How to faux wood wallpaper a bookcase

To the 271 people who wandered the aisles of Hobby Lobby looking for the paper to make the faux wood wallpaper bookcase….

I’m truly sorry.


What was I thinking? 🙂

I totally should have mentioned it wasn’t in the gift wrap aisle.

Or the scrap-book paper aisle.

Or the contact paper aisle.


It’s just that I got a little carried away that week.

I mean there was the whole one room three-ways things thing and I got all wrapped up in moving the dining room furniture and hauling in the garden gate in from the yard and spray painting a basket and ordering gas station pizza for everyone because the rest of the living room covered every spare inch of the kitchen.

Roll of faux wood paper

And I totally forgot to mention that the paper….was located in the hobby aisle next to the model cars.

All 4 feet by 12 feet of it.

Of course it was.

After all….isn’t that the first place everyone looks for faux wood paper for book cases. 🙂

Faux wood wallpaper bookcase- looks great!

Faux Wood Wallpaper Bookcase

All the supplies you need to create this look


Double-sided Tape

Faux Wood Paper from the hobby aisle at Hobby Lobby


Measure the size of your bookcase shelves

Step 1:  Measure space on back of bookcases

Each of the bookcases on my shelf were different sizes, so I measured each one individually.

Cut out a piece of paper slightly larger than your space.

Fold the paper at the crease to get the best fit for your shelves

Step 2:  Insert paper into the back of the bookcases

Tape top of paper in place with painter’s tape or any other non-stick tape.

Fold paper in crease to make sure you get an accurate fit.

Then with the edge of the scissors or a small utility knife….cut the paper in the crease.

Trim as needed to make the paper fit your space

Make sure to take into account any extra spaces.

I had a 1 x 2 on the side of each shelf, so I made sure to make allowances for the 1 x 2 when cutting out the paper.

Apply double sided tape to the paper

Step 3:  Apply double-sided tape

After the paper is cut to fit exactly….remove the paper and apply double-sided tape.

Apply a lot.

I put mine every 5 to 6 inches.

Then take paper with tape and press firmly into the bookcases.

Weathered wood paper from Hobby Lobby

When I was planning this project….I researched all the ways to hang the paper.

There were projects that used spray adhesive.

Or Mod Podge.

Or covering cardboard and inserting the covered piece of cardboard into the space.

Bur for me….it came down to double stick tape…..which has held up amazingly well in the two and a half weeks since the room challenge.


So to all the aisle wanderers at Hobby Lobby….I adore you.

And I wanted to tell you the official location of the paper because…..

….I knew you “wood” want to know. 🙂

PS  That last line was totally free of charge. 🙂

PPS  Please tell me when you were looking for the paper… found that AMAZING burlap ribbon with red checked buttons.  Totally Christmas.

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  1. Image for Susan Susan

    I really wish we had a Hobby Lobby around here, I will have to check on line. That wood paper is amazing and your bookshelves look awesome! Susan

    1. Image for Rosy Rosy

      I love the bookcases and the other things I've seen used with that paper. No Hobby Lobby near me either. BUT found it online a the same price: :)

    2. Image for SANDRA SANDRA

      FYI for Canadian blog readers/shoppers - this paper is also available from Joanne's Fabric - and they ship to Canada!!! yes!

  2. Image for Doreen Doreen

    In the middle of rural Kentucky you have a Hobby Lobby - not fair!!! I've never been! I keep hearing that I'm missing a lot and I adore that faux wood paper! I've got to see how far I have to travel to get me to a Hobby Lobby!!! Thanks for sharing this with us! P.S. Can't wait to give you a hug at Haven!!!

  3. Image for Steph Steph

    You are so funny! Gas station pizza .....I would have to do such a thing and have done so, just me and the kids. Is your hubby around for such things? I have on my ideal man list that a beloved would need to see this side of me with joy. Even my son with autism does well with such -his autism is less rigid in that way.

  4. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Love that faux wood paper!....loved when you first presented this to us...and I am a fan of double stick tape too!!!

  5. Image for Leila Jane Leila Jane

    So, when I first heard the term "faux wood wallpaper" and then read that you were applying it to the back of your bookcases, I thought, "Oh no, it's going to look like one of those cheap bookcases with the thin piece of particleboard on the back." But that was before I saw your pictures with the finished project. Omigosh, genius! I love your white milkglass pieces and the few pretty flowers for accent on your shelves...with the faux wood wallpaper in the background. I should have trusted you and not second-guessed you! Sorry! Please forgive my initial reaction! Hey, now I'm a believer!

  6. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    Lucky me -- I just accidentally happened upon that paper! And you would never know in its unassuming rolled form how fabulous it would look when it had a chance to show it's true unrolled up form! Now if I only had a bookcase to put it in back of! :) Linda

  7. Image for Gee Gee

    Your faux wood paper inspired me to change the background on one of the canvasses I was working on. I made it a faux barn siding. Complete with nails and everything. Thanks!! Will be revealing in a few days. Happy new week. Hugs, Gee

  8. Image for Christine Christine

    Genius, love this idea! I'm so going to go grab some....Thanks so much for sharing it! By some of the previous comments maybe we should buy extra and offer to ship it to those not fortunate enough to be close to HL...LOL

  9. Image for Angela Angela

    I honestly don't think I've ever been in the model car aisle of Hobby Lobby! There's another whole world to be discovered! Love the bookcases!!~~Ang

  10. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Love this! I had no idea that Hobby Lobby had this type of paper! I have wandered through there and totally missed it! Your book cases look fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Image for Gwen Gwen

    Inside I'm giggling. We buy real wood and paint it so we can buy fake wood paper made of real "wood at one time" "products (could have recycled paper in it but that's wood made into paper and processed to remake the paper we make from wood)...and it's all just a hobby we can easily change out our fake wood that really IS wood at one time so is it fake?!! Whew. Do you see the dilemma this thistleWOOD post is producing??? At least you made it simple. It could be fake brick contact paper my Mom used to cover the real brick plastered over in my sisters room in an old sturdy farmhouse way back when fake bricks over real bricks covered with plaster and paint was all the rage....oh? About 1960 or so...

  12. Image for Gwen Gwen

    I am so sorry to say I've been admiring this since your post but not looking. So if our town ever finishes the Hobby Lobby and I buy fake real wood product to back my bookcase which is real wood in the front but particle board covered in fake wood paper that looks real and ive pledged and shoved books and bric a brac on for 29 years without a scratch...does that make me a faker and then you are the original? This means. Im getting too silly. Time for my devotions. Although hubby and I did pray and quote verses for you see, I'm greatly disabled yet going for serious tests and he too at the same time, going for results and more infusions that leave him sick for three days but in serious pain all the time. Your posts? Pretty. Inspiring. But oh so funny in this only you way...

  13. Image for Nicole B. Nicole B.

    HA I was just there last Saturday LOOKING for this paper..of course I didn't find it! Then I thought hey maybe I could find some wallpaper??? (but at 50 bucks a roll I think NOT) You see I was in a red toile faze and lined the back of my old 1970s kitchen cabinets with it (way before it became a fad I might add) out of necessity! Those cabinet doors are to die for but in a very bad way!! Anywho, they need some serious updating so thank you for putting my mine at ease..heading out to Hobby Lobby now! p.s. I miss the Christmas bows, but I did see the Fall plain burlap ones...I'm wondering if maybe I could buy those and use them for Fall and Christmas with a little DIY love???? Nicole B.

  14. Image for Peggy Peggy

    Oh Karianne, I am definitely going to Hobby Lobby today... with my 40% off coupon!! Because.. get this... I am getting my very.own. ART studio!!! The eldest boy flew the coop (boo hoo! much sniffling...) and his room now sits empty... because middle boy now has the full sized bed in his room, and young one has middle boy's bed... the chalkboard wall is painted... "milk" paint (a color of white at Lowe's) is soon to follow with the white shelves being moved out and into this room!! (maybe!!) but one way or another i have about a dozen uses for this paper! Thank you for sharing!!

  15. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    apology accepted, on behalf of all those frustrated Hobby Lobby aisle store is about 40 miles from me, so I save myself unwanted frustration by NOT running off to look at something.....hoping the urge to do so quickly passes! LOL, when I DO make it to HL again, I will have to check out that particular aisle...just in case there's something else that might tempt me. have a great day, Miz karianne

  16. Image for Regina Regina

    And THIS is why you troll down EVERY aisle of Hobby Lobby! Because you never know what treasures you might unfold! I've got to get over there. I need some burlap ribbon, too, and would you believe that the last time I visited Michaels, I couldn't find any? Hmmmm. I should have said, "wood" you believe . . . ;) Happy Monday, Sweet girl! Tell the softball folks I said "hi!" :)

  17. Image for Polly Polly

    No Hobby Lobby close by here, but I did find it through Amazon at School Supplies, same price, same roll length and width! Have a great week!!!

  18. Image for Colleen P Colleen P

    Oh Beans! I was in HL on Saturday to get some other things but also tried to find that paper, so it wasn't a special trip just for that, but fiy, never did find that paper. I'll go back and check again because I have the perfect triagular shelf in my livingroom that is crying out for something fun to go with the new look. I did see the super cute burlap ribbon selection, totes-adorable! I was a little ill when I saw the isles and isles of x-mas stuff out already. ugg. Not ready for that~ Have an amazing day!

  19. Image for Shoham Shoham

    Yep, it was a challenge, but I HAD to have that paper. Tracked down a few employees and we found it by a butcher paper, teacher's section here in CA! Now, I need more bookcases, isn't that always the case?

  20. Image for Anna Anna

    Absolutely love this! I love all the pretty pink flowers too. :) And you're right the model cars would probably be the first place I'd look for faux wood paper! ;) Anna

    1. Image for Polly Polly

      Wendy, check on Amazon then School supplies, I think. They have it in stock and its the same everything as Hobby Lobby:)

  21. Image for Lynn Lynn

    LOL I am dying because you know it's those little details we forget to mention when we write these posts...we just get so excited to share :) I used wall paper on the bookcase I did for the girls playroom! I love using it, but I did use spray adhesive only because I was afraid if I used the double sided sticky tape for sure I'd be finding one of girls wrapped up :) Love this wall paper...headed to Hobby Lobby now! Have a great day.. Lynn

  22. Image for Polly Polly This is the link to Amazon/School Supplies, they have it in stock:)

  23. Image for Rosanne Rosanne

    I guess I am not the only one who thinks HL puts stuff in the oddest places. I did find it today and got some major plans for it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Image for Audrey Zumwalt Audrey Zumwalt

    Wish we had a Hobby Lobby ... love the paper and how you used it. Blessings, Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  25. Image for Carol H. Wright Carol H. Wright

    Oh my word... I totally love it. I'm so going to use this in our farmhouse in the country on something. I'm pretty confident I'll find plenty of uses. In fact, just this evening as I'm sitting in the living room of my city home, I want to paint the walls to lighten things up. We have built in bookshelves and I was thinking about what color to paint the back of the shelve.... I think I found the answer. Yippee!! Thanks so much. Carol H. Wright Urban Living the Wright Way

  26. Image for Wendy V Wendy V

    Hilarious - I must have been the 272 person searching in HO LO ... : ^ ) It's 35 min drive for me so I will plan a trip soon, have the " Ugliest" bookcases in fam room That are crying out for that treatment!! Love you style...

  27. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    How do you find all these treasures? HUH? I love this paper and WTG on your use of it. I just love it.

  28. Image for Vanessa Vanessa

    I LOVE it!! I just put some fabulous contact paper on the backs of the shelves in our office and it totally brightens things up. And I'm not jealous of all you people who have a Hobby Lobby at all...nope...not one bit...ok, who am I kidding? I'm so jealous! ;-) Vanessa

  29. Image for Rhoma Mills Rhoma Mills

    I have this exact bulletin board paper on the backs of my built in bookshelves in my keeping room. I did it in February and everyone that comes in thinks that I've planked the backs with real wood! Amazing how something like this can make such a change and statement! :) Yours look fabulous, as does all of your decorating!

  30. Image for Liz Marie Liz Marie

    Love this look!!! & I would expect these papers to look too faux, but this truly looks like real wood... I'm so impressed! Great makeover! thanks for sharing :) :) xx Liz Marie

  31. Image for Tina @ how to find a man Tina @ how to find a man

    KariAnne, This faux wood wallpaper looks surprisingly good. I can't believe it's not real wood! It goes really well with your white color scheme in contrast. Incredible! Tina

  32. Image for Jen W Jen W

    Hello! I love this cute idea. I have recently inherited a few glassware collections from my grandmother, and I think this would be a great way to display them. Do you have any posts on suggested ways to display glassware? If you do and I missed them, I'm sorry! If not, could you write one please? I feel a living room furniture re-arrangement coming! Thanks!

  33. Image for EJ EJ

    You did a good job, but I do have a suggestion. On the two top shelves you got the nail holes in line. On the bottom shelf you don't . If this was "real" the nails would of been nailed to support boards on the back. I think the nails should of been lined up on all three sections. Other that that you did a good job.

  34. Image for Kathy Kathy

    LOVE Hobby Lobby - the closest is an hour away - but, next weekend the girls and I are to go shopping - will check this out! You're so creative - loved the look from the first time I saw it - and that's o.k. - we all get excited about sharing things and miss a little here and there - I hope you have a blessed weekend, Kathy

  35. Image for Susan Susan

    I can't find this paper anywhere.... My Hobby Lobby had not idea about it and I searched... Do you have a vendor name? Thanks

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