Ditch Vinyl Wall Graphics for Vintage Wallpaper

Ditch Vinyl Wall Graphics for Vintage Wallpaper

Tiffany Finley
Mar 31, 2011

I love the idea behind a vinyl cutout to dress up otherwise drab walls, but I like the idea of using vintage wallpaper a whole lot more. Cutting out creative shapes, like flowers, animals, and layered scenes is easy and inspirational!

Inke, a company based in the Netherlands, was the first to truly pioneer this idea as a business model. They make animal and tree shapes that come as part of a DIY kit. Each animal runs around $80 USD. But for the crafty ones out there, this may be a surprisingly easy DIY project. Wallpapers that may overwhelm an entire room, may be perfect for a plant silhouette. So check out your local wallpapering store for left over sample books, or just buy the small amount you need to create your personal masterpiece!

Depending on what type of adhesive you use, this can be more or less permanent. So although not as easy to move as vinyl, it is more sustainable to reuse vintage wallpapers that are too small to cover rooms. You can also make your own wallpaper out of construction paper, newspaper, and magazine pages. So let's see how creative you can get!

What types of shapes and materials do you feel inspired to use?

And for some alternative 3-D recycled wallpaper inspiration, check out this cool find by Abby, or these funky ways to reuse old wallpaper by Rachel.


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