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When it comes to holiday decorating, true design junkies leave no space untouched, and that includes the bookshelves. For our fabulous holiday party, we knew we couldn’t make any permanent changes to the shoot location, but with the help of University of Cincinnati design student Jill Roebel, we came up with a gorgeous temporary solution that transformed the bookshelves without permanently affecting the structure.

Holiday Bookshelf Paper Backing

We loved the bookshelves’ rustic combination of stone and wood, but we wanted to lighten the space to better showcase our display as well as coordinate with our overall theme. Instead of applying paint or wallpaper directly to the back of the shelves, Jill got crafty with some foam board and stylish wrapping paper.

“Wrapping foam board in paper prevents you from having to cut the paper perfectly straight to get a clean line in the back of your shelves,” explains Jill. “You can chop away at your wrapping paper, and all those zigzag lines will be perfectly hidden on the back of the board.”

Another great benefit of wrapping foam board rather than adding wallpaper to the back of your shelves is the ease at which you can mix up your design. Just measure the opening of the shelves and cut your foam board to size. Using tape, wrap the paper around the board just like you would for a gift. Re-wrap for different times of the year, and you still only have to measure once. And according to Jill, “If you can wrap a gift you can do this project!”

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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  4. samc says:

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  6. judyms9 says:

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