Shredded Bliss Wall or Art on Canvas Project

Originally published on my blog, decor8, on 1.16.07

Shredded Bliss!

I found a fun and inexpensive DIY project in the Budget Living "Home Cheap Home"book last night (it's amazing what you discover when you sort through your bookcase). I've flipped through it so many times and never came across page 139 until it nearly hit me in the face last night as it flew off the book shelf, landing with DIY project, Shredded Bliss, looking straight up at me. This is the coolest and cheapest project ever, and I'm imaging it's a bit challenging and fun to boot. If you don't have the book (shame on you!), I'll insert the instructions from the book below.


Grab all the magazines you'd like to incorporate into this project, issues you won't mind sending to the shredder, that is. Find a shredder that creates strips (try Staples where you can find them for around $20) and feed your colorful pages through it. Collect the strips that appeal to you the most, that work within your desired palette and the 'look' that you're going for. Grab a narrow paintbrush and apply a craft glue to the back of each strip (Budget Living suggests Delta Sobo from Dick Blick.

Place the strips in a pattern on a dry, clean, smooth wall and allow them to set overnight. The next day, brush on an even coat of clear sealant. Let that dry overnight and viola! You've just given your walls a facelift for less than the cost of one roll of wallpaper. Budget Living shows it in a bathroom, but with the moisture factor to consider, I'd suggest this project for a small office space, entry way, guest bathroom (no shower/tub), or just for one wall - behind the bed or your work area, for instance. If you have a galley kitchen, this would look great on the back wall. By the way, Home Cheap Home is loaded with excellent projects, the focus being on use what you have vs. constant spending, so I highly suggest picking up a copy.


TIP: Can't do this to a wall? Buy a big canvas at your art store and create your own fantastic art by applying the same instructions above! 

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Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011:

How could I stick it to painted cinder blocks?  Would love that look in parts of my school library.  Thanks for the idea!

erika on Jan 18, 2007:

Holy Smokes! Check this out! I saw it on coolhunting. I bet if you were on crazy pills you could do this.


decor8 on Jan 18, 2007:

and it really sticks without ruining the drywall?

erika on Jan 18, 2007:

just liquid starch. no water. pour it in a wallpaper tray and use it the same way you would use wallpaper glue. i bought a gallon of the starch for about 4 bucks in the laundry isle of walmart.

megrockstar on Jan 18, 2007:

poo- i just threw out a bazillion matgz but im thinking national geo would be really cool for this

decor8 on Jan 17, 2007:

he he, yes Keter for sure!

Keter on Jan 17, 2007:

Give a whole new meaning to 'bathroom reading.'  ;o)

Sorry, couldn't resist.

decor8 on Jan 17, 2007:

Liquid starch, are you kidding? Well that is cool. Okay, so details, please!

Would you do 1/2 H2O and 1/2 starch (what kind of starch??) or what? Sorry, I'm

not at all familiar with this technique. :)



erika on Jan 17, 2007:

This is a really cool idea! the possablities are endless! And i love the recycle factor!

Here is another idea- liquid starch. You can use liquid starch to hang fabric to your walls and then when your sick of it or if you rent and your mean landlord is doing an inspection, just grab a corner and the panel will easily peel off the wall, without damage and without any visible residue spoiling the paint job. You can even fold and save the removed panels to reuse at your new location if that suits you. I would think this would work for paper as well.

decor8 on Jan 17, 2007:

comic books would be nice. i'm thinking books in the arch + design section... not 'home design' magazines, more on the interior design professional magazines - the architectural mags, art mags, illustration, photography... I bet Japanese newspapers too - or Chinese newspapers. I love how colorful they are and all fonttypes... You can find those in Chinatown's all over the states I imagine...

benmoore on Jan 17, 2007:

I wonder which magazines create the most soothing vs. warm vs. bracing effects ;)  I think I'd try National Geographic before I'd try something like Wired, or how about comic books?..

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