Here’s what I made last week using decoupage. These are empty baby milk cans which I wanted to use as decorative storage cans. Decoupage is so simple you can do it with kids. I did it once with cub scouts and it was great fun for them. Its main advantage is that it gives stunning effects even without any talent at art.
What I used
- something to decorate (you may use a box, a can, a picture frame, you name it – I chose the baby milk cans),
- mat white acrylic paint (the ‘ceiling paint’),
- decoupage glue & varnish (I bought mine at a crafts store – it’s 2 in 1),
- a paint brush or a paint roller (5cm or 2 inch should be fine),
- a glue brush,
- colorful paper napkins with decorative patterns on them.
How I did this
1. I painted the surfaces I wanted to decorate
I needed to hide the milk brand pictures and all the texts printed on them, plus metal element are usually difficult to decoupage (because they don’t like the glue). It took 3 layers of paint and I allowed each layer to dry before I put another one.
2. I prepared the ornaments.
Paper napkins are usually made of 2 or 3 layers of thin paper. I divided the layers and used only the thinnest paper with the patterns on it, because this way the edges are less visible. After that, I cut out the pictures I wanted to use with scissors.
3. I stuck the ornaments with the glue and brush.
Since the napkins are so thin, I put them on the can and then smeared the glue over them, very gently so that I didn’t tear the paper. Since it’s 2 in 1 glue and varnish, one layer was enough. After sticking the decorations, I used the 2in1 glue to cover all the remaining dry paint patches, so that everything is varnished.