How to do decoupage

How to do decoupage

What you will need:

• An object you want to decorate
• Materials to decorate it with (pictured paper napkins is ideal)
• Decoupage glue (high quality glues designed specifically for decoupage are available on our website)
• Varnish 
• Brushes 
• Acrylic paint (preferably white)
• Sandpaper

Step 1. 

Prepare the surface.

Make sure that the object you are decorating is clean and dry. If the surface is smooth (for example polished wood) you might need to prepare the surface first, and sand it down. Use a damp cloth to remove residue from the sanding. In addition, for some materials (such as plastic, wood or metal) you may need to prime the surface with a coat of acrylic paint to help the cut-outs stick better.

Step 2. 

Prepare your cut outs. 

You can use almost any material for decoupage, but in general softer and flexible materials are easier to work with. In most cases, we recommend pictured paper napkins. Napkins usually consist of 3 layers, therefore you will need to peel off the 2 bottom layers leaving one with the picture. To create smooth edges gently dampen the sides of the napkin using water, and tear it very carefully to make interesting shapes and designs. Prepare as many cut outs as as you need to use for your project. 

Step 3.

Plan your decoupage design. 

You can simply place the cut-outs onto your surface without glueing them and see how it will look. Consider the colour and texture of the things you are glueing. If you are happy with how the image is positioned, use a paint brush to brush a thin layer of glue onto the surface and onto the back of the cut-outs. Make sure you apply the glue evenly and over the edges of the cut-outs. Use your finger to flatten the image from the centre to the edges, this will help smooth it out and help remove any creases and bumps. 

Step 4.

Let the glue dry. 

You can seal your decoupage design with a lacquer or varnish (we offer specialty decoupage varnish on our website). Make sure the whole piece is thoroughly and completely dried before you apply the varnish. Let each coat dry throughly before you apply the next. The number of coats is up to you but for best results 3 or 4 coats should be enough to ensure the finished result is absolutely smooth and fully protects your design.

Step 5.