13 surprising and delightful ways to use wallpaper

I'm having a bit of a love affair with wallpaper right now. (Who isn't, huh?) it's no surprise, given my love affair with creating and sharing patterns, (and my upcoming release of wallpapers-yay) but the house we live in is a rental, so from a logistical and financial standpoint, there's not a ton of ways to use it on the walls around here. I have one particular roll of vintage paper I picked up in Amsterdam almost a decade ago that I think is just screaming to be put out on display- sans wall. 

1. Wallpaper Decoupage wooden hangers.

Wouldn't these be delightful in a little girls room? Or, maybe hung on the wall to display a pretty hand towel or some jewelry.

WALLPAPER DECOUPAGE HANGERS

2. Leftover Wallpaper scrap covers for magazine holders.

I love those inexpensive magazine holders from Ikea and Target, but sometimes they seem a little boring, yeah? What a great way to update something you already own.

WALLPAPER COVERED MAGAZINE HOLDERS

3. Wallpaper covered hanging file folders

Speaking of boring, how about those standard issue hanging file folders? I don't know about you, but opening a file cabinet filled with these delights would put a smile on my face every single day.

WALLPAPER HANGING FILE FOLDERS

4. Wallpaper decoupage step stools.

This has to be one of my favorite projects on this list. Look how bright and happy these stools are. Being of the shorter stature persuasion, I have little stools tucked away all over my house. Anytime I can have them out on display vs taking up valuable storage space is a major win.

WALLPAPERED IKEA BEKVAM STOOL

5. Surprise wallpapered drawer sides

Love the delight in wallpapering an often neglected area of the dresser drawer.

WALLPAPERED DRESSER DRAWER

6. Wallpaper cutlery drawer liners

There are a lot of pinterest images of wallpaper lined drawers, but most of the time the pretty patterns just get covered up by what you are putting in there. I love this take, using it as a backdrop for your silver.

WALLPAPER KITCHEN DRAWER LINER

7. Wallpaper scrap gift bags

How adorable are these gift bags made from leftover swatches of wallpaper?

WALLPAPER GIFT BAGS

8. Mini wallpaper envelopes

This seems like a great way to use up scraps, or some of those samples you get from the store. Such a cute little add on to hand wrapped gifts.

MINI WALLPAPER ENVELOPES

9. Decoupage wallpaper flower pots

Release yourself form the tyranny of overpriced pots! 

WALLPAPER DECOUPAGE FLOWER POTS

10. Wallpaper covered drum shades

One of my favorite ways to add an easy, fresh punch to a room is to change out lampshades. Covering them with a bold pattern takes that up several notches.

VINTAGE WALLPAPER DRUM SHADE

11. Wallpaper covered Ikea file holders

The only thing that could make the design of these Ikea file folders better is some super cheerful wallpaper. 

WALLPAPERED IKEA KVISSLE HOLDER

12. Wallpapered Kitchen shelves

An oldie but a goodie for a reason. A very small amount of wallpaper can make a huge impact in the back of your open shelf or glass cabinet kitchen cupboards. (especially in a small space.)

WALLPAPER LINED KITCHEN CUPBOARDS

13. Wallpapered stairs

Again, this is one I've seen a lot, but I never, ever get tired of it. Especially when the patterns are mixed and matched like this. Super whimsical and impactful while still being chic.

ECLECTIC WALLPAPER STAIR RISERS

So- would you try out any of these projects? Let me know which is your favorite, and if you have any plans to try your hand at it in the comments below.