A decoupaged Victorian wicker chair makes a stunning accent piece for any room. Choose a large Victorian-inspired floral print fabric for this craft project. I try to choose a print that incorporates Victorian colors like burgundy, mauve, soft purple or sage green. I also like to purchase extra fabric to make a matching cushion for the wicker chair.
Decoupaged Victorian Wicker Chair
2 yards Victorian floral print fabric (enough to make a matching cushion)
3 cans sage green spray paint
Clear spray sealant
1. If possible, spray paint the wicker chair outside or in a well ventilated room. Place a large tarp on top of the grass or on the floor of the room. For extra safety, wear a mask to protect you from the fumes. Spray the entire wicker chair with the sage green spray paint. Let dry. Check the wicker chair to make sure all areas are completely covered. Touch up any areas that are not covered with the green paint.
2. If you are going to make a matching cushion with the fabric, do this before cutting the floral pattern from the Victorian fabric. Most wicker chairs will come with a cushion. Measure the cushion, then add an extra three inches to the measurements. Cut the fabric pieces out. Put the fabric squares right sides together. Stitch around the sides and top leaving the bottom open. Turn the cushion top inside out so that the right side of the cover is showing. Slip the cover over the wicker chair cushion. Slip stitch the ends closed. (optional)
3. Cut out floral patterns from the fabric. The flower pieces will be sporadically decoupaged throughout the wicker chair. The number of pieces you need will depend how ornate you want the Victorian chair. I like to decoupage the wicker chair with as many floral pattern pieces as possible. The abundance of florals gives the wicker chair a Victorian feel.
4. Cover your work area with a small tarp. Put a tarp on the floor of the room you are working in. Place the wicker chair on the tarp. Pour some Modge Podge in a small bowl. Take your first Victorian print floral cut out and rub Modge Podge on the front and back with the sponge brush. Place your first fabric piece at the top of the wicker chair. Using a lightly damp sponge, firmly press the floral piece into the wicker chair. Working from the top down, repeat this step until all pieces have been decoupaged on the Victorian wicker chair. Let dry. Check to make sure all pieces are secure to the chair. If there is a fabric piece with unsecured edges, reapply the decoupage.
5. If possible, bring the Victorian wicker chair outside. If you can’t go outside, make sure you are in a well ventilated room. Wear a mask to help protect you from the fumes. Spray the entire wicker chair with the varnish sealant. This will help to secure pieces to the wicker chair. Let dry.