My first decoupage

How to make decoupage – great technique for kids and adults

We got a lot of flat, raw, wooden elements from school. Initially, I had no idea until I found inspiration from decoupage. I had never tried this technique before because it seemed very complicated to me. Nothing could be more wrong. Decoupage is a very graceful and accessible technique suitable for both children and adults. Decoupage consists in transferring a pattern from an ordinary napkin or dedicated rice paper to a wooden element. In this post I will show you how to make decoupage 🙂

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How to make decoupage

I have a video tutorial for you 🙂

Which decoupage glue is best?

I scoured the internet looking for information whether you can use ordinary glue or do you have to buy a special one. Opinions are, of course, divided and some people say that universal white glue is enough, while others recommend using dedicated decoupage products. I recommend using mod podge, which is not expensive at all, spreads better and is simply easier to work with.

Materials needed for decoupage

  • Mod podge or other decoupage glue – I used the Pentart brand, it is very efficient. For workshops at school, where each child made 2 boards (50 in total), we used one 100 ml package.
  • Napkins with patterns – the most ordinary napkins that we use at the table. You can buy many different patterns of 1 piece or in the supermarket a whole package of 20 pieces with 1 pattern.
  • Wooden boards
  • Brush
  • Scissors
Supplies to make decoupage

How to make decoupage

  1. Separate the napkin into 3 layers and leave only the one with the pattern.
  2. Apply a thin layer of glue to the wooden surface.
  3. Gently put the napkin on and press it through the document sleeve so as not to damage the napkin. Try to remove any air bubbles that have gotten under the napkin. Set aside to dry.
  4. Put another layer on the napkin to protect the napkin. Leave to dry.

School decoupage workshops

I recommend trying decoupage with children at school. During one lesson hour, the children made 2 decoupage boards.

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