Got some plain shelves that could use a little decorative touch? (This is a shot of my kitchen shelves after they were thoroughly cleaned, and before the Passover dishes were placed on them.) So my crafty friends, how about lining those shelves, whether open or in a closet, with reverse-scallop- edged paper that you can quite simply make yourself? I'm so glad I took the extra time to make my kitchen look extra cute this year, as it really wasn't so difficult once I figured out the best technique. And best of all, it makes me happy while I'm in the kitchen, which will certainly be quite a bit over the course of the Passover holiday!
- wrapping paper or any shelf lining paper (for longer lasting liners, this could also be done with oil cloth, or plastic table cloth material, and the edge would be cut by hand rather than punched)
- a circle punch, I used a 3" diameter one
- a tape measure (optional)
- clear tape
- First determine how your circular punch works with the paper you'll be using. In my case, the wrapping paper was much too thin to produce nice results, and I found that I needed four layers of paper for the punch to work properly.
- Measure your shelf width and depth, keeping in mind the depth of the shelf.
- If using wrapping paper, cut a piece that measures twice the depth by the width.
- Fold this piece in half vertically, such that the resulting size is the size you'll need for one shelf.
- Fold this piece in half again horizontally (you'll now have four layers)
- With the folded edge side facing you, roughly eyeball how many circles you'll be able to punch along the length of your paper, and space your punching accordingly.
- Hold the circle punch upside down so that you'll see now much paper you're inserting into the punch, and insert the paper half way into the punch.
- Using a sharp scissors, cut any joined pieces, and unfold.
- Lay on shelf and adhere with clear tape, or on the backside with double-stick tape.