How to Decoupage for Beginners

Decoupage is a surprisingly simple craft that makes wonderful gifts for friends as well as terrific accent pieces for your home. This article will first explain how to do a basic picture frame decoupaged with flowers, and then give you some ideas for future projects. Once you have learned the basic technique of decoupage, you will find that you can apply it to nearly anything.

The first step is to gather your materials. In this case, you will need a plain, unfinished picture frame, craft glue, some pressed flowers, paint or sponge brush about 1’ across, and a polymer resin (available at your local craft store). The pressed flowers can be any type of flower, purchased at the market or picked from the roadside. Wildflowers look especially pretty on the frames. Lay pieces of tissue paper inside a heavy book, arrange your flowers carefully on top of the paper, and then put another piece of tissue paper on top of them. Close the book, and set another heavy book on top of it. Let the flowers dry in the book for several days. Once they are completely dry and flat, you are ready to proceed.

Handle the dried flowers carefully, as they are extremely fragile. Dab the craft glue onto the frame, and then place the flowers on the glue. Arrange them carefully so that any bent or broken petals are not visible. The glue will dry clear, so feel free to move the flowers around until you find an arrangement that you are happy with. You now have to patiently wait for the glue to dry completely. It actually would not hurt to let it dry overnight. Once the glue is completely dry, you are ready to use the resin.

At this point, you need to be working in a well-ventilated area, so open a window or turn on a fan. Be sure to have your work area covered with newspapers, and prop up the picture frame so that it does not stick to the papers. You can use two dowel rods as a sort of frame and balance your picture frame across them. Mix the polymer according to the package direction, and pour liberally over the frame.

Use your brush at this point to spread the resin across the entire frame. Take a newspaper or cloth and gently wipe any drips from the underside of the frame. At this point you can blow gently on the frame to help it dry clear but other than that, you should leave it where it is for 2 to 3 days to dry and cure completely. Once it is completely dry, it will have a wonderfully hard, and shiny finish.

Once you have completed your first decoupage craft, you will probably want to experiment with other things. You can really decoupage anything and use just type of material, as long as it is thin enough to sit flat against the surface of your craft. Some ideas would be to cover a small table and stool with bits of bright tissue paper or magazine cutouts of your kid’s favorite cartoon characters, or cover a wooden wreath with brightly colored autumn leaves to hang on your door. You options are only limited by your imagination.

Once you have

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