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.
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.
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.
Approximate Time: 1 hour
Yield: 1 jar
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.
My father is currently recovering from cancer, and he uses a food supplement called Lifegain that comes in a neat tin. When the first tin was empty, I asked my mom if I could have it, as I was thinking of recycling this tin.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
If you like to decoupage, you will like making this cross. I started with a plain wood cross purchased at Michael's.
This plate is both inexpensive and easy to make. My 9 year old daughter made this one.
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.
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.
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. Then I decoupaged a black and white copy of our grandkids in the center. I then sprayed it with a glossy finish.
By Mary from Leroy, IL
A 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
Shauna Smith Duty
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tear paper bags into pieces. Use Royal Coat Glue starting just inside top of bottle. Go around bottle, leaving handle alone - you can hold onto it this way.
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."
I know it might seem a little early for Christmas projects, but I thought I would post this one early. Here are three different ideas using the same beverage sized napkin. Starting at the top, I used this napkin both on the frame as well as inside the frame. I put this out each Christmas as I love old-world type decorations. Continuing clockwise, I am just starting to use the same napkin on a ceramic tile (decoupaged). The bottom one is a Christmas card using the same napkin. All three ideas are using the decoupaged method of gluing paper onto different surfaces. All are very easy and lots of fun, not to mention, you can be very creative!
By Lisa from Thessaloniki, Greece
Decoupage is the art of pasting paper. Wildly popular during Victorian times, it can be a wonderful way to create many different styles of art.
I 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
By Sol 2
I changed my living room and my table lamps won't match, they were peach ceramic. I cleaned the ceramic with alcohol and then I put a thin layer of Elmers' glue and, with tissue paper which I crushed with my hands forming a ball, unfold the paper and press on the glued surface all around. After it is completely dried, paint it with a water based stain in any color you like. I first painted it with white. After completely dried, I used a maple stain, and finally a darker color. It came out wonderful and I can use my lamps again. They look like I just bought them.
By Sol from Miami, FL
By prciosa3 1
I recently discovered that with a little water added to plain white craft glue, the same crafts can be made, with the same results instead of using the more expensive Mod Podge as an adhesive/sealant/gloss.
By April 1
What is decoupage?
By April from Whittier, CA
April 15, 2011
Hello ! Decoupage is the french word for cutting out from french verb "couper" which means to cut. If you type "decoupage artistique" as key word in google image search you will see some amazing paper crafts.
By Nichola 1
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.
July 26, 2015
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.
By Lidstrom 1
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?
June 22, 2015
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?
I have some old metal TV trays that I want to refurbish. What are the steps that I should take to prepare them to be decoupaged?
By Karen from Luthersburg, PA
February 16, 2014
I found a set of 1950s metal TV trays at a yard sale. First I cleaned and then sanded the tops that were previously painted. Then I applied a good primer, then painted the tops black. I used black and white images to decoupage and finished with 10 coats of water based polyurethane. I also used fine steel wool on the legs to freshen them up. They turned out great.
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.
You won't be able to tell there is any finish on the items in the photos. The smaller 2x2 tiles have a magnet adhered on the back. The first small tile was used as a party favor for a 100th birthday, and everyone loved them! One of the tiles is a photo taken in the rain, that is not Mod Podge brush strokes. The larger is 5 x 7 photo that I mod podged to canvas and then stippled Mod Podge over the photo.
I've decoupaged a lot of things over the years: blank premade cardboard boxes of different shapes, stools, shelves, trays, plastic eggs, a clear glass plate, and trivet.
When you go on vacation, find small items such as small stones, shells, coins (pressed pennies from a machine or small foreign currency). Get a post card or take a picture that will remind you of the trip.
Have saucers without a cup? Take the saucers and cut a family picture to fit and glue it in the middle. Decorate around the picture in some form and let dry. Then give it a coating of decoupage. Let dry and re-do. Slip it in a decoupaged box, decorated by you. Add a pretty bow.
This is a guide about decoupaging furniture with sheet music. Scored music paper can be fun pattern to cover wooden chests and drawers.
I am looking for decoupage pin directions. I saw a posting on the internet.
By Cary from Westport Island, ME
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My daughter and I have recently discovered Mod podge semi-gloss (thanks to Martha S.). We used it on all assorted size pumpkins, and used glitter or crepe paper. Tonight we're going to use fall leaves from our yard.
Our Cub Scout pack needed a craft for the boys on orientation night. I came up with this recycled shoe box. We spray painted it gold and then used a blue photocopy for the top. The scouts used modge podge to glue the seal to the lid.
You can make nice little pill boxes for the purse by saving nice small containers and decoupaging pictures on the lid with diluted white glue (then sealing it with clear nail polish.)