Deciding what to keep and what to throw away can be one of the most difficult decisions a person has to face on a given day. It’s important to keep a clean home, but sometimes it’s even more important to keep memories. Even if those memories come in the form of paper dolls stored dangerously close to the recycling bin.
“I’m almost certain if my sister’s see this, they’ll be wondering why the heck I still have these things,” says KayDee Frank.
A lot of the paper dolls are hand-me-downs from KayDee’s older sisters, and date anywhere from the early ’80s to her last set — “Mulan” and “Star Wars Episode I” — around 1999. For years they’ve sat at her parent’s house, forgotten, until she rediscovered them about six months ago, shortly before her folks moved.
While in the past these paper dolls could be used to show off different fashions and accessories, KayDee has found a new use for these neglected treasures — decoupage.
“Some call it upcycling; others might call it repurposing; but really it’s just using something that’s linked to nostalgia and putting it onto something that will be seen every day,” KayDee says. “Otherwise it’s just left to rot and be forgotten about in a garage.”
Since she started her hobby KayDee has created some very unique storage boxes that house everything from makeup to key chains to cold, hard cash. Along with the cardboard boxes, she has also tackled vases, jars, end tables and even a steamer trunk.
KayDee’s careful eye for detail results in beautifully intricate layouts. From Barbie to Disney princess (“and their respective Prince Charmings”), the Osmonds to the Muppets, KayDee isn’t short on material, just space on the boxes. But that’s all right because she’s not one to shy away from a challenge.
“It’s kind of like a puzzle, where you have to hunt for all the pieces and figure out what goes next to each other,” says KayDee. “I’ve also found that using a scissors is very therapeutic.”
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