Since we moved in 3 years ago, the children’s rooms have been less of a project and more of a gradual evolution over time. We wanted to see what their tastes were before taking on a complete room project. Recently we bought C a new bed and did a little bit more in her room. I had seen a ledge shelf on a photo on Instagram and set fella with the task of making one for all her prints (under the ruse that it would save hanging umpteen picture frames!) but once it was finished I felt like it still needed something to give it another dimension.
I had always fancied trying découpage and as Carys’s nickname is C (or C Diddy, C Dawg… etc etc) I hit upon the idea of a découpage C to tie in the colours in her room.
My first stop was the Hobbycraft website and then their blog, which I have somehow only recently discovered. It is an absolute gold mine of ideas and I could simply search “découpage” for detailed instructions and inspiration. I read this post before embarking on the project.
When the products arrived I set aside a morning to do the project.
I started by cutting rectangles of the découpage paper (there are so many designs, I was spoilt for choice) and giving the first face of the letter a coat of the special Découpatch glue (I used the gloss glue to give it a shiny finish).
I then layered the paper and overlapped it, using a small paintbrush dipped in the Découpatch to smooth over the edges. Carys wanted to join at this point and we had a real giggle whilst decorating the letter. The glue dried relatively quickly and is water based so really easy to clean. I just kept layering until I had the coverage I needed (1 layer would be enough but I wanted a textured finish)
These were the products I used:
I am really pleased with the finish result, which completes her shelf nicely. And more importantly, C loves it too!
I’d really recommend découpage, I found it to be a really relaxing and relatively simple craft and it reminded me a little of papier mache at school, only less messy!
Let me know if you give it a go!!
*This post is a paid collaboration with Hobbycraft, who also sent me the products free of charge, but I would never endorse anything I didn’t truly love*