DIY : IKEA Helmer Hack with Decoupage – 2014 Organisation

before picture in DIY tutorial for shabby chic IKEA helmer hack
after picture in tutorial for shabby chic floral ikea helmer hack
Carry on reading to find out just how I transformed this simple IKEA Helmer into a thing of beauty…

Quite a while back I decided to decoupage my IKEA Helmer. I made it look all pretty with floral paper and then just left it. I hadn’t labelled it and I hadn’t filled it. As part of organised 2014 I decided that I needed to finish this project. 

ikea helmer drawers with floral paper decoupage
The decoupaging was easy enough, I just removed the handles, glued the paper on, left it to dry and then screwed the handles back on. You can see what I use for my decoupaging projects here
ikea helmer drawers with floral decoupage and labels
I then used my Dymo Junior from eBay to label the drawers, yes, the cats do have their own drawer. 
floral white ikea helmer tutorial
This was such an easy ‘hack’ and I think the end result looks great. When I originally posted the photo on facebook I actually had friends asking me how much I would charge to do one for them!


  1. January 20, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    This looks amazing!

    • January 22, 2014 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks 🙂 x

  2. January 20, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    aww they are lovely. Is that your bedroom it looks gorgeous x

    • January 22, 2014 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks Lisa, its the spare bedroom. x

  3. January 20, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    Wow this looks incredible! I would love to do this but I can see it turning into a disaster for me! It looks so pretty, I love that the cats have their own personal drawer ha!
    Alice xx
    Alice In The Looking Glass

    • January 22, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      Honestly it is so simple to do, its really unlikely that you would mess up, and if you did the paper is real easy to remove & reposition when its still wet. x

  4. January 20, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    OhMyGod! Beautiful. I love the floral designs. Massive difference before and after.
    I think you could most defintley make money out of this!


    • January 22, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you 🙂
      I would love to make money out of it but don't really have any idea where to start! x

  5. January 20, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    Looks great Leanne! 🙂 x

    • January 22, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      Thanks 🙂 x

    • January 22, 2014 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks 😉 x

  6. January 21, 2014 / 2:39 am

    I love this idea! I was gonna get the really big drawers everyone else gets but know i want these so i can decorate them like this 🙂 xx

    • January 22, 2014 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks, the Helmer is so cheap too (£25) its definitely worth getting this instead and DIYing! x

  7. January 21, 2014 / 8:39 am

    Oh my goodness, that is the prettiest thing! I might have to try this 🙂 xx

    • January 22, 2014 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I definitely think you should try it, I'd love to see what you'd come up with. x

    • January 22, 2014 / 8:42 pm

      Thanks 😉 x

  8. October 2, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    That's absolutely beautiful and I'm not surprised others asked you to recreate it for them. Thanks for sharing. #MakingHome

  9. October 3, 2015 / 8:27 am

    Oh I love it! So pretty! And so simple. Will be keeping this in mind as we start decorating. 🙂 #MakingHome

  10. October 8, 2015 / 11:41 am

    Love an Ikea hack and I love this! Fab job. Thanks for linking up to #MakingHome

  11. October 9, 2015 / 11:47 am

    OOOh I love a good IKEA hack, it looks fab! I have one of those lable makers on my Christmas List, I love how retro they look! Becky x #MakingHome

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