Let’s talk about vintage home decor. Specifically, wallpaper. What do you do with vintage wallpaper? I wear mine.
It’s true. I wear wallpaper. And I love it!
As you can see from the above photo, I wallpaper a lot of bangles.
Would you like to make your own? Then this free tutorial is for you.
Here is Monica’s Waterproof Method of Making a Wallpapered Nunn Design® Bangle…
Step 1. Gather Supplies:
- Nunn Design® Bangle Bracelet Channel
- non-stick clip
- liquid resin
- nitrile gloves
- optional: cosmetic sponge, pipette
Step 2: Trim Wallpaper to 7.5mm wide and 216mm long.
- Test the fit of your trimmed wallpaper by wrapping it around the bangle. Trim again as necessary.
- The wallpaper should fit in the channel.
- The ends of the wallpaper should touch but not overlap. Why? Because overlapped wallpaper will probably be thicker than the depth of the bangle channel.
Step 3: Mix liquid resin according to directions. Drip resin onto wallpaper.
Note: A pipette is optional, but is my preferred tool for applying liquid resin.
If you don’t have pipettes, I carry them here.
Step 4: Using nitrile gloves, smear the resin all over the wallpaper until the wallpaper is completely coated.
You want the wallpaper coated, not dripping.
Note: Changing gloves after this step is a really good idea.
Step 5: Align one edge of the wallpaper on the bangle.
Step 6: Wrap the wallpaper around the bangle.
Starting at the first edge you aligned, use a finger to push the wallpaper onto (around) the bangle. This is really burnishing and applying all in one step, which ensures a smooth, bubble-free fit.
Step 7: Apply a non-stick clip where the edges of the wallpaper meet.Set aside to cure according to resin directions.
Note: Almost any small clip will do as long as the edge is smooth. Don’t worry about the clip leaving a dimple in the resin. You’ll touch it up in the next step.
Step 8: Touching up can involve two stages.
A) Remove any excess dried resin from the outer surface of the bangle by gently gliding a sharp craft knife along the metal.
B) If necessary, apply fresh resin to smooth along the wallpaper seam. A cosmetic sponge can be a good applicator. Or use your finger, since you’re wearing gloves. Set aside to cure.
Step 9: All done! If you sealed the wallpaper thoroughly, your bangle will be waterproof. Enjoy!
I hope you find this tutorial helpful. I enjoy making and wearing the wallpapered bangles, probably because the texture of the wallpaper adds an interesting element to the bangles. Plus, they’re super fun to make.
Printable tutorials are available. Click the version you wish to use:
If you like this concept but don’t have any wallpaper handy, be sure to check out my next post. I’ll show you how to use printed art in your bangles. I also offer some variations to this technique that you may find helpful.