Knockoff DIY Wallpaper Art

How to Make Art with Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a very versatile material… Well, if it is used in craft and home decor projects other than just covering the walls! There is some really great paintable wallpaper available in all sorts of textures such as linen, stucco, beadboard, damask, and even similar to old ceiling tins. This easy to make DIY wallpaper art for walls is the perfect piece when just a pop of color or print is desired and it’s customizable to any size.

diy wallpaper art for walls

I saw an art piece similar to this in another high end catalog. It retails for $79.00! I replicated this art piece for nothing. I already had the materials! Do you notice a pattern here? I like to look at these catalogs and replicate the look for much, much less! Think of it this way – I’m trying to give others a way to create designer looks for the home using items already on hand.

Anyway, this is a super-easy, create-in-an-afternoon project!


  • Tin tiles paintable wall paper (<– affiliate link!)
  • Scrap of lumber or plywood
  • Paint (Two colors – one for the base and one for the accent)
  • Foam roller
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hanging hardware

Alrighty, then… The “tiles” on the wall paper I had measured approximately 5″ square. So I cut a piece one tile high by five tiles wide – about 5″ x 27″ (the length includes the spacing between the tiles). Then I cut a scrap piece of plywood measuring about 5-1/4″ x 27″.

knockoff diy wallpaper art cut the paper

I sanded the board and painted it white. Then I used spray adhesive to adhere the wallpaper to the board.

knockoff diy wallpaper art painted board

Using the sponge roller, roll it into the paint and roll quite a bit of it off. (Lately, I am absolutely obsessed with a Valspar paint color called “Berry Brown”. It is the most awesome shade of magenta!)

knockoff diy wallpaper art paint on roller

Run the roller over the raised edges of the wallpaper very lightly, do not press down! Its obvious that I applied a little more pressure in some parts of the piece than others but I really like the look!

   knockoff diy wallpaper art paint on wallpaper piece

Once the paint is dry, spray the piece with a clear sealer to give it a little protection, then add the hanger to the back.

knockoff diy wallpaper art spray sealer

Voila!! This piece will add just the right pop of color to my decor! Have questions about the knockoff DIY wallpaper art? Leave a comment below!

Originally posted 2012-08-19 08:00:39.

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