I’m a big fan of decoupage! For very little money and a bit of your time you can make beautiful items for your home or to give as gifts. These don’t have to be tacky either. You can make gorgeous items using high quality scrapbook paper or decoupage images you can buy. Here’s a recipe for decoupage glue you can use anytime.
Decoupage Glue Recipe
3 parts white “school glue” like Elmer’s Glue mixed with 1 part water
That’s it! For more detailed instructions Click here for techniques in decoupage.
Trend Watch: Decoupaged Furniture
I see a lot of furniture being decoupaged and it looks great! Use furniture that has cheap wood and upcycle it to fit your decor! I love the old map reproductions used here on cabinet doors and drawers. It has a rich look in those colors. For a baby’s room you can get colorful and whimsical. With all the great scrapbooking papers available now you can get a custom look for not much money.
I saw a segment on CNBC about Mackenzie-Childs, an upscale retailer from the US, was doing well in the US and around the world. I found their website. (I have no affiliation with them) & was surprised to see home decor items in ceramic that are handmade in upstate New York. I was more surprised to see what I think of as French Country style for many of the ceramics. I had gotten the idea that the contemporary modern look was more in style now. I guess if you pay a lot for it, it’s in style! lol
The items for kitchen and bath were fanciful with black and white checks but also fruit. It started me thinking how easily the style would be to decoupage onto almost anything. They even had what looked like the old fashioned hat boxes. That look is easily done in decoupage using a craft store tagboard round or oval box. You could also decoupage tins of any size in this style. For holiday decor, add a cut-out from a Christmas card. This makes a beautiful gift box tied with fabric ribbon & the box is part of the gift! I could see a lovely bar of specialty soap cushioned in tissue paper inside an oval box. Take a look at these fanciful items & see if you are inspired for a few projects yourself. If you are giving one as a gift, be sure the recipient likes this style.
I love the butterflies and fish used in the pictured projects. I think the furniture was painted first and then decoupaged with the animal images. This idea could work well in a number of projects. Cheetahs would look wonderful. You could use this technique with items that someone collects also.
This is an affordable hobby that could turn into a side business. Have fun!