How to Decoupage for Beginners – DIY Tutorial | Hobby Lobby®

Hi, I’m Joy Rose with the Hobby Lobby Creative Studio! Today we’re going to talk about the basics of decoupage. We’ll cover the basic materials you’ll need, and we’ll also provide you with some tips and tricks to get the best results. But before we get into the how-to of decoupage, let’s talk about what it is. Decoupage is the process of gluing paper,
fabric or other flat material onto a surface using layers of adhesive, also known as decoupage medium. Using several layers of the adhesive as a
top coat, creates an inlayed effect, making the added materials appear to be part of the
original piece and not just stuck on top. Popular items to decoupage include furniture, wall hangings and small containers, but it can be done to just about any surface! Because of its versatility, decoupage is
gaining popularity in the crafting world as the perfect way to customize an item and add some personality. I mean, just look at these adorable pigs!
They get their spunk from simply decoupaging duck cloth onto paper mache containers. A numbered pillow gets a sparkly accent by mixing decoupage medium with lots of copper glitter and painting it right onto the fabric. And this ordinary set of drawers gets a chic
new look by decoupaging patterned paper onto the front of its drawers. And anyone can decoupage. Projects can be
simple enough for a beginner or it can increase in complexity so even the skilled crafter
will never get bored! Now that you have an idea of what decoupage
is, let’s pick out a base! It really can be just about anything, including
wood, glass, plastic, metal, fabric, and even terracotta! If you can think it, you can probably decoupage
it. Once you have something to decoupage, now
comes the fun part: picking out the cutouts or designs you want to add to it. There are tons of papers to choose from, like
scrapbooking paper wrapping paper,
tissue paper, clips from magazines,
napkins, personal photos and more! Here’s a quick tip if you’re going to print
out images or photos to use: avoid using Inkjet printers.
The liquid adhesive you use to decoupage with will make the ink run because Inkjet ink in
most home printers is water soluble. Instead, use a laser printer, which makes heat-set
prints that won’t bleed. Some more out-of-the-box items you can use
include sewing patterns and pieces of fabric. These give a super unique look and texture
to projects that we just love. The key is making sure you have the right
type and the right amount of adhesive. Let’s talk about that now! Hobby Lobby carries a range of decoupage medium,
or adhesive, for you to choose from. Mod Podge is a popular choice and now comes in multiple
varieties. You can also use a simple diluted white glue—with
50 percent water and 50 percent glue. You’ll also want to consider the finish of
the decoupage medium. Some dry glossy, while others create a smooth matte finish.
Some even come in satin, antique, crackle or glittered varieties for a really unique
finish. If you’re applying things onto fabric, try
Fabric Mod Podge. It’s both a fabric prep and adhesive in one, making
your decoupaging project that much easier. Once you’ve found the right decoupage medium,
you’ll need a few tools. Grab a craft mat to protect your work surface, a damp cloth or paper towels to clean up excess
adhesive, and scissors or a craft knife to cut out your
shapes and images. Foam brushes, as well as flat artist brushes,
are perfect for applying your adhesive. You’ll want to brush adhesive onto both the
project’s surface and the back of the piece being applied. Work in small sections because
decoupage medium dries relatively fast. The thicker the material, the more decoupage
medium you should apply to ensure a good seal. Be careful not to over apply, though,
as that can cause paper to wrinkle and rip. To smooth down your pieces and get rid of
bubbles, use a hard bristle brush, squeegee, or brayer, working outward from the center
of the paper or fabric. Now as mentioned before, the key behind
decoupaging is ensuring that you get that inlayed look, or the appearance that added materials are set
into the original piece and simply not stuck onto the surface. Think wood floor and furniture
inlays. To start getting that inlayed effect, brush
more decoupage medium on the top of your added pieces, extending at least 1/4 of an inch
past the edges to keep it from peeling up. I’ve found that tearing paper, instead of
cutting it, works great for blending and getting a smoother edge.
Once you’ve finished adding all your pieces, use a brush or roller to apply several top
coats of the decoupage medium. The more layers of medium, the better the
inlayed effect will be. Let each layer dry before adding another,
using an ultra fine-grade sand paper every few coats to gently remove any rough texture
or edges. Give your project at least 3 layers of top
coat, adding more if it’s going to endure a lot of wear and tear. You can even get special sealants for your
project, like thick, pour-on glazes or spray lacquers. This is an especially good idea if your projects
will be used outside. So now that you know what decoupage is and
how to do it, we’ll give you an overview of everything Hobby Lobby has to offer to get
you started. In the Crafts Department you’ll find all
sorts of glues that can be used as decoupage medium, brushes and lots of unfinished wood
pieces that make for great decoupage projects, like these ones here. And if you want to add some sparkle to your
piece, you’ll find glitter in the Crafts Department, too.
Over in Papercrafting, you can get chipboard and paper mache boxes and letters, plus all
the paper you need to decorate them! You’ll also find the scissors you need in
Papercrafting, or over in the Art Department, where you can get artist brushes, craft
knives, squeegees, sponges, and silicone craft mats like this one.
Don’t forget to stop by the Fabric Department for lace, ribbon, sewing patterns, and fabrics,
which all make great additions to your decoupage project.
If you still haven’t decided on what to decorate, swing by our Home Décor Department, which
is chock full of furniture and frames just waiting to be decoupaged. You can also check out our Wearables Department
for tote bags and accessories that can be decoupaged, too!
And finally, in our Card and Party Department, there’s tissue paper and crepe paper for adding
fun texture and color to any project, plus lots of patterned napkins. You can decorate craft boxes and other items
with napkins to perfectly match all the other decorations at your next party!
There are so many possibilities when it comes to decoupaging! We hope this has given you
some inspiration and know-how to start your very own decoupage adventure! Be sure to check out our other videos and helpful tutorials and we’ll see you next time right here at the Hobby Lobby Creative Studio.

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