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Decoupage Basics

Who would believe cut-and-paste could be so fun, so easy, so very versatile? America's favorite glue-sealer-finish, Mod Podge makes it so! Virtually endless supplies of papers and fabric can be used to decorate just about any surface imaginable.

Decoupage 101

Decoupage is perfect for decorating new craft purchases; upcycling/reviving everyday items around the home; personalizing gifts; and so much more. Sharpen your scissors, gather your glue-ables, open your Mod Podge and let's decoupage!
Basic Supplies
Here's what you need to get started:
  • Project Surface
  • FolkArt Acrylic paints
  • Mod Podge (in desired formula: matte, glass, sparkle, glow-in-the-dark, fabric, etc.
  • Brush Basin or container for water
  • 3/4" Flat brush
  • Foam plate
  • Paper towel
  • 1" Foam brush
  • Scissors or craft knife and cutting mat
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Assorted scrapbook papers
Tips & Tricks
  • The art of decoupage is more than simply gluing paper to surfaces. However, it is as easy as that! It is about creating items for home décor and gift giving. Surfaces such as wood, terra cotta, metal, tin, glass, paper mache and fabric are all surfaces that can be decorated!

  • For best adhesion, apply a coat of Mod Podge to both the backside of the paper as well as to the front side of the surface.

  • After applying paper to the surface, smooth out air bubbles and/or wrinkles using a brayer or paper squeegee. Allow to dry fifteen minutes before applying top coat of Mod Podge of paper and surface.

  • To avoid creating air bubbles in your work, use a large flat bristle brush when applying Mod Podge top coats. Save the 1" foam brushes for basecoating. A foam brush will add air into Mod Podge creating bubbles on your work.

Mod Podge Formula Guide
Consult the Mod Podge Formula Guide to find the perfect Mod Podge formula for your...
Essential Mod Podge Techniques
Step-by-step instructions on how to create fabulous Mod Podge projects.