Faux Handmade Textured Paper - Easy DIY

Faux Handmade Textured Paper - Easy DIY

Faux Handmade Textured Paper - Easy DIY

An easy DIY faux handmade paper project without the time and effort of making paper pulp. Lovely for mat backgrounds for card making, tags, journal cards or any base where you would like a natural look. I give this project a thumbs up as it did actually work in keeping the bits on the paper, it looks authentic enough and the texture is really nice. Bonus, you'll have a new use for that odd sheet of napkin!

What you will need:

  • Base paper
  • PVA glue (PVA glue stays flexible when dry)
  • Water
  • Brush
  • Dried tea
  • Dried flowers
  • Threads
  • Bits of cheesecloth
  • Dry used tea bags
  • Feathers
  • Napkin
  • Any other elements you would like to add to your paper, be sure they will glue easily and lie flat.

Step 1:

Brush your base paper with PVA glue and water 3:1.

Step 2:

Sprinkle you dried tea, dried flowers.

Step 3:

Add your tea bag paper bits, cheesecloth, feathers, threads etc.

Step 4:

Cover your page with your napkin and gently brush over it with PVA glue making sure there are absolutely no air bubbles.

Tip: Since the PVA glue dries very fast and the paper is quite dry by this step so for my second try I added a light spray mist of water to the base, this ensured adherence of the napkin layer and helped eliminate possibility of air bubbles so I didn't have to spend so much time brushing them out.

Step 5:

Let dry (best overnight as the paper gets very soaked). Trim edges of napkin. May have to weight with books due to paper warp.

A simple project that only takes about an hour or less dependent upon your base size. I precut my base paper for card mats. I also tried matte Mod Podge on the first one as I had a difficult time removing air bubbles. You could try any matte medium. I think you could also try tissue paper instead of a napkin. I hope this project inspires you to try your own faux paper making.

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