Showing posts with label paper-mache-book-decoupage-other-paper-crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label paper-mache-book-decoupage-other-paper-crafts. Show all posts


I am currently working on a new paper mache and decoupage sculpture tutorial for you guys. I printed out a scan from an online library in France of the Le Précurseur newspaper, published Friday, February 2, 1827 to use as graphics for the project. It's so pretty that I almost want to frame it instead of cutting it out!

I often get asked how I make my paper or papier mache paste.  The only time I've posted my recipe was in the middle of one my projects and have just referred back to that project ever since. Today I'm going to share it in a stand alone post to serve as an easy go-to reference not only for you guys but myself as well.  Without further ado, here it goes.


God Jul! That means Merry Christmas in Svenska and once again I'm on a quest to meld my husband's Swedish Christmas traditions along with my own American ones to create our own little Christmas.  This year I decided to try to make a paper mache tomte or tomten.  Here is how I did it.


Christmas will  be here before you know it! Yaaaay! I make the majority of my gifts and decor, so I have to get started as early as possible in order to get everything done. As with anything I make, I try to recycle and reuse as many materials as possible. With a little imagination, it's really not necessary to spend lots of money or contribute to waste in order to create beautiful new decorations that make a huge impact.  My first project for this Christmas is a recycled book page mini-tree. Here's how you can make your own.

How to make a monogram wine cork holder using recycled materials.

The New Year is the perfect time to start saving wine corks to display in a unique new way such as with a monogram cork holder.  For decorative purposes, you can fill up the holder all at once (if you already have a collection) or you can fill it as you go throughout the year.  You can even write the date or other info on the end of the corks to mark bottles opened on special occasions.  There's lots of pricey wine cork holders out there to choose from but it's even more special when your create your own using recycled materials. Here's how to do it.

How to make recycled book page gift tags.

Today I've decided to share how to make super easy, upcycled, vintage-looking, book page gift tags. All you need is pages from a book, poster board-weight cardboard (such as a cereal box) and stamps, pens or any other desired embellishments.   Here's how to do it.

DIY Crafts Paper Mache Owl Tutroial How To Make

I've been a busy bee for the last few weeks making Christmas gifts for family members.  My mother-in-law (who loves owls) recently fell in love with the paper mache elephant wall bust I created for my daughter's room (see: Borei Design Papier-Mâché Sculpted Elephant Bust Tutorial).  So guess what she's getting for Christmas?  You got it, an owl sculpture.   My primary supplies for this project was a roll of toilet paper, a cardboard box and some newspaper.  Here's how I did it.

DIY Craft Tutorial How to make paper mache air dry clay

Recently I decided to see if I could make my own air dry, paper clay to use on some of my paper mache projects.  I ended up with a really great clay that can be used not only for paper mache projects but for many other sculpting projects as well.  It was super easy and inexpensive to make. You will never believe the main component I used to make this clay...a roll of toilet tissue paper. Seriously.  Here's the recipe and instructions on how I did it.

DIY Tutorial: How to make your own gift bags.

Ok maybe not a gazillion and one but it's close enough.  From one, $1 roll of brown craft wrapping paper I made ornament gift bags for my husband's entire family and had plenty left over.  It's also a great way reuse/recycle old wrapping paper, magazines, newspapers and etc. Once you learn the basic folding construction of a gift bag it is a total game changer.

diy craft tutorial how to make a recycled book page dala horse or dalahast swedish Christmas

My husband is part of the first generation of his family that was born in the United States.  Over the years we have found a happy blend of family traditions when it comes to decorating for Christmas. In a previous post I discussed traditional Swedish Christmas ornaments and showed you how to make a Swedish Advent Star (see: How to Create Swedish Advent Stars Using Recycled Book Pages).  Today I would like to share with you another decorative Swedish item that can be made with book pages and other recycled materials: the Dalahäst or Dala horse.

DIY Anthropologie inspired elephant bust craft tutorial

Faux animal busts appear to be popping up everywhere at some of my favorite home décor stores. I haven’t really given much thought to the trend until I saw the adorable papier-mâché editions at Anthropolgie. Inspiration struck when I was admiring the picture of the Plains Traveler Bust Elephant. An elephant’s trunk when raised makes a natural hook where you can hang practically anything. When you add a fun pattern to the mix, you have the makings of an awesome wall accent piece that is both functional and decorative. I knew that it would be a colorful way for my daughter to hang winter scarves in her room. I set out to create my own version that was both sturdy and complimentary to the current color schemes of her room.

paper swedish christmas book page stars ornaments tutorial how to make diy crafts reycle

Handmade straw and wood ornaments are a long standing tradition in Sweden and many other Scandinavian countries. I always look forward to receiving a handmade ornament from Sweden from my Mother and Father-in-law every Christmas. Advent stars are one of the items that are commonly made. When I was recently looking at a pic of antique woven star, I was inspired to make my own version using recycled book pages that could be used as a decorative hanger not just for the Christmas tree but for any time of year.

how to make paper mache pumpkin tutorial diy fall halloween thanksgiving crafts

Fall is FINALLY starting to rear its head in the hot other words, it has hit 70 degrees! Hallelujah! To celebrate relief from the summer heat, I decided to add a little fall to my decor.

How to make a recycled fabric banner sign

A fellow blogger & designer, Laura Kelly, extended a challenge to me:  I'll send you a box of "mystery" supplies and you create something unique with it. Oooh.....That's ALL me! Challenge accepted, Ma'am.

how to make recycled book page eggs tutorial diy real eggshells diy craft tutorial

My Mother was a pro at making something out of nothing.  When I was a little girl, she taught me how to remove the yolks & whites from inside an egg without crushing the shell.  She would use the eggs to make breakfast and then paint the shells.  She was an amazing oil painter and an avid reader. I unfortunately didn't get her amazing painting skills but did get a dose of her creativity and a love for reading.  So, I decided to create some decorative book page eggs in memory of her.  Here's looking at you, Mom! :)

DIY tutorial on how to make a recycled book page wreath.

Got an old cardboard box, plastic grocery bags, leftover fabric and an old book ready for recycle? Once again I'm up to crafting using only materials found around my home. My latest project involves upcycling or recycling these items to make a new wreath. I drew inspiration from some of the felt flower barrettes I've made for my daughter.