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