Sunday, 18 December 2016

Decoupage Christmas Decorations

Decoupage is something I've loved the look of for ages, and this Christmas I made it my goal to find out how to do it so that I could make some new tree decorations and perhaps make a few gifts for friends and family too. 

After looking at various pinterst ideas, I found a few pictures which really inspired me.

I took a few evenings out to make these little hanging wooden decorations, and I'd love to share how I did them. It really is quite easy one you've got the correct materials. 

What you will need (click on links to see where they can be bought)

  • MDF wooden shapes (I went for hearts, angels and stars) 
  • White paint.
  • Mod Podge
  • Desired paper design - printed on laser printer (must be laser printed or it doesn't work)
  • Foam brushes
  • String/ribbon
  • Sponge
  • Metalic marker (optional)

  • Step 1 : Paint the shapes using a roller (I found this worked better than a brush as it coated them more evenly.) Leave to dry for several hours and give a second coat if needed.

     Step 2: Coat the shape with a layer of Mod Podge. Ensure it has a good thick amount.

    Step 3: Cut the desired paper design to a size that will cover the entire shape, then lay it pattern down on top of the side with mod podge.

    Step 4: Smooth the paper down very carefully. You could use a credit card to go over the top to ensure there are no air bubbles. It is really important that there is a smooth coverage at this stage, if it is not properly stuck down it will appear patchy in the end result.

    Leave to dry for 24hrs

    Step 5: Once dry, wet a sponge and gently dampen the paper.

    Step 6: Very gently, begin making circular motions with your fingers over the back of the paper until it starts to come away. You will begin to see the pattern appearing underneath. When it dries, this process will need to be repeated 2 or 3 more times, until all the paper has gone and only the pattern remains on the wood.

    Tip: the last few times, be very careful not to rub too hard as it can take off the pattern/picture from the wood.

    Step 7: Use a skewer, or something similar to put the hole back into the top of the shape.

    You can then thread a ribbon/string through the top and leave as it is. Or you can go on to step 8 to embellish the decoration further.

    Step 8: Using a metalic sharpie, I wrote various Christmas words e.g Joy, Believe, Love, Peace etc on the decorations.

    Once I was happy with the finished look I sealed it again with another coat of Mod Podge. 

    This was my first experience of decoupage and transferring designs to wood. I was really pleased with the results :) I ended up keeping a few for our Christmas tree and giving the rest away as gifts to my colleagues at school.



    1. That's a beautiful result, but boy does it seem to require a lot of patience and fiddleyness. Kudos to you! X

      1. The fiddliest bit was rubbing the paper off really. But if you like this kind of thing it's actually quite fun.