Decoupaging for the Holidays
Fun and Attractive Homemade Gift Ideas
Each year most people face the same dilemma….finding unique holiday gift ideas. For those friends and family who enjoy handmade crafts, a decoupaged gift could be a fun and attractive gift solution.
The definition of decoupage: the art or process of decorating a surface with shapes or illustrations cut from paper, card, etc.
I would like to share with you my way of doing decoupage.
1.Suggested items: Mod Podge(found at craft stores, such as Michaels),White glue(such as Elmers), Scissors, paint, object you are decoupaging, paint brushes or sponge brushes, newsprint, colored tissue paper, decorative napkins, magazines, cards, laser clipart or any paper you may find that will cover the object you are decorating. You may cover your object with one layer of paper or several.
2.Decoupage simply means applying Mod Podge or a glue like Elmers to the front and back of a decorative piece of paper and then applying it to a surface. If my craft idea requires more than one layer, I like to either paint the object I’m decorating or cover its entire surface with some type of paper as the first layer. I think the item looks better if the original surface (ie: wood, glass etc…) is not showing.
3. Some people use the Mod Podge to glue their paper to the surface. I use Elmer’s glue watered down just a bit. It is less expensive, and for me, I find it easier to smooth out the wrinkles. Smoothing out the wrinkles is the most tedious part, but necessary to have a nice looking piece. Be patient and careful not to tear anything. I usually use my fingers to smooth my surface, but choose what works for you. I use the Mod Podge as the last protective layers once I have completed my project.
Note: Mod Podge comes in various sheens- use what you like best.
4. Once my surface is covered, it’s time for everything to dry. If I only want the one decorative layer on the object, all that’s left to do is to apply a couple layers of Mod Podge in order for the surface to harden. Mod Podge is thicker than glue and water proofs and protects better, but if you don’t have it, use undiluted white glue. You can even spray a coat of lacquer on top of the Mod Podge or glued layers once they have dried to help waterproof and protect your surface even better.
5. Remember to let each layer of the Mod Podge or glue dry before adding another layer. I decorated a stool for my kitchen and chose to make it a multimedia piece. The legs have a layer of colored tissue paper for the first layer and an assortment of kitchen related pictures as a second layer. I painted a picture on part of the seat and decoupaged the rest of it. I also painted designs over the decoupaged legs before adding the final layer of Mod Podge. There really is no rule for how decoupage plays a role in your piece, so use your imagination.
1. You can decoupage just about anything! My niece and nephew made Christmas plates(ceramic) for their parents. We also covered a wooden tissue box (can be purchased online or at craft stores). Anything to which you can glue paper, can be decoupaged! You will see I glued sea shells on our tissue box and Mod Poged over them…See you can do just about anything you want with this flexible craft!! If you decide to give it a try, I’d love to hear how your project turned out!