How to Decoupage
Decoupage is a great craft for all of the family to get involved with, it’s super easy to do and you can pretty much decoupage anything from heels of shoes to tired old furniture that needs a bit of a spruce up.
For my decoupage project, I decided to breathe life into my boring step stool. I first started by lightly sanding the entire stool (this gives the paint and glue something to grip to) and then painted the legs and supporting bars of the stool with some paint. Once dry I used a very pretty floral decoupage paper to decorate the step sections of the stool. I’m so pleased with the results that I’ve now decided to use it as a bedside table.
However, you needn’t be so adventurous with your first project, for ease you can get mache shapes as well as kits that come with everything you need to get started which are great projects for children.
- Start by choosing your decorative papers and either ripping or cutting it up into rectangles and squares. I like to keep my decoupage items nice and neat and tend to cut my papers into squares and rectangles of varying size.
- Spread the glue onto the item to be decorated – be generous. Use the paintbrush to pick up and position each piece of paper onto the surface.
- Add more glue on top of the paper to fix it into position.
- Continue until the entire surface is covered and leave to dry; this will largely depend on how generous you have been with your glue application, however mine usually takes two to three hours to dry completely.
Top Tip!…When you’ve finished with your brush make sure to wash it in warm water to stop the glue from setting around the bristles.
If you’ve not got any bits around your home that you can decoupage mache letters and shapes make great alternatives, exactly the same method is used to cover the letters as you would use to cover furniture.