DIY and Crafts

Four unexpected ways to use wallpaper in your home

Think wallpaper is just for the walls? Think again. Here are four creative, and unexpected ways, you can use your favourite wallpaper designs around your home


To spruce up an old chest of drawers, measure the drawer fronts and cut wallpaper to fit (this works best on drawers with a recessed handle running along top edge). If using more than 1 piece per drawer, be sure to line up the pattern. Working with 1 drawer at a time, apply clear craft glue to the drawer front with a brush, then stick down your wallpaper. Leave to dry overnight before returning items to the drawers.


Bring personality to a simple lamp by adding wallpaper. Cut your paper to fit the shade, allowing 2cm extra, top and bottom (we needed 2 pieces of paper to wrap all the way around ours). Fold excess paper inside shade and fix with double-sided tape or clear craft glue.

Wall hanging

This project can be whipped up in 15 minutes and makes for an affordable piece of art. Starting with 2 pieces of dowel, tie a length of twine to the ends of 1 piece for hanging. Cut wallpaper to desired length (ours was 95cm) plus 16cm extra to fold over dowels. Position dowels on back of wallpaper, 8cm in from ends, fold ends over dowels and fix to back of wallpaper with double-sided tape. Hang on your wall.


Try this cost-effective headboard. Ask your local hardware store to cut some MDF to the size you need. Cut wallpaper to fit, leaving a 6cm overhang on all sides and matching up the pattern as you go. Use clear craft glue or wallpaper paste to stick the paper to the board. Fold overhang over the edges, snipping into the corners, and stick down with glue or paste. The best part is you can easily change the wallpaper when you fancy a change.

Shop the look

Vivid wallpaper E384510, $199.99 a roll, from Aspiring Walls. Wall and floor painted in Resene ‘Black White’.

1 Lamp, $22, from Kmart. Side table, $270, from Williams Road. The Kinfolk Home book, $70, from Crave Home. Tealight holder, $14.99, from Farmers.

2 Willow lounger, $550, stool, $245, from Williams Road. Linen throw, $139.99, washed linen cushion, $79.99, from Adairs. Mug, $12.99, from Farmers. Mules, $44.95, from Rubi Shoes.

3 Tallboy, $179, from The Warehouse. Palm hook, $12.99, YH&G trinket box, $24.99, YH&G candle, $39.99, from Farmers. Under the Waterfall crystal cleansing water, $42, from Girl Undiscovered. Downloadable print, $10.10, from Etsy/Heartsincolors. Frame, $10, from Kmart. Vase, $29.99, from Spotlight. Bag, $59.99, from Adairs. Runner, $129, from Freedom.

4 Side table, $239.99, pillowcase, $109.99 for 2, gold cushion, $54.99, queen duvet cover, $319.99, throw, $139.99, from Adairs. Fringed cushion, $27.95, from Freedom. Pineapple, $49.99, from Farmers. Candle, $35, from Annise Designs. Other items stylist’s own.

Words by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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