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Decorative Chair Backs

Created By: Justin Bernhaut




Bring sprightly designs to inexpensive chairs by covering the backs with paper, in either a single bold pattern or several coordinating ones. Ready-to-assemble (and easy-to-disassemble) chairs work best.


  • Chairs
  • Kraft paper
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife (or scissors)
  • Cutting mat
  • Sturdy patterned paper
  • Decoupage glue
  • Foam brush
  • Bone folder


  1. Step 1

    Unscrew chair back. Lay it on kraft paper. Trace outline with pencil (press chair back against paper as you trace to account for curve).

  2. Step 2

    Cut out template with craft knife, using a cutting mat.

  3. Step 3

    Place patterned paper facedown on cutting mat. Place kraft-paper template on top, and trace. Cut out.

  4. Step 4

    Apply glue to back of patterned paper with brush. Starting at one end, press tip of paper onto chair back. Smooth with a bone folder. Cover entire chair back. Trim any overhang with a craft knife. Cover surface of paper with glue to seal and to protect against dirt and fingerprints.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2009



Reviews (4)

  • holliethomasmusic 9 Apr, 2015

    Please where can I find this exact chair?! I have been shopping and shopping and this one seems perfect for my little breakfast room!

    Anyone at Martha reading these comments? Please advise! Thank you!

  • cweimer1 1 Sep, 2009

    you have to take the back off the chair then trace around it on the paper.

  • odunahoo 1 Sep, 2009

    Where does one get the template for the back?

  • jackie_d302 1 Sep, 2009

    this is so beautiful. i can totally see ikea chairs gettting pretty!