Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Decoupage DIY

Decoupage looks difficult to master, but it’s surprisingly simple! You can get professional looking results that transform any piece. In just a few steps you'll learn to decoupage anything! 

What you’ll need: 

Something to decoupage! This can be anything, a table, picture frame, chair, side table, jars, vases, just about anything with a solid surface.

Next you’ll need images, or anything you want to glue down to the surface.  You could use old pictures, magazine images, scrapbook paper, patterns, again anything you like!

Next you need a medium to glue with.  I suggest Mod Podge, it’s made specifically for decoupage.  It’s inexpensive and can be found at any craft store.  If you don’t have any you can use dilute white glue, but it may not hold as well as other products. 

Popsicle stick – this helps to smooth out bumps and wrinkles
Foam brush – these work best for brushing on thin layers of glue
Scissors – for cutting out images
Tweezers – for precise placement
Damp Rag – for messy glue clean up

How to do it!

  • The item you choose to decoupage must have a clean surface so make sure you wipe it down and dry it before you begin.
  • Cut out what ever pictures you are going to use and arrange them in place, you can arrange them however you like and feel free to overlap and layer images.  The more the merrier.  
  • It’s time to glue! Remove the picture, little at a time, and lay down glue on the surface of the item you are decoupaging.  Once the surface is covered lay the pictures back in place and smooth them out.  Make sure that you are only gluing down sections at a time.  It’s easier to work small so that the glue stays fresh.  Continue until your item is completely covered.
  • Once all of the pictures have been glued down, let it dry completely. 
  • Next put down another layer of glue over the newly decoupaged surface.  And let dry.
  • You continue to put down layers of decoupage until the surface is completely smooth.  Meaning continue to layer until you can’t feel the edges of the images you’ve laid down. 
  • Finally let your item completely dry and it’s ready for use!

Here's a helpful video on how to decoupage.

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