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The Art of Decoupage

Here at MacKenzie-Childs UK, we have recently created a bespoke packing room to fulfil your lovely orders! When designing the room, we thought it would be fun to add a quirky and homemade twist to a wall, we decided to decoupage! We had a great time creating this wall so today we are going to show you how can recreate our design! Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. Commonly, an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers


You will need -

  • Napkins/Tissue Paper (cut to your desired size)

  • PVA Glue

  • Gloss Varnish

  • Paint Brushes

  • Clean, flat surface

  • Patience!

  1. Ensure your surface is clean from dust and dirt before starting. Ensure you are in a well ventilated room.

  2. If you are using napkins, ensure that you remove the backing layers of napkin, only leaving the patterned layer.

  3. Apply a small layer of glue to the surface and then apply your napkin or tissue paper, dip your paintbrush in the glue again and apply a light coat of glue to the napkin to remove air bubbles and creases.

  4. Apply the next napkin to the surface using the same steps. Ensure you are gentle when smoothing out the air bubbles, you don't want it to rip!

  5. Using the steps above, continue to apply the napkins or tissue paper until you are happy with the end design.

  6. Once finished, leave your newly decoupaged design to dry for at least 24 hours.

  7. Once it is dry to the touch, apply a light coat of gloss varnish to your design to ensure it will be durable and protected!

Check out our napkins, they are great from decoupage!

https://www.mackenzie-childs.co.uk/table-accessories


Here is the completed wall!


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