But until we get there, there is a special variety of human being which has tapped into the potential of this immense pile of stubborn junk transforming it into everything imaginable from the useful to the work of art. We call them:
*cue electric guitar*
*cue electric guitar*
Coming from all walks of life, every corner of the planet, this Homo sapiens ssp. crafticus is gifted with a wealth of creativity and motivation that surpass the resources available to them. They have thus had to seek out unconventional materials and invent new ways to use them. In fact it can be said that they thrive on the challenge of finding uses for things which most of us would not hesitate to deem 'useless'.
Today I'd like to show you what these total badasses can do with freakin' wallpaper. If you've ever had to strip atrocious wallpaper from a new home it can be hard to accept that there could possibly be a use for it now other than feeding a fire but I am convinced that after seeing the amazing items below you will have developed an unnatural fascination for it, the tackier the print the better.
Draw flowers has an entire shop of handmade items ranging from jewelry to lamp shades all made using wallpaper from 60's 70'.
From delilah devine cute brooches and wall plaques.
Amazing interactive magnetic wallscapes made from upcycled vintage fabric and wallpaper by hjrd Design
Pretty vintage and upcycled items from ladies and gentlemen
Brilliant integrated wallpaper paintings by Mary Richmond designs
From the gorgeous crafty art blog Such Pretty Things. There's a whole section on amazing things you can do with vintage wallpaper.
From hope and joy studios comes a plethora of vintage inspired folk art including these pretty accessories.
made from vintage wallpaper and sheet music!
Functional and fantastic! From the Naughty Secretary Club blog on fun things to do with wallpaper as well as a tutorial on giving new life to old tins.
From the beautiful shop monkey puzzle press made with the bestest vintage wallpaper ever!
Wallpaper as gift wrap - why didn't I think of that? From the lovely jardin de papier made with upcycled wallpaper samples.
From Fondue where you can shop by theme - I recommend the mid mod/uber kitsch category!
From the groovy marsupial mouse, keeping time vintage style.
I can't wait to get my hands on some old wallpaper to make some more gift bags!
Other useful nibbily tidbits:
Such Pretty Things blog posts on vintage wallpaper projects
The vintage wallpaper Flickr pool
Book: Wallpaper Projects: More than 50 Craft and Design Ideas for Your Home, from Accents to Art