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Posted by admin_upcycle on April 18, 2018

Decoupage paper towel rollers to look like Birch wood Faux fireplace logs

Decoupage Napkins over Paper Towel Rolls

Before I go any further, if you’re looking for the filler here is the link :   https://amzn.to/2HrqmsH

This product is to be used before you paint and decoupage. Right after you tape your tubes together. Make sure to read the reviews since there were some mistakes that people made and this will help you avoid those pitfalls. As long as you read the instructions you’re fine. So that you don’t waste a bunch of money filling the whole tubes, stuff the tubes with old newspaper or magazine pages, junk mail all crunched up. Leave a few inches near the ends of the tubes and use this foam filler then. It’s ok if it overlaps because when it’s dry it’s so easy to cut it with a knife. You just cut it off and you have a flush outside making these logs look even more authentic after you decoupage the ends too. I’m adding 2 separate links for the napkins since they tend to sell out quickly once I make a video with them. The first two links are for the napkins. 

Birchwood  Image napkins                                                 https://amzn.to/2J932Nd

more napkins                                                                      https://amzn.to/2qI0VIP

Matte Aerosol Varnish                                                         https://amzn.to/2J2QI1i

Napkin Decoupage glue                                                     https://amzn.to/2vpqunB

Chunky Glitter  *Martha Stewart Coarse                            https://amzn.to/2JYGHU8

I’m adding this Laser printer at the request of several viewers who asked which one I have. This is the exact printer I have and I want to let you know that HP has now purchased the printer division of Samsung which is better for all of us since Samsungs customer service has gone down hill as of late in my opinion. Pure frustration to call them. Here’s the laser printer which I use for all color copies (they won’t bleed or run when doing decoupage) and I use these for all transfers. Whether they’re in color or black and white. This laser printer costs less because this only prints. In other words it does NOT have a scanner or copier. You can only print from your computer.  The cartridges for laser printers are more expensive than cartridges for inkjet printers but they also last a whole lot longer. This unit comes with starter sizes then you can order the full capacity cartridges when you need them. The sample lasted me a while but that’s all relative for each of us. 

Don’t forget you can watch exclusive video’s on Patreon http://www.patreon.com/patioelf

I will be adding furniture video’s to that site in the spring, (technically it is Spring but it hasn’t warmed up enough yet for me to get outside) and Patreon is a pay per view site. Although you would only pay once and continue to watch the video as often as you want. 

I’m also on Facebook on the page Upcycle with Decoupage. Have fun guys! 




Posted by admin_upcycle on April 4, 2018

Acrylic Paint Dirty Pour over Terra Cotta Pot, Canvas and Glass

Dirty Pour Acrylic Paint has to be the coolest name…         

I normally decoupage everything I can get my hands on as most of you know. But I’m also a crafter, a painter and an experimenter. I watch Youtube Video’s just like you. When I accidentally stumbled across a video called Beginners Dirty pour acrylic paints, I had to watch it. Not only did that title pull me in but the image they were showing on youtube was beautiful. It looked like something that you would find if you were able to go to the center of the earth. I also noticed some of the paintings looked like beautiful skies or sunsets, mountain sides when you see the whole range of colors in those solid rocks that have slid away revealing these gorgeous works of art that are just there! I knew I had to try this and so I did. Not only did I love it from the very first time, I kept on doing it and doing it and I’m so hooked on it, I have to find time to do my decoupage. I’m serious, this is addictive! 

There are several amazing artists on youtube who do these acrylic pours and while most of them stick to a few staple supplies, they all have different ways of making these, over different surfaces using different additives. If you’re just beginning a very good place to start is with MIXED MEDIA GIRL / she’s very thorough and easy to understand. I like her way of making video’s too. She’s very relaxing and pleasant. I don’t know her but I’ve watched so many of her videos. There are several other video’s out there too though so if you’re in interested in this feel free to search them all out. You’ll be amazed! 

Have fun with this guys, in time I’ll make a video showing you how I used my decoupage papers over this surface, and I’m adding my designs to my page on Zazzle. You can go to my Zazzle page by using this link. https://www.zazzle.com/upcycledecoupage

Here’s what Patreon is: 

If you would like to follow me on Patreon    (Patreon is a way to join your favorite creator’s community and pay them for making the stuff you love. Instead of literally throwing money at your screen (trust us, that doesn’t work), you can now pay a few bucks per month or per post that a creator makes.  For example, if you pay $2 per video, and the creator releases 3 videos in February, then your card gets charged a total of $6 that month.  This means the creator gets paid regularly (every time she releases something new), and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts.  That’s right–Imagine you, in a long frilly white wig, painted on a 10-foot canvas on the wall of a Victorian mansion.  And imagine your favorite creators making a living doing what they do best… because of you.)

Here’s the link to my page on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/patioelf 

Here are the some of the supplies to get your started. 

acrylic paint set                                                          https://amzn.to/2Hav5Mz

7 Pack of Canvas          value pack                             https://amzn.to/2JkHG0u

Gallon White craft glue                                               https://amzn.to/2GUXsRq

brush set      Best Seller                                             https://amzn.to/2q5GxC2

Triple Thick Glaze brush on                                       https://amzn.to/2HbqE4n

Triple Thick Glaze Spray * Rustoleum                       https://amzn.to/2EgWcTf

Butane Torch                                                              https://amzn.to/2JiumK4

Coconut Milk (hair product with Dimethicone            https://amzn.to/2JljA5x

Terra Cotta Sealer                                                       https://amzn.to/2JjvXz2

Large popsicle sticks                                                  https://amzn.to/2Jjc639

Butterfly Punch (my favorite!)                                      https://amzn.to/2q6UPBu



Posted by admin_upcycle on March 28, 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 

https://amzn.to/2GdS8Jd                                           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?               https://amzn.to/2J1fuzE   

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?                 https://amzn.to/2pIwLpa

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…     https://amzn.to/2GWkCYt 

Laser Printer                                                                                         https://amzn.to/2r1bIhg

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                             https://amzn.to/2KdO7mt

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                                                      https://amzn.to/2HsbUBc

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                             https://amzn.to/2I1MwiI

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

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium                                                       https://amzn.to/2JoMP6W

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                                                       https://amzn.to/2Fgy2sv

Hummingbird napkins                                                        https://amzn.to/2JqkfSw

blue bird on pink cherry blossoms                                             https://amzn.to/2r29MoP

Ocean / Beach themed

Mermaid Napkins                                                             https://amzn.to/2FgzR8P

Coral colored flamingo                                                 https://amzn.to/2JqDcEQ

Starfish napkins                                                                  https://amzn.to/2JoGbh0

New England Seafood Napkins                                            https://amzn.to/2qYNg09

Versatile Markers

Faber Castell Big Brush Pen set                                                   https://amzn.to/2HtV7Oo

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:   https://amzn.to/2IZ1C8N 

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 https://www.patreon.com/patioelf 

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. https://youtu.be/63eYGfzKtbM

Another video that is a huge help is this one: It’s called DIY 3 Decoupage Techniques    https://youtu.be/S3iTvtsLt4I

Clay Pot Sealer                                               https://amzn.to/2v2O1KJ

Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter                        https://amzn.to/2JAQJdA

Maya Gold Metallic Paint                                https://amzn.to/2EzUpbW

Large Wide Rubber Bands                              https://amzn.to/2GMLj1w








Posted by admin_upcycle on February 8, 2018

How to Decoupage a French themed Heart

Decoupage a French Heart for Valentines Day

To see the video you can watch here: https://youtu.be/gRav2mxKATM

Ready to add a new twist on the painted paper mache heart? let’s decoupage it! 

You’ll also want some chalk paint to match your napkins, and in this project I used a punch. Here’s the link to the one I used and Wow, I’m surprised how often I use this punch and for today’s purposes I think you’re going to like how we even decoupaged our butterflies!  For other supplies you may want you can continue to shop through any of these links. Just click on any link and start shopping. 



For supplies the link is above each image..




5 inch papier mach’e heart    ————————————————http://amzn.to/2H0uvQY

Napkin Decoupage Glue  —————————————————-http://amzn.to/2H0Rbk

Other Supplies

mini drill (optional



saran wrap

white coffee filters (flat ones work best but you can use the round ones too) 

adhesive gems or pearls

decorative key

Hot glue 

(string lights-optional) 





Posted by admin_upcycle on November 23, 2017

How to Age any Glass bottle or jar with Decoupage and a transfer

Ready to Decoupage ? Think Wine Bottles Liquor bottles & Glass Jars like Yankee Candle Jars

Are you ready to make your glass look like this? 


Here’s the link to the (already reversed) French Script from the Graphics Fairy


So sorry I couldn’t talk in this week’s video but feel free to ask me any questions that you have. I’m happy to help out. Thank you so much for joining me on Patreon. If you’re visiting my site for the first time you’ll want to have a look at my Patreon channel here. That’s where you’ll find this video along with others. There is a one dollar fee to watch the video and you can watch it as often as you like. Soon I’ll be offering a monthly subscription fee of five dollars so you can have the fee taken out of your account every month and you can then watch all of the video’s of mine that you like! I’ll also be offering rewards to my monthly subscribers. You can have a look around here: https://www.patreon.com/patioelf     

Here are the rest of the supplies, but first, need napkins? The link above each napkin is the one you’ll need for that napkin. Once you’re on Amazon you don’t need to come back to this page, just keep on shopping for whatever you need on Amazon! 








Here are your other supplies, 

Glass jar, bottle, vase

Paper Doilies

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Decoupage Glue

Bristle Brush (small artists brush) 

Zinsser Bullseye Primer (Blue can) 

Pouncing sponge brushes

Decoupage scissors  (listed as small curved scissors)

Saran Wrap

Lace Trim

Chalk Paint *any light or pastel color

Triple Thick Glaze

Antiquing medium 

Mister Bottle (you can look up Mister bottle 2 oz empty) to mix antique medium and water

Pitt Big Brush Artists pen http://amzn.to/2jR5nW1

By the way, I just ordered this whole box for myself and I can NOT wait until they get here…expect to see a lot more of these in our upcoming decoupage videos..