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Tools & Materials : Yes Paste

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Morgan recently pointed out to me that one of my most favorite craft supplies is this glue, Yes! Paste, which I used for the first time on a story about making jewelry boxes several year ago. I used it to glue very heavy paper, very thin rice paper, and silk and velvet fabrics and was amazed by how well it worked with each different application. Also, I love the name- so positive!! But really there are many other reasons to appreciate it.

It's a thick water based glue that is spread in a thin layer with a popsicle stick or stencil brush, and is slow in setting so materials can be easily repositioned.  The very best thing about it is that when it's dry the bond is very strong and materials never warp or buckle or bubble as often happens with wetter glues, so the results are always perfectly smooth and flat. See below for some projects made with yes paste and one new project for a contemporary version of a bandbox.

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this shaker box and the smaller boxes inside were lined with velvet ribbon

1 this shaker box and the smaller boxes inside were lined with velvet ribbon

these inexpensive wood boxes (found at Michaels) are covered with embossed papers

2 these inexpensive wood boxes (found at Michaels) are covered with embossed papers

here is the how-to, the paste was perfect for this. The only tricky part was cutting the papers to get all edges exact...

3 here is the how-to, the paste was perfect for this. The only tricky part was cutting the papers to get all edges exact...

velvet covered boxes

4 velvet covered boxes

after smoothing the velvet over the paste, it was a matter of trimming the edges, which didn't fray at all.

5 after smoothing the velvet over the paste, it was a matter of trimming the edges, which didn't fray at all.

these rice paper floral details were delicate but worked well as decoupage

6 these rice paper floral details were delicate but worked well as decoupage

Marcie found this inexpensive wood box at Ikea recently. I thought it had potential as a contemporary bandbox...

7 Marcie found this inexpensive wood box at Ikea recently. I thought it had potential as a contemporary bandbox...

found this paper in our scrap drawer of patterned papers...

8 found this paper in our scrap drawer of patterned papers...

Yep. yes paste does it again!

9 Yep. yes paste does it again!

Comments (6)

  • I love the velvet! I've not used that paste before but it looks wonderful. Glue dots have usually done the trick when I've wanted to cover things with paper.

  • I love Yes! Paste. It gives you enough time to readjust before it dries, and it works on just about anything. If you need to thin it, dip the tip of your brush in water before dipping in the paste.

  • I absolutely LOVE this idea! Beautiful job. Awesome details. I make similar products.

  • This project is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

  • May use this to help me make some special decorations for my son's Spiderman birthday bash! Spiderman wrapping paper on large containers to hold gifts and party favors, utensils etc... Thanks!

  • I really wanted to figure out how to do this. Now I have the information. thank you!

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