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Decoupage

A Beginner's Guide to Decoupage

Think decoupage is hard? Well, think again! This simple, yet intricate technique involves cutting out images or patterned paper, gluing them to an object, then applying a layer of varnish for the perfect finish. Whether you want to upcycle plates, trays, bowls and furniture, or you'd like to create cards for your loved ones, read on to see just how easy it is!

1. Gather your items

Firstly, you'll need an object to work with - furniture, photo albums, books, storage boxes or whatever you fancy! You'll also need a decoupage medium such as Mod Podge, as well as a popsicle stick to smooth out wrinkles, a brush to spread the glue, scissors to cut images or paper, tweezers to position smaller items, and a damp rag to wipe away excess glue.

2. Prepare your surface

Dust off your item of choice to ensure that the surface is clean. The last thing you want is for your varnish to magnify any imperfections.

3. Choose your image

Select your pictures and cut them out. You can mix and match a variety of images, depending on how you want the finished item to look. Blooms are a lovely addition to any make, as they are so versatile!

4. Arrange your images

Before you glue pictures to a surface, ensure you are happy with the positioning. Use tweezers for placing tiny pictures, then glue them into place.

5. Smooth it out

Smooth out any wrinkles and wipe away any excess glue with a slightly damp sponge. There is nothing more frustrating than hardened adhesive on a beautiful make!

6. Use varnish

If you want a clean and professional finish, then you'll need to varnish your make. Ensure the glue is dry before applying Mod Podge – you'll need anywhere between four and 15 coats, depending on how thick your decoupage paper is.