Wrapping paper art is a simple way to decorate your home on a budget, and I’ll share my top tips for selecting the right paper for your project. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures.
Hold on to your seats, people, because I’m about to tell you my secret to creating wall art so simply and cheaply that you will instantly go “Well, duh!” Plus, I’ll show you how this fancy-schmancy art is dressing up a corner of our new kitchen!
If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you should), then you saw a sneak peek at some artwork for our newly renovated kitchen.
Aside from our navy blue island, the kitchen cabinets are pure white and the wall color is just barely gray (Nebulous White by Sherwin Williams). The room really needed some bright color to perk it up. While I do like kitchen-themed artwork, I’m still looking for the perfect piece and therefore did not want to spend very much money for this “first phase” of decorating.
A visit to my local Paper Source store inspired me, and I picked up these pretty coordinating wrapping papers.
Don’t the colors just say “Hooray, summer!” to you? Needless to say, I fell in love – but what I really love is that the colors work so well in all of our first floor rooms that they will fit in anywhere if I tire of them in the kitchen.
Although wrapping paper art is stupidly simple, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are my tips to create art that looks more expensive than it is.
4 Tips for Easy Wrapping Paper Art
- Choose high-quality paper that’s thick and has a matte finish (unless you’re after something metallic).
- Cut the paper to fit the frame’s glass, especially if the paper has an all-over print. That way, you can choose to display it with or without a mat.
- Paper is sold by the sheet or by the roll. Rolled paper is more difficult to cut due to curling, so use the frame’s glass or cardboard insert to flatten out the paper (as I did in the Instagram photo above). Place the glass or cardboard on the back of the paper, trace with a pencil, then cut.
- If you prefer to see and feel the wrapping paper in person, look in stores like HomeGoods, World Market, Paper Source, The Container Store, and Papyrus.
I already had frames, and just bought new mats because I foolishly threw away the originals. Don’t ever throw away the mats that come with frames! If you don’t want to use them, just stick them in back of the picture!
Here’s our new wrapping paper art hanging on the kitchen wall:
Looking for new art? Check out these lovely wrapping papers!
Hanging art on your walls is really the easiest way to make your house feel like a home. Don’t be scared to hang a picture temporarily until you find just the right one. Wrapping paper art is a great way to add some color without the commitment!
Need small-scale art?
Wrapping paper is perfect for large-scale art, but if you need something smaller, try scrapbook paper, leftover wallpaper, or a fabric remnant!
Check out these other ideas!
- DIY Watercolor Art from a Photo
- How to Make Cheap Art for Blank Walls With One Little Trick
- How to Upgrade Laminate Shelves With One Clever Trick
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