Guest Author - Vivienne Oestergaard
Hereís a fun project you can really put your personality and creativity into. I love practical art and I love it when itís a re-use type of project. My daughter was cleaning out her room and decided she didnít really need this old wooden set of drawers. Itís one you can purchase inexpensively at Ikea. So, needless to say, I grabbed it. Ok, so this project isnít exactly a paper project but it does use up a lot of papers!
Again, I used digital papers, but you can easily use up your stash or you can use wrapping paper or that stack you have of gorgeous art papers. This project is good to for those small scraps you have on hand. This time, I used digital papers from Christina Renee Designs at Oscraps.com. I used an assortment of her green papers.
1. Print the papers you have selected or gather together the ones you have. I selected those in a green palette (love green!). Scraps would be good for this project.
2. Tear the sheets into large pieces. Tear the sheets on the grain so that the white internal part shows up. You want to see the white tear marks so that it looks altered.
3. Glue the pieces onto the outside of the box. I use a white glue that is good for both paper and wood. Be careful you donít use too much of it on the paper as it will crinkle it up if it gets to wet. I apply the glue onto the wood surface and lay the paper on it. Make sure you get all the paper edges glued down right. Use your creativity in applying the paper.
4. Miter the corner edges to make it look easier when you cover the backs and sides.
5. Take the drawer fronts and glue the pieces to the fronts and towards the sides and bottom.
6. I used plain wrapping paper to cover the inside drawers and also the back and bottom of the box. Itís not necessary to use the ďniceĒ paper for this as it wonít show up. I just like to have ďfinishedĒ pieces.
7. You can add knobs to the front of the drawers for handles or just leave it as is.
8. You can also shellac the box to protect it from future damage or you can leave it as is.
Thatís it! Easy to do and it doesnít take long to get a real great looking piece for your craft room. You can purchase other wood containers or cases from crafting stores to make matching pieces.