Decoupage is a fun, easy way to add a personal touch to just about anything. Whether you’re new to the craft or just looking for a few tips and tricks, this guide to decoupage is for you. We’ll walk you through the basics of this simple crafting technique, and show you how to create your own beautiful pieces. Let’s get started!
What is decoupage?
Simply put, decoupage is the art of gluing paper onto an object. The word “decoupage” comes from the French verb “decouper,” which means “to cut out.”
Decoupage originated in China, where it was used to decorate lacquerware. It then spread to Europe in the 17th century, where it became popular as a method of decorating furniture and other objects. Nowadays, it’s a popular arts and craft activity that everyone can participate in.
Everything you need to get started
There are no rules when it comes to decoupage. You can use any images or objects you like, as long as they fit the theme of your project.
If you’re lacking inspiration for what images to use, here are a few ideas to get started:
- Choose images that are colourful and cheerful. This is a great way to brighten up any space and can be especially helpful if you’re working on a piece for someone who is feeling down.
- Choose images that have special meaning for you. This makes your project more personal and will add extra sentimental value to your finished piece.
- Think outside the box! There’s no need to stick with traditional images like flowers or landscapes. If you can find an interesting image online or in a magazine, go ahead and use it. As long as it’s appropriate for your project, anything goes!
When it comes to objects, you can use just about anything, as long as it’s sturdy and not too delicate. Common items include old picture frames, dishes, furniture and photo albums. You can also use less traditional objects such as jars, lampshades or even birdhouses.
Once you have your supplies gathered, you’re ready to get stuck into it. Here are the basic steps:
- Cut your paper into small pieces. You can make these pieces as big or as small as you like; it all depends on the look you’re going for. Just remember that the smaller the pieces, the more time this project will take.
- Spread a layer of glue onto your object with a paintbrush. Be sure to cover the entire surface – you don’t want any bare spots showing through!
- Place your paper pieces onto the glued area, pressing down gently to make sure they stick. Overlap the pieces if desired – this adds interest and texture to your project.
- Once all of your paper is in place, brush on another layer of glue over top. This will help hold everything in place and give your project a nice shine when it dries.
- Allow your project to dry completely before displaying proudly.
This project may take some time – but it’s well worth the effort in the end. Trust us, your friends and family will be impressed with what you create using this guide to decoupage. And the best part is you can use them as heartfelt Christmas presents!