Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing cut-out pictures or designs onto it. This technique can be used on a variety of surfaces, including wood, glass, metal, and fabric.


Decoupage has been used for centuries, with the earliest known examples dating back to ancient Egypt and China. In the Middle Ages, decoupage was used to decorate furniture and other household items. Today, decoupage is a popular craft that can be used to create unique and personalized decor.

Materials Needed:

  • Object to be decoupaged (such as a box, vase, or picture frame)
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Decorative paper or napkins
  • Glue or decoupage medium
  • Paint brush or foam brush
  • Acrylic sealer (optional)

Decoupage is a craft technique that involves gluing paper or fabric onto a surface, and then sealing it with varnish or glue.

Here Are Some Step-By-Step Instructions For Decoupage:

  1. Gather your materials: Before you begin, gather all of the materials you will need for decoupage, such as the item you wish to decoupage, paper or fabric, decoupage glue, a brush, and varnish.
  2. Prepare the item: Clean and dry the item you wish to decoupage. Make sure the surface is smooth and free of any dust or debris.
  3. Cut the paper or fabric: Cut the paper or fabric into the desired shapes and sizes. You can use a variety of patterns and colors to create a unique design.
  4. Apply the glue: Using a brush, apply a thin layer of decoupage glue to the surface of the item. Then carefully place the paper or fabric onto the surface, smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles.
  5. Apply additional layers: Repeat the process of applying glue and paper or fabric until you have achieved the desired coverage. You can also add multiple layers of paper or fabric to create a collage effect.
  6. Allow to dry: Allow the decoupage to dry completely. This may take several hours or overnight, depending on the humidity.
  7. Seal the surface: Once the decoupage is dry, you can seal the surface with a coat of varnish. This will protect the paper or fabric and give it a glossy finish. Allow the varnish to dry completely.
  8. Add additional details: You can add additional details such as paint, glitter, or embellishments to enhance the design of your decoupage.
  9. Final coat of varnish: Once you have added any additional details, apply a final coat of varnish to seal and protect the surface.
  10. Enjoy your finished piece: Once your decoupage is complete, you can use it as a decorative item or functional piece such as a tray, box, picture frame or any other object.

It’s important to work in a well-ventilated area when using decoupage glue and varnish, and also to be careful not to use too much glue, which can cause the paper or fabric to wrinkle or bubble. Have fun experimenting with different papers, fabrics, and designs to create unique and personalized pieces.

How to Decoupage / Beginners Tutorial / Step by Step

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In this video, Our Upcycled Life shows you simple easy step by step instructions on how to decoupage for beginners. If you have never decoupaged before or brand new trying to learn this video is for you. Once you are able to master this technique, then you have so many more crafting options! If you are a beginner and looking for somewhere to get started, this is for you!

Tips and Tricks:

  • Experiment with different types of paper, such as tissue paper or magazine pages, to achieve different effects.
  • Use a foam brush or paint brush to apply glue or decoupage medium evenly
  • Be patient and allow the glue or decoupage medium to dry completely between layers.
  • Consider using a sealer to protect your decoupage project and make it more durable.

Project Examples:

  • A decoupage box made with vintage book pages and lace.
  • A decoupage picture frame featuring family photos and decorative paper.
  • A decoupage vase made with colorful napkins and a clear decoupage medium for a glossy finish.

60+ Decoupage Ideas With A DIY

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In this video, Crafty Saran shares 60+ Decoupage ideas with a DIY of mine. Decoupage is a simple art which can be done by anyone. This video is mainly for beginners to know about the basics of Decoupage and how to do it. It also contains 60+ inspiring ideas and she hopes you can also learn something from this video.

Easy Decoupage Craft Ideas for Beginners 

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How to Decoupage for Beginners – DIY Tutorial

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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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