Vintage décor is so popular and adds a fun flavor to any home. But you don’t have to be a yard sale junkie to find old, vintage looking items. You can make your own!
Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop shares her secret to making paper hardware.
Original idea seen on www.justsomethingimade.crom
1. Begin by taking a picture of an interesting piece of hardware. Look for items such as hinges, knobs, locks, pulls etc. Search your home for pieces, or snap a photo with your phone or camera as you are out shopping. You can also download hardware images on your computer. Try a Google search with the words: vintage hinges or vintage knobs, etc.
2. Once you have downloaded the image to your computer, enhance the images if necessary, size according to your project, and print out the image onto white card stock or photo paper.
3. Burnish the image to add dimension. Use a burnishing tool or the end of a small paint brush, knitting needle, anything with a small blunt end should work. Place the image on a semi-hard surface, such as a magazine and “outline” the image using your burnishing tool. Use enough pressure to make an embossing in all the lines of the image. Once you’re finished, cut the image out.
4. Take a marker or ink pad and color the paper’s edges. This should keep any of the white paper from showing on the finished project.
5. Now you are ready to adhere the image to your project. You can use, white glue, Mod Podge or spray adhesive. Glue the image to your project and allow to dry.