Get ready to cut, crinkle, tear, roll, and shred to make jewelry, home accessories, and even furniture—all from paper! Paper Made by Kayte Terry (merchandising manager at Anthropologie) will inspire you to transform flat, boring pieces of scrap paper into jewelry that you will be proud to wear and even prouder to tell that you made it all yourself. You can create whimsical creations with your kids or chic accessories for your home with the simple, yet detailed guides in every chapter. In the pages of this book, you will find what supplies are needed for every project, step-by-step instructions on how to construct each piece, 101 projects for you to try, and enough inspiration to be able to come up with some ideas of your own. The possibilities for crafting are endless, and as long as you have paper lying around, you can recycle it and turn it into something special. So gather up your old newspapers, scrapbooking scraps, tissue paper, candy wrappers, and whatever else you can find, and let the creativity flow!
Here’s one of our favorite projects from the book:
Small wood or particle board side table (for example, the Lack table from IKEA)
Wallpaper scraps in different patterns and colors
1. If the legs of the table unscrew, remove the legs and set them aside.
2. Use the pinking shears to cut about twenty different-size squares and rectangles from the wallpaper scraps. (My largest piece covered the entire top of the table, while the smallest was a 2″ square.) Arrange them on top of the table.
3. Beginning with the larger pieces, one at a time brush the back of the wallpaper with the decoupage medium and press onto the tabletop. Use the brayer to smooth any wrinkles in the wallpaper.
4. Cover the rest of the top and sides of the tabletop with the smaller pieces of wallpaper.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the legs of the table. Cover one entire table leg with a large piece of wallpaper, taking care to keep the wallpaper smooth and even at the corners of the legs. Then add smaller pieces of contrasting paper over it.
6. Let the table pieces dry, and reattach the table legs if they were removed in step 1. To finish, brush on one coat of decoupage medium to cover the entire table, and then let it dry completely. Brush on one last coat and let dry.
(Images and project courtesy of Workman Publishers)