Gifts to Make With Decoupage

One of my favorite craft techniques is decoupage.  The first Christmas ornament that I remember making as a child was with decoupage.  And that’s another reason why I love this craft so much.  The technique is ideal for kids and adults alike.

Decoupage Tray

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To decoupage all you need to do is take a design and glue it in place on whatever object you’d like.  The versatility of decoupage has no limits.  You can choose whatever material and objects you’d like to use, as there is almost nothing that won’t work.

The flexibility and versatility of decoupage makes it the ideal DIY technique to use for turning your trash to treasures.  Find the perfect tray, table or dishes at a yard sale but they need a little TLC?  Decoupage to the rescue!  Need a beautiful, but inexpensive gift idea?  Decoupage to the rescue!

How to Decoupage

Decoupage Glasses

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As I mentioned above, all you need for decoupaging is mod podge (my glue of choice) and paper or fabric.  Here are just a few ideas for material that you could use.

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Wall paper
  • Napkins
  • Newspapers
  • Photos
  • Magazines
  • Comics
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Fabric

Decoupage on Glass

Glass is one of the best materials to use when decoupaging.  Not just because paper and materials adhere so nicely to it, but because it’s perfect with other arts and craft techniques as well.  So you can layer, or combine, your decoupage with paint and other elements.

Decoupage Glasses-Bottle

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Decoupage Blue Glasses-Bottle

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Decoupage Floral Glasses

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Decoupage Box

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Decoupage With Napkins

Decoupage with napkins image courtesy of swamp dragon via Flickr CC 2.0
 

I hope that these examples inspire you to give decoupage a try.  Want an easy craft to make with the kids?  Create a decoupage Christmas tree ornament.  The kids will have fun picking out the perfect material to use for the craft and with a little mod podge and paintbrush, they’ll have fun making their very own keepsake.

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