While we were in Vienna a few weeks ago, we visited a monthly design market called the Wamp Market. The market was full of unique crafts and products, including lots of beautiful jewelry, clothing, and home décor items.
While wandering through the market, a giant metal letter “G” called out to BF (yes, now you know that his name begins with “G”). It looked something like this and was made of reclaimed metal from rickshaws. It would have been a cool souvenir and a nice addition to a bookcase, but at about €50 BF decided to pass.
Back in Paris, I was trolling the never ending BHV department store around the corner from our apartment in search of a birthday card for BF. Seriously, department stores in France put all other department stores to shame. But I digress.
On my way to the card section, I stumbled across the giant craft section, where I was pleasantly surprised to see a variety of giant letters! As it turns out, BHV carries an entire product line of cardboard letters, boxes, figures, etc., all designed to be used with a product called Decopatch. I’m pretty sure this is just a ploy to make more money off of the old decoupage technique, but call me a sucker because I totally bought into it.
I bought a giant letter G for €4.20 and the remaining supplies for €8.90, for a grand total of €13.10 (supplies consisted of paper, glue and a paint brush and there was a lot left over after I completed this project). They had a ton of figures to choose from and so many paper options. I’m already planning to use my supplies for a second project!
The process was incredibly simple. All you have to do is rip the paper into small pieces, put some glue on the surface you’re covering, place a piece of paper on top, cover the top of the paper with glue and repeat until the whole surface is covered. The whole process took me less than half an hour.
I gave this to BF as part of his birthday present last week and he loved it! And for €13 instead of €50, I’d call it a frugal birthday win!
If you want to try a similar project at home, I’ve noticed that Target sells large letters like the one I used, or you can pick up Decopatch supplies at Amazon. You can also use any tissue paper or decorative napkins to achieve a similar decoupage effect – no need for the name brand stuff!
What DIY projects have you tackled lately?