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★ How to Decoupage | DIY Paper Craft Tutorials & Creative Ideas ★

Updated on May 8, 2015
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Decoupage is a decorative technique you can use on almost any smooth surface, and it involves glueing down layers of paper or fabric with a decoupage medium. Often the paper is arranged in an artistic collage display to express creativity and personality.

On this page you will find instructions for decoupage, plus lots of tutorials and project ideas so that soon you'll want to decoupage everything! It's a really simple technique to grasp and it can be applied to all kinds of crafts, so it's a handy thing to know.

I hope you find this decoupage roundup inspiring :)

Halloween Pumpkins

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How to Decoupage

Things You Will Need:

- Decoupage Medium (white glue like PVA works fine, or you can use a decoupage specific glue such as Mod Podge)

- Patterned papers, napkins, comics, book pages, maps, magazine pages, newspaper etc or fabric pieces.

- Cheap Paintbrushes

- Sponge Brushes

- Scissors

Decoupage is a very simple technique which consists of adding a layer of paper or fabric to a smooth surface using glue. The surface is first cleaned and prepared, then glue is added, then the paper is added (with any bubbles and wrinkles being smoothed out at this stage with a foam brush), and then glue is added over the top to seal. A few more layers of glue or clear varnish (polyurethane) can then be added, making sure you leave it to dry and sand (and remove the resulting dust) between each coat. For a more durable finish, acrylic sealant can be added on top.

The surface preparation beforehand is important, especially if the surface is not completely smooth. It is often best to sand the surface (if it's wood), and it should definitely be cleaned of any dust or grease. If you are working with a bare wood surface, a base coat or two of latex acrylic paint is a good idea.

When brushing on the glue with a brush, you may find you get brush strokes in the surface rather than a smooth finish. To remove this problem, you can use a very fine haired brush or a flat foam brush to apply the medium, or perhaps thin the glue out with a small amount of water first.

For more information about decoupage, have a look at the resources here, here, and here.

Top-Rated Decoupage Supplies

Here is a selection of popular products and tools for creating your own decoupage collages and displays:

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish
Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

The most-used glue for decoupage, this Mod Podge product is quick drying (dries clear in 20 minutes) and gives you a smooth matte finish. It's also handy for a lot of of other craft projects too.

 
Value-Pack 10-Pc Foam Paint Brush Set - Wood Handles by Industrial Tools
Value-Pack 10-Pc Foam Paint Brush Set - Wood Handles by Industrial Tools

A useful set of foam brushes which are ideal for brushing on the decoupage glue quickly, efficiently and in a consistent layer. They're also easy to clean after use.

 
New Decoupage: Transforming Your Home with Paper, Glue, and Scissors
New Decoupage: Transforming Your Home with Paper, Glue, and Scissors

This book will give you plenty of modern ideas for what to make using the decoupage technique. The projects inside the books make use of lots of different paper products like magazines and photos, and provide a number of lovely home decor ideas.

 
Tonic Studios 550 Decoupage Scissors
Tonic Studios 550 Decoupage Scissors

These scissors are designed to cut small details out of paper, which is great for when you are cutting specific shapes out of intricate decoupage papers.

 
Decorative Wrap 20X28 Butterflies
Decorative Wrap 20X28 Butterflies

Beautiful butterfly poster print on quality acid-free paper, which would look fantastic decoupaged on to the front of a dresser or other flat solid surface.

 

Elephant Image Dresser

This piece of furniture started life as a plain IKEA product, but decoupaging a picture to the front has made it unique.
This piece of furniture started life as a plain IKEA product, but decoupaging a picture to the front has made it unique. | Source

Decoupage a Dress Form

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Decoupaged Map Desk

The surface of the wooden desk was cleaned down, a spray glue was used on both the paper and the wood, it was left to dry a bit and then the maps were stuck onto the desk. When the glue was completely dry, a thick Mod Podge coating was applied.
The surface of the wooden desk was cleaned down, a spray glue was used on both the paper and the wood, it was left to dry a bit and then the maps were stuck onto the desk. When the glue was completely dry, a thick Mod Podge coating was applied. | Source

Origami Paper Beads

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Vintage Furniture

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Decoupaged Shoes

A fun way to personalise your shoes with your favourite images and quotes.
A fun way to personalise your shoes with your favourite images and quotes. | Source

Decoupage Cabochon Rings

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Storybook Collage Suitcase

Images from a storybook are used to decoupage this cute kid's suitcase.
Images from a storybook are used to decoupage this cute kid's suitcase. | Source

Comic Book Bicycle

This awesome bike is owned by Jarred Foster.
This awesome bike is owned by Jarred Foster. | Source

Little Birdhouse Charms

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Decoupage Letter

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Decoupage Video Lessons & Inspiration

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    • Adventuretravels profile image

      Giovanna 

      4 years ago from Perth UK

      Great lens. Wish I had more time to do all these fun things. i love the stairs and the shoes!

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      Angela Hobbs 

      4 years ago from The TARDIS

      WOW, I have been wanting to try this again!

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      Tricia Deed 

      5 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Absolutely love your ideas.

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