If you have a moment to consult the big list of "endlessly useful materials everybody should have at home" (it came with your Adulting Manual, yeah?), you'll no doubt find butcher paper right there near the top, somewhere below duct tape and above WD-40. Because here's the thing about a basic roll of brown (or black) butcher paper: It's durable, affordable and practical, and still looks really chic hung on a wall or wrapped around a small gift.
Here, in no particular order, are a dozen really useful and beautiful things you can do with kraft or butcher paper:
Use it As Art
I said kraft paper was beautiful, right? Above, Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook made large-scale art for her bedroom walls by painting a desert scene with white paint onto pieces of butcher paper, as captured above by Domino. Each length was fastened to the wall under a sheet of plexiglass.
Display a Party Menu
Tip guests off of what's to come with a menu scripted onto butcher paper, like the one above from Jeanne Oliver Designs.
Mark Down your Family's Weekly Meal Plan
Use a roll to jot down your family's weekly dinner plan, inspired by the menu from Bistro Union in London at the top of the post, captured on We Heart. You can grab a wall-mounted paper roller like this one here from George & Willy.
Keep a Rolling Grocery List (Literally)
Scribble to-dos and your grocery list onto a roll mounted in the kitchen, like this one from At Home in Love.
Make it Your Go-To Gift Wrap
Never buy another themed roll again. Your new gift-wrapping uniform is butcher paper and decorative twine.
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Make the Easiest Cheese Platter Ever
From The Kitchn: This simple idea is pure genius: lay down some butcher paper and place pieces of cheese on top. Find someone with nice handwriting to write the names, and maybe even add a few flourishing arrows to round things out. And you're done!
Use it as the Backdrop to a Buffet
How gorgeous is this holiday spread in the library (!!) of Little Green Notebook's Jenny Komenda, backed by three lengths of a chalkboard paper table runner marked up with pretty little stars.
Put Together a Photo Booth Backdrop
I spotted this photo booth background in pictures from a ModCloth tea party, and I think it couldn't be easier to put together. Cut 6- or 7-foot lengths of paper off a roll, then accordion fold them before taping to the wall behind the photo booth setup.
It's an Art Activity Spot for Kids
Mock Up a Gallery Wall
Want an easy shortcut to a perfectly placed gallery wall? Here's a tip from designer Becki Owens: Cut out pieces of butcher paper the same size as your frames and put those in place with painter's tape before you start drilling holes into the wall.
Create a Versatile Tablecloth
Line the table with butcher paper and the possibilities are endless. Label foods for a buffet (like the cheese plate above), mark everyone's place at the table, or just let the little ones scribble all over it, like in this kids' table shot from PopSugar. As a bonus: Easy clean up!
Design a Perfect Dinner Party Place Setting
Cut a placemat for each guest from your roll of paper, then use rubber stamps or metallic markers to set the mood, mark everyone's name or, in the case of this Thanksgiving tablescape from Oh My Deer, give them something fun to do before dinner.