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2 Amazing Ways to Decorate With Recycled Packaging

Wall Art Ideas

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.

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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. wall art ideas decorative lanterns 01 First cover the toilet roll tubes in different pretty papers and stick in place with a glue stick.
  2. wall art ideas decorative lanterns 02 Next, cut the tubes open lengthways, and flatten. Then fold in half lengthways.
  3. crafts for christmas santa 03 Now make 0.5 cm-wide cuts along the bottom, folded edge to about 1 cm from the top.
  4. wall art ideas decorative lanterns 04 Open out, and then wrap the bottom band around the tealight. If you don’t have an LED tea light you could use a regular tealight or a round object of the same size and shape (just don’t light it!). Stick in place with double-sided tape, and stick the top band together with a small piece of tape.
  5. wall art ideas decorative lanterns 05 Finally, cut and stick loops of string to the tops of the lanterns and thread onto a longer piece of string.

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. wall art ideas decorative tropical wreath 01 Carefully cut open and flatten the empty Lotus tissue boxes. Use the templates to draw and cut out flower and leaf shapes from four of the flattened boxes.
  2. wall art ideas decorative tropical wreath 02 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.
  3. wall art ideas decorative tropical wreath 03 Paint the flowers and leaves in different bright colours, and leave to dry.
  4. wall art ideas decorative tropical wreath 04 Colour some tissues with yellow and orange pens and cut into 2 cm-wide strips.

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

  5. wall art ideas decorative tropical wreath 05 Now start assembling the wreath. Stick the leaves to the ring with glue – the kids will love this part.
  6. wall art ideas decorative tropical wreath 06 Glue the flowers in place, and fold the petals to give them a 3D appearance.
  7. wall art ideas decorative tropical wreath 07 Finally, scrunch and stick the yellow and orange fringing to the middles of each flower. 

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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