8 Great Decopatch Ideas

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Decopatch is a huge trend in homeware and all you need is glue, pretty papers and something to cover.

Whether you want to up-cycle an old piece of furniture, decorate a wooden box or create wonderful mache creatures, a decoupage project offers so many possibilities. Here I’ve compiled eight of my favourite projects and how to make them.

Projects Debbie Thorne. Photography Catherine Gratwicke

You will need :

Top Tip! If you’re covering something dark, paint it with white primer first!

Three Wooden Hanging Decopatch Hearts

1 Cut paper into squares and rectangles of random size 2 Generously spread glue onto the first heart and use the paintbrush to pick up and position squares. 3 Cover with more glue to fix it into position. 4 For curved areas make 1cm snips into the patch before applying for a neater finish 5 Continue until the entire surface is covered and leave to dry. 6 Decorate two of the hearts in a patchwork of colours and two plain. Skill rating 2.

Decopatch Lamp

1 Cut paper into squares and rectangles of random size 2 Generously spread glue onto the lamp base and use the paintbrush to pick up and position squares. 3 Cover the lamp with more glue to fi x it into position. 4 For curved areas make 1cm snips into the patch before applying for a neater finish 5 Continue until the entire surface is covered 6 Wrap a 2 cm strip of paper around the neck of the lamp to finish off the edges neatly. Skill rating 1.

Decopatch Bright Giraffe

1 Cut the paper mache paper into pieces approximately 2 cm square. 2 Generously spread glue onto the giraffe and use the paintbrush to pick up and position the paper squares. 3 Cover with more glue if needed to fix the paper into position. 4 For curved areas make small snips into the patch before applying for a neater finish. 5 Continue until the entire surface of the giraffe is covered and then leave to dry. Skill rating 1.

Decopatch Galvanised Bucket

1 Prepare the surface with a few light coats of white paint or primer and leave to dry. 2 Cut the paper into pieces approximately 4cm square. 3 Generously spread glue onto the bucket and use the paintbrush to pick up and position squares. 4 Cover with more glue to fi x it into position. 5 For curved areas make 1cm snips into the patch before applying for a neater finish 6 Continue until the entire surface is covered and leave to dry. Skill rating 1.

Hen and Eggs

1 Prepare the surface with a few coats of white paint or primer and leave to dry. 2 Cut lime mache paper into pieces approximately 4 cm square. 3 Generously spread glue onto the hen and use the paintbrush to pick up and position paper squares onto the surface. 4 Cover with more glue to fix it into position. 5 For curved or bumpy areas make 1cm snips into each square before applying to achieve a neater finish. 6 Continue until the entire surface is covered, selecting two patches with flowers for the eyes. 7 Leave to dry. 8 Use white or gold paper for the eggs, repeating the process using smaller pieces 2 cm square. Skill rating 1.

Decopatch Glass Bubble Bowl

1 Cut paper into pieces 3 cm square. 2 Generously spread glue onto the bowl and use the paintbrush to pick up and position squares. Cover with more glue to fix it into position. 3 For curved areas make 1cm snips into the patch before applying for a neater finish. 4 Continue until the entire surface is covered and leave to dry. Skill rating 1.

Terracotta Pot

1 Prepare the surface with a few coats of white paint or primer and leave to dry. 2 Cut paper into pieces approximately 4 cm square. 3 Generously spread glue onto the pot and use the paintbrush to pick up and position squares. 4 Cover with more glue to fix it into position. 5 For curved areas such as the lip of the pot make small snips into the patch before applying for a neater finish 6 Leave to dry. Skill rating 1.

Rabbit and Duck

1 Cut your choice of mache paper into pieces 3cm square. 2 Generously spread glue onto the polystyrene shapes and use the paintbrush to pick up and position squares. Cover with more glue to fix it into position. 3 For curved areas make 1 cm snips into the patch before applying for a neater finish. 4 Continue until the entire surface is covered and leave to dry. Skill rating 1.

 

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