This easy to make craft can be done by crafters of any age or skill level. Decoupage has its origin from the French word “decouper” which simply means “to cut out”. The art of decoupage involves cutting out small paper objects and arranging them in a decorative way on another object such as wood. The final step is to glue them and seal them with numerous coats of varnish for a smooth result.
What you will need:
•A variety of complementary papers (prints work well-but you can also use pictures cut out from magazines, photographs, or art prints)
•A small box or shoe box
•scissors (both blunt and decorative edge)
Instructions for the project-Begin by laying out your pattern on the top of the box. Keep in mind that layers work well with this type of project so do not be afraid to get creative. You can use your scissors to trim the paper down or give pieces a decorative edge. After determining your layouts apply a thin coat of decoupage glue (also known as modge-podge glue) and then quickly apply your papers. Be sure and smooth out any ridges or bubbles. After making sure everything is where you want it apply another thin layer of glue and let dry thoroughly. Continue on with this process until the entire box is covered. You can apply a final top coat for a shiny finish. Let dry completely and you are then ready to use your beautiful new box!
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