Winning Ways With Wonderful Wallpaper!

Fandabidosi Table Runner, Rocking Dog

Fandabidosi Table Runner

Yes, by now you will absolutely know that I adore wonderful wallpaper! I love using it for a whole range of different projects, though some inevitably ends up on the walls!

I am always on the look out for end rolls to stock pile for exciting future projects. John Lewis, Laura Ashley, DIY stores and interior design shops are always worth a forage! I pay between £3 and £10 a roll and many retail normally in excess of £50.

Uses for the paper booty include, table runners, party hats, gift wrapping, decoupage, covering storage boxes, paper chains etc…etc…

The photo above shows a glimpse of a Cole and Son “Woods” table runner. Incidentally this was a Russian themed charity Burns’ Night in aid of a Russian orphanage. Somehow the food ended up a little more Bavarian, but hey ho! The beautiful silver paper with bare silver birch imagery certainly helped set the scene.

The paper cone is made using a discontinued paper from Laura Ashley. The cone is based on ones that I remember from holidays in Brittany in the swinging 60’s and 70’s. These enticing cones would grace patisseries and boulangeries in sleepy little Breton Medieval towns. Usually decked in colours to denote fille and garçon, they always appeared much more inspiring than the glassine bagged surprise bags of 60’s Britain!

My cones would make great alternatives to party bags- so much more lovelier than commercial Disneyfied plastic ones. I have added a simple homemade ribbon rosette to decorate and personalise the cone. Obviously contents could be themed to complement the wallpaper design (think pirates eye patch, chocolate coins, a treasure map, transfer tattoos, cutlass etc..). Pretty treat filled cones could be presented at a baby shower, hen party or for yummy Easter goodies!

The Admiral hats can be made from a sheet of wrapping paper or a piece of wallpaper. If you have forgotten this folding skill of childhood take a look on YouTube to reacquaint yourself.

Here endeth my eulogising sermon on wallpaper (well at least for now!)

French Style Cone, Rocking Dog

French Style Cone

Ribbon Rosette, Rocking Dog

Ribbon Rosette

Ahoy!, Rocking Dog


2 Thoughts on “Winning Ways With Wonderful Wallpaper!

  1. Chalmers on March 19, 2015 at 8:14 am said:

    Some super party ideas here especially the cones. You also display great taste in Aussie wine Liz!

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