Sunday, 23 September 2012

Guest Post: An Intro to Decoupage and Appliqué

I'd like to be more crafty so I've enlisted a little help from some fellow bloggers. Vicky tells us a bit about Decoupage today. Thanks Vicky!

What is Decoupage?

Decoupage is a craft that involves sticking layers of paper on to an object to decorate it. After each layer of paper varnish is added to protect the work and give it a nice finish. Decoupage is thought to have originated in Siberia from where it spread to China and then later into Europe.

What can you decoupage?
You can decoupage practically anything you like. Common items include:

  • Furniture
  • Plant Pots
  • Photo Frames                                                                                           
  • Mirrors               

Note from Brighton C: There are some great flea markets in Brighton to find perfect furniture to Decoupage! x
What kind of materials will I need?

  • Paper scraps. Could be tissue paper, magazine cuttings, photographs, wrapping paper, napkins etc
  • Scissors to cut up the paper
  • Glue. Mod Podge is one of the best decoupage glues on the market. It also contains a sealer and varnish.
  • Sponge. To wipe away any spillages and help smooth out creases.


  • Try decoupaging old chunky wooden bangles to give them a new lease of life. You could either completely cover your bangle in your favourite paper scraps or you could spray paint it first and then add pictures around the centre of the band. 
  • Decoupage is extremely popular in the area of card making at the moment. You can actually buy pre-cut decoupage card making kits where you simply layer the paper and stick it down.


Appliqué can be applied to any type of medium but is most often used in reference to sewing. It is where pieces of fabric (or other types of embellishments) are sewn on to fabric. If you were to rip your jeans and sew a patch over the top this, although very simple, would be an applique.

What can you appliqué?

  • Quilts
  • Cushions
  • Clothes
  • Bags


  • Fabric scraps.                                                       
  • Thread. In a colour to match the project you are working on. 
  • Needle
  • Embellishments like buttons, gems, and ribbon 

  • Transform a plain white cushion cover with colourful felt circles. Use different colour circles and sew them into lines of 3. 
  • Make a bunting themed appliqué greeting card by cutting your fabric scraps into triangle shapes. Glue them in to a line across the centre of your card and stitch along the top to finish off the bunting effect. 
  • -Find a template of a teapot online and print it use. Use it as a guide to cut a tea pot shape out of fabric. Glue the tea pot to a square plain white greeting card blank and use your sewing machine on a zigzag stitch to sew around the edges. Add a button as the tea pot handle and voilà! 

Images source via Vicky on Pinterest 
About out guest blogger: Vicky runs where she writes craft tutorials that cover subjects like card making, sewing and décor. She has been an avid crafter since she was 13 with her primary passion being paper crafts. 


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