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Saying Thanks by Sharing Wallpaper Leftovers

Thanksgiving leftovers – we don’t want good things to go to waste.

And that’s how I think about my leftovers. I don’t want the leftovers of the best wallpaper I’ve worked with this year to end up wasted. So I make decorative boxes.

Even the smallest scraps can make beautiful gifts. I make all kinds of useful boxes for hats, business cards, wine bottles, matches, even tissue roll covers. Think about how you can recycle your leftover wallpaper. It can be a great gift, even great wrapping paper.

The ones you see here in the video — they will be holiday gifts for my customers. A special thanks for working with me this year.

6 comments… add one
  • Yair Meshoulam November 26, 2011, 11:50 am

    Dear Patrick,
    Lovely video.
    Yes, I like to make envelopes out of the wallpaper scraps.
    Always a good response to their contents !

    Happy Thanksgiving,


  • Patrick November 26, 2011, 1:57 pm

    Great idea, Yair. I’ll try making envelopes too. Hadn’t thought about that. You can make CD covers for gifts too. Thanks!

  • sharon leichsenring November 26, 2011, 4:11 pm

    Great idea, Patrick.

  • Cheryl Elsbree Interior Design November 29, 2011, 5:16 pm

    Thank-you for sharing this great idea!

  • Mary November 30, 2011, 12:43 pm

    Thanks for reminding us of a wonderful tradition – Lilian Baker Carlisle documented some of the finest (historic) wallpapers from the hatboxes and bandboxes at the Shelburne Museum. This will continue the (frugal but beautiful) tradition!

  • Patrick November 30, 2011, 1:43 pm

    Thanks, Mary. In 200 years, these bandboxes will have the same patina as the boxes you reference because they are made with block printed wallpapers.

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