Give your decor an in­ex­pen­sive up­date with pretty pa­pers and botan­i­cal prints

NZ House & Garden - Country Living - - Cottage Charm Finishing Touches -

Us­ing pretty pa­per to up­date fur­ni­ture and other dec­o­ra­tive items is a quick and easy way to give things a fresh new look. From gift wrap to wall­pa­per, there’s a wealth of de­signs to in­spire and ex­per­i­ment with.


Botan­i­cal prints don’t have to hang on the wall. This im­age of helle­bores fits into a stan­dard-size photo frame and is the per­fect com­ple­ment to a vase of gar­den blooms. To make the plain frame more in­ter­est­ing, dry white can­nellini beans have been glued to its in­ner edge.



mould­ing (from a hard­ware store) makes a mod­ern “frame” for a length of spe­cial wall­pa­per, glued on at the top and bot­tom, with rope for hang­ing.



this “cheat’s dé­coupage” vase, the birds were cut from wrap­ping pa­per and pasted on with PVA glue. It’s eas­i­est if you use a straight-sided vase.


Cus­tomise an in­ex­pen­sive, plain shelv­ing unit by pa­per­ing the back of it. This sum­mery pat­terned pa­per would look right at home in a craft room, of­fice or cot­tage-style kitchen.

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