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Upcycle Project – Decoupage Drawers Using Gift Wrapping Paper

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Hello! Today I had planned to do a lot of house work 🙄.. but anything sounds more appealing to me. I like that quote I keep seeing everywhere “Excuse the mess – my family are making memories” It’s usually tidy by bedtime but we all like to be creative in my house, so it involves lots of crafts, toys etc.

So instead of putting my rubber gloves on..I had a light bulb moment💡. I looked at my Daughter’s drawers which were looking very tatty and then spotted some gift wrap and then got excited about decoupaging them (It’s sad I know, but I really do mean excited😀).

I already had 3 roles of gift wrap; 2 with unicorns on and 1 with a colourful zigzag pattern. These were leftover from what Mia (my daughter) had picked for my gifts in June and we had used for other girls in the family since then. Luckily there was just enough to cover her drawers. You can save used paper for this if you like the pattern and even layer it.

What I used:

  • Some old drawers that my mum was going to throw out, so I rescued a few years ago.
  • Water based matt varnish from Wilko,  its non yellowing ,a good price and I use it for lots of my projects as its hard-wearing.
  • 2 Paint brushes, 1 to brush on the glue and one for the varnish.
  • Craft knife (I purchased a great little kit a few weeks ago from Lidl and was about £3 with lots of different blades).
  • PVA Glue (I bought 1 litre for £2 from about 3 years ago and still using it after lots of crafts).
  • Left over gift wrapping paper.

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I am so pleased with these. They are under Mia’s mid-sleeper bed so it was difficult to find replacement units that fit. I like to reuse where I can so combining the old drawers and leftover paper, we now have fresh look to Mia’s taste.

What paper design would you choose? Do you like to upcycle? Comment below and let me know 😊

Jaimi xx

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  1. They look awesome! All they needed was a little love! Will pin this for reference in the future!

    1. Thanks Cynthia! They really did, they looked so sad before. x

  2. helenevlacho says:

    They look wonderful! Wish i could make these small projects by myself!

  3. Thanks Helen! You really, really can – it is honestly very easy x

  4. These look great and is such a simple idea to reuse old paper and redecorate slightly all in one go! Very good read 🙂

    1. Thanks Abigail 😃

  5. Wow! You make these DIYs very easy to follow. Also, I get to save money too!

    1. Thanks Cory! I try to keep it easy to read. 😃

  6. What a fun idea to transform your closet! I love being crafty and this is so cute! I would do animal designs or like floral!

    1. Ooo floral would look cute, kind of Cath Kidston style?

  7. Great idea to jazz up tired looking drawers and use up old wrapping paper!

    1. Thanks Jenny 😊

  8. These look great! You’d pay a fortune for them in a kids shop! x

    Sophia x

    1. Thanks Sophia!I’m really pleased how they turned out x

  9. Making some of these my self would be so much fun!

    1. It was fun, I think because it was a really quick end result. Let me know how you get on if you do give it a try x

  10. These look amazing. I always first try to upcycle something before trowing it away. You done such a nice job.
    Lea, xx

    1. Thanks Lea 😀 Mia loves them! It is a nice feeling knowing it’s a unique item once you’ve upcycled isn’t it?

  11. So cute! I would have loved this in my room as a kid! I did a similar project as a grown up with solid white textured paper and clear plastic drawers. Love up-cycling!

    1. Ooo that sound interesting Kerri! I’ve not seen it done on plastic before x

  12. Alvin says:

    They look great! It will definitely make the room more appealing. 🙂

    1. They have brightened up her room. Thanks for commenting Alvin! 😀

  13. I love your creativity, they needed some love I enjoy all DIY projects there’s always sonething new to learn.

    1. They really did Yadira! Thanks 😀I do try! There are so many, and I can’t wait to learn more.

  14. helenevlacho says:

    Reblogged this on BEAUTIFUL IS MY ATTIRE.

    1. Thanks Helen – I appreciate that 😀

  15. Such a cool craft project! I love the way they turned out.

  16. Well done! It looks great 🙂 Love your creativity!

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