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Five Creative Ways to Start Upcycling With Wallpaper

Wallpaper isn't just for covering your walls anymore. Get creative and start upcycling with wallpaper, so no surface is left behind!

So, you've just transformed your walls with one of Lust Home's anything but ordinary wallpapers, but the fun doesn't have to stop there. Just when you thought that project was a wrap - the upcycling adventure has only just begun. If you've ended up with some leftover rolls, don't throw them away! It would be positively criminal to waste them when they have so many cool and creative uses yet to fulfil in your home. (And when they look so pretty)

Upcycling with wallpaper is also super eco-friendly and lets you turn something from drab to fab, so what are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves and be inspired by these five ways to upcycle with wallpaper.

Groovy, Baby Wallpaper  upcycled by @bergmann_gus

1. Cover Old Furniture

Have you ever looked at a piece of furniture and thought, "this could use a little extra oomph"? Well, have no fear because upcycling with wallpaper is here to save the day. If you have a piece of old furniture that needs a facelift, you can use your leftover Lust Home wallpaper to give it a new look. Cover a cabinet, a chest of drawers, or a table with wallpaper, and voila! You will have a completely transformed piece of furniture that is sure to turn heads.

First, gather some funky and fun wallpaper that will make your furniture pop. Think bright colours and bold patterns like our Jungle is Massive Wallpaper, which you guys have loved since day one! All you need is a ruler to measure the dimensions of your furniture, some scissors and PVA glue or Lust Paste, and you're good to go. Sanding down furniture beforehand to roughen the surfaces is also a good idea to make sure the glue or paste sticks properly.

2. Make Wall Art

The beauty of making wall art from wallpaper is that you don't need much of it to create a stunning piece. You can use skimpy leftover sheets to create an instant-impact piece of art, even inside a small hanging frame.

Cut out different shapes or patterns from the wallpaper and frame them in a fashion that speaks your personal style, from sleek modern to free-spirited boho, as seen above with Jungle is Massive Wallpaper. The options don't stop there; you can place these frames as decor on a bookshelf or coffee table and on the walls!

3. Line Shelves and Wardrobes 

We often take pride in the surfaces out on display but rarely pay attention to the ones hiding away. You open your wardrobes and drawers day in and day out, so why not give yourself a little surprise pop of colour each time? Lining the inside of cupboards with wallpaper will not only give your closet a fun and playful vibe, but it will also make getting dressed in the morning a little more exciting.

Imagine opening your wardrobe doors to a burst of vibrant florals, bold geometric shapes, or funky animal prints - it's like having a mini art exhibit in your own home! 

Just like upcycling outer furniture, it's as easy as cutting and sticking the correct roll dimensions to the inner parts of your wardrobes, shelves, and alcoves. Get ready to transform your hidden home spots into playful paradises, as @emmajanepalin did with Under the Banana Tree Wallpaper.

4. Create a Focal Wall

If you've decorated a whole room with your favourite Lust Wallpaper and still have some leftover, it might not be time to hang up the apron and brush just yet. Keep your favourite print rolling through your home by hanging it as a cosy focal wall or half panelling it in the bathroom, utility room or hallway.

Flower Bomb Wallpaper half panelled bathroom by @letsby.avenue

A feature wall does wonders for those small spaces, nooks and crannies you wouldn't usually notice. Every part of your home deserves to shine, so don't be shy about upcycling that leftover wallpaper into more wall space.

5. Make Gift Wrapping

Yes, you heard that right. Wallpaper can be a fantastic material for making unique and eye-catching bouquets and gift wraps. Spice up your ordinary gift wrap routine with just a few scraps of leftover wallpaper, transforming an ordinary bouquet or gift into something truly special. And the best part? You're giving new life to something that would otherwise have been tossed away. 

However, if you want to skip the DIY and get your hands on a beautiful bouquet of flowers ready-made and wrapped to perfection, check out our collaboration with The Happy Blossoms. Featuring a limited edition dried flower bunch wrapped up in the delightful Jungle is Massive print!