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

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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

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:

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.

Decoupage a Dress Form

Fun Things to Make

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.

Origami Paper Beads

Decorating With Decoupage

Vintage Furniture

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.

DIY Home Décor & More

Decoupage Cabochon Rings

Mod Podge Tutorial Roundup

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.

Craft DIYs to Try

Comic Book Bicycle

This awesome bike is owned by Jarred Foster.

This awesome bike is owned by Jarred Foster.

Little Birdhouse Charms

Ideas & Inspiration

Decoupage Letter

Decoupage Video Lessons & Inspiration

Please Leave a Comment!

Giovanna from UK on May 03, 2014:

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

Angela Hobbs from The TARDIS on September 17, 2013:

WOW, I have been wanting to try this again!

Tricia Deed from Orlando, Florida on August 18, 2013:

Absolutely love your ideas.