Friday, August 22, 2014

Décor Elements

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014

In my last project I talked a bit about textures and how they are everywhere in the home décor market. I love creating my own decorative accent pieces, using my color palette and rustic style. This is a great project for using up some of those “scraps” I keep telling you to save - yep even the tiny ones can be used for this project. So let’s get started.


  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter or scissors and ruler
  • Scraps of white, ivory, beige, tan, and brown paper, or colors of your choice (think junk mail, brown paper bag etc.) OR scraps of neutral colors of handmade papers. (I used approx. 1/3 sheet of 5 different colors of handmade paper)
  • Beacon ZipDry™ Adhesive
  • Disposable brush for applying the adhesive
  • 3-5 Styrofoam™ 3” balls
  • One large plastic plate or bowl
  • Embellishments: Driftwood, river stones, twigs, natural feathers rusty wire or metal shapes, dried leaves and/or pods, moss


  1. If you do not have scraps yet, please follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create numerous sheets of neutral papers.
  2. When the sheets of paper are dry, cut or tear off approximately 1/3 of each sheet. (set the larger pieces aside for future projects)
  3. Tear the small sheets into random shapes and sizes.
  4. Apply a small amount of adhesive to part of the foam ball and cover that area with torn paper. Repeat this step using different shades and colors of paper until all balls are covered with torn paper.
  5. Cover the plastic plate or bowl following the above instructions.
  6. Set the balls and plate/bowl aside to dry thoroughly.
  7. Wrap some of the covered balls with fine wire or rustic fibers.

Arrange the balls on the plate or into the bowl. Add whatever embellishments you desire.

Save any and all scraps for next week’s project!

Note: I have also done this project using pastel colors of handmade paper, some with flower petal inclusions. I then wrapped the covered balls with sheer narrow ribbon and/or fancy fibers and placed them in a crystal bowl of potpourri.

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