06th Sep2011

Learn to Decoupage

by Dinah Wulf

Learn to Decoupage

Decoupage is a simple and easy to learn DIY craft project. Decoupage is the creative way of decorating any item or piece of furniture or even a blank canvas by simply adhering pieces of paper with glue or decoupage medium, like Mod Podge. It’s a unique way to update furniture or create a personalize a gift.

Materials Needed:

  • An item to decoupage such as a box, tray, or lamp; or a piece of furniture such as a table, wooden chair, or dresser;
  • Paper such as, photos, magazine cut outs, maps, sheet music, book pages, postcards, posters, wallpaper, etc.
  • A decoupage medium such as Mod Podge, or diluted Elmer’s School Glue
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Scissors or utility knife to cut out your images (tearing paper is fine too)

Five Quick Tips:

  • Make sure the item you choose to decoupage is clean and completely dry
  • Think outside the box, for example decoupaging wallpaper remnants onto dresser drawers
  • Apply medium to both the object and the back of the paper
  • Continue to add coats of the decoupage medium until you get the desired results
  • It usually takes about six hours for your project to dry

Click on the links for additional tutorials of the photos shown.

Sources: Tip Junkie, Craftzine, DIYIdeas, Martha Stewart, J Caroline Creative, The Nate Berkus Show, About.com


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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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