How To: Create Easy Rolled Paper Art

How To: Create Easy Rolled Paper Art

Sarah Dobbins
Jun 15, 2012

I'm always looking for ways to add a little color and variety to my walls, and it always helps if the materials are super cheap — or even better, just laying around my house!

I've been really drawn to these rolled paper art pieces from Lee Gainer (seen on Rag & Bone's blog), so I decided to see what I could come up with on my own.


• A shadowbox frame (I used the 9x9 Ribba from Ikea.)
• Lots of colored paper
• Scissors
• Pencil, paintbrush, nail, or any other slender object to wrap paper around

Time: 2-3 hours, depending on size of project

1. Cut paper into strips. I cut mine around 1 cm thick, but they were all slightly different and anywhere from around 2 to 8 inches long.

2. Start rolling. I made a lot of my looser rolls with a pencil and teased them out a little bit so they expanded and covered a little more ground.

3. Begin laying out a tentative design. I love Lee's abstract layouts, but I went for a more Starry Night-esque pattern.

4. Once I was done playing around, I transferred everything into my shadowbox. (You could always just start laying it out in the shadowbox to begin with, but when I began my design I didn't know what I was going to frame it with yet!)

5. Start packing in those rolls! Use a nail or toothpick to get really tightly packed circles to fill bigger circles.

6. My circles are packed in pretty tightly, so I didn't use any sort of glue or adhesive, but my shadowbox does have glass to protect everything (even though the glass has been removed for the photos to reduce glare.) You could glue everything down if you wanted to really protect your piece.

7. Pop your glass into the main frame, insert your shadowbox frame, fasten on the back, and enjoy!

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(Images: Sarah Dobbins)

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