I’ve been looking forward to doing this month’s residential home craft classes ever since I set up the time-table in January. I enjoy all my classes but decoupage is a particular favourite and my usual problem is trying to find an excuse to do it.
First step was locating enough raw materials for six classes while staying in budget.
- decoupage paper
- something to decoupage onto
- glue & varnish.
I have some decoupage papers in my stash – I check the Hobbycraft clearance aisle whenever I visit – but not enough. At home I also use tissue and crepe paper for example when I made my Halloween pumpkin but I wanted materials that would be the easiest for the residents to use. So online I went.
I found the Little Craft Bugs site, they had a sets of 48 Decoupatch craft papers in different colours. I chose blue, orange, green and pink as I thought they would cover most tastes. AND I hit the jackpot there as they had sets of 15 white rigid card boxes in various shapes.
The boxes being white was a bonus as it is a better base colour to work on and saved me from a few hours painting.
Rather than using specialist glue and varnish (which can be very costly) I bulk bought standard PVA and watered it down. I find it works just as well and is a lot more cost-effective.
I always make examples of projects prior to the classes so spent an afternoon with my daughter and a friend decorating a number of trinket boxes and a few shoe boxes. I wanted to show the residents how you can patchwork the papers on larger items.
I’m pleased to say the majority of the residents took to the class really well and that all left with at least one box, below are just some that were made.