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Posted by admin_upcycle on September 28, 2017

DIY Decoupaged Piggy Bank loaded with Glitter


Decoupage rescues this Thrift Store Piggy Bank! 

I’ll be featuring a few Thrift Store Items that we’ll rescue with Decoupage. This little piggy is one of many items I have purchased from the Goodwill store near me. I love that I get a letter from Goodwill showing how the money from my purchases and my donations has gone to help people. SCOOOOORE… 

I currently have a bowl where I throw my change at the end of each day. As I threw my change into it the other day I thought, “What am I doing?” At the very least I should have a bank. I have always loved piggy banks and knew I could make one a lot prettier than any I could buy. I could also make it to fit my color preferences-so can you! 

I wonder if any of you have had a similar experience to what I’ve been going through. There seems to be a lot of upheaval around me. My spouse, my Dad, one of my best friends, all handling very frustrating events going on in their lives. Because they are so stressed, I have been so stressed. I only mention this because I feel badly that I can’t always respond to your questions or comments these days. It’s just me working the video’s, the camera, the editing, the projects, website, and Facebook page….I read your comments and I really do try to get back to you, but weeks like these, let’s just say they are so challenging…I think everyone will all be fine, thank God there are no serious illnesses. With all of that said, I’ll let you get back to your shopping and looking forward to a new project! 

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this week’s project. I’m going to add a few links to some pretty napkins, the rest of the supplies are written exactly the way you’ll find them in a search. Since my site goes through Amazon, you won’t have to leave the site to get anything else you want. 

Lettuce Napkins                                                                    http://amzn.to/2xGYRp5

Rose Napkins                                                                              http://amzn.to/2y9RGax

Magnolia Napkin                                                                 http://amzn.to/2y9YCUT

Indigo Butterfly Napkins                                                     http://amzn.to/2fRPjyr

Jeweled Butterfly Napkins                                                      http://amzn.to/2wXHXiv


Other supplies you’ll need: 

A Piggy Bank, if it’s porcelain, you will want to use chalk paint over it as a base coat. Same goes for plastic. 

Napkin Decoupage Glue

Martha Stewart Assorted Glitter

Chalk Paint *background color of napkin and chalk paint should match

Small Curved Scissors 

Triple Thick Glaze, (spray or brush on) 

  • May need Flat Back Gems 



Posted by admin_upcycle on September 21, 2017

DIY Mixed Media Decoupage Glass Plate

Mixed Media Decoupaged glass plate

Easing into Mixed Media with Decoupage 

Don’t be worried if you’ve never done a mixed media project. Mixed media means that instead of using paint, (which is one sort of medium) you are using, paints, inks, stamps, papers, glitter, stencils and other items you may want. I am going to keep this blog post very short this week since it’s been THAT kind of week. I am going to post the video very shortly and I only just now remembered that I had not even completed the blog post! I’m one hour away from watching my Korean Drama’s! I have to get this done quickly. But I digress….I’ll show you in the video step by step how to use mixed media with decoupage. I love that you can also use this plate as a hostess gift. Why bring a plate of cookies on a plate that you need back? Make a beautiful plate or platter and bring the cookies, dessert or appetizer that you promised you would bring, wrap them lovingly in some iridescent plastic wrap with a matching ribbon, and present the dish as a hostess gift. I’m telling you, your host/hostess will be very happy. What a nice surprise for all of their hard work. This project was made using images of Vintage roses and carnations that are my copyrighted images. But you are allowed to use them in your crafts to sell at craft shows or on Etsy. As long as you don’t copy and sell the images you’re safe! 

Here’s the link to my store Zazzle:  https://www.zazzle.com/vintage_white_watercolor_roses_sized_for_bottles_tissue_paper-256823821345302187

*that link will take you to the papers I used for this project. 

So without further ado, here are the items you’ll need for this project. I’m going to supply one link this week, you can copy the list of supplies and just continue to enter those words into the search to buy everything that you need. You can also buy whatever Amazon needs you have while you’re shopping for supplies, you don’t have to sign out and start all over again! 


Vintage Roses Tissue paper (see Link above) 

Glitter Assortment                                                       http://amzn.to/2hkiHxh

Dye Ink Stamps, (must be DYE ink not pigment

Napkin Decoupage Glue 

Dishwasher safe Decoupage glue *enter this phrase in the search bar through the above link

Clear Glass Plate 

decorative Plate holder

Maya Gold Paint

Chalk Paint

Triple Thick Glaze *you won’t need this if using the dishwasher safe decoupage glue

Splatter brush or toothbrush

mini paint roller

Dye Ink

small stencils

Rubber stamps

Ink Blending Tool

Heat Gun (in crafts ) 



Posted by admin_upcycle on September 14, 2017

DIY Repurposed Coffee Can to Storage E Z Decoupage

This Used to be A Coffee Can! 

Not only can you roll up magazines and place them in here for storage, but if you use the larger sized cans of coffee you can keep a spare roll of Toilet paper inside. No one will ever have to ask you where the extra roll is because it will be enclosed in this lovely storage container. 

Necessity is the Mother of Invention and the Inspiration behind so many of my projects

That’s why my book is titled, “Upcycle with Decoupage” It’s projects like these that I love the most. I have plenty of napkins on hand, I have plenty of cans around and a very inexpensive project becomes something that looks quite charming and it’s functional! LOVE that! So aside from the coffee cans, you’ll also need some saran wrap, heavy grit nail files and furniture polish. *The furniture polish is to remove any labels and residue from the metal cans. 

Here are the links to everything else you’ll need. Don’t forget! You can do all of your Amazon shopping while you’re on my site. Let’s say you’re going to purchase the variety pack of Martha Stewart Glitter. You add it to your cart then think….”You know what? I really wanted to buy that gift for Aunt Martha….” Simply go back up to the search bar and enter what you’re looking for. You don’t have to only buy what I recommend and you don’t have to sign out and sign back in again. 

Don’t forget …Upcycle with Decoupage is on Facebook, if you like and follow my page, Facebook will notify you as soon as I put a new video out! 

If Any of the links don’t work, simply click on any high-lighted link, and enter the descriiptive words into the search. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

E6000 glue *clear                                                                   http://amzn.to/2f6abVi

Chalk paint asst.                                                                     http://amzn.to/2f6ERG9 

Martha Stewart Glitter Set                                                       http://amzn.to/2w8xlBM

Pearl Rhinestone Ribbon Trim                                                http://amzn.to/2x2k5xA     

Grey Velvet Ribbon                                                                 http://amzn.to/2wXCxIs  

Organza Ribbon                                                                      http://amzn.to/2x1Pf84   

Embossing Gun Kit  *image below                                            http://amzn.to/2eVD96F   

Maya Gold Paint  *  also in Petrol, Violet & Blue                         http://amzn.to/2x1LWxD  

Napkins (Link is just above napkin image)                         http://amzn.to/2wa3MA0                                                                            



Napkin Decoupage Glue                                                         http://amzn.to/2xz5ACH



Posted by admin_upcycle on September 7, 2017

DIY Repurpose Wine Glass to Holiday Candle Votive

Watch the video here:  https://youtu.be/J7AEMEklkP8




Decoupage Using Rice Paper and Dye Inks

So we had a party a week ago. My brother was in from Florida, I invited the majority of our neighbors and we ordered some Italian Food from our favorite Italian place, Mama Flora’s. I had finished all of the shopping for everything else, and then I noticed it…. a complete mish-mash of wine glasses. Some that were gifted, some that had been with us since the beginning, some that we got along the way when we needed more. I hated to throw them away, they were perfectly fine. I knew I couldn’t make it to Goodwill for a few weeks and that’s when it hit me, I can make VOTIVES out of these!!! I got all excited. Over the summer I took a mixed media course and we used Dye inks for all of our projects. We used a lot more than that but as always, I tend to try to figure out ways to incorporate new things that I learn into decoupage. I already had this rice paper (Calligraphy paper) on hand – I purchased it originally for use in my copier. Uh, no. Maybe it was just my printer but it constantly jammed up inside the printer so that by the end of an hours worth of attempts all of the pets had hidden in different area’s of the house. I knew I would be able to work with the paper in the future though-so today’s video was all about the rice paper and Dye Inks. 

Turning a Wine Glass into a Votive- Repurposing at it’s best. 

Using the inks I was able to create some votives to help ease us into Autumn. Amber, Rust, Yellow, Orange and some burgundy all went into this weeks project. While I don’t like taking down my summer crafts, the shell wreaths, the floral pots with summer flowers, and the ocean themed projects …I did love adding these little beauties to those new empty spaces. I simply inked the papers, added stencils and a stamp and tore the paper into strips. I then decoupaged those papers onto the surface of the glass. Seriously, this was so satisfying.

Go on ahead and watch the video and in the meantime- don’t forget that while you’re shopping through my site, you can order anything you need from Amazon while you’re there. You don’t have to sign out and buy the unrelated items by signing back in. Don’t forget that Upcycle with Decoupage is on Facebook and when you hit “like” and “follow” you’ll be notified every week when I put a new video out! 

Here’s what you’ll need: * Images are below the links

Rice Calligraphy paper                                                       http://amzn.to/2eJKKoJ


ink pad set (fall colors) * you can search other colors too   http://amzn.to/2wJjQWs

12 pack ink pad Sorbet Scoops                                             http://amzn.to/2wJcGkE

12 pack Dye Ink Pads Dew Drop                                           http://amzn.to/2wIPHGu

Large Ink Pad   * Angel Pink   *other colors available                            http://amzn.to/2wJewSE

Round Ink Blending tool *w/ replacement sponges                               http://amzn.to/2wJol3a  

E6000 Glue (with Precision tips)                                                                 http://amzn.to/2wbwdIL  

Heat Gun                                                                                                      http://amzn.to/2eJA7SZ

Napkin Decoupage Glue                                                                              http://amzn.to/2vME6ZZ 

Fall Stencil  (Stencil is 11 X 8 -though images are smaller                          http://amzn.to/2j5gGJ4   

Rubber Stamp   3 x 3 x 1 Fall Tree                                                                http://amzn.to/2wJBOIb 

Rubber Stamp 6 x 4 (best if working on Bottle) Mouse and Bird in tree         http://amzn.to/2gNo0si  

Rusty Patina    *there is a 2.99 shipping fee with this                                      http://amzn.to/2j4SneD 

All Color Glitter assortment                                                                             http://amzn.to/2j7Dckz




TRiple Thick Glaze Top Coat                                                                  http://amzn.to/2wJCNbp                                                                                                                                        


Posted by admin_upcycle on August 24, 2017

Must Love Pink Decoupaged Birdhouse With Butterflies


That’s the link that will take you to my store on Zazzle! 

All good decoupage projects start with just the right paper, or image. You don’t have to love pink in order to do this project though. A birdhouse can be any color you want it to be.Let’s get our papers first then we can get the rest of our supplies.  

Birds Need Homes especially in the Winter…

Would you like to keep this outside or indoors? You don’t have to add the lovely butterflies although truth be told, I could make butterflies this way all day. Using the coffee filters, the punch that I have and these Pearl Paints by Martha Stewart. Imagine making these glittery little butterflies and adding them to your Christmas tree….how about an Easter Basket?? Perfect for Springtime….but for now I want to be able to see Butterflies during the upcoming fall and winter months. 

You may want to google birds in your area to see what types and sizes of homes they prefer. This little opening is perfect for the little wrens that like a small little nest. A Woodpecker would never seek out a home like this, they prefer to make their own homes. Right in the trees… Several other birds though do seek out cozy little abodes.     Today’s project may be the perfect little home for a romantic minded little birdie. 


Here’s the supply list and links for what you’ll need for this project. Don’t forget, you can do all of your Amazon shopping through my site! 


Please note: Prices listed below may change/these prices were in effect as of August 23 2017/ Upcycledecoupage is not responsible for price changes made by sellers. 🙂

Wooden Birdhouse                                      http://amzn.to/2w4lhhw

$10.99 (free shipping with Prime Membership

XL Teflon Craft Sheet/Matt                           http://amzn.to/2w4mZ2x

$19.99 & Free shipping 

Martha Best Sellers metallic and Pearl paints         http://amzn.to/2w4VNRk

            $22.51 Free ship

Napkin Decoupage glue                                          http://amzn.to/2w4L3SX 

Glitter Assortment                                                     http://amzn.to/2vZleFH

Butterfly Punch                                                         http://amzn.to/2wooUBz

Look! It’s got 3 different punches! I use this all the time! 

Flat back gems  *assorted                                                        http://amzn.to/2g6hs7z

e 6000  w/ precision tips                                                          http://amzn.to/2w4AzTG  

pop dots                                                                                    http://amzn.to/2irDhzd

Decoupage scissors                                                                 http://amzn.to/2v6ReZn 

Paper Glaze                                                                               http://amzn.to/2v6wqBj  

Liquid Pearls *7                                                                          http://amzn.to/2woCEwt