What is a decoupage

Beautify furniture with the decoupage technique

Découpage - the French word means something like "cut out". With this technique, cut-out image motifs are glued to a workpiece and coated with several layers of varnish. Afterwards, the glued-on picture looks like a painted-on original.

Almost all surfaces such as wood, cardboard and plastic are suitable for découpage work, although smooth surfaces are easier to work on than structured ones.

Depending on which object is being redesigned, you should make sure that the selected motif fits into the environment. Boxes and small boxes can also handle playful patterns. For small pieces of furniture, trays and mirror frames, subtle colors and classic picture motifs are more appropriate.

If the surface is not completely covered with paper, you can apply a primer coat and adapt it to the colors of the motif. Make sure, however, that the type of paint and varnish (water-based or synthetic resin-based) match.

It is advisable to try this technique on a cardboard so that the selected object also corresponds to your ideas later. Because the special decoupage paper that you can buy in the creative market is thinner than photocopied templates or wrapping paper. This means that applying the various types of paper with adhesive varnish and a brush requires some practice.

The cutting tools are a prerequisite for success. Particularly sharp cuts can be made with specially shaped scissors and a scalpel. Important: Use a pad with the scalpel.

Découpage technique: creatively design the box

Step 1/4: stick on the cardboard box

The surface of the cardboard box was primed with a casein paint in the same tone as the paper. These plaka paints (pelican) can be diluted with water, mixed with one another, and they can be tinted.

Step 2/4: cut out the motifs

The filigree lavender pattern is first cut out generously with the scalpel on the cutting mat. The fine cuts on flowers and grass are best done with sharp scissors.

Step 3/4: glue the motifs on

In order to stick the finely cut motifs on the desired place, the adhesive varnish (shower) is painted on with a brush, then the paper is glued on and coated repeatedly with adhesive varnish.

Step 4/4: Brush on protective varnish

The protective varnish comes at the end. Objects that are used frequently require two layers. After the first coat, let the varnish dry for an hour. Then the second job takes place.

Cinema posters, posters with architectural sights and reliefs from antiquity also offer interesting design options. In addition, art books are a real treasure trove. Drawings of medicinal herbs, mushrooms and animals can be arranged particularly well on trays.

Wrapping paper also offers great patterns to decorate. The good thing about these templates: You can enlarge or reduce the motifs on the photocopier - depending on the object.