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Kitchen Table Business - Paper Part 2

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:35 AM



In my last post I talked about how to use maps to create stuff you could possibly make and sell (or give away as gifts): items like these gorgeous map paper shoes made by Jennifer Collier.  Gorgeous or what!! And she does this for a living!


In this post I'll show you more paper examples of what you reinterpret in your own way:


Chairs



I love this chair and will probably copy the idea for myself using a similar one!!


If you have a few chairs you no longer like or use, you can decoupage these with maps for yourself or to sell. If selling, the more chairs the better as you may find that your chairs will be in demand by decorators!



No chairs? Often on my daily walks I come across discarded chairs as well as other furniture! So head out for a stroll and lug home a chair or two. Or ask friends and neighbours if they have some they're planning to throw out. Don't be shy!! I view these as potential money earners (unless you need them for your own home and you save money!!). This idea also works for any small pieces of furniture - tables, dressers, etc.


At the website, Altered States, you'll find furniture decoupage how-to instructions. For decoupaging chairs, click here.


Dishes, Plates, Trays  


Forage through your cupboards, closets, basement, or attic and pull out all those old glass dishes, plates and trays that you've never used and turn them into cash! If you don't have any, head for your nearest charity shop or go to local church bazaar sales and pick these up for pennies!


Look at the following examples:




Shown above are two plates decoupaged with maps. Note you will need to buy decoupage glue but this can be a worthwhile investment. For instructions for decoupaging similar plates, click here.



Our lady Martha has great instructions for decoupaging glass trays with maps. Click here for her video.


I like this post because it has Martha working with Ben Busko who makes and sells decoupaged trays with maps and other materials. Check out his website here.


If he can do it, so can you!


No Maps? No Problem!


If you don't have any maps, what other kind of paper resources do you have? Old books, used envelopes, magazines, etc. Almost anything you can make with maps, you can make with almost any kind of paper.


Remember Jennifer Collier's London map shoes at the start of this blog? Well, she's also made shoes out of book pages ...



and also with envelopes ...



Jennifer doesn't stick to just shoes. I'm just using her shoes here as examples of things to make with paper. She makes other objects using paper as well. Go visit her site and be inspired.


One last item ...


and I'm done with paper (and map) ideas. If working with glue or cutting up paper is not your thing, but you are a sewer and have always wanted to create your own pillow covers, etc. head over to Spoonflower to find out how you can have your very own material printed.





The above is an example I found on Etsy (no longer available) using a map. You can recreate your own drawings and designs on paper. To find out more about printing on fabric, click here.


Liked any of these ideas? Remember that all the above are someone else's work and be respectful when choosing to use an idea. The object here is not to copy exactly what you find but to take an idea and create your own, in your own way.

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