Upcycled Newspaper Wall Decor

Make use of old newspapers and roll them into a lovely decoration!
If you happen to be a recycling maniac and have a collection of newspapers to upcycle, we’ve got a perfect project for you today (especially if you’re into decorating). It takes some time to make it, but considering the low cost and the final effect, it’s worth the effort.

This >wall decoration that we found on Brasilian site “Portal de artesanato” consists of multiple panels made of paper tubes that are rolled up in snail-like shapes and sewed together. Since the original tutorial is in Portuguese, we've decided to show you all steps here for your convenience. This lovely decoration can be easily used as a bed headboard (remember to fix it firmly) or a place mat (in this case, we would advise you to paint it with some kind of varnish to make it long-lasting).

Get creative and experiment with different thicknesses and colors of the tubes - it would be great to see how far you can go with your ideas! So if you decide to make it, remember to show off with your version below the post.

Check the original tutorial on Portal de artesanato.

What you need:


  • Wire rod or barbecue stick
  • Rubber band
  • Large sewing needle
  • Brush
  • Rubber band
  • Cutting Pliers
  • Locking pliers

Supplies / ingredients:

  • Sheets of newspaper
  • Wood glue
  • Thick thread
  • Acrylic paint

First you need to make paper tubes – to do so, you need to cut the newspaper in 44/56 cm strips.



Starting at the tip of the strip, wrap the newspaper around a barbecue stick. Before the final wrap, dab glue on the corner of the paper. Gently remove the stick from the inside. Following the same procedure prepare the rest of the tubes. Let them dry for 15 minutes.



Now paint the tubes with colors of your choice. Let them dry for about 30 minutes.



Put the glue on the end of the paper tube and wrap it forming a snail. Let it dry for 30 minutes. Use a rubber band to keep “the snail” in shape.



Apply another layer of glue around “the snail” and stick next tube in another color to it. You can choose different colors and sizes to get a truly amazing visual effect.



Using thread and a needle, attach paper “snails” to each other to form the decoration. If you use the wire, cut it with cutting pliers and seal it with locking pliers.


Upcycled Newspaper Wall Decor

4 thoughts on “Upcycled Newspaper Wall Decor

  1. belle c says:

    Thanks so much for this! Now I can out all those newspaper ads in the mail to good use..

  2. Gaba Banas says:

    You’re welcome! We’re glad you enjoyed this post :) Don’t forget to show off with your version here!

  3. Valli says:

    It’s just amazing….I started doing this project for holiday season….I live in an apartment and how do I hang this to my wall…earlier I have done few similar projects and was not successful hanging them…could u suggest anything without spoiling the wall and paint…

  4. Innocent says:

    Bravo! Your tutorial has really made me a fan of yours. I’m so impress with how you’re able explain this beautiful wall craft. I’ll do mine post it. Watch out!

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