(by Di Gilliam)
-Heavyweight brown bag paper
*Note* I sometimes use brown paper wrap for
mailing packages. Available at department
-19 guage wire
-Scissors/Pinking Shears/Wire Cutters/Pliers
-Matte finish clear acrylic spray sealer
*Note* I sometimes use gloss finish clear acrylic
spray sealer, depending on how shiny I want my
-Black fine-point permanent felt-tip pen
-Elmers White Glue
-Something to help 'stuff' the fiberfill, I use a
TRACING & CUTTING BROWN PAPER
-Trace pattern onto tracing paper. Be sure to
trace all lines, and detail areas, although you
will only need outside lines (outer edges) to
-Remove tracing paper from design, and turn over
and go over again with your pencil, so that you
have pencil lines on both sides of your tracing
-Place tracing paper, with design, on a piece of
brown paper. With your pencil, go over the
design, pushing just hard enough to trace your
design on to the brown paper. I usually only do
the outside edge first, and then after the piece
is cut, I will go back and trace the inside lines
-Cut another piece of brown paper the same size
of the one that you traced on. Hold securely,
and cut out along the pattern that you have
-Look at your piece that you have just cut,
determine where it would be good to glue
together, remembering that some areas will be
tough to get to (with your fiberfill) if you glue
that area together. Sometimes, I just glue the
top or bottom together, in a small area, so that
they are together.
-IMPORTANT-When gluing your pieces
ONLY a small, thin line of glue! The THINNER the
better, because this will be your outside edge,
and you want your design to maintain it's
-Where ever I glue, I usually run the pieces
together between my fingers, pushing the pieces
together, and towards the outside, so that the
pieces stay together, but more glue will come off
on my fingers, which I wipe on a paper towel. If
you just put a line of glue on, and press the
pieces together, you are liable to get uneven
lines, and areas that are uneven.
-I ALWAYS cut out my brown paper, and glue
area before I start painting. That way I know my
edges will match, and when painting, I can also
paint the edges, for a finished look.
-Let the glued areas dry before painting.
-This is when you want to make sure your inside
deign is traced on to your brown paper.
-Let the project photo be your guide when
-I prefer to paint lighter colors first, but you
can judge for yourself.
-I usually apply two coats, for an even
-Practice different techniques. You will soon
learn what works best for you.
-Spray with sealer
PLEASE NOTE: I ALWAYS spray my
projects after they are painted, but
BEFORE the permanent black
marker is used. The marker has a tendency to run
when sprayed with the sealer, and I have ruined a
piece or two by sealing after the black marker
has been applied.
GLUING AND STUFFING
-After you have traced, cut-out, painted, applied
sealer, drawn on your black permanant marker
lines, you are ready to glue, and stuff.
-I usually glue and stuff a little at a time,
again using a very thin line of glue, and
pressing the pieces together.
-Glue and stuff your most difficult areas
-It's your choice whether you want heavy of light
stuffing. Most of my pieces are stuffed very
heavily. After a few pieces you will be able to
judge for yourself. Some pieces should be
stuffed lightly. Just experiement.
-When you get to the very last little area to
glue, make sure you have enough stuffing to fill
to that point, and then glue and hold together.
I use clothespins for this. In fact, I use
clothespins quite a bit, because some areas are
cut at quite an angle, and have a tendency to
pull apart, so I use the clothspin to secure the
area until the glue is dried.
-PLEASE NOTE: I have used many different
types of fiberfill. There is no difference, once
your piece if filled. I usually use small pieces
at a time, and pull them apart for softness, and
to prevent clumping.
PLEASE....HAVE FUN!!! There is no right or
wrong way to do these Brown Paper Crafts! These
instructions are a guide to help you get started.
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