5 Leftover Wallpaper Projects for Kids

Have creative kids? Or maybe you’re a creative person yourself? Our Peel and Stick wallpaper is full of possibilities for kids of all ages!

Spoonflower’s Collaborations Manager Katherine Miles Jones shares five projects she made with her kids using leftover wallpaper scraps from household projects. Get ready to personalize your spaces (and some everyday objects too) with just a few minutes, a pair of scissors and an eye for creativity.

In the bottom righthand corner, a small child is cutting a blue bird out of wallpaper scraps with scissors.  There are wallpaper scraps all around them on a scrap of white wallpaper with gray stars.  Some scraps have colorful repeated shapes, including red-and-white hot air balloons on a blue background;  yellow, green, red and blue birds on a white background;  black stars on a white background;  white flowers on a blue background;  and white leopards amongst white plants on a gray background and a scrap with small flowers with rust stems and blue tops, under small half circles in rust.
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When we use what we have, we are teaching our children to be resourceful and to see opportunity in the things around us. I recently used Spoonflower’s Peel and Stick removable wallpaper to create a vignette in my children’s playroom; After sampling swatches (and having excess wallpaper at the end of the rolls), I knew these leftover wallpaper scraps could be put to good use. And frankly, my kids got their hands on the extra wallpaper before I even had a choice!

1. Kid’s Art Drawer Customized with Wallpaper

A small white drawer is shown open and from above.  A neutral geometric carpet and brown floor are below it.  The drawer liner is made of peel-and-stick wallpaper with a white background and rows of small black stars.  The drawer contents are children's art supplies, from left to right, three small wooden paintbrushes, a clear four-part open storage container with gem-shaped crayons, stick-shaped crayons, colorful beads and small pots of paints.  To the right is a stack of vertically arranged pots of modeling compound.
Featured design: Star Light – Black and White – Star stripes – Ditsy by hufton_studio

Let’s start by customizing the art drawer and adding a cheerful peel-and-stick liner. This project is a quick win, and can be easily completed by any child able to handle scissors.

Materials:

Peel & Stick wallpaper, child-safe scissors, measuring tape, pencil

Steps:

  1. Using measuring tape, measure the inside of the drawer.
  2. Draw the dimensions on the wallpaper.
  3. Cut out the wallpaper liner with scissors.
  4. Peel the back off the wallpaper and stick to the inside of the drawer.

Once the dimensions were drawn on the wallpaper, my six-year old cut it out herself, peeled off the backing and placed it into the drawer all on her own. The drawer contains acrylic organizers, which allow the bold stars to really shine through.

Extra credit: Similarly, Spoonflower’s Peel and Stick wallpaper could be used as liners inside art bins or toy storage bins. Let the children pick the designs! Involving them in the process will empower them to be involved in the actual organizing and cleaning up… or so is my wishful thinking.

2. Use Wallpaper to Create an Adventure

Wallpaper scraps have been used to create items for kids' adventure and lay on a scrap of white wallpaper with gray stars.  Wallpaper with yellow, green, red and blue birds on a white background covers a pair of toilet paper roll binoculars and small pennant flags.  A pair of toilet roll binoculars is also covered in blue wallpaper with large white flowers.
Featured designs: Scandi Floral Md Blue Reverse by beshkakueser, Multidirectional Mod Art Bird Shapes by sandra_hutter_designs, Putty and Cream Stars by danika_herrick

Children can create something out of nothing, so there is no limit when it comes to crafting with wallpaper scraps!

Materials:

Peel and Stick wallpaper, mixed craft materials from around the house (popsicle sticks, toilet paper rolls, pipe cleaners, etc.), child-safe scissors

Steps:

  1. Gather up some mixed materials.
  2. Lay out the Peel and Stick with some scissors.
  3. Let your kids (any maybe you too!) get creative with what’s in front of them.
  4. Peel the backing off the wallpaper and stick to whatever they create to add a bit of extra fun!

We chose to take inspiration from adventure and my daughter engineered binoculars; we then created little flags to match. Beyond crafting, these will then become part of my children’s creative play—the best of both worlds.

Extra credit: On the theme of adventure, kids could be prompted to create little boats, rocket ships or telescopes from wallpaper scraps. You can also leave it open-ended and watch the magic unfold.

3. Make a Collage with Leftover Wallpaper Scraps

Two hands are on either side of a piece of paper as seen from above.  The paper is laying on a scrap of white wallpaper with gray stars and has a nature scene on it crafted out of wallpaper scraps: a red flower, a blue bird, a yellow bird, a tree made from small wallpaper scraps of flowers stuck together on a tan background with thick white-lined trees.  To the left of the paper are a pair of scissors on top of a scrap of wallpaper with a white background and yellow, pink, green, orange and blue birds.
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Spoonflower’s new Peel and Stick wallpaper is perfect for collage. The product is paper-based so the edges won’t fray, and you are left with clean-cut pieces ready for making.

Materials:

Peel and Stick wallpaper, child-safe scissors, stencils of various shapes (optional), pencil (optional)

Steps:

  1. Once given permission to stick shapes onto things, let your kids cut out shapes, animals and designs of their own creation.
  2. If using stencils, draw the shape onto the wallpaper directly and then cut out.
  3. When done, peel the back the wallpaper off and stick to clean, smooth surfaces.

After cutting a variety of shapes, my children began peeling and sticking to their hearts desires! This is also a suitable craft for younger children not yet ready for scissors, as the adult can cut out the shapes and the child can then create the collage from the pre-cut pieces.

Extra credit: In a similar fashion, children could also stick wallpaper pieces to a blank card (a homemade card ready to send to the grandparents). If they like customizing their school supplies or journals, they could also cut out a cover with Peel and Stick wallpaper to create a one-of-a-kind item that really highlights their unique style.

4. Dollhouse Upgrade with Peel and Stick Wallpaper

An empty dollhouse sits on a white floor in front of a window that has sun streaming in.  White curtains with repeating peach flowers are on either side.  Wallpaper scraps have been stuck on walls inside the dollhouse to add pops of color to each of the four rooms, two upstairs and two down.  Both upstairs rooms have wallpaper with a repeating design with small flowers with rust stems and blue tops, under small half circles in rust.  The wallpaper to the bottom left room is white with gray stars and the wallpaper in the bottom right room has a red background with large pink clouds and blue birds.
Featured designs: Wallpaper: Putty and Cream Stars by danika_herrick, Bohemian Fan-Small-Allspice by hufton_studio, Soaring | Bright No. 01 by beshkakueserCurtains: Kalami-Floral-Mauve-Small by holli_zollinger

Time to customize a dollhouse with wallpaper! This idea can carry through to other doll furniture: the inside of a doll armoire, or the tray of a doll high chair. Spoonflower’s Peel and Stick wallpaper easily sticks to the furniture, and comes off without residue when ready to remove.

Materials:

Peel and Stick wallpaper, child-safe scissors, measuring tape, dollhouse walls or items to cover with wallpaper, pencil

Steps:

  1. Measure the wall or dollhouse item you’d like to cover with Peel and Stick wallpaper.
  2. Draw the dimensions (or trace the shape, depending on what you’re covering) onto the wallpaper.
  3. Cut out the wallpaper and stick to surface.

We decided to use three different designs in the dollhouse and I’ll be honest, I’m ready to move in! Similar to using Peel and Stick in the art drawer, this was an easy project with a big impact.

Extra credit: Peel and Stick can really level up dollhouses for any age, see dollhouse design with wallpaper taken to the next level here!

5. Display Children’s Art with Removable Wallpaper

Five pieces of children's art are grouped together on a white wall, taped to it with small rectangular wallpaper scraps.  All artwork is on a white piece of paper, clockwise from top left: A piece of artwork with several squiggles in bright colors is taped to the wall with scraps with a gray background and white stems;  a red house with a brown picket fence and pink chimney is taped to the wall with scraps made of black stars on a white background;  geometric squiggles are taped to the wall with scraps featuring a gray background, white cheetahs and white stems;  a rainbow against a peach sky is taped to the wall with green-and-white gingham scraps;  and a piece with a red bird under a blue sky flying away from a large yellow sun and over a green tree is taped to the wall with scraps made of black stars on a white background.
Featured designs: Star Light – Black and White – Star stripes – Ditsy by hufton_studio, Jungle Cat – Gunmetal Beige by scarlette_soleil, Fall Buffalo Check Plaid in Olive by hipkiddesigns

If you have a small amount of various wallpaper scraps, try creating a temporary gallery wall.

Materials:

Peel and Stick wallpaper, gallery wall items (children’s art, photographs, cards, etc.), scissors (optional)

Steps:

  1. Cut out or tear small pieces of Peel and Stick wallpaper to use as tape.
  2. Adhere children’s art to the wall or other smooth surface.

There is always an abundance of original artwork from kids so rather than storing the art away in a bin, this allows children to take in what they have made and will undoubtedly leave them feeling proud.

Extra credit: The gallery can be easily changed out with new art, new items to showcase and new wallpaper scraps. It’s not about perfect curation or a balanced display, it’s about highlighting your children’s art (or other esteemed items) in all its creativity, unexpectedness and joy.

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