5 Methods for Perfect Decoupage: Say Goodbye to Wrinkles and Bubbles

Now, decoupaging is a whole world of crafting. It can be done on various surfaces like glass, wood, and canvas. You can use a wide range of materials for decoupage, such as napkins, papers, wrapping paper, and fabric. The possibilities are endless. In this video, Deidre is going to show you how to decoupage using napkins onto wood using five different methods.

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She will only scratch the surface of this vast topic, but hopefully, it will help you with your crafting projects. You can choose your favorite method and apply it to your own projects.

When working on a decoupage project, Deidre recommends using only one ply of a napkin. If you have a two-ply or three-ply napkin, make sure to separate them and use only the top piece. She also has a little trick for using the middle ply with a color leech. She saves those for cleaning up messes because, as you may know, if you follow her channel, messes are always happening around there.

Deidre likes to custom-make her own napkins and saves them for future use. She even has a tutorial on how to make your own napkins, which you can find in the description below. Today, she will focus on decoupaging wood. She has some wooden pieces, specifically wooden signs, that she made and painted with chalk paint. She finds it best to decoupage on top of light-colored paint to avoid any color transparency issues.

Another tip she shares is to press the napkins with an iron before decoupaging them. This helps remove creases and makes it easier to work with. The napkins she’s using for today’s project were picked up at HomeSense, and she loves the graphics on them.

Deidre demonstrates five different decoupage methods on wood, but she mentions that these techniques can also be applied to other surfaces. The first method she shows is the iron-on method, where she applies a liberal amount of Mod Podge on the wood and lets it dry. She then adds a light second coat before doing the iron-on transfer. The napkin is placed where she wants it, covered with parchment paper, and ironed on with a hot iron. This technique ensures a bubble-free and wrinkle-free result.

The second method she demonstrates is using cling wrap or saran wrap. She applies Mod Podge on the wood, places the napkin carefully, and taps it out with her fingers. Then, using a piece of saran wrap, she removes any wrinkles and bubbles by gently tapping the surface.

The third method she shows is using a glue stick. She rubs the glue stick all over the wood, ensuring it reaches the edges. She then places the napkin and lightly taps it to adhere to it. Similar to the previous method, she uses saran wrap to smooth out any imperfections.

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The fourth method is the saran wrap underneath technique. She cuts a piece of saran wrap the same size as the wood, lays it down flat, and places the napkin on top. Using parchment paper and an iron, she presses the napkin into the wood, allowing the saran wrap to melt and adhere the napkin.

The fifth method involves water. She applies a thin coat of Mod Podge on the wood and lightly moistens the napkin with water using a spray bottle or a damp sponge. She carefully places the damp napkin on the wood, smoothing it out with her fingers. The water helps the napkin adhere to the wood surface, and any excess water can be gently blotted away with a paper towel.

Throughout the video, Deidre emphasizes the importance of taking your time and being patient with each method. She encourages her viewers to experiment and find the technique that works best for them. She also reminds them to be gentle when smoothing out the napkin to avoid tearing or wrinkling it.

Once the napkin is securely adhered to the wood, Deidre applies another coat of Mod Podge on top, using a foam brush or a sponge brush. She ensures even coverage, making sure to seal the edges of the napkin as well. This layer of Mod Podge acts as a protective sealant and gives a glossy or matte finish, depending on the type of Mod Podge used.

After allowing the Mod Podge to dry completely, Deidre suggests applying additional coats for added durability. Each coat should be allowed to dry before applying the next one. She recommends at least two to three coats for a sturdy finish.

To add a decorative touch, Deidre demonstrates optional embellishments such as painting the edges of the wood, distressing the surface or adding additional layers of decoupage elements. She encourages her viewers to let their creativity shine and customize their projects to their liking.

In the final part of the video, Deidre shares some tips for troubleshooting common issues that may arise during the decoupage process. For instance, if there are air bubbles or wrinkles on the surface, she suggests using a pin or a small needle to prick the area and smooth it out. If there are any excess edges or overhangs, she trims them with a pair of scissors or a craft knife.

Deidre concludes the video by showcasing the finished decoupage wood pieces and expressing her excitement about the different techniques she shared. She encourages her viewers to give Decoupage a try and reminds them to have fun and enjoy the creative process.

As the video comes to an end, Deidre thanks her viewers for watching and invites them to leave comments, ask questions, and share their own decoupage projects. She signs off with her signature catchphrase, “Remember, life is better when it’s upcycled!”

And that’s a wrap on the script for Deidre’s decoupage tutorial video. I hope this helps you with your project! Let me know if there’s anything else I can assist you with.

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Kim Lazaroe

Hi, my name is Kim. I've always enjoyed making crafts for each holiday and season throughout the year. My fond memories are making crafts with my mom or helping my dad build something around the house. Now I get to create new crafting memories with my daughter and husband as well as share my knowledge and experience in crafting with the world. Hope you enjoy my site.

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