This $3 Wallpaper Hack Is The Stuff Of DIY Dreams

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Wallpaper gets a bad rap; it can be overly complicated and prohibitively expensive. But, that's never stopped us from daydreaming of high-impact walls. You can imagine our delight (and surprise) when we found out that those dreams could become a reality with the help of — wait for it — a roll of wrapping paper that costs less than three dollars. Less than three dollars.

Enter: DIY blogger extraordinaire Jen Jones, who created a totally easy and impressively gorgeous accent wall for HomeGoods using just that. “I love having a focal wall, especially one with patterns and texture," says Jones. "The best part is, if you’re ready to try something new after a while, you can easily pull it down and try a different print!” Ahead, she shares tips and tricks for replicating this look for yourself.
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First things first. Is this a two-person job or can you do it alone?
"For the best results, I’d recommend having two sets of hands. Start by placing a small piece of double-stick tape in the top corner on one edge, and have the other person hold the paper taut on the opposite edge. Tape the top edge first, smoothing as you go, ensuring it's level and straight... Then, go back in and add extra pieces of the double-stick tape in the middle sections and finish at the bottom. Gift wrap is not as forgiving as thicker paper in terms of re-sticking, so it becomes more challenging to prevent the paper from sticking to the wall or to itself if it's pre-taped along the entire edge."
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What are the supplies you used for this project?
"I just used wrapping paper, double-stick tape, and a box cutter — it’s that easy!"
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How do you avoid wrinkles?
"I just smoothed it with my hands — there’s really no need for any special tools. It's important to start with a straight line across the top. Try using a level of some sort to mark this. Don't depend on the ceiling line [or] top of the wall to be perfectly straight! To avoid wrinkles, start from the center and smooth out towards the edges; you’ll find that the pieces without continuous tape [across the top and bottom] are easier to smooth as you stretch the paper across the wall."
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Any tips on lining up the patterns?
"The fact that the pattern was so busy was actually helpful here. The sharp angles and busy pattern hide the seam, but of course it's not completely exact. However, the pattern masked it well, and it ended up looking great!"
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I'm single and not ready to mingle, so Boxed Wine (that's actually my cat's name) and I will be tackling this project in lieu of date night this week. Can it be done?
"If you do want to do the project solo, an easy way to make it look great (and avoid wrinkles) is to tape the paper to a sturdy foam board first. Then, simply tape the board up against the wall. I have also done this before when working with a smaller area...such as when you’re lining drawers, bookcases, etc."
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