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Patchwork Wall

We have a lot of people ask us about our 'scrap paper wall' in our home. It was a fun and easy project–and only took one evening. Over time I had collected all kinds of paper–wrapping paper, paper bags, old maps, etc. This is a fun way to use them. You really can't go wrong–you can have a particular color scheme if you wish, or–like us–just use all kinds of paper at once. I think I'm going to do another wall in all Nancy Drew book pages because I want a more neutral palette in another area-I'll let you know how that project goes!
~ Mod Podge
~ Foam brushes
~ exacto knife
~ small brayer
~ a flat service/device like an old credit card to smooth out paper
~ various scrap paper
Make sure your wall is clean–no need to sand, just make sure it is clean.
I cut my paper with scissors–different shapes and sized. Another fun option would be to tear it.
Begin at the top or a corner of the wall that you will be patchworking. Paint a small area, no larger than 2′x2′ at a time, and place paper onto painted area.
Once you have a 2′x2′ area down go over it with your brayer and/or pot scraper to get out any bubble or wrinkles. {I personally liked the pot scrapers better than the brayer for this job. Any pot scrapers will do–I just happened to have Pampered Chef ones on hand.}
Don't worry about any paper overlapping the ceiling, baseboards, edge, etc. at this point. Just leave it there.
Once your whole wall is done, take the exacto knife and run along the edge of the ceiling, baseboards, etc. to cut away any excess paper. {Don't do this while the paper is extremely wet-it will tear.}
You're almost finished!
Last step: go over your whole wall with a thick coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry!
Taaaahhhhh Daaahhhhh! You now have a patchwork wall!
Told you it was super easy!
Cottage in the Oaks
Twitter: @cottageintheoak
Time: 4 Hours Difficulty: Easy
We used random papers that we already had around the house to cover one of the walls in our entry area.
We used paper bags, wrapping papers, stationery, scraps from other projects, etc….as great 'wallpaper'!

To see more: http://cottageintheoaks.com/2011/04/26/patchwork-wall/

  • Lulu Dubin
    Lulu Dubin Cedarhurst, NY
    on May 14, 2012

    Wow, thanks for all the pictures and tips.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on May 14, 2012

    This is such a cool project. Thank you for the instructions!

  • Lynn C
    Lynn C Wildwood, FL
    on May 14, 2012

    very fun ! I could see pictures on this as well as memorablia,ribbons,best paper of the year, a family prayer made up, I could go on forever lol ..

  • MaryAnn D
    MaryAnn D Summerfield, FL
    on May 14, 2012

    Love it

  • Jennifer M
    Jennifer M Swansea, MA
    on May 14, 2012

    That's great! I just did a dresser in book pages! First attempt & I would say it was pretty easy!

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