Fun fact: stores selling paint and other décor throw away their wallpaper sample books at the end of each season – but if you ask nicely, they might give the sample book to you instead. Apparently teachers have been using them for years as free art supplies. Now that you’re in on the secret, you can too.
Like my previous post, 3 Crafts to Make with Vines, I’ve got some ideas for decorations made with repurposed materials, in this case types of paper. If anything paper is even more versatile than vines because of the variety of textures and colours available. Most of these projects are kid-friendly, and they can be adapted to any kind of holiday (or everyday) theme you like.
Tip: I recommend practising different shapes and decorating ideas with scrap paper first to get a feel for how the different materials behave.
The first tutorial shows you how to make simple traced shapes that can be used as ornaments, window decals, or to decorate cards and table settings. Second are instructions to make bunting, a type of banner that I often saw in cafés when I was in England. Finally, I’ve added a tutorial for the classic paper chain and some bonus how-to links from other creatives.
First, gather some supplies:
- The basics: pencil and eraser, ruler, scissors, craft glue, stapler.
- Scrap paper for practising on and making templates.
- Sticky tack (always test to make sure it doesn’t stain surfaces!), fine thread, or fine wire for displaying your ornaments.
- Card stock and construction paper might be lying around your house already, or you can re-purpose old folders, posters, and cards.
- Visit your local paint shop (or a friendly teacher) to ask if they have wallpaper sample books they aren’t using.