DIY At Work: The Power of Wrapping Paper

Jul 2017

Sinkology is proud to present Kristan Allen, our design expert and guest blogger who runs the @FarmhouseRedefined Instagram. Kristan is here to share some design ideas and inspiration around designing your home around your copper sink.


I’ve been a lover of wrapping paper for as long as I can remember. For me, wrapping a gift in pretty paper is just as fun as giving the gift! But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I embraced wrapping paper’s versatility and started using it for other purposes. And it turns out that it’s great for DIYs of all shapes and sizes! Check out some of these easy and out-of-the-box ways for using wrapping paper…

Desk Background

I have a big desk in my home office that dominates the room with its dark mahogany finish. I’d love to replace it with something lighter, but that just isn’t in the budget right now. So, I took a small step toward lightening up this piece by lining the back wall and shelves with wrapping paper. I ordered an ikat chevron-patterned paper from Spoonflower, measured out the pieces I needed and used double-sided tape to secure it to the back panels of the desk. An easy fix that freshens up my desk a bit!

Affordable Art

Another great way to put wrapping paper to good use is to frame it as affordable art – either on its own or in a gallery wall off-setting other prints. Art can be expensive…especially if you’re looking for something that’s a little larger in size. So why not find a cool wrapping paper print or coordinating prints and frame them? You could also wrap them around an inexpensive craft store canvas if you’re going for more of a gallery feel. I love this Baker Abstract Watercolor paper by Revel & Co. and available at Domino – the color scheme and relaxed vibe are perfect on their own or coordinating with other prints!

Image from Domino.com

Tray Chic Décor (sorry, I had to!)

Ignoring the cheesy pun above, wrapping paper is a quick and easy way to jazz up a serving tray. You can simply cut a piece of paper to fit in your favorite tray and change it up each time you use it. Or if you’re looking for something a little more permanent, you can use Modge Podge to adhere paper to your tray. You could also take a cue from these super-cool Pottery Barn Textile Trays and use paper or a piece of your favorite fabric to line the tray and then top with a piece of glass.

Image from Pottery Barn

Book Wraps

Don’t get me wrong…I’m all for pops of color here and there. But sometimes, I just want a little consistency. Case in point: my living room built-ins. I keep my collection of blue books on these shelves, but I also had a bunch of other non-blue books that needed to be stored here. I didn’t want them taking away from the blue palette I had going on, so I wrapped them all in a neutral wrapping paper so they were consistent. The monochromatic look of white on white keeps things fresh while letting the other items on the shelves really take center stage.

What are some of your favorite DIY ways to use wrapping paper? We’d love to hear them! Tag @Sinkology and @FarmhouseRedefined on Instagram. Happy crafting, everyone!


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