I think the reason why I’m so crazy about decoupage, is that it can be applied to revamp soooo many different things:
My decoupaged sewing machine hard top. I also created some ruffles with my sewing machine and hot glued them to cover my napkin “seems”.
Thrift finds: A Lazy Susan, two old metal cookie boxes, a wooden candle stick (on the bottom) and a wooden salt grinder (on top) all decoupaged and glued together for a rotating tiered tray 😀
A small thrifted shelf, originally used for spices. It is now the home of my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint sample bottles 🙂
Light metal trays into clip boards.
Two different large cereal boxes, Cut in half and taped together, to make desktop paper organizers. I cut one height-wise and one length-wise, and they now fit different papers in my studio.
Little metal boxes, I decoupaged the lids, and now use these for binder clips, old french clips and eyelets.
Quite possibly my favorite decoupage item to date: my power strip for the phone, the hot glue gun, the laminator, sitting smack in the middle of my studio desk for super easy access, and nicely decoupaged, hidden in plain sight 🙂
Here’s the very easy instructions on how I go about decoupaging with napkins:
1. Paint the item white (if it’s not already. Both my sewing machine hard top and the power strip were already white and ready to go!). Use cheap acrylic craft paint. If your item is plain wooden, one coat might be enough. If your item has a dark color or multiple colors, you might need to paint several coats.
2. Brush a coat of decoupage glue onto the item. I usually stick with 2 parts Elmer’s glue (regular white school glue) mixed with 1 part water, save your good stuff!
3. Lay the top layer of a pretty napkin on top of the item, and brush some more glue on top too. Leave to dry.
4. If your item has several sides in need of new decor, you might have to repeat step 3 for each side.
5. When your item is completely dry, sand the edges to remove excess napkin.
6. Enjoy your restyled item 😀
And here’s some older stuff I decoupaged in earlier posts (click on the images to see the original posts):
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