Magazines provide vividly colored paper for collage-style wall art.

How to Decorate Walls With Paper Projects

by Kathy Adams

Paper is a versatile medium for wall art and decor; it's easily workable and accessible to all ages. For walls, paper creations serve as decor that weighs little, costs little and can be moved or removed on a whim. Patterned papers such as washi or scrapbooking paper, already decorative in their own right, add that much more style to the creative works you make from them.

1. Paper "Painting"

Colorful paper such as tissue paper, scraps of gift wrap and washi paper serve as vivid decor for specifically planned decoupage, creating a look similar to painted objects on a plain canvas background. Use chalk to draw a basic design or outline, such as a silhouette of a dog jumping to catch a disc or a windsurfer riding a wave, on a blank art canvas. If you'd rather not freehand the idea, cut an image out from clip art or a magazine, then trace around it on the canvas. One piece of colorful or patterned paper serves as each image on your artistic canvas creation.

2. Rolled Magazine Art

Magazines and colorful booklets go from recycle-bin-bound into works of art when viewed for their array of colors. Strips cut from the papers, then rolled and glued into tight tubes so one color dominates, create building blocks for your art based on hue. Arrange the tubes for starburst-style retro art by stitching through each tube near one end to create a string, and ultimately a ring, of magazine paper tubes. The rolled tubes also make collage art materials when you first plot an image to create, such as a sunflower with blue background, then glue paper tubes of the appropriate color onto a sheet of posterboard, until the entire posterboard is covered with color.

3. Hanging Silhouettes

Sets of shapes such as hearts, snowflakes, birds, guitars and peace symbols, all hung on strings and attached to a twig or strip of folded fabric, create a beaded curtain-style wall hanging. Cut out shapes from text in books or magazines or use colorful images. Children can create their own versions with construction paper. The hanging creations, even while up against a wall, still move a bit in a breeze. For a non-hanging version, attach a series of these shapes directly to the wall with removable poster putty.

4. Masks and Creatures

Paper mask or animal shapes such as owls, curved to bow out slightly in the middle, serve as the base for 3-D paper wall art that even a child can make. Using the basic mask or animal shape as the starting point, add embellishments such as strips of paper for feathers, fur or hair, glued onto the main paper structure. Curl the unglued edges of the paper outward slightly by wrapping the paper around the end of an artist's brush or skewer. Working with various shades of the same color, like blue, creates a monochromatic art piece, suited for decor to match the room.

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