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
Before starting the decoupage work separate the necessary materials:
- Object to cover with cutouts (furniture, frame or any other object)
- White glue
- Cutouts of paper (magazine, newspaper, printed papers, napkins or paper suitable for decoupage)
- Varnish (optional)
Now follow these steps
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- Thread a thin layer of glue on the back of the cutouts before gluing them onto the paper;
- Glue each cutout to the surface taking care not to create bubbles on the paper. If this happens, remove them gently;
- The cutouts can be pasted the way you prefer: side by side or overlapping. You determine this;
- 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;
- 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.
Picture 2 - An extra touch of delicacy for this screen.
Picture 3 - Wooden boxes or MDF are the objects darling for the decoupage technique.
Picture 4 - Tray gained a Provencal air with the decoupage of lavenders.
Picture 5 - For a more beautiful finish, give a layer of paint or patina before applying the decoupage.
Picture 6 - Pure charm and delicacy these hangers with decoupage.
Picture 7 - Decoupage in tea box; make sure that the cutout of the cover "snaps" into the rest of the carton cutout.
Image 8 - Decoupage valuing a simple piece of MDF.
Picture 9 - Glass beakers with decoupage; an art to be exhibited.
Do you know that messy suitcase? Do decoupage on it!
Picture 11 - Everyone has a piece at home that would look amazing with some paper cutouts.
Picture 12 - What a piece of paper can not do for that old furniture, right?
Screenshot 13 - Decoupage is also a great way to customize objects.
Image 14 - Suitcase valued by decoupage work.
Picture 15 - Make a special box to store your jewelry.
Figure 16 - Explore the value of decoupage in simple pieces.
Image 17 - Look for the combination of textures, colors and shapes to improve your work with decoupage.
Picture 18 - Even at the time of cleaning the house the decoupage may be present.
Image 19 - Birds, leaves and flowers to redecorate the little table.
Image 20 - Floral prints are always a good request when the subject is decoupage.
Picture 21 - Decoupage in pastel shades: more delicacy and romanticism impossible.
Picture 22 - A beautiful peacock to make any piece even more beautiful.
Image 23 - Words and phrases can also be used in decoupage.
Picture 24 - Wooden box with decoupage of flowers.
Image 25 - Do you know that MDF niche without any attraction? Apply the decoupage technique therein; look at the result.
Image 26 - The right prints and designs make all the difference in technique.
Picture 27 - And what about giving that increada in the pot of sweets?
Image 28 - You can also give new functions to objects; this board, for example, has become a wall ornament.
Picture 29 - In this multipurpose table, the decoupage was applied without the paint layer on the bottom.
Picture 30 - A versatile technique that can be applied wherever you wish; from the largest to the smallest objects.
Image 31 - Decoupage can also be used to create aged-looking pieces.
Picture 32 - A beautiful gift choice.
Picture 33 - And what do you think of a watch "decoupado"?
Image 34 - Decorate a party or other special occasion with decoupage.
Image 35 - Radical Decoupage.
Picture 36 - This dresser has a special touch.
Image 37 - The great secret of decoupage is to use a good quality glue and apply it correctly.
Picture 38 - Decorated eggs with decoupage technique.
Image 39 - A decoupage for botany fans.
Image 40 - Bring a new face to the wooden crate.
Image 41 - Plate full of delicacy and romanticism.
Picture 42 - Glass accepts very well the technique of decoupage
Picture 43 - Ever thought about making earrings with decoupage? Look at this model.
Image 44 - Comic cutouts leave the work of decoupage young and modern.
Image 45 - Value your little plants by making decoupage in the vases.
Picture 46 - Easter eggs decorated for Easter.
Picture 47 - Skating and decoupage: a charming pair.
Image 48 - Apply the concept of recycling and sustainability in your decoupage works.
Image 49 - And for each taste, a different print.
Image 50 - Decoupage applied in the caps of the glass pots.
Image 51 - Use in the bottom of the piece a color that matches the decoupage pattern.
Picture 52 - Leave the kitchen more fun with the decoupage.
Picture 53 - To finish the job, mini pearls and ribbon bows.
Image 54 - Overlapping cutouts are also common in decoupage jobs.
Image 55 - A single figure applied with the decoupage technique on the plate.
Image 56 - There will always be a print for every taste.
Figure 57 - Care for side pieces to prevent air bubbles from appearing on the paper.
Image 58 - Retro or aged style figures are widely used for decoupage.
Image 59 - For a more cheerful and relaxed work, bet on a background of vivid color.
Image 60 - Bird stool to win the fans of handicrafts.