Upcycling with Papier Patch

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 02 Aug, 2017

Everyone deserves a second chance… Our household items are certainly no different! Give your furniture and old knick-knacks a new lease of life with patterned papers and a lick of paint for good measure. No matter which deco sheet design you’ve got, we have a project to suit.

Upcycled stool

1. Give a stool a light sand down to get rid of any roughness; this will also help to give the paint something to hold on to. Wipe down the stool with a slightly damp cloth to remove any dust or residue. Paint an even coat using a wide-bristled paintbrush and leave to dry. Add another coat or two to achieve an even coverage. The number of layers you need to apply will depend on the colour of the original piece – the darker the item, the more coats you’ll need.

2. Once completely dry, mix three parts PVA with one part water and give a good mix. Brush a light covering on the top of the stool and apply the first sheet of paper, smoothing the design down as it’s lowered into place. This will help to stop any wrinkles from forming. Wrap the paper around the body of the stool and underneath the top step to conceal the edge. Add a second sheet if needed, making sure to pattern match the edges for a continuous print.

3. Apply a top coat of the glue solution and leave to dry. Repeat with the final step, following the same process.

Geometric garland

1. Transfer the template provided onto white cardstock and turn over so it’s facedown. Apply a generous coating of a Stick it! Glue Stick to the entire page. Carefully position a sheet of Papier Patch on top, smoothing out the paper to avoid any wrinkles or creases. Leave to dry.

2. Use a craft knife, ruler and 4-in-1 embossing pen to cut and score along the indicated lines on the template.

3. Trim an 8cm length of twine and fold in half to create a loop. Secure both ends together with a strip of double-sided tape. Attach to the inside of the net, using the marker on the template as a guide. Add a sparing amount of tacky glue to each of the tabs, leave for 30 seconds to ‘set’ slightly and construct the tetrahedron. Hook onto an old lighting cable and hang!

Projects and how-to instructions by Aisha Green. Project originally published in the March issue (80) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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