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What to do with wallpaper

Thanks to some generous donations from York Wallpaper Company and others, Re-Source York has an amazing inventory of wallpaper – lots of it still in the original sealed rolls.

Here are some interesting reuse ideas (found at make-stuff.com) for ways to use this bargain-priced item for simple yet snazzy projects. Some are even kid friendly.

* Picture Mat – Cut wallpaper to make a mat for pictures. Turn paper over and measure picture to be framed. Using a knife cut out a hole. Tape picture to back of paper and frame. This looks wonderful. Contributed by H&RBlockGan

* Bulletin Board – Cover the cork part of a bulletin board with wall paper (tape on for a temporary different look, glue on for a permanent look). It looks especially good if it matches the walls or color of the room! Contributed by Meghan

* Drawer Liner – Line the inside of desk drawers with wall paper. That way, things slide out more easily, and it makes it look richer. Contributed by Meghan

* Make a Fan – Tiny for a doll, or large enough to decorate a wall… – Instructions here

* Make your own envelopes – Instructions here

* Make accordion letters – Letter #1 Instructions hereLetter #2 Instructions here

* Shapes for decoupage – Cut out the shapes of fs and leaves and decoupage them to virtually anything – table tops, frames, decorative boxes, etc. – Decoupage instructions here

* Designer wastebaskets – Wrap large ice cream containers (like the type used by Baskin-Robbins) with leftover wallpaper, to make ‘designer’ waste baskets (goes great in a bath or bedroom papered with the same material). Contributed by Clyde Morron, morron@vvm.com

* Make placemats – Paste two sheets together, with pasted sides together, and let completely dry. Cut out in rectangular, oval or other desired shape for placemats (you can use other placemats as a template). Can be laminated at a hobby or teacher’s store for extra durability. Contributed by Clyde Morron, morron@vvm.com

* Window or wall treatment – Glue leaves and shapes over a doorway, archway or window. Cover with a light coat of paint and sand off for a “worn” effect.

* Make unique bookmarks – Instructions here Kid Project!

* Make expensive looking jewelry or kitchen magnets – Instructions here

* Cut shapes/pattern to decorate a planter – Cut shapes and glue to f box or pot. Coat with sealant.

* Decorate a fairy castle – Use as wallpaper or floor decoration on the inside rooms of a doll house or fairy house. Castle instructions here.

* Cover gift boxes – Glue the wallpaper to the outside of a box to make a pretty gift box — or — use it to make your own boxes! If the wallpaper isn’t heavy enough, glue two pieces back to back, or glue it to lightweight cardboard and then fold the box.

* Cut out clothes for paper dolls.

* Make doll house rugs – Some patterns lend themselves well to tiny rugs – glue a fringe or lace edge on an oval or rectangular shape.

* Collage material – Let the kids cut out shapes and pictures for collages.

* Make greeting cards – Glue a piece of white paper to the back. Fold in half. Cut an oval in the center of the front of the card, and inside the card, glue something neat, a family photo, a jewel, etc. that will show through the oval.

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