Belle Decor

DIY: Map Wallpaper

By Haskell HarrisJanuary 5, 2009

I love pattern. The bigger the better. The bolder the better. The more color saturation the better. BUT, I like it in small doses and in unexpected places. Sort of like the way a bespoke designer might line a beautiful jacket with a silk print…it's a really luxe, unexpected surprise. An old trick, yes, but one that always works.

In my Birmingham cottage, I papered an odd hallway that needed a little love (see below).

This particular print (an antique map of Italy in chalky greens, pinks, grays, blacks, and blues) was also incredibly affordable. It's actually wrapping paper!

All you have to do is tear the paper in strips, dip them in a mixture of Elmer's glue and water (it should have enough glue in it to stay thick), and apply them directly to the wall and ceilings.

One thing to keep in mind: this particular wrapping paper was relatively thick, so it stood up to the glue and water mixture without losing its texture. If you try it at home, be sure to pick one that feels sturdy and experiment with a small patch before you tackle a whole wall.

This idea is also really fun for closets, small bathrooms, and the backs of bookshelves or dining cabinets.

Happy pasting!