Trade & Made: Marbled Paper Partygoods

It’s here already!  We’ve reached the ‘reveal’ of the DIY mystery trade project between Laura, of A Girl Who Makes, and I.  We sent each other a package filled with craft supplies and challenged each other to make a DIY using at least four of the items included in the package.  I am excited to report that my idea worked out just as I had hoped.

When I saw the amazing color combinations of acrylic paints that Laura had included in her package, I just knew I had to use them. After a quick little bit of research I did on marbling paper, I found that the ‘adhesive’ used in the project was made from ingredients I had on hand, and everything else was included in Laura’s package. I knew the paint colors I had would look fabulous marbled together for some fun and punchy summer party goods.

Now, here is the disclaimer that you must know… this was surprisingly easy.  Like, I was so surprised and wow-ed about how good they turned out with minimal work. It was pretty much fool-proof.  Keep reading for the complete tutorial.

From Laura’s package, I ended up using:

  • Cardstock
  • 4 Colors of Acrylic Paints
  • Wooden Dowels
  • Mini Clothespins
  • String

Constructional-type materials that I had on-hand at home were:

  • Water
  • Liquid Starch (If you don’t use this in your ironing, you can buy it right near the spray starch at the grocery store)
  • Alum (found in the spice aisle, used in pickling)
  • Dishsoap

Step 1: The preparations

ONE mix together 2 cups of liquid starch with 1 teaspoon of alum and pour in the bottom of a cake pan. TWO water down a little paint so that the paint is just slightly thinner.  Add a tiny drop of dishsoap to it, this helps the paint to float on the starch. mix well. THREE construct a ‘comb’ with wooden dowels cut to 2 inches, or with toothpicks.

FOUR using a paint brush, shake drops and splatters of paint onto your starch. Do this with all colors you’d like to include. FIVE using your comb, comb the entire pan in one direction.  SIX Then repeat in the perpendicular direction.

Carefully place your cardstock onto the top of the paper.  Lay it down starting at one corner instead of straight down so that air bubbles don’t get trapped underneath. Once the paper has made full contact, lift by one of the corners and remove from the paint/starch mixture.

Dunk the swirled paper into another pan of clean cool water (don’t worry!  The paint will stay on). Then hang on a string with clothespins over newsprint to dry.

After they dry completely, you can use your marbled paper for so many things!  I choose to make some cute little name cards for a weekend brunch as well as some little stir sticks using additional dowels that came with my package.

Overall, I would say the project was a success!  What do you think?  Do you wish I would have used other supplies? Or are you happy with how it turned out?

Thank you for staying with us along this DIY swap!  We are so glad you joined in!

Have a MARVELOUS Tuesday!




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