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Decorate with Paper

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Budget Tip of the Day: Framed Paper

Framing a simple piece of scrapbook paper is a quick and easy way to decorate with paper.  It can have major impact, especially when grouped together in a collection. Just tape the paper to the back of the matte and you’re good to go. The beauty about doing it this way is that you can easily switch out the paper when you want a change. It’s perfect if you’re someone who has a hard time committing to a more permanent art piece. It’s super cheap and practical–a win win!

How do you like to decorate with paper?  It seems like the options are endless and the paper keeps getting prettier!

Decorate with Paper

decorate with paper

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Budget Tip of the Day: Lined Drawers

Use scrapbook paper to make a decorative liner for any dresser or drawer in your home. Just measure the inside of the drawer and cut the paper to size. If you have a large drawer, just put a few pieces together. The easiest way to apply the paper is with double stick tape around all the edges. This will work just fine, but if you want something that will be long-lasting and stand the test of time, use a craft glue such as Mod Podge. Here is a quick rundown of how to use it. Using a foam paint brush, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the inside bottom of the drawer. Stick the pre-cut paper inside and press firmly. Wait an hour until the glue has fully dried and then apply another coat over the top. Mod Podge goes on white, but dries clear.  This process takes a little time and patience, but it’s a very simple and cheap way to decorate with some beautiful paper.  It will keep you smiling every time you open a drawer.

Come back tomorrow for a new way to decorate with paper.

Decorate with Paper

decorate with paper

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Budget Tip of the Day: Paper Transfer Pillows

Love a paper design and wish you could turn it into fabric? Well you can with heat-transfer paper, which makes it possible to tattoo your favorite paper design onto fabric. This is perfect for smaller projects like pillows where you don’t need lots of fabric. Take the transfer paper to the copy center. They will reproduce a paper image onto an 11 x 17 inch sheet of transfer paper for about $4.00 or less. Following the transfer paper instructions, use an iron to transfer the design to your fabric. The images shown here were enlarged 250-400% before being copied to the transfer paper. You can see the difference between the original paper size on the blue pillow in the back and the enlarged size in the front. Play around with the size to find a design that’s perfect for you–talk about a fun and interesting way to decorate with paper.  And the low price tag is even better.

Come back tomorrow for a new way to decorate with paper.

Decorate with Paper

decorate with paper

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Budget Tip of the Day: Magazine Box Cover

Give all your treasured magazines a stylish place to call home without breaking the bank. How?  Decorate with paper. Decorative magazine file boxes can cost over $20.00 per box. Try buying plain, cheap one’s instead and use your own paper to give them life. Just lay the file box on your paper and trace the shape. Cut out and glue on using craft glue, rubber cement, double stick tape, or any other adhesive you might have.  You can find the wood boxes pictured here at IKEA for about $3.00 a piece. Don’t you love how all the boxes in this picture make a perfect design when lined up?!  There’s no reason to pay a ton of money for something you can make even better yourself.

Come back tomorrow for a new way to decorate with paper.

Decorate with Paper

decorate with paper

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Budget Tip of the Day: Custom Matte

A great way to decorate with paper is to make a custom matte for your artwork and photos.  It’s an inexpensive way to make a statement and really show off your pictures. With so many patterns and colors to choose from, the options are limitless. Use an existing matte to trace a pattern onto the paper. Cut out the pattern and use spray adhesive to adhere to the matte.  Or you can simply adhere your picture directly to the paper and pop it in the frame.  Choose a coordinating color or pattern to create a cohesive wall display that is full of interest and personality.

Come back tomorrow for a new way to decorate with paper.