Wrapping paper is versatile and easy to obtain and can be put to many uses in the home. As a decorative item, it is perfect for use in home design as it's inexpensive and available in a variety of textures, finishes and patterns. Wrapping paper can be used on the wall in the same way as art prints or small sections of fabric or wallpaper and can be framed, applied over a canvas or used in panels. Thicker wrapping paper will be easier to apply, shiny wrapping paper will be prone to wrinkles, while folded sheets of wrapping paper may hold permanent creases.
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Things you need
- Wrapping paper
- Wallpaper paste
- Tape measure
- Paint brush
- Clear varnish
Measure the dimensions of the area to be filled with wrapping paper with a tape measure. If the area is within a panel with a raised edge, the wrapping paper can be simply held up against it and scored around the edge to get an exact fit.
Choose an area of wrapping paper to measure and cut. Look at the pattern of the paper and decide which aspect of it you'd like to have at the centre of your panel and work around this. Use a ruler to measure the exact dimensions you need and cut the area out with a pair of scissors.
Apply wallpaper paste or all-purpose glue to the back of your wrapping paper, going right to the edge. Care may be needed to ensure thin papers aren't over saturated with moisture because they can tear.
Put your wrapping paper in place with the top edge of the paper against the top edge of your panel and smooth over with your hand to remove bubbles or wrinkles. When you're happy with the positioning, leave the paper to dry.
Brush clear varnish over the surface of the mounted wrapping paper to seal it and to give it a longer lifespan. Use light strokes in one direction to avoid damaging the paper and to avoid getting brush marks in your varnish finish.
Tips and warnings
- Opt for wrapping paper in rolls where possible to get the largest sheets available and to avoid creases from folded paper.
- While the paste is wet, the wrapping paper can be repositioned by sliding it around.
- Wrapping paper with a flock or other fabric finish should not be varnished because this will damage the paper.
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