kids benefit from practicing their fine motor skills regularly. Large patterns are excellent for tracing or cutting. Donate your leftover wallpaper to nursing homes, senior centers, daycares, or elementary schools.
Outlet & Light Switch Covers
Custom outlet and light switch covers add a sweet finishing touch to any room in the house. Covering them with leftover wallpaper is a quick DIY that makes an impact. This little project works equally well for making a statement or acting as camouflage.
*Be sure to turn off the power before removing any outlet or light switch covers!*
Wallpaper Gift Boxes
Wallpaper folds beautifully into a sturdy box. First, learn to fold one by following this tutorial. Then, play around with different sized squares. The weight of wallpaper makes it suitable for larger containers, and paper boxes of varied sizes work well as compartments inside of drawers. (KonMari, anyone?) Once you know the basic folds, the skies the limit for your creativity.
Handmade Soap Wrap
Handmade soap makes a perfect gift either alone or as part of a larger gift basket. Use wallpaper scraps as a colorful wrap, and customize by adding a ribbon or sticker label.
Wrap an LED Candle
This super easy DIY is a creative, low-cost way to add seasonal decor. To wrap an LED candle:
Make several sleeves in different prints, and swap them out whenever you’re ready for a change.
Custom Notebook Cover
Composition notebooks are just the right size for homework, journaling, or doodling. Personalize the front and back cover with leftover wallpaper.
Custom notebook covers make the perfect stocking stuffer.
Find 10 more last-minute stocking stuffer ideas!
Wallpaper makes an excellent liner for drawers. It is durable and wipeable, which means it functions beautifully anywhere from a dresser to a busy bathroom cabinet. If the wallpaper liner slips around, secure the corners by activating the glue with water or add a small piece of double-sided tape. See the complete how-to here!
Tiny envelopes are so cute. Send a secret note or string several together for a one-of-a-kind Advent calendar or reward system. To learn how to fold an Origami envelope, follow this tutorial. Be sure to press each crease firmly.
One Gift Bow Two Ways
To make a gift bow, you will need the following supplies:
Hopefully, these ideas will serve as a leaping off point for your own creativity. Leftover wallpaper is inevitable. However, using the scraps for small projects will keep perfectly usable paper out of the landfill, and that is right in line with Spoonflower’s commitment to sustainability. Happy crafting!
Inspired to try out one of Stacy’s wallpaper projects but a wallpaper refresh isn’t in your future?
These projects require just a $5 Smooth Wallpaper swatch!
About the Guest Author
Stacy Grinsfelder writes the Blake Hill House DIY blog, and she is the founder and co-host of the True Tales From Old Houses podcast. She is a lover of stories, respectful renovation, and an advocate for restoring old windows and saving old buildings. Thrifty and useful projects thrill Stacy, and she is all about creative problem-solving. Follow Stacy on Instagram at @blakehillhouse_ or on the blog BlakeHillHouse.com.