Feature Image with textDIY Paper Weight

I’m super excited to show you my latest project! This DIY paper weight was so easy to make and I could not be any happier with the results. I was in a local Connecticut store and saw some adorable paper weights (the colorful geometric pattern caught my eye) and it inspired me to see exactly what goes into making one.

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DIY Paper Weight

I ordered a paper weight from Amazon here, and used one of my favorite note cards for the design. It took all of 10 minutes (hands on time) to make and it is something that I will have forever. This is a perfect project to do with the kiddos and they can customize the message for so many different purposes, such as “to do” homework reminders. I’m going to start making them as gifts for friends and I can’t wait to personalize them. I’m already thinking of making monograms, using favorite quotes and photos, or exceptionally pretty illustrations. What’s really fun about these glass domes is how they instantly magnify the image, and I think that this opens up the possibilities even more (think maps). Paper weights can be used in the traditional manner, or as an Object d’Art and they’d be very helpful to hold down paper napkins when dining al fresco! Here are the step by step photos.

Supplies needed:

Glass Dome/Paper Weight – I used a 3″ diameter
The paper / photo you want to use for the image
Felt material
Mod Podge
Scissors & Pencil


Step 1Place the glass dome on the paper that you are using and trace the diameter with a pencil or a thin marker if using a photoStep 2Apply about a quarter-sized amount of Mod Podge to the center of the paperStep 3Spread the Mod Podge over the paper, going right to the edges

Step 4Press the glass dome firmly on the paper and apply pressure to remove any air bubbles, I put the glass dome on a piece of paper towel to absorb any excess glueStep 5Once the Mod Podge has dried (about 1 hour) flip the glass dome over and apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back – this is to adhere the felt materialStep 6Press the glass dome onto the felt material and let dry about 30 minutesStep 7Once the Mod Podge has dried, carefully cut away the excess felt materialStep 8

Feature Image no textHere is the final product, a great addition to my desk!