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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!





28 Comments on “Trade & Made: Marbled Paper Partygoods”

  1. Sweet Harvest Moon June 5, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    Love this!

  2. Jessica Quirk June 5, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    I agree! They turned out beautifully and I can’t wait to try them on my own!!!

  3. Caryl Lyons June 5, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Looks fantastic. Great job. ~ Caryl

    • Sara June 5, 2012 at 9:06 am #

      SOOO cute, I love this! Love the colors you chose too :)

  4. Mandy Pellegrin June 5, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Love, love, love this! I will definitely have to try this out, and thanks for the tips on how to find some of those supplies.

    As for the pun…um, have a marBelous Tuesday?

  5. Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives June 5, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    These are SO great!! I haven’t made marbled paper in years (we did it in elementary school once when we made our own books).

  6. laura parke June 5, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    erin! i love what you did with the supplies! the marbling technique looks so good. a must try for me soon!

  7. Jeanette @ This Dusty House June 5, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I love this idea! I will definitely be trying this, perhaps on a larger piece of cardstock… something like this would be beautiful framed in a gallery wall.

    Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  8. Amanda Genther June 5, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    That was great! Are you going to be doing another one?

  9. JENN June 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    I love this! What a fun use of paint … and the swirls are gorgeous.

  10. Alexa June 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Oh those are just gorgeous.

  11. Rebecca - A Daily Something June 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Oh my WORD Erin, these party goods are incredible!!!! The colors are PERFECT and so are the end products. So impressed. :)

  12. alison dulaney June 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    These are absolutely stunning! This has been added to my projects to try list. Thank you for sharing!



  13. harriet June 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    You just gave me an idea for a unique party invitation. I’m planning to host a party at my home in summerlinn west linn soon and I’ve been looking a great invitation copy.

  14. wesley @ the way home June 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Love these! They almost look tie-dyed, which I love.

  15. Becca June 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Love love love! I haven’t marbled paper since I was in college and am thinking I need to do this soon. I can’t wait to check out what Laura made with your supplies.

  16. Ann Martin June 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    A definite success and great tutorial – thank you!

  17. sujana S June 22, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Amazing !! Very Clear tutorial!! Need to give a try!!!

  18. Sara August 3, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    Wow! so simple, you’re right. I’m sooo doing this, thanks for sharing!!! :)


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