Make it at Home – Wallpaper Paste

by postroad on February 24, 2014

diy wallpaper paste
homemade wallpaper paste

homemade wallpaper paste

Remember the wood crate project I shared with you a while ago? Did any of you get around to making one? I can’t have enough of these crates around! My mom made me this one and I’m finally getting around to finishing it, thanks to my homemade wallpaper recipe! Because of being in a major purge mode lately and these lovely lil crates, I am finally (slowly!) on my way to feeling semi-organized. (though you’d probably never guess it by peaking in the corners around here.) Thanks to our upcoming vacation I am so motivated to get the Spring cleaning over and DONE with. And by Spring cleaning I mostly mean carrying on with the de-junking and the basic cleaning… I don’t think the walls will be getting a scrubbing. Though I am dreaming of repainting when I get home from our trip….. (why oh why is it so much easier to dream?!)

Ok, I digress. When I get in freakish cleaning mode (freakish for me because it happens so seldom) I always need to give myself a break. I need to reward myself and do something fun. Yeah, I know… rather counter-intuitive to take the time to make MORE mess. But when I’m feeling happy, fulfilled, and creative I’ve got more energy to muck in the dung, if you know what I mean! ;)

So this weekend I experimented with how to make my own wallpaper paste. I ran out of mod podge, which is what I’ve used in the past for these smaller projects. Well that stuff is pretty spendy and doesn’t really go too far. So it got me thinken…. about my growing up days and how we’d always make our own glue. I knew I had THOSE ingredients around, plus a couple others. I added a couple natural preservatives and am curious how my concoction will hold up to time as far as mold etc… goes…. we shall see.

This is a small batch, though still made way more than I needed to cover the back of this little crate. So double if you are using on an actual wall.

Homemade Wallpaper

3/4 cups white flour

1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp alum

1 1/2 cup water

5 drops Tea Tree Oil

Mix together Flour and sugar. Slowly add 1/2 cup of water and beat the lumps out. Heat over Medium heat while adding a cup of water. Bring to a boil. When stiff (glue like or a tad thicker) remove from heat and stir in alum and Tea Tree Oil. Store in an airtight container in fridge. (I haven’t yet seen how easy it is to use out of the fridge, but I’m guessing it may need a bit of water added or reheated.)

Easy peasy! I used a paint brush to  apply to the back of my paper and smoothed it on. (yup, I purposely ripped chunks off after.. it actually went on completely smooth but I wanted that worn and shabby look on this one.) I will share more about the homemade stain I used and I how I love finishing off my projects with a tad bit ‘a ASCP dark wax. I REALLY wish I had known of this paste recipe when I refinished the crib!

Also… sometime this week I will be sharing about a local class I am hosting as well as an online class! They will be wood projects and painting! If that is up your alley, sign up HERE to be the first in on the scoop. 


and this collage is in dedication to my fellow Yoopers……  (we are having relentless snow, storms, and cold up here this winter) So this must be what the old timers talk about…. (photo credits to MI Tech Archives,  Rudy Bylikas Collection, and Van Pelt Archives.)

copper country snow

snow fun

and some Post Road fun from this morning :)




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Dianne Beach February 24, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Heather: Thanks so much for the paste tip. I love your blog and website. It is always nice to hear from you.


margo hayes February 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Thanks for the post – love your blog. Where did you get alum and tee tree oil?t


postroad February 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Thanks Margo :) The alum is a preservative for pickling and it should be in the spice section at the grocery store. Tea Tree oil can be found at a health food type store. (It is an essential oil). Or on amazon.


Nana Diana February 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

That crate looks so cute. Love the wallpaper on the back. Where do you live in the UP? We are south of you in Green Bay, WI…and we usually make at least two weekend trips to the UP in the winter but we haven’t done that this year. xo Diana


Roksanna April 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Thanks for the wall-papered crate project. I will jump on this on cause want to pretty-up the crates!


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