For the longest time I searched for some large palm tree pieces to hang above the bed in my palm tree themed bedroom. I found many pieces that were the exact size but didn’t exactly match my color scheme. So frustrating! I finally just bought one of those wall decals that says “Always kiss me goodnight” and gave up the search.
Then, I decided to create a collage of pictures and artwork going up my staircase and a new search began. The color scheme was very specific – tan, brown and red. This was not easy. I finally decided I’d never find what I was looking for but I could create it on my own.
One of the pieces in my collection of DIY artwork is this paper mache heart covered with scrapbook paper. The best part is, it only cost $3.99 (because I already had the Mod Podge).
Simple Steps for Creating Your Own Paper Mache Wall Art
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Step 1: Buy paper mache shape.
I was searching for something I could cover with scrapbook paper and came across this cheap paper mache heart-shaped box at Hobby Lobby. This box was only $2.99 and I decided to create my artwork from the lid of the box.
Step 2: Find scrapbook paper to cover your shape.
After finding this box, I wandered over to Hobby Lobby’s scrapbook paper section and found the perfect gold and beige animal print paper. It was on sale for $1.
Step 3: Cut scrapbook paper.
Flip your paper over and trace your paper mache cutout with a pencil. Then, cut just inside your line. Place your cutout paper onto the front of your heart and check that none of the paper overlaps the edges of the paper mache. If it needs trimming in any areas, trim it down.
Step 4: Use Mod Podge to adhere scrapbook paper to paper mache.
Use your sponge brush to cover the paper mache and the back side of the scrapbook paper with Mod Podge. I used the matte finish but you can use gloss if you prefer a shinier look. Work quickly – once the paper mache and scrapbook paper are covered with a nice, even coat of Mod Podge, place the paper heart onto the paper mache, smooth it down with your hands, then cover the decorative side of your scrapbook paper with a nice, even coat of Mod Podge. I also cover the uncovered sides of the heart with Mod Podge so the overall finish matched.
Step 5: Let it dry, then hang.
One it dried, I simply hung it up with a nail.
Supplies for DIY Mod Podge Wall Art:
Paper mache heart (or other shape)
Mod Podge (I used Matte finish)
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