Decoupage Plates – An Upcycle Project

Upcycled Plate Chargers using decoupage

I did a guest post on Fizzy Jayne Makes blog back in March for National Craft Month…. here’s the actual post on my blog in case you missed ……

I posted before on decoupage and using it on upcycling projects, you can read about it here. With this project, I had some plate chargers, you know the ones that make an appearance at Christmas.  Well, we had a bunch of these that we never used & I was going to dump, when I thought hmmmm maybe they could be used.  So I decided to try and cover them with some paper and make them seem like they old and vintage looking.

So here’s the plate before – just your regular silver plastic plate charger, nothing fancy with this one.  You can get this in the Euro shop, they are not expensive.

Upcycling - plate chargers to vintage plates

And here’s the after.  I did 4 plates with 4 different looks using napkins on some and scrapbook paper on others.  I wanted the plates to look old and worn, kinda vintage looking.  What do you think?

pcycled Plate Chargers - Tutorial using paper

pcycled Plate Chargers - Tutorial using paper


Upcycling - plate chargers to vintage plates

Upcycled Plate Chargers using Napkins & Scrapbook Paper


What to know how I did it? Well here’s a little quick recap.

Napkin Plates:

The aim was to make the plates look old & worn, vintage looking ……

  • I cleaned and lightly sanded the plate
  • I painted the plate in white. I did two coats to give it a good coverage.
  • I separated the napkins and only used the first layer – see below, it’s important you only use the first printed layer.  I tore  the pieces  I wanted to use and played around with the design. (On the green plate plate I didn’t tear it up I just carefully placed it on the plate and glued it bit by bit & blended it in.)

NapkinLayersNapkin pieces








  • I then used some decoupage glue ( you could use some watered down PVA or mod podge but I find this glue the best with napkins ) and glued the napkin pieces.  They wrinkled in places but I didn’t mind as I think the wrinkles make them look old.

Glue for Decoupage








  • At the edges, I used some bitumen and rubbed it along with my finger.  You could use some dark wax but be careful, a little goes a long way.  I used some on the inner rim as well.
  • Next up I used some rice paper (rice paper is a little bit thicker than napkins and easier to use I find ) I had some with “home sweet home” printed on it. I tore around the print and glued this on top of the napkin and lightly sanded it to blend it in.  I used some bitumen on this as well to age it.
  • On the blue plate, I used some gold leaf around the edges
  • I sealed the plates with some clear varnish and lightly sanded them when they were was dry.  I repeated this process until I was happy with the result.  Be careful here as you don’t want the paper to tear. Just lightly sand it!

scrapbook PLATES:

  1. I cleaned and lightly sanded the plate
  2. I soaked the paper in water and peeled off the back, I did this as the paper was a bit too thick to use and it was easier to use if the paper was a bit thinner.
  3. Using some decoupage glue I glued the paper down to the plate and rubbed it into the plates rim and all around.  Now it did wrinkle a bit here and there, but as i wanted it to look a bit old and worn I didn’t mind this. Wrinkles can be good!
  4. Now the paper didn’t cover the plate fully, there was gaps on each side where the paper didn’t cover.  So I used some regular acrylic paint and blended the paint the colour of the paper.  I sanded and distressed this until I got the look I wanted.
  5. Next up, I used some gold leaf.  I just placed the glue on the parts I wanted the gold leaf to appear, this was in and around the edges of the plate. I wanted the plate to look old and that the paper was peeling and coming away.  I used some bitumen to make the paper look old in places as well.  You could use dark wax or even an old tea bag to stain the paper.
  6. I let it to dry and coated it again with the glue to seal it and I lightly sanded it afterwards, the paper part only.  I did this a couple of times to make sure everything blended in together.

Note: these plates are only for decorative purposes, just a wipe of a cloth will keep them clean.

So that’s it, hope you enjoyed the process, if I have left anything out or you need to know more please comment below.

So have you done any upcycling lately?

Till next time!

Enjoy Maura x




How to Upcycle Kilner Jars or any Jars

I love these little jars, especially when painted & distressed. The Americans have Mason jars, we have these!

Here’s some I recently did ……

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial
So if you want to try your hand here’s how …..


  • Jars of course!, doesn’t have to be the Kilner ones by the way, but try & get some that have a bit of detail on them. I like using the Bonne Maman jam jars too.
  • Paint; I use chalk paint, it’s easy to distress but you can use acrylic or some people use paint specifically for glass.
  • Foam brush, I prefer to use these as they don’t leave brush marks.
  • Sealer; I used Americana Decor Creme Wax, it’s a lovely creamy wax varnish, great to work with & gives great results, but you can use regular varnish too.
  • Fine sandpaper or try a nail file
  • Napkins & glue if you want to try some decoupage on the jars.

Ok, let’s get started.

  1. First up make sure your jars are cleaned thoroughly, maybe run through the dishwasher first and remove any stickers.  Some people rub them with spirits first but I don’t and they work out just fine.
  2. Choose your paint & give the jar about 3 coats of paint, let it dry in between the coats. Paint in one direction.  On one of the jars, I originally painted it pink and then gave it 2 coats of grey and sanded it to bring out the pink.
  3. If you are going to decoupage then match the paint to your napkin, click here to read more on trying out decoupage on your projects or try a bit of painting on the jars, I did a small bit of folk art painting on one.
  4. If you are happy with the coverage then you can begin to distress.  Using your fine sandpaper or nail file , lightly sand over the detail on the jar, I worked on the name & the tag bit to the front. You don’t have to distress, you can leave it as is too. I just love distressing things!
  5. Once you are happy with the look, it’s time to seal the jar , I gave the jars 2 coats & let them dry in between. It gives the paint a nice finish & brings out the colour more.

Remember these jars are only for display purposes & you can’t put them in the dishwasher.  Just a wipe of a damp cloth should do, if needed.

You can use these for so many things & try different techniques  ….. Here’s a few more I did a while back.  Works great on tin cans too.

Have you tried to do these ? Did it work out?

Decoupage tin: with a paper napkin, paint and some gold leaf, distressed & a bit of twine for effect
Upcycle your Jars ... heres how with paint and decoupage
Upcycle your Jars ... heres how with paint and decoupage
I have a Pinterest board on upcycling your Jars/Tins here, have a peek for some inspiration.
Till next time ..!

Upcycle your Jars with chalk paint & napkin decoupage, even some folk painting - tutorial

#I link up here ..

Giveaway prize from the Crafty Mummy Blog …. so here’s what I did

I recently won a giveaway from the Crafty Mummy blog, yah me! I never win anything, in fact the last time I won something was back when I was about 12 years old and it was an umbrella ….. ugggh so, to say I was delighted was an understatement and especially as it was all crafty stuff.  So I got my box of goodies, thank you Kasia by the way …..

This was the prize (picture from The Crafty Mummy Blog)


and here’s what I did ………….

Upcycled Jars

I painted & decoupaged some of the Jars and tried some folk art painting on one.  My hooks & pens are taking pride of place in these.



I decorated some of these little wood cut outs with some paint and more folk art hearts






Upcycled Jars


Upcycled Jars

With the ribbons and hesin & other little bits, I decorated some more jars that I use for my craft supplies.  All prettied up now.

There was some chalk board paint included so I upcycled one of my old kitchen doors and put it in my craft room.  This paint is amazing by the way, its goes on so smooth, much better than other brands I have used in the past.

UPcycled Kitchen door into a chalk board Blackboard paint





If you want to read more on The Crafty Mummy blog, please hop over, she has a great crafty blog and I am loving her stuff.  She also has recently started up a new business venture called The Cute Kitsch, which is a monthly craft subscription box full of craft goodies! So please do pop over and have a peek.  Wishing you all the best Kasia.

Till next time folks!




#WIP-Work in Progress (a crafty link up!)

When Catherine of Saint Cardigan put the call out for some crafty wips, I was only too delighted to join in.  Well I mean, what crafter doesn’t have numerous projects lying around!  I currently have 4 crochet projects on the go, yes 4.  I am leaving the painting projects on the long finger, as they say, until the weather gets better but I have been working on a small up-cycling project on and off when the mood strikes me, so here’s a look at mine.

No. 1 – This is one of my favourite blankets, that I have worked on so far.  I first posted about it here.  

I am trying to get a few rows done each night …… hmmmm well I am trying! I am using Stylecraft DK yarn and using a combination of colours to give it  a vintage look. Have I succeeded ?  If you want to give it a try, have a look the Happyinred blog, she calls it the Diamond Stitch Blanket

Vintage Rainbow Blanket

Vintage Crochet Rainbow Blanket

No. 2  Next on my list are these cute little Maybelle flowers. I made some back in December for a quick present and decided to try and use the tutorial over on My Rose Valley Blog for squaring them up and then magically joining them to make some cushion covers.  I have gotten this far …. what do you think ?

Maybell Flower Squares

Maybelle Flower Squares

No. 3   Working on some cowls using this stitch.  It’s sometimes referred to as the Camel Stitch or the Knit Stitch.  Loving it, whatever it is, and love using this super chunky yarn.  I am not sticking to a pattern, as such, just working in the round and seeing how it takes. Hope to post more on this project soon.

Crochet - the camel stitch or knit stitch

No. 4  This has been a wip for sooooooo long, I keep looking at it and saying ‘I must finish it now’ then I forget about it.  I am using some t-shirt yarn and I find it hard on my hands, so that’s my excuse!!

Crochet t-shirt rug

No. 5 Last on the list is this little up-cycling project.  I have loads of these plate chargers.  I love messing around with different mediums to create effects. This was the plate before ….

Upcycling - plate chargers to vintage plates

and this is the plate after ………..  I was trying to make it look old and vintage looking.  What do you think ? I used some scrap book paper, acrylic paint, bitumen, and gold leaf.  I started with the paper and worked from there.  I love aging things and this was my first time using gold leaf.  Maybe I was a little heavy handed with it but I love the effect.

Upcycling - plate chargers to vintage plates


So that’s it from me, hope you enjoyed looking at my wips.  I usually post these on Instagram and you can find me here if you want see more. So come over and say hi!

If you want to head over to Catherine’s blog and join in or maybe you just want to look and drool over other people’s work …….. well just click here.

Catherine is a fellow crafter and does weaving and crochet and has fabulous nails!  After seeing shots of her pretty nails, well let’s just say mine are a disgrace.. I especially love this little DIY tutorial she did on making a little terrarium, you can read more about it here.  

Thank you Catherine for letting me join in. X



Decoupage, it’s not some granny hobby!


Decoupage …… “from the french word decoupe, meaning to cut out – is a craft or art form that entails pasting cut outs to an object and then covering them with several coats of varnish or lacquer” Google, 2015

My husband laughs at my paper collection.  When we go into a DIY store, I always get some paper samples on the pretence its for a wallpaper job at home but no its really a way to get free paper for some small project I am working on.

When we are out for a nice lunch or diner, I don’t let him use the fancy napkins, I stuff them in my bag for further projects.  Don’t all us crafters do this ??

Adding some paper to a project is a great way to personalise or embellish a project. I recently used some wallpaper on my floor, you can read all about it here.  It’s still looking good by the way!

I mostly use wrapping paper and recently I have started using some paper napkins.  Having dabbled with them in the past, they can be tricky to use.  But I did attend a workshop with the wonderful Aileen from Sew Darn Pretty Vintage Shop based in Borrisokeane, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.  She demonstrated how to use the napkins and the techniques involved.  A wealth of knowledge!

Here’s the tray I did in the workshop and this is what I learned from Aileen …..Decoupage Tray

  • I picked the napkin and decided on a paint colour to match the napkin
  • I then painted the tray, I gave mine 2 coats
  • I tore the pieces I wanted from the napkin and decided on a layout for the tray.
  • Next, I applied some glue to the tray ( watered mod podge/pva  or some decoupage glue can be used ), in thin strokes.
  • I placed the napkin piece on the tray and held it in place with my finger and with light long strokes I glued it down.  By some miracle it didn’t tear! I found when I tried this before I was using too much glue and rubbing the napkin too much. I know some people use cling film to help stick it down because it won’t tear the napkin.
  • I dried it with a hair dryer, not too hot!
  • I then repeated the process of applying the glue in light strokes and letting it dry between coats.
  • After 4 coats, I lightly sanded the napkin until it felt smooth and at this point it should look and feel like it’s part of the piece, not stuck on.  Be careful sanding, just gentle strokes, you could tear the napkin!
  • You can add other elements here if you wish, maybe try a crackle effect or a distress look or even some gold leaf.  I left it as is and used a gloss varnish to seal my piece.  Two coats was enough.

Using some paper or napkins in upcycling your old jars and tin cans can be a great way to make them.  Here’s some I did.  I used a graphic I found from the Graphics Fairy on one of the tin cans, this site is great for images and well worth a visit.  I distressed and aged some of the projects.Decoupage Upcycled Old Tin Cans

Decoupage Upcycled Tin CansDecoupage / Upcycle projectDecoupage tin: with a paper napkin, paint and some gold leaf, distressed & a bit of twine for effect

Here’s some pieces I did with wrapping paper. I know some people soak the paper first and peel off the backing to make the paper easier to work with.  I generally don’t bother unless the paper is very thick.  These are early projects I did, I didn’t get a before shot but you get the idea.  I am definitely going to try using the napkins on a furniture project, I’II keep you posted.

  1. This was a piece of left over skirting I had, covered with paper and I added some nice hooks
  2. One ugly filing cabinet, covered with some vintage travel wrapping paper, cabinet was also painted.
  3. This was a Lidl drawer unit, it was painted and each drawer was covered with some scrapbook paper

Decoupage Hanging Hook Rail

Upcycled / Decoupage Filing Cabinet

Decoupage DrawersI have drawn up a  list of some of the suppliers I have used & would recommend. In no particular order …..

Sew Darn Pretty Vintage Home – Aileen covers all types of craft goodies, from paint to decoupage to all things to make your home so darn pretty.  She has a great Facebook page and she is very responsive to all queries.  She has recently turned to You Tube and has posted her first tutorial on decoupage soap, yes soap. Go see her over here. – Liz supplies everything you need to get started. Great range of napkins, glue and wooden items. I found delivery quick & postage was reasonable.

Vibes and – a mecca of all things crafty, over 3 stores and based in Cork. I love this shop! It has everything you need from yarn, to fabric, to all those little crafty bits you need for various projects. Great online shop and quick delivery. – supplies everything you need, for you guys based in the UK.  Mary also gives great tutorials and has a facebook group.

Masque Wrapping Ltd – they have the best wrapping paper.  I especially love the Cavalline paper they stock.  Items came packaged in a tube for protection and arrived quickly from the UK.

Paperchasethey always have a great supply of crafty things and I love their paper range.  They have some nice hand made papers and I love the map papers they have.

Ebay / Etsy – not much I can add about Ebay or Etsy.


Have fun! and maybe you have some tips or projects you would like to share?

I link up over here !

Tutorial/tips on using paper (decoupage) in your upcycling projects or just for fun!


It was a cot, now it’s not ….. an upcycle project!

Upcycled project, how I turned my old cot into a hanging rail

We had an old cot  ready to be dumped, we couldn’t sell it on or gift it, as himself sat on it one night, whilst reading a story &  forgot he wasn’t a lightweight & broke the lats so that was the end of the cot bed! It  was a swift move into the big bed for the small fella.

So it was left sitting in our garage for a while along with various other crap projects. The front and end pieces were perfect so I decided to use one piece as a hanging rack.  Here’s a before picture.Upcycle project, how i turned one old cot bed into a hanging rack. Tutorial and pictures.

and here’s the end result.

Upcycle project, how i turned one old cot bed into a hanging rack. Tutorial and pictures.

Gather your supplies and for this project I used the following:

  • Bin Zinsser, which is primer, sealer and stain killer
  • Wood filler, to fill in the old screw marks
  • Some nice wrapping paper.
  • Mod Podge or PVA Glue
  • Paint, I used a tester pot of Valspar paint called Shy Girl, it’s a nice dusky pink
  • Hooks or knobs,  I had these lying around (as you do!)
  • Gold leaf and glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Stencil
  • Embossing Paste & some acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  1. I started firstly giving it a quick rub down and a light sand.  Next, I used the Bin to prime the piece, this stuff is great, as it provides a surface to hold the paint.  Leave your windows open as it’s quite strong and smells terrible.  I left this to dry.
  2. I used the wood filler to fill in any old screw marks
  3. I then painted the piece with the Valspar paint, I gave it three coats in total and left it to dry between coats.
  4. I cut my paper to match the indent on the top part of the cot.  I only had enough paper for this part otherwise I would have used it on the second indent. I used some mod podge and glued this on and again I applied the mod podge on top of the paper to seal it. Here’s a close up of the paper. Upcycle project, how I turned and old cot into a hanging rack, Pictures/ Tutorial
  5. I had only 2 of the ribbon hanging hooks but I decided it needed another hook.  I had this old door knob, so this would go in the middle. The other long one in the picture was used for purely decoration purposes.  I used some gold leaf on the knob and distressed it a bit to match in with the other hooks. Upcycled Cot6
    Upcycled Cot10Upcycled Cot8
  6. These were then screwed into the piece.
  7. I felt the end indent was a bit bare and I wanted to try out some embossing paste I had, so I mixed in a bit of green acrylic paint to the paste and applied it to the stencil. I left this to dry overnight.  This give the stencil a raised 3D look.  I used a tiny bit of bitumen I had to give the stencil an old look to blend in with the hooks and the paper.
  8. I slightly sanded down the piece in places to give it a distressed look, not much though.Upcycled Cot3Upcycle project, how I turned and old cot into a hanging rack, Pictures/ Tutorial

There you go, all done! What do you think? Have you tried any upcycling lately?

Upcycle project, how I turned and old cot into a hanging rack, Pictures/ Tutorial

Header pic from Barn Images

I just wallpapered my floor !

So hello! First post and all that so please be gentle!

Going to chat today about wallpapering your floor, yep that’s right I said wallpapering your floor!

I am in a facebook group and wow the amount of feedback and queries I have had on this subject was great so I decided to kick off my first post telling you all about it.

So here’s a few pics to give you a visual aid.

Pic 1 – yep pretty crappy floor there, it was just a cheap laminated floor, nothing special, it wasn’t really kept well, lots of marks and paint stains …. hey don’t judge my housekeeping skills.

Wallpaper Floor - Before


Pic 2 – This was the final result. I love love it! So clean and bright looking, it totally transformed the whole room.  This room is now my craft/office/hiding space. Yes it’s my space, no kids, no husband allowed!

Wallpaper Floor Tutorial, yes it can be done !


So here’s how I did it.

Gather your supplies

  • Wallpaper of your choice.
    I got mine in my local store, nothing fancy about it, just really liked the pattern.  Also spotted it in B&Q.  It was called distressed wood. I used 3 rolls and had some left over.
  • PVA
    I used Contractors Grade PVA adhesive and sealer. It came in a 1litre bottle.  I mixed it with some water before I applied it to the floor.  This bottle was enough for my whole floor. You can get this in your local store.
  • Knife
    I used this to cut the wallpaper if it was needed at any angles or any funny corners that needed trimming.
  • Paste Brush
    I used this brush to apply to PVA to the floor.  It’s a wallpaper one but you could use any brush really.
  • Wallpaper Brush
    This was used to smooth out the wrinkles and any kinks when laying down the wallpaper.
  • Varnish
    I used polyurethane floor varnish.  This was a water based varnish in clear satin, not a fan of gloss.  Extremely tough & hard wearing so it says on the tin! This is what I wanted, plus its non-yellowing.
  • Roller/Brush & Tray
    I used the roller to apply the varnish but I also used the brush, kinda went between them. I felt with the brush it was soaking in more and I was able to get into corners and angles.

Here’s a nice picture of the supplies!


Wallpaper for the Floor



Next up, my method so here goes

  • Prepare your floor, I just washed it down and hoovered it, made sure there was nothing sticking to floor, no dirty sticky bits.
  • When the floor is ready, measure up your wallpaper. I just got himself to hold wallpaper down the length of the floor and cut across.  Nothing fancy, no measuring tools used here, we winged it!
  • Now you apply the PVA to the floor and spread it out, then lay your wallpaper down. Make sure wallpaper is lying flat, no bubbles, no kinks.  I had help with this process. Got himself to hold the wallpaper while I spread the glue and smoothed it out.  Ok Ok he was on the floor doing the grunt work while I issued instructions from above.  Sure I had to hold the paper straight!  We did this in stages going down the length of floor.
  • At the edges you can cut and smooth any bits level to you skirting boards.
  • When the floor was all covered with the wallpaper, I left it to dry overnight.
  • Final process! Get your varnish out and lather it on. On the first coat it just soaked into the paper. I let this coat dry completely. I did 6 coats of varnish in total, making sure each coat was dry before I did the next coat
  • That’s it! Move your furniture back, sit back & admire your handy work!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I did this and so far so good.  No tears, no bubbles.  I have some heavy bits of furniture in that room and I was wondering if they would tear the paper when moving back, but no everything held.

So in a nutshell, result! This project didn’t cost me a lot, and took the guts of a week.  It was a pain in the backside moving all the furniture out and back in again though

I am wondering will it last long term.  So maybe in a couple of months i’ll post back with a follow up.  What you think?

Costs involved
Wallpaper : I used 3 rolls @ €24 each
PVA : 1Litre bottle @ €6.75
Varnish: 2Litre tin @€33

Here’s more pictures of the finished result.

Wallpaper floor tutorial ! yes on the floor!

All done !

Wallpaper Floor - After

If you have any comments or if you did something like this, please do comment and tell me. Thanks for reading !