Up-cycled must-have

Use your left-over wallcoverings to make an atmospheric lampshade in an instant

Throw it away? No way! Trends, such as up-cycling or the purchase of second-hand goods show that previously loved products do not need to end up ‘on the scrapheap’. Quite the opposite: a quick lick of paint here or a different cut there create recycled must-haves in a trice. Odds and ends, possibly from your last renovation, can also be given a new lease of life with a little imagination. Above all, left-over wallcoverings, which can be used to create personalised accessories. And if you don't have specific ideas yourself about what to make out of the wallcoverings you have left over, visit the website of the professional wallcovering expert Erfurt for inspiration. Check out the instructions for a host of craft ideas at www.erfurt.com/creative-ideas – all simply explained step by step with handy lists of materials. Let’s start with a literally an ‘illuminating’ example by making a customised lampshade. Wallpaper left-overs are ideal for this for two reasons. They can simply be cut to the required length – particularly advantageous if, as is the case with this project, you need long pieces of paper. That way you can avoid the annoying work of gluing together several pieces of paper with unsightly seams. Textured wallcoverings, like the amazing embossed patterns from the Erfurt-Novaboss range, allow the light from within the lampshade to shine through beautifully, creating a cosy and homely effect. Your new recycled must-have becomes a real statement piece. Another bonus: our house feels even more unique if the same texture is to be found on the wall and also on the lampshade – whether delicate, ornamental or floral. And the best thing of all: the impressive 3D textures of Novaboss wallcoverings or other Erfurt wallpaper remnants can be transformed into so many attractive home accessories – artistic textured images or notebooks with the wow-factor. Find all the step-by-step instructions and a whole host of handy hints on crafty ideas with wallpaper at www.erfurt.com

Read more about paintable wallcoverings and creative design ideas here.


Simply throw away left-over wallcoverings? No way! You can design an atmospheric lampshade with a little crafty creativity. (Photo: Erfurt wallcoverings/Florian Bilger Fotodesign)

Creative DIY project: Create an atmospheric statement piece to brighten up your room and blend in with your wall design in an instant. (Photo: Erfurt wallcoverings/Florian Bilger Fotodesign)

Practical: Erfurt usefully provides a list of materials with its handicraft instructions. (Photo: Erfurt wallcoverings/Florian Bilger Fotodesign)

It’s best to check out the step-by-step instructions at www.erfurt.com/kreativ before your start – to guarantee success every time. (Photo: Erfurt wallcoverings/Florian Bilger Fotodesign)

A notebook made from left-over wallpaper: A lovely idea in which to note down your own thoughts or as a gift for a friend. (Photo: Erfurt wallcoverings/Florian Bilger Fotodesign)

Novaboss wallcoverings with their impressive 3D surface textures, or indeed any other left-overs of Erfurt wallcoverings, can be transformed into a host of accessories for the home – including into artistic textured images. (Photo: Erfurt wallcoverings/Florian Bilger Fotodesign)

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