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.
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
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.
Peel & Stick wallpaper, child-safe scissors, measuring tape, pencil
- Using measuring tape, measure the inside of the drawer.
- Draw the dimensions on the wallpaper.
- Cut out the wallpaper liner with scissors.
- 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
Children can create something out of nothing, so there is no limit when it comes to crafting with wallpaper scraps!
Peel and Stick wallpaper, mixed craft materials from around the house (popsicle sticks, toilet paper rolls, pipe cleaners, etc.), child-safe scissors
- Gather up some mixed materials.
- Lay out the Peel and Stick with some scissors.
- Let your kids (any maybe you too!) get creative with what’s in front of them.
- 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
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.
Peel and Stick wallpaper, child-safe scissors, stencils of various shapes (optional), pencil (optional)
- Once given permission to stick shapes onto things, let your kids cut out shapes, animals and designs of their own creation.
- If using stencils, draw the shape onto the wallpaper directly and then cut out.
- 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
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.
Peel and Stick wallpaper, child-safe scissors, measuring tape, dollhouse walls or items to cover with wallpaper, pencil
- Measure the wall or dollhouse item you’d like to cover with Peel and Stick wallpaper.
- Draw the dimensions (or trace the shape, depending on what you’re covering) onto the wallpaper.
- 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.
5. Display Children’s Art with Removable Wallpaper
If you have a small amount of various wallpaper scraps, try creating a temporary gallery wall.
Peel and Stick wallpaper, gallery wall items (children’s art, photographs, cards, etc.), scissors (optional)
- Cut out or tear small pieces of Peel and Stick wallpaper to use as tape.
- 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.