Decoupage (decorative technique)

Decoupage . It is one of the simplest and most popular decoration techniques. The most interesting thing about Decoupage is that it is done very quickly and is ideal for those people who do not know how to paint or draw too well. It is based on cutting and pasting images of paper or fabric on any surface. Precisely, its name comes from the French verb “découper”, which means “to cut”.


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  • 1 Use and method of use
  • 2 Tips for Decoupage
  • 3 Decoupage technique example
    • 1 Materials
    • 2 Steps to follow
  • 4 Sources
  • 5 External Links

Use and method of use

Decoupage example

The decoupage technique is very simple, even children can do it, since they only need to know how to cut, paste and varnish.

The decoupage technique can be combined with other techniques to obtain better results, such as cracking , aging with wax and bitumen from Judea, or with patina .

Paper of various kinds can be applied, such as napkins, foils, wrapping paper, stickers, but also fabrics. The task is simplified when using paper napkins, because the paper is very thin and integrates easily with the surface we are working on. A special medium must be used that serves as an adhesive and varnish at the same time.

Surfaces for making crafts with the decoupage technique with paper napkins can be wood , earthenware , porcelain , glass , brass , wicker , etc.

Tips for Decoupage

Plan how you are going to distribute the images before applying the adhesive, because once they are pasted, you will not be able to change them. Apply the adhesive to the back of the figurine, stick it on and then spread a thin layer of adhesive on top, always applying it from the center of the figure to its edges. If after drying there are bubbles on any image, pin it with a pin and smear a little bit of adhesive on it again. For a perfect protection of the work, apply at least 4 coats of varnish, allowing to dry very well between hands.

Decoupage technique example

Wooden napkin box using the Decoupage technique

Wooden napkin box with decoupage technique.


  • Wooden napkin box
  • Decorative paper napkins
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush and brush
  • Sanding wood
  • Acrylic paint.
  • Matte water-based varnish for napkins (medium)

Steps to follow

  • Choose a napkin and cut out the drawing. Separate the top layer containing the drawing to glue with the decoupage technique.
  • Sand the napkin ring, paint and let dry, re-sand and give a second coat of paint and let dry well.
  • Apply the medium for napkins, protruding slightly from the area of ​​the drawing.
  • Carefully position the drawing so that there are no bubbles or wrinkles.
  • Then apply the medium over the drawing again, covering the entire surface.
  • Let dry.
  • If there are any wrinkles, pass another layer of medium.


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