Piece by Piece
Discover the art of decoupage.
by KELLIE GRENGS
Decoupage, derived from the French word decouper, meaning “to cut out,” is the creative art of assembling, pasting and varnishing paper cutouts for decorating objects. This is a process that all ages can do, and no matter the level of creativity, everyone can enjoy customizing an object. If you can use scissors and paste, you can decoupage!
I chose a few simple projects that can be done by any age or level of experience. This is a fun project to do with children who can create items for their bedroom, or invite some friends over for a craft night and make use of all those old magazines. Recently, my mom sent me fabric decoupage dessert plates and I was inspired to create a few items on my own. With time, education and experience you can progress from simple designs to complex works of art. •
• Small wooden tray: Paint entire tray with two coats of acrylic paint. Place design on tray and use Mod Podge to adhere cutouts to tray. Allow to dry and apply two top coats of Mod Podge.
• Glass votives: Clean votives and wipe dry. Place the design on the exterior of the votive and use Mod Podge to adhere cutouts to glass. Allow to dry and apply two top coats of Mod Podge.
• Glass dessert plates: Clean plates and wipe dry. Use plate as template to cut circle of fabric. Brush Royal Coat Decoupage Finish to bottom of glass plate. Position fabric with design side down and smooth over the plate. Allow to dry and add a final coat to finish. Turn the plate over to see the fabric pattern.
• Cigar box purse: Paint entire wooden box with two coats of acrylic paint. Place designs on box and use Mod Podge to adhere cutouts to box. Allow to dry and apply two top coats of Mod Podge.
• Wastepaper basket: Paint inside of cardboard can with two coats of acrylic paint. Cut strips of wallpaper and apply to exterior of can with Mod Podge. I painted acrylic stripes with a contrast color on the outside and added large polka dots. Allow to dry and apply two top coats of Mod Podge.
• Use a damp cloth to wipe any items clean before you decoupage. Make sure item is dry before you start.
• Do not put finished decoupage item in dishwasher.
• Choose a decoupage glue that comes in a matte or glossy finish.
• Print out your favorite photographs on a color printer and apply to surfaces.
• For ideas, visit the Website for the National Guild of Decoupeurs, www.decoupage.org