Fun Decoupage Projects For Beginners…No Breaking a Sweat Here!
Are you interested in learning to decoupage, but have put it off for whatever reason….It’s messy, I don’t know where to get started, it’s expensive….Fear not – it’s none of those things (well, maybe a little messy!) and it can be a lot of fun! Here are some varied ideas for new decoupage projects that you can incorporate with a handful of materials and your own imagination!
Also some of these would be great for kids too if yours are really into papercraft. You’ll need mainly a handful of images. and a different, unique base for each project below.
Get yourself some boxes – either old shoeboxes, or some pre-shaped ones from craft stores. Boxes provide interesting results when done with decoupage. Here’s an example of a box I decorated once many moons ago…this cute heart-shaped box came from Michaels’ or a place like that at the time. I just used pieces of old drawings, magazine clippings, and some odds and ends.
A box should be given two or three thin coats of an oil based paint as a base and at least three coats of varnish to finish. The final coat can be rubbed with a dampened emery cloth for a fine, soft, matte finish.
You can also line the box with fabric; it’s a great way to finish off a jewelry or trinket box. Try to arrange the material so the seam doesn’t show from a front view.
If lining a box without overlapping the fabric onto a piece of cardboard, glue the pieces of fabric on to the sides and then glue decorative cord along the top edge to hide the raw edge.
Have you ever incorporated a design on a candle? If the candle is wrapped, remove the wrapper to a quarter inch more than the design area. If it isn’t wrapped, mask off the area to be left plain with paper and fasten with tape. Lightly sand the area to be painted and blow off dust. Apply two thin coats of oil-based varnish to the uncovered area.
If you’re placing images on a painted background, sponge on a couple of coats of gesso. Don’t sand and allow to dry between coats. Sponge on background colors and allow to dry. Finish with up to five coats of varnish, lightly sanding between the last two coats. Using a craft knife, remove the wrapper and tape. Finish the cut edge with ribbon, raffia ties or cord.
Ornaments and wall hangings can be created using the decoupage technique. You can use old hangings to start or get some of those preshaped bases.
You probably only need a small handful of magazine or wrapping paper to provide the cutouts. Don’t forget, you could also include scraps of lace or ribbon in addition to the paper shapes, which I think would really bring out the panache!
Don’t forget to make sure to punch or pierce a hole at the top and thread some decorative ribbon or cord through it (after it has dried thoroughly) and the others, if you’re making multiple ornaments.
Decoupage Empty Bottles
I love this idea personally because it only takes a few really interesting cutouts if you’ve got a unique bottle that’s getting the “treatment”. Arrange the cutouts manually without gluing first for practice and to see if the arrangement agrees with your sense of design. I like the idea of having one large main cutout and a few smaller related image cutouts that complement the main one.
Picture frames make great gifts – and you can use decoupage to brighten up a cheap frame. For best results, choose one that has a smoother design without lots of flourishes so the art cutouts will adhere better. As you need to see how the frame will look once upright, it’s a good idea to attach your cutouts loosely with small pieces of tape to work out their positioning.
Remember to remove the back and glass before starting work; if any. Try to wrap your cutouts over the edges of the frame. You may want to prop up your frame to be certain that you have gotten into all the nooks and crannies with varnish.
You can use dowel rods as a frame and balance your picture frame across them. I usually use wax paper under items I am trying to dry, or aluminum foil as they don’t stick.
Make sure that you have newspaper below to catch any drips and gently wipe drips from the underside with a cloth. Leave it in position for a couple of days to dry thoroughly.
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Well I hope you enjoyed this…Let me know how it goes for you – happy decoupaging!