Napkin Burning Decoupage Technique

Hey there, crafty mamas and papas! Gather ’round for a blog post that’s about to blow your creative socks off.

Picture this: you’re knee-deep in your latest crafting project, desperately trying to decoupage those darn intricate letters without losing your mind. Well, fear not, because I’ve got a trick up my sleeve that’ll knock your socks right back on. Introducing the Napkin Burning Decoupage Technique!

It’s like a magic spell that transforms your projects from ordinary to extraordinary in a flash. It’s so easy-peasy, you’ll be shouting “Eureka!” before you can say “hot glue gun.” So grab your napkins, your Mod Podge, and your favorite crafting tunes, because we’re about to embark on a crafting adventure like no other.

Buckle up, folks, and get ready to set your creativity on fire (literally, well, kind of)!

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In this video, Deidre will demonstrate a burning technique for decoupaging on your projects. Often, when you buy intricate words from the dollar store, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby, it’s challenging to sand in between all the letters.

However, this technique eliminates that difficulty. It’s super fast, super easy, and a complete game changer once you learn how to do it.

Let’s get started! Deidre will show you this technique using four MDF words. You can also use wooden ones from the dollar store, and they work just as well.

When decoupaging these words, it’s challenging to reach all the little intricate spots. But with this technique, that problem is solved.

To do this project, you’ll need some napkins (all from the dollar store), a lighter, a squirt bottle or a small dish of water, Mod Podge, and a couple of paintbrushes (one for Mod Podge and one for cleaning up the edges).

Ensure you’re working in a well-ventilated area or use a cookie sheet or metal pan underneath if you’re working indoors.

Start by using a single ply of the napkin and size it to fit your word. Place it where it aligns nicely and get ready to apply the Mod Podge.

Remember not to apply the Mod Podge too thickly—just a nice, even coat across the whole word, ensuring you spread it out to the edges. This creates a seal around the outside of the letters.

If you don’t have enough Mod Podge on the letters, the technique will burn the napkin right off the entire letter.

Once the napkin is stuck down, Deidre likes to run her finger around the edges of each letter to ensure a secure adhesion. Then, trim off all the excess napkin, leaving only what’s necessary.

Before proceeding, clean up your work area, ensuring no loose bits of napkin remain. Have your water bottle handy, as you’re about to burn off the extra napkin.

As you light it, the napkin will catch fire, so be careful with your fingers. It may burn from one end to the other, but keep an eye on it.

You’ll see that it forms right to the letters, removing the excess napkin around the edges. Use a small paintbrush to clean away any ashes and tidy it up.

Continue this process for the whole outside of the word. For the middle pieces, you can poke a hole in the napkin with scissors and then light it with a lighter to smooth out that area.

Remember, this technique only works with thin napkins, tissue paper, or very thin paper. It won’t work with thicker materials like scrapbooking paper or regular computer paper.

For the next word, Deidre decided to paint the background white to make the napkin pop. She used chalk paint and made sure it was completely dry before decoupaging the napkin on top. Apply a liberal amount of Mod Podge over the word, spreading it to the edges.

Slowly place the napkin, ensuring there are no wrinkles or bubbles. Press it down carefully, making sure it adheres to the edges. Clean up your work area before moving on to the burning step.

Once again, burn off the excess paper, forming it neatly around the letters. Use caution and safety measures to prevent any accidents. Repeat these steps for the remaining words, adjusting the napkin size and adhering it with Mod Podge.

As you burn off the excess paper, you’ll see how intricate and perfect the letters look. Cleaning up any ashes with a small paintbrush will provide a crisp finish.

Finally, Deidre seals the words with poly acrylic sealer. She wants to emphasize that this technique is a complete game changer.

If you haven’t tried it, she highly recommends heading to the dollar store, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby to grab some words and your favorite napkins.

Give it a try and explore the possibilities of creating fantastic home decor for different seasons and occasions.

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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