- First of all, you need something to decoupage pictures onto.
You can add pictures to almost anything: furniture, photo albums, shelving, frames, boxes, vases, mirrors, hard cover books, trays, suitcases, dishes, candles, cans, bottles, egg cartons, rocks, and much more.
- Next, you need the pictures.
The pictures can be cut out of magazines, catalogs, or books. You can photocopy clip art, photos, stories, poems, and other items printed from your computer (do not use pictures printed using an inkjet printer - the ink might run). The options are endless: cut out pictures, motifs, or shapes from wrapping paper, wallpaper, fabric, napkins, greeting cards, post cards, photographs, travel brochures, handbills, programs, garden seed packages, pages from old books, foil covered paper, paper doilies, ribbon, posters, dried flowers, tissue paper, and more. You can also buy paper and pictures made especially for decoupage. Get creative!
- Decide on what decoupage medium to use.
You can buy a product made especially for decoupaging, such as Mod Podge or Collage Pauge. I do usually have at least one of those in my craft cupboard, but if I don't I simply use slightly diluted white school glue.
The items above are the most important supplies you need. There are a few other items you might want to keep close by:
- Popsicle Stick - You can use this to help smooth out wrinkles and removed excess glue. You can also buy a tool made especially for this called a brayer.
- Foam Brush - This is used to spread the decoupage medium or glue onto the item you will decoupage. If you don't have a foam brush, you can use an ordinary paint brush or even a cotton swab.
- Scissors - Used to cut out the pictures and other items you will be decoupaging. To help with cutting pictures with a lot of small details, you might want to use a utility knife.
- Tweezers - Tweezers are sometimes a great help when it comes to positioning small pictures.
- Damp Rag - Keep one nearby to wipe up excess glue and to help with other clean up. I find it handy for keeping my fingers clean.
Once you gather together all of your supplies, you can begin decoupaging....
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