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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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August 14, 2015 Flag

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.

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Approximate Time: An hour or more

Yield: 1 letter completed letter

Supplies:

  • 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
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Steps:

  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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April 19, 2010 Flag

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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August 11, 2009 Flag

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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June 20, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about decoupaging ceramic tiles. Decoupage is one method for making decorative ceramic tiles.

Decoupaged Ceramic Tiles

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August 17, 2007 Flag

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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August 11, 2010 Flag
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Craft Project: Decoupage Wall Plaque SuppliesSmall 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.

Approximate Time: 2-3 days counting drying times

Supplies:

  • colorful pictures
  • acrylic paints
  • good sharp scissors
  • brush for glue
  • hanging device for hanging finished plaque
  • screw or nail for wall
  • twigs or small dried leaves
  • white glue like Elmer's or decoupage medium
  • palette knife or craft stick
  • paint brush for paints
  • water container
  • wire if needed
  • bits of string, tiny silk flowers
  • seashells and tiny stones

Instructions:

  1. Start by finding the picture you'd like to see hanging on your wall, then carefully cut it out.

  2. Have someone cut a nice thin piece of wood like 3/8 inch plywood, for instance wide enough and long enough so that you have room all around the picture to do a bit of your own artwork.

  3. Lay your picture on the wood where you want it to be when the plaque is finished. Make small marks at many places around your picture, then lay it aside.

  4. Using your acrylic paints, paint the board with a good basic coat of neutral color to seal it and make it easier to paint your artwork on it.

  5. When the basecoat is very dry after several hours maybe, go back and start painting things that will enhance the picture you intend to use as the focal point on your plaque.

  6. You can make some of the paint very thick using the palette knife or craft stick making sure to use the colors that you want to be a permanent part of your finished picture plaque.

  7. When it's all dry, add a good coat of watered down white glue to the back side of your picture. Carefully put it into place on your plaque and gently smooth out all the bubbles and edges. Add a coat of the watered down glue to the top of your picture as well to seal it very well. Allow to dry for an entire day. Close up of Decoupaged Wall Plaque

  8. You might want to add a bit more paint to brighten up some areas or highlight other areas. Be sure you have a sky painted in if it's a landscape type picture.

  9. Carefully place the hanging device to the back of your plaque. It might be light enough that just simple duct tape will hold a bit of ribbon in place, then put the ribbon over a small nail or screw in the wall. You may also use hot glue to a small hanger in place.
Decoupaged Wall Plaque Hanger

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. Pair of Decoupaged Wall Plaques

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

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March 4, 2011 Flag
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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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July 12, 2006 Flag

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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April 16, 2011 Flag

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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July 1, 2015 Flag
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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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    July 26, 20150 found this helpful

    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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    June 15, 2015 Flag
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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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      June 22, 20150 found this helpful

      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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      December 28, 2011 Flag
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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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      August 14, 2007 Flag

      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!

      decorative frame to gift earrings

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      October 16, 2007 Flag
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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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      July 31, 2006 Flag
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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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      June 8, 2007 Flag
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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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      January 16, 2007 Flag

      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.

      Decoupaged jug.

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      April 8, 2011 Flag
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      What is decoupage?

      By April from Whittier, CA

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      April 15, 20110 found this helpful

      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.

      Catherine

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      April 10, 2012 Flag
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      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

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      February 16, 20140 found this helpful

      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.

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      September 26, 2007 Flag

      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.

      napkins

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