You may or may not be aware, but I am a former scrapbooker. I don’t have a lot of time for that hobby anymore, but don’t tell my growing scrapbook paper collection that! I am completely addicted to those little 12×12 sheets.
One of the reasons I love scrapbook paper so very much is that it is so versatile. You can do just about anything with it! Except wear it… maybe. The point I’m trying to make: Scrapbook paper is not just for scrapbooking. It’s also an easy way to give just about anything a fun and colorful makeover. Like this decoupaged crate! Which now happens to be holding a big stash of my own scrapbook paper collection.
I recently had an opportunity to play with the new The Hand+Made collection from Jen Hadfield and Pebbles Inc. It is full of fun bright colors and a lot of gold accents. I have LOTS of big plans to use more of these supplies, but they’ll have to wait until after the holidays.
From the Home+Made collection you will need the following for this project:
12×12 Paper Pad
Ombre Wave double sided paper
Other supplies needed
You can find inexpensive crates just about anywhere these days. This one is from a local home decor store. What drew me to it was that it was already stained and the extra hardware it contained. Before we decoupage the crate we need to remove all of the hardware.
Cut the scrapbook paper according to the slats and size of the crate. Apply decoupage to the crate with sponge brush, applying one sheet of paper at a time. Press firmly for good adhesion and smooth to remove any bubbles. Any excess decoupage that happens to seep out from under the paper will dry clear.
After adding the paper, realign the hardware to find the holes for the screws. Use a paper piercer or some other sharp instrument to poke holes in the paper to mark their positions.
Because the crate gives the entire project a rustic feel, I inked the paper with distress ink to match accordingly.
Apply a layer of decoupage on top of the paper once the ink is dry. Once the decoupage is dry, reinstall the hardware.
I added one of the chalkboard stickers to the front of the crate for labeling. Don’t forget that on new chalkboard surfaces you need to “cure” them by rubbing them all over with chalk then wiping it off. Then you can write whatever you wish on them.
Isn’t it amazing wall a little paper and glue can do??