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The Best Crafting With Wallpaper Ideas – Pillaboxblue

Every time I visit big department stores, I can’t resist going into the home furnishing departments and checking out the latest wallpapers. Often I will pick up a few samples. After I’ve finished with the free samples I don’t throw them away as I love crafting with wallpaper.

Wallpaper is stiffer but more flexible than other papers which sounds kind of contradictory. It’s bendy paper that can often be wiped clean, which makes it versatile for many crafts.

I’m very creative with my use of wallpaper in the home. I’ve Marimekko wallpapered stairs, I’ve decoupaged table tops with wallpaper and even made a wallpapered kitchen backsplash.

Wallpaper is also great to upcycle with from the kitchen trash can to wallpapered furniture such as mirrors or IKEA Hemenes dressers.

All these wonderful wallpapering projects use rolls of wallpaper or large pieces. But there is still a lot of wallpaper craft projects you can make with the samples of wallpapers gathered whilst deciding on what paper to use for a bigger project.

Firstly, I will show you one of my latest crafting with wallpaper ideas, making upcycled tin can pen pots. Then at the end of the post, there is a list of more fabulous wallpaper crafting ideas.

Crafting with wallpaper ideas

Wallpaper Craft: How To Make A Marimekko DIY Desk Caddy

Whilst trying to decide on a wallpaper for the new built-in wardrobes in my bedroom I ended up with some Marimekko wallpaper samples. These samples I got for free from Wallpapersdirect and were A4 sample sized.

They were from a Marimekko design called Pieni Tiara. I had a sample from each of the three different colourways it came in. I’ve crafted with Marimekko paper napkins many times before but this time I decided to use these wallpaper samples, rather than waste them.

What You Need To Make DIY Desk Caddy

  • Wallpaper samples or remnants – 3 sheets about A4 size. Most home stores provide wallpaper samples for free.
  • 3 tin cans – I used 400ml sized food cans.
  • Wallpaper paste or white glue
  • Spray paints
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Two old pieces of wood for the tray
  • Drill with round woodcutter saw attachment the size of the tin cans.
Wallpaper samples and tin cans

How To Make An Upcycled Marimekko Desk Caddy

1.. First, spray paint the inside to tin cans to match the wallpaper you are crafting with. I spray painted the inside of three cans white, green and pink. Also, make sure that the thin top lip of the tin can is painted too, as this will is likey show when wallpapered.

Pen pots and utility caddies look much better if they have been painted on the inside as well as decorated on the outside.

spray painting the tin cans

3. Next, measure the circumference and height of the tin cans.

Measuring the tin cans

4. Then, using these measurements cut the wallpaper sample papers to fit the tin cans. Use a rotary cutter, ruler and mat to achieve a neat accurate cut.

crafting with wallpaper samples

5. Finally, to finish the Marimekko pen pots glue the wallpaper to the outside of each tin can. I used wallpaper paste for this, as I already had some made up. But white craft glue will work just as well.

Crafting with wallpaper marimekko pen pots
Marimekko wallpapered pen pots

6. Finally, to turn these DIY pen pots into a desk caddy, I made a carry tray for them. I cut round saw holes into a scrap piece of wood to make a holder. Full details of how I did this are on my painted glass bud vase post.

making carry tray
Crafting with wallpaper Marimekko desk caddy

I use these Marimekko pen pots on my desk to keep my pens organized. They would look just as good in the kitchen used as utensil holders. If you love the designs of Marimekko as much as I do then you should check out my other Marimekko and Nordic inspired craft.

DIY Marimekko Desk Caddy

Crafting With Wallpaper Ideas

The following is a collection of more fun crafting with wallpaper ideas for wallpaper samples. I fancy making some Marimekko clipboards to match the Marimekko desk caddy.

If you liked the Marimekko desk caddy then you might want to check out my colourful leather pen pots and my other denim and copper craft caddy.

For more upcycled craft ideas visit the DIYideacenter.

Wood Ship Kits

Monday 25th of January 2021

That's really nice post. I appreciate your skills, Thanks for sharing.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 25th of January 2021

Thank you so much.

Waterside Villas

Monday 21st of September 2020

Amazing wallpaper idea with cans, looking unique and stylish. The paper colors enhance the beauty of the product.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 21st of September 2020

Thank you so much, there are so many amazing wallpapers on the market it's hard to choose from.


Wednesday 16th of September 2020

What a great idea! I have some wallpaper scraps I need to use up. Love Marimekko prints, they are always so cheerful. Stopped by via the Wonderful Wednesday link up.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Thank you, I keep all my wallpaper scraps to craft with. As well as the patterns I like the heavy texture of the wallpaper.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Wonderful choice in wallpaper samples to use. I really like how the caddy turned out. #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Thank you, I do like Marimekko designs.


Monday 14th of September 2020

I love this!! When my kids were little, we would go to a nearby wallpaper store, and the owner would give us all of their outdated wallpaper sample books. We had so much fun crafting with them. But, now that my kids are grown, I didn't even think about all of the great crafts I could still make with wallpaper! That desk caddy is great!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Oh lucky you, I know there are some wonderful wallpaper books I'd love to have. Thank you.