Clipped from a Magazine - Chanel No. 5 Paperweight

Finding photographs and artwork for your paperweights can be as simple as opening up your favorite magazine.  Most are filled with gorgeous images of places near and far.

Last night I came across a stunning, high-gloss ad for Chanel No. 5 and thought it would make the perfect paperweight for my good friend who has adored this perfume for years.  It looks spectacular!  (PhotoWeights: Round Paperweight Kit)

When using magazine images for your paperweights you should only use the original magazine page.  The vast majority of magazine images are protected and should not be reproduced.


Repurpose Vintage Linens to Create Paperweights with Cottage Style

Last summer I purchased a huge box of old linens from a rummage sale for just a few dollars.  Most of the pieces were torn, tattered, and stained.  Among these imperfections, though, were charming embellishments in the form of embroidered flowers, woven patterns, monograms, and other delicate works of art.

While unfolding an antique dresser scarf, I discovered a hand-stitched initial; a singular work of art that had been created nearly a century ago.  This treasure has now been captured in a paperweight (PhotoWeights: Heirloom Rectangle), creating a charming paperweight that will lend some cottage style to any desk.

Each PhotoWeights paperweight kit includes the paperweight, mounting board, and velvet bottom pad you'll need for this project.

A tattered, stained piece of linen may hold hidden gems.

Place your pre-cut, self-adhesive mounting board on the back of the fabric and cut any overlapping material.  Use a liquid seam sealer to prevent the edges from fraying.

Place the fabric/mounting board face-down onto the bottom of the paperweight.
Cover the base of the paperweight with the velvet bottom pad.


Something Old is Something New

With April just days away, I thought it was the perfect time for me to flip through my antique postcard collection in search of Easter themed cards.  I found a few, including the cutest card (postmarked 1916) with artwork that features two little chicks and Easter basket filled with eggs and flowers.  The design is embossed, giving it a little depth and texture, making this paperweight even more special.

If you've followed my projects over the years, you know how much I absolutely love creating paperweights with antique postcards.  They're so easy and affordable!  Most antique shops will carry hundreds of designs ranging from $1.00 to $3.00.  If you need help choosing the right one, bring your paperweight with you so you can see exactly how the artwork will look.