Luckily there are plenty of outlets for affordable art these days and one of them may be in your own closet. That wrapping paper you drag out 10 minutes before your friend’s birthday party—take a second look—perhaps it’s beautiful enough to frame.
Wrapping or decorative papers can be a wonderful stand-in for art prints, especially if you’re on a budget. These examples show you a variety of ways to use them and will hopefully spark some ideas for how you might use them in your home. I’ve also included some links to online sources, although starting at a nice stationery or gift shop in your neighborhood is a great way to see colors and prints in person.
In Audrey’s nursery, mom Emily hung the Cavalinni print “Sweets” above the changing table to go with the room’s vintage elegance vibe.
Aunt Peaches made a statement wall using wrapping paper and cheap IKEA frames (note: she hammered right through the frames).
Two pieces of wrapping paper were framed for the corner of this family room on The Cottage Mama.
In my own home I cut wrapping paper (Mountain Range by Norman’s Printery) to fit RIBBA frames and hung the group as a temporary solution for an empty wall. It’s been six months and I like it well enough that I haven’t replaced it yet.
A Cavallini poster and RIBBA frame combo make for an affordable piece of art at Curious Details.
Anu of Nalle’s House framed graphic black and white Marimekko wrapping paper left over from Christmas as part of her living room DIY art makeover.
For temporary holiday decor, Tori of Thoughtfully Simple placed seasonal wrapping paper in frames for a mantle-top display.
In her son Liam’s room Alix of A Ruffled Life framed vintage map wrapping paper for an affordable display ($30 for all three frames + paper)
Katie (Katie’s Cozy Teeny Tiny Boho Studio) purchased this print at an antique store, but I’m including it because it is identical to a Cavallini wrapping paper.
(Image credits: Kristen F. Davis Designs; http://jonesdesigncompany.com/; Aunt Peaches; The Cottage Mama; Carrie McBride; Curious Details; Nalle’s House; Thoughtfully Simple; A Ruffled Life; Selena Kirchhoff)