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Deck The Halls: Using Wallpaper Scraps to Create Fabulous Mid-century Inspired Ornaments


We love Genevieve Gorder’s wallpaper collection with Tempaper.  There’s so many great pattern options and it’s so easy to put up.  It’s also really easy to use in other small decorating projects.  Whatever you decide to use the wallpaper for, you’re likely to have some leftover.  Rather than throw it out, you can use it to make some awesome mid-century modern inspired ornaments to decorate your space.

Ornaments during the Atomic Age were full of starbursts and onion shapes, which is what we’ll capture with this project.  To really achieve the bright color palette that was popular during the mid-century I recommend using two different colored papers.  You can do this by using either two different patterned wallpapers, or using solid cardstock as either the middle or outside.  If you want a more subtle decoration though you could use the same wallpaper for both the center and outside part of the ornament.


What You’ll Need:

  • Tempaper wallpaper scraps

  • Cardstock (optional)

  • Scissors

  • Craft Knife

  • Hole Punch or Awl

  • Ribbon


What To Do:

  1. Cut one piece of wallpaper that’s 6”L x 8”W.  Roll it into a tube with a 1.5” diameter.  Peel off a strip of the backing and stick down to keep the tube together.

  2. Cut  a secondary piece of wallpaper that’s 8”L x 5”W.

  3. Leave a half inch of space at the top and bottom of the secondary piece of wallpaper of intact.  Using a ruler mark every half inch across.  With a craft knife carefully cut the lines and make sure the strips are separated.

  4. Starting at one end, peel a strip of the backing (trimming off the extra) and stick around the top of the tube.  Repeat on the other end.

  5. If you want to be able to hang your ornament, punch two holes in the top of the ornament, and string with your favorite ribbon.

  6. Hang around the house or on your Christmas tree to add some Atomic Age flair.

This project is pretty simple and goes quickly, so you can make a bunch of them to decorate with.  Best of all it’s a great way to use up leftover wallpaper and not just throw it out.  Decorate your house and help keep the dump a little emptier – you can’t beat that.