Just because I don’t have wallpaper on a single wall in my house, does not mean I can’t appreciate it. Wallpaper has for years gotten a bad rap and was until recently considered a home decorating faux pas, but those days are over. Not only is it hip with the kids to use wallpaper on walls, some clever folks are bringing it to the craft world. Those clever people would be Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith authors of the new fabu book Wallpaper Projects: More Than 50 Craft and Design Ideas for Your Home, From Accents to Art. Craft enthusiasts might recognize the pair as the owners of the Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco and Derek as the projects editor at ReadyMade Magazine. Given their impeccable crafty background I knew this new lush looking book from Chronicle was going to be good and I was right.
The projects in the book range from bracelets to headboards and that is probably why I like it so much, that and the fact that nothing appears overly complicated. There are not many projects you couldn’t conquer with some wallpaper and Tacky Glue. Though I’m still not ready to make the full commitment to wallpaper on an actual wall – covering a cabinet, table or door panel seems a lot less daunting. Lucky me I also happen to have a small stash of vintage wallpaper. I have been looking for just the right project and several of the ideas in Wallpaper Projects seem worthy.
Today for I Love to Create I am going to attempt the Covered Canisters. A quick trip to the thrift store supplied me with more than enough cheap tins to get started. One of my rolls of wallpaper is for a little boy’s room depicting various race cars. Perfect my friend Noelle who is expecting a little boy any day now. I needed the perfect container to deliver her congratulations cookies in!
Read on see how to make your own wallpaper covered tin and to win your very own copy of Wallpaper Projects: More Than 50 Craft and Design Ideas for Your Home, From Accents to Art!
Choose your wallpaper wisely. You can find wallpaper online, at the thrift store, flea markets and most obviously at the wallpaper store. Wallpaper is great for crafting because it is made to be pretty resistant to wear and tear.
Once you have chosen the perfect tin and just the right wall paper it’s time to measure twice and cut once as my father-in-law would say. You need enough wallpaper to cover the circumference of your tin. Next trace the lid of your tin onto the wallpaper as well. Cut out both.
Take your wallpaper and tins outside for a little spray glue action. Apply an even layer of Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray to the backside of your paper and wrap around your tin, smoothing as you go. Do the same thing with the circle of wallpaper you cut out for the lid.
Next you might notice the edge of the lid is still showing. Also in my case the bottom and top edges of the tin were a little uneven and there was a seam in the back where the wallpaper was not wide enough to overlap or touch. Here is where the ribbon and tacky glue comes in.
Think you might like to try your hand at some wallpaper crafting? Well we have one copy of Wallpaper Projects to giveaway! All you have to do is leave us a wallpaper related comment. Do any wallpaper crafting? Did your room as a child have rad 70’s wallpaper that you lament about? Would you hang wallpaper in your house? Give me the deets and I might give you the book. You have until next Thursday to enter!
Suggested Wallpaper Goodness:
Silhouette Art – Wallpaper dog project from the book.
Fondue – The cutest home decor items you have ever seen made with wallpaper (don’t forget Fondue Jr. for the wee ones)
Wallpaper from hell (or heaven): Patterns in Household Design – A Flickr pool all about the wallpaper!