I’ve got a goal in mind: make everybody handmade Christmas presents this year (sorry, I did it, I mentioned Christmas but with such a goal I need to start now). More of my goal to come, a whole post in fact, but for now I want to show you one present I’ve already made that I’m really rather pleased with – and might have to keep for myself. Ha!
So far with the vintage wallpaper that I bought from Sarah Moore Vintage I have been able to do a vintage makeover on my bathroom cabinet and line a chest of drawers. I have just enough left to make a set of six placemats. I’ve seen lots of people covering placemats with photographs of their children and such so I thought I’d experiment with the wallpaper.
I’m really pleased with the outcome…
You will need:
Wallpaper that I bought from Sarah Moore Vintage or you could try pretty wrapping paper (just use less PVA and more varnish).
Cork placemats that I bought from Amazon but if you have an old set of mats at home you can re-purpose those.
PVA glue and a brush.
Clear acrylic varnish and a brush.
Pencil and scissors.
1. Draw round your mats onto the wallpaper and cut out. Cut ever so slightly within your line so that the paper is an exact fit and does not hang over the edge of the cork mat at all.
2. Pour a lot of PVA glue onto the wallpaper and spread out using a brush (use far less if you’re using wrapping paper as it will wrinkle badly). Make sure every single bit of the paper is covered right up to the edges. However, don’t get any PVA on the right side of the wallpaper.
3. Stick the paper onto the mat and smooth out any air bubbles. Make sure you line the paper up with the board as accurately as possible. If any glue squeezes out run your finger round the edge of the board and smear it over the cork board – try not to let it go onto the paper.
4. Leave to dry for at least four hours and weigh it down with a big heavy book, otherwise the mats can curl up at the edges slightly (which I found out when I tried the first one).
5. When the mat is completely dry start applying lots of thin layers of the varnish, leaving about an hour between each coat. I did about five coats (you may need more if you’ve used thin wrapping paper). Make sure you paint the varnish round the sides of the mats too (I put mine on top of food tins to let the sides dry).
Finished! This project is quite time consuming but it’s very, very easy to get a really good finish if you’re patient.
Ready for a little vintage tea.
Now I have to decide who to give them to…