I discovered this beautiful Japanese Chiyogami paper while searching for wallpaper to add to a render scene. Originally, I wanted to make a standing decor item with it, but my plan fell through when I realized I needed small diameter metal rods to complete the design. While browsing through an online furniture store, I saw mesmerizing wall hangings made with mirror and metal. That gave me the idea to use the paper for a wall hanging. I felt it would give a classic-looking paper a contemporary style.
Chiyogami paper is silk screened by hand. The pattern I selected is called “Knowledge” and was inspired by Japanese Kimono fabrics. I used decoupage techniques to apply the paper to the wood. When the paper was partially saturated, it did a good job of sticking to the wood without glue on the sides. I used Mod Podge to attach the paper to the body of the circle; however, it may not have been necessary.
- 10 inch round wood circle, 5/16″ thick
- wood veneer edge banding (not pre-glued)
- Mod Podge waterbase glue, sealer, and finish
- wood glue
- sandpaper (800 grit)
- acrylic varnish
- masking tape
- sponge brushes
Edge Banding Preparation
I bought wood circles a few years ago from Michael’s. I glued three circles together to get a 5/16″ or 8mm thickness.
I determined the length I wanted by placing the banding over the hook I wanted to use. I cut the band into 5/16″ strips. and glued two strips together.
I held the strips together with small clamps and masking tape.
I put the wood circle in the edge banding to check for length. It was too long, so I cut it and glued it together again.
Wood Circle Preparation
I cut a length of edge banding for the top edge of the circle and adjusted it while it rested in the looped banding.
I glued the banding to the circle.
I glued the circle to the looped banding while it was hanging. The parchment paper on the wall is there to prevent glue from sticking to the wall.
I debated whether or not to varnish the wood banding. I did not want to darken the wood color and decided not to varnish. I think it will be fine.