How to Make Your Own Wallpaper

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Wallpaper can be expensive. Usually the ones you love are pricey! Make your own with this tutorial.
I had this small nook in my house that needed updating. It is seen from our kitchen, holds our most used door, and is also our walk through laundryroom. It is a high traffic space that needed spruced up!
Before Makeover Shot
I researched wallpapers and all the ones that I loved were still pretty expensive...even for this small nook. I tried a few paint samples on the wall to see if that added pop of color would do the trick, it did not.
Then one day as I was reading one of my favorite books, I had an idea. Why not use the book to create my own wallpaper!? The images I LOVE. the colors are BEAUTIFUL! The quotes are INSPIRING. It was the perfect solution to my small space.
I ripped up my book, got a few tools and wallpaper paste and got to work creating my own wallpaper. I love how it turned out! I know this look isn't for everyone. It was perfect for our home. It is colorful and lively just like us. You might also like my floral wall I painted, if you like color! You can take this idea with your own book and create a wallpaper that fits you! A recipe book in a kitchen or an encyclopedia in a reading nook would look cool too!
I love how this nook also compliments the pink lockers in my kitchen! For lots more pictures and specific details, please check out my blog post.

Suggested materials:

  • Book   (amazon)
  • Wallpaper paste   (lowes)

Erica D
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

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  • M M on Jun 28, 2016
    This is lovely in creative. Did you roll wallpaper paste on the right side too? Or any other finish?

  • Liz Beth Smith Liz Beth Smith on Jun 29, 2016
    What is the book you used?! Looks cute and inspirational!!


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  • Kathryn Sanderson Kathryn Sanderson on Mar 07, 2017
    A suggestion for where to get the books: Try buying used books in secondhand bookstores, thrift shops, or on line. Lots of cute children's books end up in thrift fact, all kinds of illustrated books do. Just take a look.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 23, 2020

    If you do want to try this project, I would recommend limiting it to a small contained area. As the various pieces of paper are different textures and thicknesses, I can not see trying to remove them without causing some damage to the drywall behind.