How to Create Napkin Decoupage, A Simple Tutorial for Beginners

How to Create Napkin Decoupage, A Simple Tutorial for Beginners

Just a few photos of some of the wooden items I have renovated using Napkin Decoupage.

The items were all lying around the house looking tired and unloved or bought from car boot sales and charity shops for a pound or two.

 

Here we have various wooden boxes, a bread bin, “home” sign, kitchen spice rack and display case. All these items were purchased at thrift shops for just a few pounds and upcycled.

Some items were also distressed to give a more shabby chic appearance, however, I find wooden items best to work on.

Tutorial

After a coat or two of emulsion paint (tester pots are great for this) the item is ready to be decoupaged.

Personally, I use Cath Kidston napkins but any will be fine. Remember,  you must separate the layers of tissue to make it one ply only. This can be fiddly but it is really important.

Cut out the design and decide where you would like it to go. Then use a little watered down acrylic glue and smooth the napkin on top of the glue. Also, add a layer of glue to the top of the napkin also and leave to dry.

Add a clear varnish over the top to make the design more durable and give it a nice sheen.

We restored an old mug tree and cutlery drawer, also jewellery boxes and napkin rings. Its so easy to transform plain items and give them a shabby chic feel.

Hope you like the designs. It’s a really cheap and easy way to upcycle anything made from wood.

 

 

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