Christmas time often comes with a long to-do list that includes everything from decorating, shopping, cooking, and wrapping gifts. We’ve previously talked about decorating your home with Christmas wallpaper and how it can save you time and stress during the holidays. Additionally, it’s also a unique way to create a cozy holiday atmosphere at home.
In the perfect case scenario, the amount of wallpaper you’ve ordered is exactly how much you need for your project. However, it’s quite common to have leftovers. And leftover wallpaper is perfect for DIY creative projects! We’ve come up with 4 fun Christmas wallpaper projects for you to try with your leftover wallpaper this Christmas, so let’s get right to it.
DIY wallpaper gift wrapping
Although wrapping paper usually comes off within seconds of opening your gift, there’s something magical about wrapping gifts for your loved ones. Especially if you have a soft spot for aesthetics.
- Gather all the necessary items – choose the gift you’re going to wrap, as well as wallpaper, a ruler, scissors, a pencil, scotch tape, and a ribbon.
- Measure the paper – fold it over the gift to make sure you have enough and make a mark with your pencil. It’s always better to have a little extra otherwise you might end up with a gap between both sides of the paper.
- Cut the paper – cut it along the line you marked in the previous step.
- Wrap the gift – flip your gift box over, and make sure the tape and the seams of your paper aren’t visible on the top.
- Stick on the tape – make sure the paper is tightly wrapped around the box and stick on a piece of tape down the middle of the box.
- Fold the ends – fold down the paper on both ends of the box. Make sharp creases against the box, fold 3 triangles and tape them down.
- Add the ribbon – make sure you have enough to wrap around the box before you cut anything off.
- Tie a bow – tie the ribbon into a bow and cut off any excess ribbon. For a fancier look, you can cut the ends of the ribbon into angles.
DIY Christmas Cards from leftover wallpaper
In this day and age when most letters we receive are digital, it’s an extra special feeling to receive a handwritten card. Let’s double that feeling by adding a “hand-made” element to the card and making your loved ones even happier this Christmas!
- Fold the wallpaper – fold your piece of wallpaper in half
- Measure the width of the card – measure the same distance from the folded line to both sides and make a mark
- Cut off the excess paper – make sure to include the whole pattern – e.g. a Christmas tree or an elf
- Voilá, your card is ready! – it’s that easy! Add a personalized message and make your loved ones happy this festive season!
DIY Christmas Art Prints
- Gather all the items – grab your wallpaper, scissors, pencil, and picture frame
- Measure the frame – take the back of your picture frame, place it on the piece of wallpaper and draw a line around it
- Cut the measured piece – cut out the piece of wallpaper
- Place it in the frame – place the piece of wallpaper in the frame and make sure the picture is straight and aligned.
- Secure the back of the frame – Secure the back of the frame and fold down the metal tabs so the picture doesn’t move out of place.
- Enjoy your new piece of art – congratulations, you’ve just created a piece of art! Find a place to hang it and enjoy the masterpiece!
Did you buy a book for someone this Christmas, or perhaps it was something you had on your wishlist? Either way, a DIY bookmark will be the perfect addition!
- Measure the paper – decide how big you want the bookmark to be and draw two straight lines on the piece of wallpaper
- Cut out the bookmark – following the lines you just drew, cut out the piece of wallpaper
- Enjoy your new bookmark!
Creative DIY wallpaper projects are a great way to utilise leftover wallpaper instead of throwing it out or forgetting it on the shelf where it’s just collecting dust. All of these ideas are simple and require basic tools that are available in most households. We’re sure that whoever receives your hand-made Christmas card or unwraps your gifts will be thrilled.
Remember – you can repeat these projects with any wallpaper pattern. So, find your leftover wallpaper and start working on your next DIY project!
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