Month: March 2018

Decoupage Supplies – What you’ll want

Decoupage Supplies to have on hand (& some you might need) 

*Skip to the lower portion of the page for different project needs. I add additional supplies as I complete new projects. 

Let’s say you wanted to put together a Decoupage kit. In this kit you would need an item to decoupage, let’s start with a simple box, paint, paper, decoupage glue, scissors and a top coat. The top coat is the protective varnish that you’ll need. 

Let’s start with the box. I mention a box because it is the easiest surface to work over. No tricky angles, or curves, just flat straight surfaces. You can also start out with something like this.                              

This birdhouse is an actual birdhouse and you may want to practice on one of the 3 dollar birdhouses from the craft stores. The three dollar ones don’t hold up (as bird houses) but are good for practicing on crafts that sit on an indoor shelf. 

The papers? Always important. While actual paper like the type you use to wrap gifts with is ideal, over the years the papers aren’t quite as pretty as the napkins. I find that the expensive stores tend to have the same patterns as the dollar stores. Unless you buy these papers from Cavallini                                           These papers are much more firm than napkins, and are great for flat surfaces. You can either cut out a whole fitted section of it, (if the side of your project measures 5 inches high and 3 inches wide, you can simply cut out a piece of this sheet that measures that size) or you can use a sponge to paint two colors over your birdhouse, let it dry, then cut out each separate butterfly that you want, and decoupage it over the surface. These little scissors?        

will help you cut out all of the intricate patterns you like. I use a larger pair of scissors to cut out the piece of paper with the image(s) on it, then use the smaller scissors above to get into the smaller area’s. These scissors are about 4 inches long. 

Decoupage Glue?       

Even though this is called Collage Pauge, it’s a very good decoupage glue. I also like to use matte because it’s easier to put a shine over your surface with the top coat, than it is to get a matte finish over a shine. This way you can use one decoupage glue and adjust your top coat or varnish to one that is a high gloss, satin or matte. I have to mention that I have used all decoupage glues and with the exception of Viva Decor Decoupage glue, they have all still needed a varnish or top coat over them. (Varnish and top coat are the same product) Even though the labels states ” sealer and finish” I’ve noticed that if an decoupaged item gets damp or too hot, it can actually stick to a surface. I learned that the hard way. 

If you would like to use napkins you want to make sure you paint your background color a very light pastel color that matches the background color of your napkin. If you want to cut images out of your napkins you can, just make sure to use some repositional glue (glue stick) on a piece of copy paper or junk mail, place your napkin face up over the glue, smooth it down and cut out your images. When done, separate all three layers of the napkin so you’re left with the top piece only. I’ll provide some links to beautiful napkins below and provide the link to an excellent napkin decoupage glue. Before I show you the napkin decoupage glue I’ll tell you this. A couple of years ago I decoupaged a planter, and since it was springtime, I put it outside to dry. I forgot all about it and after a rainy week I remembered I left it out there to dry. I was sure the decoupage had all peeled off. Nope, it was all intact, it still is! I hadn’t even put a top coat over it! It was this napkin decoupage glue out of Germany. 

this is actually a small bottle, I don’t think it comes in a larger size here in the US anyway. With the link I’ve provided above this bottle, you’ll be getting 2 of these bottles though. Viva Decor makes so many beautiful products that I’ll be listing those along the way too. If this napkin decoupage glue is sold out you can also use this one… 

Laser Printer                                                                               

You may want to finally get the laser printer you’ve been looking for. This is the one I use and make sure that you note—this is not a printer that does it all. You can’t make copies with it, fax or scan, simply make lovely laser copies that can be used for perfect transfers and decoupage as well as all of your other printing needs. I’ve been using this one for almost 2 years now. 

Perfect Paper for transfers through your printer                   

for transfer purposes these work best with a laser printer. Ink jet copies will smear -they also aren’t waterproof. If you decoupage over them you could lose your image. 

Mona Lisa Spray Adhesive                                            

The spray is so much easier to use than the glue you apply with a brush. I have never had success with that, but if you know what you’re doing, you may want to stick with the brush on. 

Mona Lisa *speedball Copper Simple Leaf                   

This Simple leaf is the one that doesn’t blow away and scatter all over the place. 

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium                                             

There are other medium that can be used for transfers however I have found that this one works the best for me. 




As for napkins? Well there are thousands of beautiful prints out there. 

Let’s start with the florals















How about some birds? If you check on the link below, you can also see over 20 other napkin designs to choose from , just from that one link! 





blue green song bird napkins                                             

Hummingbird napkins                                              

blue bird on pink cherry blossoms                                   

Ocean / Beach themed

Mermaid Napkins                                                   

Coral colored flamingo                                       

Starfish napkins                                                        

New England Seafood Napkins                                  

Versatile Markers

Faber Castell Big Brush Pen set                                         

These pens cost so much in the craft stores if you buy them separately- you would need so many coupons to and have to return to the stores a dozen times to get this set for this price. Here it is with free shipping and it can land on your doorstep in 2 days!!! You can also blend these for a few seconds then they become permanent. I don’t know of any other marker on the market that does that! I use these all the time.  

How about some paints? If you’re working on glass you’ll want to try these: They are called Multi surface paints though, because you can also use them on many other surfaces. 


my personal favorite is chalk paint         


*favorite reason for using chalk paint? NO sanding required! You gotta love that! Chalk paint can also be used over multiple surfaces. If you are going to use chalk paint over glass (which you can do-you can even use it over metal and plastic!) you would do yourself a service by first spraying your glass surface with this product: 

If you chose to get the above product in a hardware store-make sure to get the red can. It comes in a blue can, a grey can and a red can. Get the red when working over glass. 

Favorite top coats? 


Triple thick provides a superior glaze but there are 2 rules, use only a bristle brush when applying (no sponge brushes) and make sure NOT to overwork it. This varnish/top coat provides the highest gloss available without getting into a two part resin product. 


I’ve tried all of the Matte varnishes in the craft stores, and this by far provides the flattest (no shine) finish of them all. Only one coat is required. They also make a Satin finish that works well. 

So there are the main players in our game of decoupage. Don’t forget to visit me on Facebook at Upcycle with Decoupage. Or on Patreon 

Patreon is a pay per view site. When I am working on my furniture projects they tend to take up too much time and I am not able to feasibly do those on Youtube anymore. You can go over to Patreon through my link and have a look around- see what it’s all about. You will certainly get a lot more individual personalized attention there on Patreon. 

Have fun with your decoupage. This can be the most relaxing yet fulfilling thing you’ve done in a long time. You can also watch this beginners video on youtube for help.

Another video that is a huge help is this one: It’s called DIY 3 Decoupage Techniques

Clay Pot Sealer                                     

Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter              

Maya Gold Metallic Paint                      

Large Wide Rubber Bands