Decoupage Craft Ideas

Decoupage is a craft that is not only easy for the beginner, but has numerous applications for all ranges of experience. This is a guide containing decoupage craft ideas.

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I've seen a few examples of this project on Pinterest and couldn't wait to make one of my own. It's a real statement piece, but it doesn't cost a lot to make. You can use black and white pictures or pictures in color, depending on your preference. You could also use this method to cover a wood picture box or something else you would like to display your pictures.

Approximate Time: An hour or more

Yield: 1 letter completed letter


  • 1 13 inch tall wood letter from the craft store (This one was on sale.) ($3)
  • background paint in your choice of color (I used black to go with the black and white pictures.)
  • pictures (I had these printed out as a collage print, with 4 pictures each on a 4 x 6 inch picture.) ($3 total for all the collages.)
  • Modge Podge (I mix half white glue and half water.)
  • paint brush or foam brush
  • sealant
  • scissors
Decoupage Photos Onto Wood Letter


  1. Paint your wood letter in the color of your choice. I had placed all the pictures on the letter first and then had to remove them all to paint the letter. Learn from my mistakes! :) I painted 2 coats on the letter. Allow the paint to dry.
  2. Decoupage Photos Onto Wood LetterDecoupage Photos Onto Wood Letter
  3. Place your pictures on the letter. This is the trickiest part. It takes a while to get them on there the way you would like. Just keep working with it til you like the arrangement.
  4. Decoupage Photos Onto Wood Letter
  5. Trim the pictures as needed to make them fit on your letter.
  6. Apply the modge podge to the back of the picture and stick it on your letter.
  7. Once done, let the letter dry. Then apply a clear sealant to the top and sides of the letter. I love Liquitex gloss varnish because it's not sticky and it's durable. But, you could use a spray sealant of your choice.
  8. Display your letter.

Source: Pinterest

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Christmas is just around the corner, the perfect time to start making gifts. Find your inspiration for this kitchen gift in the beautiful French region of Provence. Choose the lush color of purple lavender so often seen in this area, and add a whimsical feel with a touch of pink and white. Use napkins with suitable words and pictures printed on them, and create a kitchen gift for a food-loving friends' Christmas stocking. Fill the jar with lavender infused sugar, and spoil her with sugar that would add a special touch to her next round of baking.

finished decorated jar with sprigs of lavender

Approximate Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 jar


  • small clear sealing lid glass jar
  • two suitable napkins ~ for this project, napkins with pictures of lavender and the words Provence and Dream were used
  • piece of handmade pink rice paper
  • 40 in each of two different matching satin ribbons
  • Heritage Satin Modge Podge
  • Heritage Gloss Craft Varnish
  • light purple pigment ink stamp pad
  • lavender infused sugar to fill the bottle
  • 10/32" paintbrush
  • hairdryer
  • pair of standard scissors
  • few sheets of old newspapers to protect the working area
  • old cloth


  1. Cut strips with the printed words from the napkins and remove the bottom layers from all the napkin strips.
  2. closeup of napkin used
  3. Paint a substantial amount of Modge Podge to the jar.
  4. Put the first strip of napkin in position on the jar. Paint Modge Podge over the strip of napkin, so that it will stick to the jar. As the napkin can stretch or tear easily, it is best to start painting from the middle of the strip towards the sides, and working in small triangles.
  5. Use the hairdryer to dry the strip of napkin.
  6. Repeat steps 3-4 with the other strips of napkin, until the jar has been covered with the strips of napkin with the words Provence and Dream.
  7. napkin words attached
  8. Roughly tear a piece from the handmade pink rice paper.
  9. Paint a substantial amount of Modge Podge on the jar where the torn rice paper would be added.
  10. Put the rice paper in place and follow the description given in steps 3-4 to affix the rice paper to the jar.
  11. Cut out one of the lavender pictures from the napkin and remove the bottom layers from the lavender picture.
  12. Put the lavender napkin picture in place and follow the description given in steps 3-4 to affix it to the jar.
  13. addition of picture of lavender
  14. Paint a thin layer of Modge Podge over the jar. Remember to paint gently over the napkin strips, the rice paper and the lavender picture. The Modge Podge will protect the pictures and give the product a smoother finish. Note: Do not add any Modge Podge to the bottom of the jar.
  15. Dry the jar thoroughly with the hairdryer.
  16. Repeat steps 11-12 ~ you need to apply at least 3 coats of Modge Podge, but remember that with every layer, the direction in which the Modge Podge is applied, must be changed from horizontal to vertical to horizontal, etc.
  17. Remove the spongy foam pad from the ink stamp pad's plastic backing. Fold the spongy foam in half and use it to give the top of the jar a wash with the light purple pigment ink. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  18. Apply a final coat of Modge Podge and allow to dry thoroughly. While adding this layer of Modge Podge, regularly clean the brush on a piece of newspaper, as some of the ink from the wash will rub off onto the brush. Dry the jar thoroughly with the hairdryer.
  19. Add a layer of water-based varnish to the jar and use the hairdryer to dry the jar thoroughly.
  20. Paint one coat of Modge Podge over the lid, but do not paint over the rubber sealing. Dry thoroughly with the hairdryer.
  21. Paint one coat of water-based varnish over the lid and dry thoroughly.
  22. Fill the jar with the lavender infused sugar.
  23. Tie the ribbons around the jar's neck and make a bow.
  24. finished gift
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My sister-in-law purchased a plain, wooden bread box at a second-hand store for $3.00. She knows I'm "crafty" and asked if I would paint and decorate the bread box with some type of blue and white design.

Painted Bread Box

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This project was done for the wonderful librarian at my daughter's school. It is pretty easy and inexpensive. The kids thought it was cool! You could use this technique to spell out anything, using any type of paper, book pages, comic books, etc. It's a versatile project.

finished letters

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red painted cupboard with decoupaged calendar pagesI purchased an unfinished cupboard and primed it. Next I painted it gold and then a coat of red. I made it look old by sanding areas where it might have been worn. I added 3 pictures from and old calendar with decoupage glue and varnished over to protect it.

By Carol from Waterloo, Ontario

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Many years ago, I saw a project similar to this, done by Martha Stewart. She used Mary Jane candy wrappers, decoupaged onto a box, I think. For this project, I used Tootsie Roll wrappers.

finished cans, both styles

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This is a very easy and very inexpensive gift. My mom used to make jars like this for friends, making a padded fabric lid. The idea for these came to me when my sister-in-law was talking about her love of Dots candy.

the two finished jars

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A decopauged tissue box.I bought plain, plastic tissue holder covers at the Euro shop and decoupaged them using paper and also fabric. I think they turned out quite nicely. I painted up to 5 coats of varnish on these as they get a lot of use. I also glued on elastic bands to the bottoms to hold the tissue box in the holder. green and red classic pattern classic red and gold stripes and medallions pink roses on light yellow background

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Small wooden plaques with picture cut from magazines or other sources which are decoupaged into place using half white glue and half water or a decoupage medium, filled in or enhanced with paint.

Craft Project: Decoupage Wall Plaque Supplies

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Easy instructions for using decoupage to put photos on a wood surface.

lazy Susan with photos

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If you like to decoupage, you will like making this cross. I started with a plain wood cross purchased at Michael's.

Blue and green cross.

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A decopauged box from a calendar.This is a paper mache box bought at WalMart, painted outside blue and inside off white.

I like to save my calendars, I really like Victorian, farms and landscapes.

Here is one that I just measured for the lid and cut it out. I used decoupage glue to affix to the top of lid and added more decoupage glue to the lid.

Then I added rick rack to the border and used more decoupage glue to hold it in place. Then I went over it several times with craft clear varnish.

It looks like a painting.

By Sherry from Valdosta, GA

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If you're looking for a quick and easy craft to do this Easter, then decoupage is definitely for you. Decoupage comes from the old French word decouper, meaning "to cut out", so if you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved.

Decoupage Easter Egg

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If I decoupage a napkin onto a table cloth, how can I seal it so that it can be washed without coming off?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Would it be feasible to use an iron on product such as Wonder Under to affix the napkin to the table cloth? You could then do a decorative stitch around the edge of the napkin.

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    I am trying to layer mod podge over collector baseball cards on a table. Do the layers ever dry hard enough to actually use the table? The bottle says wait 20 minutes. I've been waiting more than an hour. I have been wet sanding and using steel wool every 10 coats. It still feels soft. Will a few coats of polycrylic as the final finish do the trick?

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      The drying problem may have something to do with the thickness of the cards. Have you considered just putting them under a sheet of either glass or clear acrylic instead?

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      My teaching colleague and friend will celebrate her birthday soon. At our school, she is a Grade Tutor, and she is responsible for addressing behavioral and social problems with the learners in her grade.

      Memo Holder Step 6

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      decorative frame to gift earringsA friend will be celebrating her birthday soon and I wanted to give her a pair of earrings, but in an interesting way. So I decoupaged a frame, added the velvety paper and glued on a large chunk of cork, stuck the earrings into it and wah la! I placed the glass and paper from the frame behind the velvet paper so my friend will be able to use the frame as a frame later on. I work a lot with frames and find them an interesting 'canvas'.

      By Lisa from Thessaloniki, Greece

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      This plate is both inexpensive and easy to make. My 9 year old daughter made this one.

      Halloween decorated plate.

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      When you open a photo album, all the warmth of a family's history is poured out on each page. All those precious memories tucked inside a generic photo album from a super store seems a little ironic. Sure, they say it's what's inside that counts, but a nice presentation is nothing to scoff at.

      A photo album pieced together with scraps of fabric.

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      Here is a good idea for those "old aluminum trays", you might have lying around. I spray painted them, rubbed on "Treasure Gold" metallic finish.

      Painted and decoupaged aluminum tray.

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      Spring is usually seen as a time of growth and renewal, a time to fall in love and to breathe new life into romance. Nat King Cole managed to encapsulate the joy of spring in his song "Spring is Here."

      Add some artificial flowers to the vase.

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      When using Mod Podge to seal your photo tiles and you want to avoid brushstrokes, take a piece of sponge and stipple it on top. You could also use a clear spray lacquer instead.

      Photo Tiles without brushstrokes.

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      If you are like me, I haven't learned how to paint but love the look. Take a slate and go to craft store and find the rub on transfers that you like, I love bears thus my selection.

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