How to Decoupage

Decoupage is a hugely fun and calming craft for any age and any ability! It’s possible to decoupage pretty much anything, from our dedicated mache shapes and letters, to tired wooden furniture that needs a bit of a spruce up. Read on to find out the process of decoupage, and how it can be applied to a variety of different shapes and surfaces.

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How to Decoupage Mache Shapes

1. Choose your decorative papers and either tear or cut them up into pieces. The smaller and more intricate the base, the smaller the pieces of paper will need to be.

2. Spread the glue onto the area to cover in small sections and place a piece of decoupage paper over the top.

3. Cover the paper in a generous amount of glue, and repeat until the entire shape is covered.

Top tip! To create a consistent coverage, make sure to overlap the pieces of decoupage paper so that there are no gaps.

4. Leave to dry – this can take up to three hours.

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. 

 

How to Decoupage onto Wood

It’s so easy to breathe new life into a tired piece of furniture or decorate a wooden blank from Hobbycraft!

1. Lightly sand the entire surface, which takes off any gloss paint and gives the new paint and glue something to grip on to.

2. Paint any areas of the item that you want to keep plain using paint and leave to dry.

3. Tear up a patterned decoupage paper of your choice into a pile of roughly 1in pieces.

4. Apply small amounts of Decopatch glue and begin to cover the area required piece by piece with the torn up paper.

5. Add layers until happy with the coverage, and leave to dry.

 

How to Decoupage Mache Letters

1. Choose decoupage papers and paint that suit the style that you’re looking for.

2. If you are painting any parts of the letter, paint at this point and leave to dry. You may need two layers of paint to sufficiently cover up the mache.

3. Tear or cut your decoupage papers into pieces. The smaller and more intricate the base, the smaller the pieces of paper will need to be.

4. Spread the glue onto the area to cover in small sections and place a piece of decoupage paper over the top.

5. Cover the paper in a generous amount of glue, and repeat until the entire shape is covered.

Top tip! To create a consistent coverage, make sure to overlap the pieces of decoupage paper so that there are no gaps.

4. Leave to dry – this can take up to three hours.

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. 

5. If you are adding any details, like gold foiling, this can be done at the end. 

 

How to Decoupage Blank Ceramics

1. Start by marking where you want your paper to go so you have neat parameters to work within. Use a ruler to get a straight line if needed – this will be important when you come to paper.

2. Take your paper sheets out of the packaging ready, but leave intact. Use your brush to paint a thin layer of glue up to the line you drew, on one side of the vase.

3. Working quickly, lay your paper flat down, starting from the top where your markings are and smoothing down as you go. It’s a good idea to just cover your pencil markings as they are hard to rub out afterwards.

Top tip! Ensure you remove all air bubbles by gentle rubbing outwards.

4. Repeat step 3 for the next side of the vase. This time, start laying your paper from the side where you have already papered, gently smoothing with your hand as you go.

5. Repeat the above steps until you have covered all four sides. Brush on another thin layer of glue to the papered areas to seal and varnish. Leave to dry.

 

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