Scrapbook Paper Wall Art

Have you seen wall art in sets of nine squares, hanging on the wall like a tic-tac-toe board? I have, but wanted my own custom colors and design. I have a stack of scrapbook papers, pretty papers doing nothing but hiding in a pile. What a great source of colors and patterns to make wall art!

It’s as simple as this:

Scrapbook Paper Wall Art Supplies

Here’s what I did and how you can do this too:

  • Choose nine coordinating but contrasting scrapbook papers. They’re usually 12″ x 12″. Use thicker scrapbook paper. Thin scrapbook paper tends to wrinkle much easier
  • Get nine 12″ x 12″ panels. I got wood panels from Dick Blick.
  • I painted the edges of the wood panels black with acrylic paint. But you can leave the edges plain, stain the wood, or paint any color you want.
  • Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the panels, then apply the scrapbook papers to the panels. I did one panel at a time.
  • Use a brayer, ruler or yardstick to smooth the paper and push out air bubbles.
  • You can leave the papers undecorated or brush a layer of Mod Podge over them. I accidentally smeared Mod Podge on some papers, so I just brushed a layer of matte Mod Podge over all of the papers and this hid the smears.
  • Here are instructions from Mod Podge to get great decoupage results.

There was a huge blank wall in my office. The wall was filled with a large black & white photocopy of a state map and legislative districts, but the laws I was lobbying for passed (yay!), the boring (but very useful) map came down, and up went some color and pattern:

Scrapbook Paper Wall Art

How to Make Wall Art with Scrapbook Paper

Wall Art Made with Scrapbook Paper

You could embellish the papers even more. Paint stencils on the papers. Layer more papers. Distress the edges. Work in multi-media. Metal strips with rivets?

Beyond the Dick Blick wood panels used here, most craft stores sell less pricey 12″ x 12″ square panels, and panels of other sizes too. You could use a 36″ x 12″ panel and put three scrapbook papers on it. If you want longer panels, try using ready-made inexpensive shelves from stores like Home Depot, Menards or Lowes.

I really hope you try this! It’s a fast and affordable project that can cover a lot of wall space.


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50 Responses to Scrapbook Paper Wall Art

  1. Oh Debbie! I have a similar pile procured from Michael’s lying under my bed too.. Lovely idea! Maybe some of the colors from your India Colors pinboard for the Chennai apartment?

  2. That’s a great idea Divya! I do have some of these colors in my scrapbook pile! I will pull some out and take them to Chennai.

    I also have a bunch of pink because I thought we were going to Jaipur once, but then we didn’t. And yellow and amber papers for the Amber Fort. Those papers will wait for a scrapbook for a future trip, because I’m not missing that city while I’m on this planet!

  3. This is a great idea. Congrats on getting your laws passed and getting to create some beautiful wall art!

    • Thank you Laura! Most of them fell off the wall last night after I left the office. I used these sticky Sure Stay things from Hobby Lobby instead of putting holes in the office wall. Now there are holes in the wall and happy stable art pieces.

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    • Thank you for inviting me to your link party, Maggie! I’m glad to share this idea with your readers. I don’t write about it here much but I love the creativity of playing with scrapbook papers, in books & beyond. Some papers are so beautiful, they should be seen by all!

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  6. Oh I love this!!! Great idea, thanks for sharing!

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  9. So I tried this and think it looks great online but for some reason I can’t keep the paper from bubbling up. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Melanie, It helps to use thicker scrapbook paper. I used both thin and thick scrapbook paper, and I found the thicker paper was much easier to work with. And also, try using a brayer while rolling the paper onto the glue, starting from one edge and working your way across to the opposite edge slowly. This way if you see bubbles forming, you can push them out. The glue should also evenly cover the whole surface to which you are applying the paper.

      There are a few bubbles in the pieces I made (the ones with thinner paper) but at least they’re hard to see unless standing really close.

      I hope this helps!

  10. ABSOLUTELY amazing! I love this and the colors all come together so well. I hope you don’t mind, I just couldn’t help but share this for inspiration on my new blog here:

    http://frugal-home-design.blogspot.com/2012/01/frugal-design-inspiration-and-ideas.html

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work :)

    • Thank you so much Jamie! Absolutely you’re welcome to share – I hope some of your visitors get the idea to do this in their homes or offices or wherever. It adds some nice color to a bigger empty wall.

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  12. Oh I soooo want to try this!!!!

  13. Oscillating Saw Blades

    your idea is really wonderful. i loved it so much. awesome creativity

  14. I love that project. Where did you get the paper?

    • Thank you! I don’t remember now where I got the exact above papers — many of them were purchased about 3-4 years ago. I get very similar papers with patterns from many places: Michaels and JoAnn stores, Archivers scrapbook stores (http://www.archiversonline.com/). There are a lot of online scrapbook paper stores too like http://www.scrapbook.com. My favorite paper manufacturers that make some papers with a global look and patterns are: 7 Gypsies, Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, My Mind’s Eye, Pink Paislee, SEI. Usually I mix a lot of different paper brands in one project! I hope this helps! Deb

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  16. could you use 12 X 12 art canvas instead of wood?

    • Hi,
      I’ve wondered the same thing. I haven’t tried it on canvas yet. What I wonder about is, how to adhere the paper smoothly to the canvas if the canvas moves. Maybe you could put Mod Podge on the canvas, put the paper on the canvas, flip the canvas over, set it on a solid surface, and smooth from the back? Then keep checking the papered side to be sure the paper is glued to the canvas smoothly without air bubbles. I should get a canvas and try this because I’ve wondered.

      You could even fray the edges of the paper to soften them, then paint on the canvas and onto the paper, to make the paper look like part of a painting. Could look pretty cool. Hope this helps! Deb

  17. I love the idea — but have a silly question: how did you get them to stay on the wall so nice and flat?

    • Hi, I used *super over-sized* thumbtacks! I found them at WalMart. There’s two thumbtacks (the kind that stick out, not the flat-headed thumbtacks) behind each wood piece, at the top corners, and that helps them stay level and close to the wall. This way they can’t move so they don’t get crooked either. Because that would drive me crazy, and this is on my wall at work and if I spent all day adjusting these things people would wonder about my productivity! :)

      I didn’t use nails because our facilities folks don’t want us to bang nails into our office walls ourselves. I joked later that I didn’t want to ask them to hang these up as part of their job, but they said they would have if I had asked. The thumbtacks make only a very small hole in the wall and we’re allowed to use those in our walls on our own. So that’s what I did and they work great.

      Hope this helps! Deb

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  19. Yup. I adore this. It will definitely be done at my house. And/or my office! Thanks for the great idea and tutorial!

    • You’re welcome! Definitely do it, it’s fun. I have another sample to post, it’s three 12×12 scrapbook papers on a 12×36 shelf – just an inexpensive $5 shelf from Menards/Home Depot. It could be designed and hung vertically or horizontally. Fun stuff!

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  21. Yes you can use canvas. http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Square-Canvas-Prints-28870666 for info on how.

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  27. A simple and great idea… definitely going to try this at home! maybe we could use sample wallpaper too?

    • India pied-à-terre

      Yes that’s a great idea! You can use wallpaper samples left over from retail stores, you can get vintage wallpaper remnants on eBay. You could even use the same wallpaper pattern but separated over pieces of wood almost like puzzle pieces. So many ideas! Deb

  28. I love the colors you chose! What type of hardware/materials did you use to hang them?? I have done this same project, im just at a loss on how to actually hang them.

    • India pied-à-terre

      Hi Courtney, because these are on my office wall at work, they don’t want us putting in a bunch of nails. But thumb tacks are fine. So I found thumb tacks with super big over-sized “handles” (the plastic part that sticks out of the wall, I don’t know what you call it) and put two tacks on the wall for each wood square. Because my wood squares are hollow. So they’re all balancing on the big thumbtacks. They’ve been hanging for 3 years and none has ever fallen off! You could also install picture hangers on wood (find them by the framing dept at a craft store) and then hang them on nails. I hope this helps! Deb

  29. tinagleisner

    What a great project & makes me think I could (should) do this with some of the gorgeous Japanese paper I brought home from when we lived in Tokyo.

    • India pied-à-terre

      Oh yes you should! This would look great with Japanese papers, and a wonderful way to display and enjoy them! Deb

  30. I absolutely love this! What an awesome idea. I am pinning this to do in my new house! Thanks you!

    • India pied-à-terre

      Thank you Carie! Definitely I hope you use this idea to decorate your new house! :) Deb

  31. I am so going to give this a go thanks for sharing ! x

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