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How to Decoupage

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Decoupage is a hugely fun and calming craft for any age and any ability! Use decoupage paper to transform mache shapes or upcycle accessories and furniture, adding personalised touches to any space. There are so many ways to create unique designs with this popular craft technique.

Learn more about the process of decoupage and how it can be applied to a variety of different shapes and surfaces with our simple project ideas.

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How to Decoupage

You Will Need

* Mache Brontosaurus

* Mache Letter

* Unglazed Ceramic Money Box

* Wooden House

* Mod Podge Matte Finish

* Decopatch Satin Finish Professional Varnish

* Decopatch White Gesso Primer

* Mod Podge Fabric

* Decopage Paper

* Fabric (such as polycotton, linen and cotton)

* A Paintbrush

* Recycled Tin Cans

How to Decoupage onto Metal

These tin can planters are a quick upcycling project which can add so much colour and fun to your décor.


Project and instructions by Georgia Coote


Step 1: Paint the can with either a primer or an acrylic paint, you may need two coats depending on the colour. Leave to dry.


Step 2: Measure the height of the can and then cut a strip of the decoupage paper to cover it.


Step 3: Working with small areas at a time paint the back of the paper with decoupage varnish and then stick it on to the can, repeat until it is all stuck down, smoothing as you go.


Step 4: Brush on a layer of the decoupage varnish on top and leave to dry.


For the coral coloured can: Once you’ve painted the can in the colour of your choice, cut out the motifs you’d like on the can from the paper. Adhere these elements with the decoupage varnish. Then apply a layer of the varnish on top to seal it.

Tip: It can be nice to use the straight edge of the can to have elements coming out from it.


For the can using drawn elements: Draw some shapes onto the painted can and then leave to dry, apply any decoupage elements as before and then seal with the varnish.

How to Decoupage with Tissue Paper

Mache letters make a lovely personalised element to add to your shelves, children’s rooms or to hang on the wall. This confetti sprinkled one is such fun for kids and has a great party like vibe!


Project and instructions by Georgia Coote


Step 1: Paint the mache letter in white paint, you may need to do two coats. Leave to dry.


Step 2: Punch some big and small holes out of the tissue paper. You can do a few sheets at once to create lots of circle quickly.

Tip: Place a sheet of paper with the tissue when you are punching the holes to stop the tissue jamming up the cutter.


Step 3: Spread mod podge on the back of the circles and stick them to the letter.

Tip: They look really fun layered up like they’ve been scattered.


Step 4: Apply a layer of the varnish with a brush on top of everything to finish.

How to Decoupage onto Ceramics

Ceramic money boxes make a beautiful keepsake to give to friends and loved ones for saving up those precious pennies!


Project and instrucions by Georgia Coote


Step 1: Cut out the elements that you would like to use on the money box.

Tip: Remember you can use the edges of your object to help you place your pieces, draw around them if you need to.


Step 2: Paint the back of the cut out elements with the decoupage glue and then stick onto the money box, smoothing it out as you go.


Step 3: Paint over a layer of the varnish to finish.

How to Decoupage onto Wood

Gorgeous wooden houses with a lovely little drawer to place decorative items in which you can see through the windows.


Project and instructions by Georgia Coote


Step 1: Place the front of the house onto the part of the decoupage paper that you’d like to use and then draw around it.


Step 2: Carefully cut out the shape.


Step 3: Apply the decoupage glue to one side of the paper, then stick it on. Once in place, smooth over with your hand. Apply another layer of the glue to seal it. Leave to dry.


Step 4: Paint the roof and any other parts of the house as you wish and leave to dry, repeat with another coat of paint if necessary.


Variation: For a different look decoupage the roof and outer piece of the house and paint the inner part instead. Add any details you’d like with a fine paintbrush or acrylic pens.