Are you feeling crafty this weekend? Then we’ve got a great project idea for you that costs next to nothing and will put a creative spin on your home decor. It can even be used on pieces of furniture if you dare. We’re of course talking about decoupage. And if you don’t know how to decoupage then you’re in luck because we do. And it couldn’t be easier.
What’s decoupage, you might ask. This easy DIY project is a decorating method of glueing thin, coloured paper cut-outs resulting in a seamless, patterned finish of anything from a lamp to a dresser.
While using a specially designed decoupage paper is certainly an option, our preferred and very cost-effective material are patterned paper napkins. And the content creators on Instagram and TikTok that inspired us to take up decoupage are thinking the same.
How to decoupage
Decoupage is an age old technique that is having a bit of resurgence at the minute. It was first brought to our attention by @kenziemariehome on TikTok who’s given a plain thrifted pitcher an elevated chinoiserie look. She later replicated the effect on a piece of ceramic pumpkin decor for Halloween too.
This is what we call upcycling for beginners! After seeing Kenzie’s efforts, we wanted to find out what else could be done with decoupage and stumbled upon Angel Strawbridge of Escape to the Chateau TV series and her table with a multi-coloured decoupage top that resembles tiling.
Martina Lindblad (@hemtillfrum), a DIY content creator on Instagram, is also a fan of decoupage and we instantly fell head over heels for her lemon-covered lamp. ‘I love doing decoupage, it’s an easy way to renew old things. I have done a lot of crafting with decoupage. I love lemons and I thought this napkin was nice and I bought the lamp at a flea market,’ she says.
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What you’ll need
- Your choice of patterned paper napkins
- A small brush like these ones at Amazon or a foam brush like these ones at Amazon
- Mod Podge sealer, glue and finish from Amazon or a similar decoupage glue
- An item to decorate
As previously mentioned, this is an extremely easy budget decorating idea, which the whole family can get involved in.
Start by separating the thin patterned top layer of the paper napkin from its base as that part is all you’ll be using.
‘I split the napkin so that I only have the outermost layer,’ Martina says. ‘I cut out the lemons and placed the lemon where I wanted it.’
After cutting out the desired shapes, brush some Mod Podge glue on the surface of your chosen item to decorate and stick the napkin shapes on top. ‘The napkin is so thin that the varnish goes through making the napkin stick to the lamp.’
Finally, just brush some more of the glue which also acts as a sealant on top and leave to dry.
And just like that, you’ve updated your home decor beyond recognition. And hopefully had some fun in the process, too.
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Sara Hesikova has been Ideal Home’s News Writer since July 2023, bringing the Ideal Home’s readership breaking news stories from the world of home and interiors. Graduating from London College of Fashion with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism in 2016, she got her start in niche fashion and lifestyle magazines like Glass and Alvar as a writer and editor before making the leap into interiors. She feels the two are intrinsically connected - if someone puts an effort into what they wear, they most likely also care about what they surround themselves with.
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