Vintage wallpaper is hard to come by – unless you buy a house with it already stuck on. (Lucky!) And even if you do come across some rolls, it’s usually way overpriced because of its rarity (Bradbury & Bradbury anyone?). However, small scraps of wallpaper aren’t hard to find at all! So where does that leave us?
Take your wallpaper scraps, frame them, and hang ’em on the wall. Done.
Of course, don’t limit yourself to wallpaper – fabric, carpet, leftover vinyl from your great aunt’s kitchen floor, or scrap contact paper from a drawer liner would work just as well!
To frame your scrap pattern, purchase some wooden molding from a hardware store. Pick a color from the pattern, and paint the molding in that shade (or stain it – if the color you want happens to be brown). Measure your scrap, cut the molding to length, and nail it together. Finally, make sure you screw a piece of masonite (or similar material) to the back of your frame.
If you don’t want a border around your panel, you can buy stretcher bars from a local art store and hang your panel like a canvas. However, don’t try this with wallpaper; you will need a material that will stretch, like fabric.
As a final note, I would recommend not hanging just one panel in a room – hang at least two in the same pattern. Repeating patterns throughout a room will pull the whole room together.
All the images in this post come from Better Homes and Garden’s Decorating Ideas Under $100. (Bet you could have guessed that one).