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Map Coaster

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

I’m not a fan of putting a wet glass on the floor or table so I always have it sitting on top of a coaster. Unfortunately, a lot of coasters aren’t very attractive so I prefer to make my own. I have a love of maps, so I thought these are a fantastic way to add a little color and style to the table. With a little time and a few supplies, you can make map coasters that are perfect to use in your home or give as gifts.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose a map that you want to use for your coaster, then flip it over so the map is facing down.

Step 2. Trace the tile onto the back of the map.

Step 3. Carefully cut the paper out so it’s exactly along the lines you traced.

Step 4. Coat the top of the tile with Mod Podge, then place the paper square on top and smooth out the air bubbles. Put another coat of Mod Podge over it.

Step 5. Trace the tile onto a thin cork sheet, then carefully cut it out.

Step 6. Use Mod Podge to adhere the cork onto the bottom of the tile. Let the coaster dry thoroughly before moving onto the next step.

Step 7. Coat the top of the coaster with varnish, let it dry, then repeat the process twice more. This helps prevent water from the glass from ruining the map. Let it dry completely before using.

Decoupage Wood Bracelet

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

I love having custom pieces of jewelry that no one else owns and one of the easiest ways for me to accomplish this is to make them myself. It’s a great way to liven up your wardrobe for a fraction of what you would pay in the store. All it takes is a few supplies to make unique and stylish bracelets that you know no one else is going to be sporting.

What you need:

Step 1. Choose the paper you want for your bracelet, then cut it into thin horizontal strips. I used antique pages from a broken Shakespeare book, so I just cut the paper every four lines.

Step 2. Put a strip of Mod Podge on the bracelet, then press the paper down and fold along the sides. Don’t fold the ends over just yet. As you’re applying the strips of paper, line them up flush to each other and make sure the pattern or wording all faces the same direction.

Step 3. Continue attaching the paper strips until you completely cover the outside of the bracelet.

Step 4. Once the outside is covered, fold the ends over to the inside and glue them down with Mod Podge. Be careful not to press too hard or it’ll rip the ends off.

Step 5. Put a coat of Mod Podge over the inside and outside of the bracelet, then let it sit to dry overnight.

Step 6. Put a coat of varnish on the inside and outside of the bracelet, then let it dry for several hours before wearing it.

Sports Page Gift Bag

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

I have a ton of gift bags, but none are exactly guy-friendly. I decided to make my own little gift bags instead of going out and purchasing some that are just going to get tossed in the trash. What better item to use than the sports page of the newspaper when you want to make guy-friendly bags? It’s eco-friendly and your guy will love checking out the stories. Bonus points if you can find vintage sports pages.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Cut one sports page out of the newspaper, fold it in half to overlap the ends and glue it closed.

Step 2. Now you’ll want to fold each side so it’s flat. To do this, make a single crease along the side, then make another one an inch above that crease so it forms the side of your bag. Do the same with the other side.

Step 3. Face the bottom of the bag toward you, then push in the bottom middle of each side and crease it so it looks like you have two Ms facing each other.

Step 4. Fold the bottom portion up, then the top portion down and crease it so it forms the bottom of the bag. Overlap the ends and glue together. Give it at least an hour to dry before you put anything in the bag.

Step 5. Place your items in the bag, fold over the top then close it with an envelope seal.

Vacation Theme Frame

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

You may consider picking up a photo frame as a souvenir while on vacation, but a much better option is to make your own vacation themed frame. All you’ll need is a few items from your trip and a little time to make a memento that’s much less expensive than something you would purchase in a store.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose a map or photos you want to use for the border of your frame. I chose photos from a map of Hawaii – two sides of flowers and two sides of the water currents around the islands.

Step 2. Remove the cardboard backing on the frame, then trace the frame onto the back of the photos you want to use.

Step 3. Cut out the piece you just traced, but be careful to cut exactly on the lines.

Step 4. Coat the entire frame in Mod Podge, then slowly place the paper over the frame smoothing it out as you go along. Push out any glue and air bubbles so there’s a smooth even surface. Give the frame a few hours to dry before moving onto the next step.

Step 5. Coat the entire frame in varnish. I prefer to use my finger to apply it, but if you so desire you can also use a foam brush.

Step 6. Let the frame lay flat to dry for at least several hours.

Recycled Rose Tag

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

You likely have a ton of magazines and books at your home, some of which you probably just want to get rid of. Instead of tossing them in the trash, get some use of them! Turn them into beautiful tags that are useful for any gifts you give. These rose tags are an example of turning trash into treasure and all it takes is a bit of time and effort.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose a photo from a magazine or book that you want to use for your tag.

Step 2. Using Mod Podge, attach the image to a blank tag. Smooth it down, especially around the edges, to eliminate air bubbles and ensure it sticks down.

Step 3. Carefully cut off the excess paper around the edges.

Step 4. When it dries, put a thin layer of glitter glue over the top of the image. Avoid putting on too much or it will cause the thin paper to bubble up.

Step 5. When it’s mostly dry, hold it in the light to check that you didn’t miss any spots with the glitter.

Step 6. Once the glue dries, punch a hole in the top center of the tag.

Step 7. Weave a matching ribbon through the hole.


Dog Magnet

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

One of the reasons I love displaying photos on my fridge is that it doesn’t take up shelf or wall space throughout the rest of the house. I adore my dog, so I wanted to put a picture of her where I could see it on a daily basis; the fridge is a perfect place. Rather than just stick the photo up with a magnet or piece of tape, I wanted each one to look more like it’s part of a scrapbook page. It was a great way to brighten up a boring fridge!

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose the photo you want to use for your magnet. Trim down to size if necessary.

Step 2. Cut apart your dog food box. Start out by cutting a large piece as the base for your magnet, then cut out one or two images of the dog treats.

Step 3. Using Mod Podge, attach scrapbook paper to the cardboard base. Smooth it out to remove any air bubbles.

Step 4. Center the photo onto the base, then attach with the Mod Podge.

Step 5. Adhere one image of the treat above the photo and another under. Hold it down in place until it’s almost dry to prevent the edges from curling up.

Step 6. Attach two magnets onto the back of the cardboard.

Optional: Should you choose, attach small wood letters that spell out the dog’s name at the bottom.

Postage Stamp Earrings

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

Some postage stamps are so beautiful you can’t help but try to find something to do with them. Why not use them as earrings? With all of the different types of stamps from around the world, there are endless options and one to pair with every outfit you can come up with.

What you’ll need:

Step 1. Choose two stamps – used or unused – that you think would make great earrings. While they should be the same stamps, they can each have different postmarks on them.

Step 2. Glue the stamps onto white cardstock with the Mod Podge, smoothing out the glue and air bubbles. Let them sit to dry for a few hours before moving onto the next step.

Step 3. If you have a laminator, put the stamps through and check that there’s no air bubbles on top. Another option is to cover the front and back of the stamps with clear Con-Tact paper.

Step 4. Cut out the stamps from the laminate.

Step 5. Use a mini hole punch to make a small hole in the top center of each stamp.

Step 6. Use the needle nose pliers to to slightly open each jump ring, then loop each one through each hole in the stamp.

Step 7. Put an earring hook throug each jump ring, then use the needle nose pliers to close the ring.

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