How to Make an Upcycled Paperweight

Upcycled Paperweight

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a part-time corporate-type day job.  I have a cubicle (a relatively large cubicle, but still a cubicle) that is the normal corporate beige-ish gray-ish blah.  I have been wanted to make it more “me”, more colorful, more creative and more inspiring.  So I have been making little changes here and there and adding a little bit of my creatively.

This is a project I made for my desk.  One of my words for the year is “freedom” and so that is the focus of this paperweight.

This tutorial combines the use of a piece of upcycled glass and collage (and a little lace!)

Here’s how I made it:

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

  • Mod Podge
  • E6000
  • Paper (scraps, dictionary pages, scrapbook paper, etc.)
  • Lace
  • Glass – my glass came from a leftover glass sample from a glass company (I purchased it at Lancaster Creative Reuse)
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors

Step #1

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Dig through your paper scraps.  You might want to use old dictionary pages, pages from old books, scrapbook paper or anything else you have.  Pick out whatever catches your eye.

My glass is small, so I know I just need small pieces and then background paper.

Step #2

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Using your glass as a guide for size, start to design your mini collage.  Also cut out a piece for a background paper.

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

I used my vintage typewriter to type out the word “Freedom” to add to my collage.

Step #3

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Use Mod Podge to glue down all the elements to your collage.

Step #4

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Add a layer of Mod Podge to the top of your mini collage and then glue it to the bottom of the glass.

Step #5

Allow the Mod Podge to dry.  It doesn’t take too long, 20 minutes or so depending on the amount you use.

Step #6

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Type ribbon or lace around the paperweight.  Make sure the bottom is flat.

Step #7

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Cut out felt in the size of the paperweight for the bottom.

Step #8

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Glue the felt on the bottom of the paperweight using E6000.  Allow to dry overnight.

Step #9

After it dries, trim any excess felt.

Step #10

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

Use your paperweight to hold down any papers that might suddenly get blown away in a gust from your desk.

Upcycled Paperweight

Upcycled Paperweight Tutorial

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