Decoupage: Know what it is, how to do and apply with inspirations

Do you know how to cut and paste? So you know how to do decoupage. Basically this is what the technique refers to, ie, gluing paper scraps on the surface of objects giving them a delicate final appearance.

The term decoupage - or decoupage - originates in the French verb découper, which means to cut, but in spite of the French term, the technique originated in Italy. At the time it was created, the technique was just a way to dodge the lack of resources and manage to decorate the house at a low cost.

Fortunately, a lot has changed since then, and today, the decoupage is highly valued and has become a great option for anyone who wants to give that repaginada some object, dish, frame or furniture in an easy, fast and very economical way.

And forget the idea that decoupage only fits MDF objects. No way! The technique goes very well on wood, glass, plastic, metal and stone objects.

Not to mention that decoupage is still a great way to reuse materials that would end up in the trash, giving it a status of sustainable craftsmanship. So you already know what to do with the glass jars of olives or the cans of tomato paste, right ?.

The decoupage is so simple to do that you will not even believe it. Follow the next step by step and insert this craft into your life (whether for yourself or to earn some extra money), it's worth it:

How to do decoupage: step by step

How To Make Decoupage


Before starting the decoupage work separate the necessary materials:
  • Object to cover with cutouts (furniture, frame or any other object)
  • White glue
  • Brush
  • Scissors
  • Cutouts of paper (magazine, newspaper, printed papers, napkins or paper suitable for decoupage)
  • Varnish (optional)

Now follow these steps

  1. Before starting the cutouts, check how you want the piece to be at the end. The paper can be cut by hand or with the scissors, depending on the finish you intend to give to the work;
  2. Clean the entire surface of the object that will receive the decoupage. It is important that the part is completely free of dust and dirt, if necessary use a sandpaper to ensure the best finish;
  3. Once the cutouts start positioning them on the part, but without using the glue. This step is important in determining the most appropriate positioning of the cutouts and the amount needed to cover the entire object;
  4. After determining how the cutouts will be glued, start passing the white glue across the surface of the object with the aid of a brush to ensure a homogeneous layer of glue. Use a thin layer;
  5. Thread a thin layer of glue on the back of the cutouts before gluing them onto the paper;
  6. Glue each cutout to the surface taking care not to create bubbles on the paper. If this happens, remove them gently;
  7. The cutouts can be pasted the way you prefer: side by side or overlapping. You determine this;
  8. When you finish pasting all the cutouts apply a thin layer of glue over all of them. Wait to dry and repeat the process one more or two times;
  9. To ensure a more beautiful finish and to leave the piece more protected, apply a layer of varnish sealant;

Simple is not it? But for no doubt, watch the videos below with step by step how to make decoupage, one in the MDF box and the other in the glass:

How to make decoupage with napkin in MDF box

How to make decoupage in glass jar

Tips for a perfect decoupage

Follow these tips to have a perfect decoupage:

  • A great trick to facilitate and speed up the work of decoupage is to use hair dryer;
  • Soft papers are best to work with, especially if you are covering a curved surface;
  • You can use whole pieces of paper, tear them by hand, or use creativity and give interesting shapes and designs for each cut;
  • Also it is not necessary to cover the whole surface of the object with paper, some parts can be discovered, creating an interesting leaked effect;
  • Do not use paper with inkjet images, they will fade with the glue. If you want to make copies or prints, prefer printers that use tonner;
  • If you notice that the glue is too thick or sticky, dilute it in water. This makes the job easier. The ratio for dilution is 50% water and 50% glue, mix well before applying;
  • Wait for the necessary drying time between one layer and another of glue, otherwise you risk tearing the paper;
  • It is very common to see floral, Provencal and romantic prints in decoupage works, but you do not have to be limited to them. Use creativity and build a job full of personality, even if it takes longer to find the pictures you want;
  • To facilitate work on larger or wider surfaces use fabric or wallpaper;
  • Do not use very thick papers, since they tend to peel off the part or be accidentally ripped off. Remember that the surface should be as smooth as possible;
  • Save money by using the papers you find. It is worth using newspaper clippings, magazine, leaflets, among others;
  • Take into consideration the colors and textures of the cutouts at the moment you are mounting the decoupage. Prioritize the balance and visual harmony of the piece;
  • The object that will receive the decoupage must be clean and dry to guarantee the best finish of the piece;
  • Materials such as wood or metal generally require a layer of latex paint to ensure fastening of the cutouts;
  • The varnish can be replaced with lacquer without any damage to the final work;

You already know how to make decoupage, but are you uninspired? Do not be so! We selected beautiful images of pieces worked in decoupage to fill you with ideas. Check out:

Picture 1 - Delicate and with tratro retro, this table was renewed with the decougapem.

Coffee table renovated with decoupagem

Picture 2 - An extra touch of delicacy for this screen.

Touch of delicacy for the object

Picture 3 - Wooden boxes or MDF are the objects darling for the decoupage technique.

MDF cases with decoupage

Picture 4 - Tray gained a Provencal air with the decoupage of lavenders.

Decoupage of lavenders on tray

Picture 5 - For a more beautiful finish, give a layer of paint or patina before applying the decoupage.

Patina before the decoupage

Picture 6 - Pure charm and delicacy these hangers with decoupage.

Coat racks with decoupage

Picture 7 - Decoupage in tea box; make sure that the cutout of the cover "snaps" into the rest of the carton cutout.

Decoupage in the tea box

Image 8 - Decoupage valuing a simple piece of MDF.

Decoupage for single MDF parts

Picture 9 - Glass beakers with decoupage; an art to be exhibited.

Glass bowls with decoupage

Do you know that messy suitcase? Do decoupage on it!

Make decoupage in the bag

Picture 11 - Everyone has a piece at home that would look amazing with some paper cutouts.

Chair with decoupage

Picture 12 - What a piece of paper can not do for that old furniture, right?

Decoupage in antique furniture

Screenshot 13 - Decoupage is also a great way to customize objects.

Customizing objects with decoupage

Image 14 - Suitcase valued by decoupage work.

Suitcase with decoupage

Picture 15 - Make a special box to store your jewelry.

Special box for jewelry with decoupage

Figure 16 - Explore the value of decoupage in simple pieces.

Simple parts with decoupage

Image 17 - Look for the combination of textures, colors and shapes to improve your work with decoupage.

Different textures at work with decoupage

Picture 18 - Even at the time of cleaning the house the decoupage may be present.

Decoupage on the broom and the peace

Image 19 - Birds, leaves and flowers to redecorate the little table.

Birds to decorate the table with decoupage

Image 20 - Floral prints are always a good request when the subject is decoupage.

Floral prints with decoupage

Picture 21 - Decoupage in pastel shades: more delicacy and romanticism impossible.

Decoupage in pastels

Picture 22 - A beautiful peacock to make any piece even more beautiful.

Peacock to leave any beautiful piece

Image 23 - Words and phrases can also be used in decoupage.

Words and phrases in decoupage

Picture 24 - Wooden box with decoupage of flowers.

Wooden box with decoupage

Image 25 - Do you know that MDF niche without any attraction? Apply the decoupage technique therein; look at the result.

Niche in MDF with decoupage

Image 26 - The right prints and designs make all the difference in technique.

Stamps and designs perfect for decoupage

Picture 27 - And what about giving that increada in the pot of sweets?

Increased in candy pot with decoupage

Image 28 - You can also give new functions to objects; this board, for example, has become a wall ornament.

Wall decoration with decoupage

Picture 29 - In this multipurpose table, the decoupage was applied without the paint layer on the bottom.

Decoupage without the background ink layer

Picture 30 - A versatile technique that can be applied wherever you wish; from the largest to the smallest objects.

Versatile decoupage technique

Image 31 - Decoupage can also be used to create aged-looking pieces.

Decoupage to create aged-looking pieces

Picture 32 - A beautiful gift choice.

A beautiful gift choice with decoupage

Picture 33 - And what do you think of a watch "decoupado"?

Clock with decoupagem

Image 34 - Decorate a party or other special occasion with decoupage.

Party decoration with decoupage

Image 35 - Radical Decoupage.

Radical decoupage

Picture 36 - This dresser has a special touch.

Special touch of the dresser with decoupage

Image 37 - The great secret of decoupage is to use a good quality glue and apply it correctly.

Decoupage Cola

Picture 38 - Decorated eggs with decoupage technique.

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Image 39 - A decoupage for botany fans.

Decoupage for botany fans

Image 40 - Bring a new face to the wooden crate.

Wooden crate with decoupage

Image 41 - Plate full of delicacy and romanticism.

Plate full of delicacy with decoupage

Picture 42 - Glass accepts very well the technique of decoupage

Glass with decoupage

Picture 43 - Ever thought about making earrings with decoupage? Look at this model.

Earrings with decoupage

Image 44 - Comic cutouts leave the work of decoupage young and modern.

Decoupage: Know what it is, how to do and apply with inspirations

Image 45 - Value your little plants by making decoupage in the vases.

Decoupage in the vines

Picture 46 - Easter eggs decorated for Easter.

Decorated Easter eggs

Picture 47 - Skating and decoupage: a charming pair.

Skating and decoupage

Image 48 - Apply the concept of recycling and sustainability in your decoupage works.

Recycling concept with decoupage

Image 49 - And for each taste, a different print.

Different pattern with decoupage

Image 50 - Decoupage applied in the caps of the glass pots.

Decoupage in caps with glass pot

Image 51 - Use in the bottom of the piece a color that matches the decoupage pattern.

Decoupage print

Picture 52 - Leave the kitchen more fun with the decoupage.

More fun kitchen with decoupage

Picture 53 - To finish the job, mini pearls and ribbon bows.

Mini pearls with decoupage

Image 54 - Overlapping cutouts are also common in decoupage jobs.

Cutouts with decoupage

Image 55 - A single figure applied with the decoupage technique on the plate.

Decoupage on plate

Image 56 - There will always be a print for every taste.

A print for every taste with decoupage

Figure 57 - Care for side pieces to prevent air bubbles from appearing on the paper.

Air bubbles on paper with decoupage

Image 58 - Retro or aged style figures are widely used for decoupage.

Retro Style Figures

Image 59 - For a more cheerful and relaxed work, bet on a background of vivid color.

Vivid color background for work with decoupage

Image 60 - Bird stool to win the fans of handicrafts.

Bird stool with decoupage

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