2 Amazing Ways to Decorate With Recycled Packaging

Cardboard Art

Decorating is fun, but there’s something even more satisfying about it when it’s with decorations you’ve made yourself. It’s also a great way to recycle old packaging and do your bit for the environment – and your wallet! We’ve got two wall art ideas that will bring a unique look to any room, and you’ll get such a sense of pride when you display your finished homemade wall art. Ready to get started? Read on for two amazing DIY wall art ideas. 

We recommend that a responsible adult does the cutting and any little assistants can take care of the painting, sticking and assembly.

Tealight lanterns DIY wall art

If you’re looking for interesting wall art ideas, then what about one that will bring light as well as decoration to your home? That’s exactly what you’ll get with this recycled wall art idea. Decorate your home with a string of pretty lanterns made from empty Cushelle toilet rolls.

Takes about 1.5 hours

What you’ll need

  • Empty Cushelle toilet roll tubes
  • Wrapping paper or wallpaper scraps
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • LED tealights
  • Glue 
  • String 
  • Ribbons or braid
  1. First cover the toilet roll tubes in different pretty papers and stick in place with a glue stick. Little fingers will enjoy getting sticky during this first step!
  2. Next, cut the tubes open length-ways and flatten.
  3. Then fold the tubes in half, length-ways.
  4. Now fold back a 1 cm band on each side of the top of the flattened, folded tubes.
  5. Make 1cm-wide cuts along the bottom, folded edges to the top folded bands. 
  6. Open out, and then wrap the bottom folded band around the LED tealight. Stick it in place with glue. This is another opportunity for any little helpers to get involved.
  7. Stick the ends of the top band together. 
  8. Trim around the tops and bottoms of the lanterns with ribbon or braid.
  9. Cut and stick some loops of string to the tops of the lanterns. And there you have it – your very own DIY lanterns to decorate your home!

Jungle wreath wall art

Add a touch of the jungle to your interiors with this beautiful recycled cardboard homemade wall art idea.

Takes about 2 hours

What you’ll need

  • 5 empty Cushelle tissue boxes
  • Cushelle tissues
  • Scissors 
  • Flower and leaf templates
  • Side plate
  • Saucer 
  • Bright paints
  • Paintbrush 
  • Colouring pens
  1. Carefully cut open and flatten the empty Cushelle tissue boxes. 
  2. Use the templates to draw and cut out lots of flower and leaf shapes from four of the flattened tissue boxes.
  3. Use the side plate and saucer to draw and cut out a ring with the remaining flattened tissue box. This will be the base for the wreath. 
  4. Now ask the kids to help you paint the flowers, leaves and ring. Choose bright colours to give it a really tropical feel. Leave them to dry. 

    While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, give the kids a piece of moistened kitchen towel each so they can wipe away any smudges or paint spills from the table (before they dry too!). Choose a kitchen towel that’s strong enough when wet for wiping and scrubbing.

  5. Fold the petals on the flowers to give them a 3D appearance. Then scrunch up some small balls of soft Cushelle tissues, and stick to the middles of the flowers. The kids will love colouring in the tissues with felt tip pens (and don’t worry, Cushelle tissues are strong enough to hold together!).
  6. Glue the leaves around the ring, followed by the flowers, and leave them to dry. You can make a variety of these wreaths once you’ve got the hang of it – try out different combinations of your kids’ favourite colours.

These homemade wall art ideas will brighten up your home and give you something to do with all of those empty tissue boxes and toilet roll tubes that you’ve got lying around. Enjoy your recycled wall art crafting!

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