I recently discovered some old family photos in my mother's cupboard. The photos are more than 50 years old, and all of them are coming from the era when black and white photos were still regarded as fashionable. I decided to use one of these photos to decoupage the empty Lifegain tin, and to make something new from something that otherwise, would have ended up on the rubbish bin.
Approximate Time: 3 hours
Scan the photo onto your computer.
Photo 1: The edited vintage photo that was used for the project.
Photo 2: The detail that was added with the stencil.
Photo 3: A close-up of the rose.
Photo 4: The completed tin.
By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng
Approximate Time: 2-3 days counting drying times
See the finished plaques I made for my daughters' room. They all loved dolls, so I made doll plaques. Whatever type of clothing the dolls had on, I tried to match the background and anything else I added to the pictures.
Any questions, just ask, and I'll do my best to help you. Do get the children involved in this project, and let them do as much of the actual work as possible. There is nothing like crafts and creativity to open up their minds and imagination. Have fun.
By Pookarina from Boca Raton, FL
These easy decorated vases and jars make great candle holders for Valentine's Day. Any recycled glass jar would work. We used both regular tea lights and the battery operated ones. At least one of these projects is going to be a gift for Grandma.
Approximate Time: 1 hour (plus overnight to dry)
Collage-Podge is a glue, sealer and finisher. If you are using Mod-Podge or white glue instead of Collage-Podge, apply a finishing sealant coat before using.
We found that adding a coat of glue to the vase and then attaching the tissue paper worked well but sometimes we would put the glue on the paper and then brush over it on the vase. Develop your own favorite technique.
You can use pictures out of a magazine too; flowers or hearts would be appropriate for Valentine's Day.
We thought about covering the top of the jars with glued on beads. Ribbons or other decorations would also add to the project.
It is also a time for nature's dullness to be replaced by the splendor of colors, a season to be enjoyed by avid gardeners. A popular flower that can be sown after the bothersome frost has taken leave, is cosmos. Cosmos originated in Mexico and South America, and were grown in mission gardens in Mexico. The missionaries christened the flower, cosmos, due to its evenly placed petals. The word cosmos comes from the Greek word for harmony or ordered universe.
In this article, you will be shown how to create a decorative flower vase, using decoupage techniques, and combining the lyrics of "Spring is Here" and cutouts of cosmos flowers. A perfect way to bring the joy of spring into your home!
Approximate Time: 2 hours
By BessieBessie from Pretoria, Gauteng
Approximate Time: 2 to 3 hours
I started by laying out the tablecloth and then wiping the cross with a slightly damp paper towel just to remove any dust. The paper you use can be cut into pieces or just ripped, it's your choice. I like to start in the middle somewhere and glue the first piece on by either painting the decoupage on to the paper or on the surface you are working on.
Tissue paper will curl when you paint it, so when you first start, it might be easier to paint a small section and then lay the paper on it and press with the paintbrush. At this point, you can go over the piece with another layer of decoupage or wait until you have several pieces on. You can't really make a mistake here, so just have fun with it!
When I have the cross covered to my satisfaction, I paint on 2 more coats, letting each layer dry an hour or so between coats. I have embellished further with beads, but you may choose not to. I used a piece of craft foam for the back of this one just to give it a more finished look by tracing the cross on the foam and cutting it out using pinking sheers and then glued it to the back.
I have covered many items with this method (bottles, plastic containers), really anything that you think needs a refreshed look! Good luck!
By Robbie from IN
Basically, all you have to do is cut out pictures, glue the pictures onto an object, and then cover the object with glue to seal it. Not only is the end result very effective, decoupage won't make a hole in your budget; and you'll be able to create a beautiful display for your home, as well. Happy Easter!
Approximate Time: 30 minutes (per egg) plus drying time
Note: decoupage works best on matte surfaces, so apply at least one base coat of paint to remove the shiny finish on your eggs.
Note: leave to dry thoroughly between each coat. The edges of the serviette motifs should end up smooth.
You can have a go at decoupaging other household objects too, such as a lampshade, plant pot, wooden box, or even a glass plate.
By Anne D. from United Kingdom
I'm currently working on a wooden plant box. I painted it first; and I am just getting ready to put some nice pictures of flowers on each side. Then I'll put polyurethane on it, as it will be going outside for spring and summer. I have started several plants already indoors. Once they are big enough to transplant into the ground or into a larger pot, I'll take the pots of plants and put them in the decoupaged planter box and put it outside. It's a lot of fun.
I once saw an article where someone decoupaged a door knob. I was thinking of doing some light switch plates. The possibilities are endless!
By Karen H. from Pawtucket, RI
You apply mod podge all over the pumpkin, then apply whatever you're using then go over it again with the mod podge. Not too thick or it will look like school glue when it dries in cracks.
We used darker colors, like burnt orange, brown, even a darker pink. Any color you think for fall, adding bows to the stems, I double mine so they look fuller. They should last though Thanksgiving. It's a great decorating idea. We are also going pumpkin shopping now that they're on clearance. Use your imagination.
Source: Martha S.
By "A" from Wheeling, WV
By Carol from MA