3 Paper Crafts to Update Your Home February 15, 2013 By Barbie Carpenter
Transform your home by covering different surfaces with paper cut outs and glue (a.k.a. decoupage).
Small decorative changes can make a big impact in your home. Try out these colorful and creative decoupage projects to add a personal touch to any room in your house.
For the Decoupage Novice: Coasters
Start your decoupage adventures with an easy-to-tackle project. Pick up inexpensive ceramic tiles at your local home improvement store (each four-inch by four-inch tile should cost less than a quarter). Cut your favorite scrapbook paper or leftover greeting cards to fit the tile. Coat the tile with decoupage glue then place the paper cut outs on the tile and apply another layer of glue. Once dry, spray the coasters with waterproof acrylic sealer to finish them. These coasters will add a pop of color to your any table or counter, while also protecting them from annoying water rings.
For the Aspiring Artist: Canvas Art
Spruce up your living room walls with some decoupage canvases. They’re the perfect craft if you’ve always wanted to be an artist but don’t have the skills to paint or sketch a beautiful piece of artwork. Simply grab a few canvases from your local craft store, choose some patterned scrapbook paper or card stock in shades that complement your room’s color scheme and glue them onto the canvas. For a more textured effect, try decoupaging faux leaves to the canvas to create a nature-inspired masterpiece. For a more personalized touch, use ticket stubs, photos or printouts of your favorite quotes.
For the Martha Wannabe
Refinish a nightstand you already have or one you found at a yard sale to create a unique furniture transformation that’ll add a colorful twist to your bedroom. Sand the surface of the piece and brush on a layer of latex paint. Once the paint dries, apply glue sealant to the back of scrapbook paper then place it on the top of the nightstand. For a durable finish, apply a layer of water-based varnish.