How To Decoupage
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How To Decoupage

Decoupage is easy to do and fun for the kids. Learn how to make a beautiful craft project

Decoupage is an art technique that has been around for centuries. It was originally used to create the look of inlay on furniture pieces. Decoupage has evolved throughout the years and today it is used on just about anything imaginable.

Decoupage is the process of pasting paper cut outs on an object and layering several coats of sealer on the project. Most crafters today use Mod Podge as both the glue and sealer. Mod Podge was invented by Jan Wetstone when she was experimenting in her garage for a suitable decoupage medium. Mod Podge stands for modern decoupage. There are now many different varieties of Mod Podge on the market so pick the one that best suits your needs.

If this is your first time trying your hand at decoupage, a flat piece such as a small plant stand or a plain wooden picture frame is an easy beginner’s project. These frames can be purchased at craft stores such as Hobby Lobby or Michael’s for about a dollar.

Supplies needed:

Plain wooden picture frame or small stand

Acrylic paint

Mod Podge

Scrapbook paper or cut outs from magazines


Small foam brush

Choose several different pieces of patterned scrapbooking paper that either matches or contrasts with the paint color. You can also cut out images from magazines. Cut the paper into squares, rectangles or whatever shape you desire.

It can get very messy when using Mod Podge, so spread newspapers over your work area. It’s also a good idea to keep some wipes close by to clean your hands. Using a small foam brush, dip it into the bottle and coat a section of the wooden frame with Mod Podge.

Coat the back of the paper and lay it on the project. Overlap the pieces of paper on the project and work around from the top to the bottom. Line the pieces of paper up to the edge of the project so that the edges are straight. Smooth out any air bubbles with your fingers.

Once the entire frame is covered with the paper, brush a light coat of Mod Podge over the entire project. Let it dry for a couple of hours and then brush on another coat of Mod Podge. If there are any rough bumps after the Mod Podge dries, you can buff them out with a piece of sandpaper. There’s no limit to the amount of coats of Mod Podge you can brush on. Some varieties of Mod Podge can take up to three or four weeks to cure completely, so follow the directions on the bottle.

Decoupage is a fun craft that anyone can do.

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Comments (6)

Interesting share...and nicely done too! I learned something new about art today. Thanks for sharing Voted

Thank you for sharing another great craft idea. Voted up!

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I enjoyed your post. Thanks

You have given a great insight to this craft. Well done.

I haven't decoupaged since I was young. Brings back memories. Well done on this. Voted up.

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Thanks for an easy decoupage project sharing. Well written.