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Decorative Chair Backs

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2009


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

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

  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.

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