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Posted by admin_upcycle on July 20, 2017

How To Decoupage with Wax over a Luminara Flameless Candle

Decoupage With Wax? But How you ask…..

It’s so easy and fun, I think you’re going to love this craft. You may even have every supply that you need on hand. If you don’t want to use a craft iron which you can purchase here: http://amzn.to/2tHkjFa

you can use the “paint on” method that I show in the video. You can purchase napkins here or you may some lovely ones in your stash that you have been saving for a special occasion. http://amzn.to/2trie50 

If you are not wild about roses or this particular pattern you can still click on any link on this page and enter a search that is specific to what you’re looking for. Do you want Blue Hydrangea napkins? Aviary themed napkins? French Script? Or would you like to see what your favorite designers are offering? You can search for Michel Design napkins, Punch Studio or Cypress Home. There are other designers out there too. I have been collecting napkins for as long as I can remember. I used to buy them before I knew what to do with them…and I have a few oldies that have been out of circulation for years now but I’ll always find used for them. Back to our project…did you know that you could decoupage using wax? About 3 years ago I was watching a video where someone took a Christmas image that she liked, and placed it over a candle. She placed wax paper over the image and then used a blow dryer to heat the wax enough where the image would settle into it and the wax from the correct side of the waxed paper would hold the image over the candle. Naturally as a crafter like you – I experimented with all types of papers. Some were too thick, (Card Stock) some were too crisp, (Newspaper and magazine) and before long I realized that this craft would work with napkins but I had another idea. I decided to do a faux encaustic look over glass jars. 

Dreamy Romantic Decoupage

The end result was so impressive I began to turn bottles, jars and votives into this wax covered decoupaged pieces. It had a very old fashioned look to it and with the endless supply of napkins available-I knew this could keep me busy for months. Especially around the holidays. So I got the following supplies together and made the video above for you to watch and see what I did. As always, don’t forget that you don’t have to purchase just what I list on my site here, You can click on any link and search for anything else you need so you can continue to shop on Amazon without leaving the site. Here’s what I used for this project and the links are right next to it if you would like to purchase that item or just read about it. 

3.5 X 5 (tall) Luminara Flameless Candle                                 http://amzn.to/2tHW1Lr

The remote is included in this set which always costed me an extra ten dollars! Please note that there is only candle in this purchase. 

Glass Candle holder Plate (6 inches around)                         http://amzn.to/2tHxs1h

Lo Tac painters tape                                                              http://amzn.to/2tg5vOF

Stainless Steel Saucepan (11 dollars)                                   http://amzn.to/2tg5vOF

Melting Pot    * Best seller                                                     http://amzn.to/2tgkDLG  

Tea Lights, (100 for 12.99!)                                                    http://amzn.to/2tgodW9

Tongs *you won’t need these if purchasing the melting pot   http://amzn.to/2vDwUum

Chip Brushes         *24 for 12.00                                             http://amzn.to/2tg9fiX   

You may want to shop for Tulle or Lace to match your napkins. The link for the craft iron is above.

Don’t forget to hit like and follow on my Facebook page too, Upcycle with Decoupage, this way you’ll be notified automatically when I enter a new blog post or make a new video every week!

have fun Friends!



Posted by admin_upcycle on July 13, 2017

How To Decoupage over Wicker

Have a wicker basket laying around?  

Instead of throwing it out, why not reuse it? Keep magazines in here, the doggies toys, reuse it as a trash container to perfectly match the boudoir. Or like me, you can use it for the lint that comes out of your dryer.  I mentioned in the video that this wicker basket has seen better days, it’s a little beat up….but for what I’m using it for who cares? There’s a clunky plastic container there now. I love to have pretty things around me…even when I’m doing my laundry. I also mentioned that you want to make sure you have a napkin with a background color that matches your spray paint. Yes, you can use chalk paint or acrylic but it’s so so much faster and easier to use a spray paint. I especially love to use these: http://amzn.to/2vdOm8E 

You can click on that link and get the color that you want, you may want an off white or another lighter color. You always need to use a lighter color when working with napkins. This brand of spray paint? I’ve used it on shoes, fabric, wood, glass and plastic. I love NOT having to have 5 cans of spray paint sitting around when just the one would do the trick! And of course, we will want to look at the lovely selection of napkins… 


or these: http://amzn.to/2ua4ond  

I wish I had seen these first! These are adorable! 

how about some roses? http://amzn.to/2tfB8He 

This always happens! I want to stop writing my blog post and go buy all of these napkins! Inspiration is hitting me and it’s hitting hard! 

Decoupage with Any Napkins you like 

Did you know that can click on any link and enter a search phrase for what you’re looking for? How about looking up Punch Studio napkins? Or Michel Design, IHR or Cypress Home…


I could go on forever! But let’s not forget the most important tool in our arsenal. Napkin Decoupage glue…. http://amzn.to/2ufbWou

Here are a few other items that you may want in order to finish this project. 

Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter                                       http://amzn.to/2tfF6Q6

I’m listing this glitter which has all 3 types of Martha’s Arctic glitter because it seems to me that the 4.5 ounce bottle is selling for too much on Amazon. I wouldn’t buy it and I won’t pass along those kinds of Non-savings to you either. 

Aqua Brush                                                             http://amzn.to/2tft0q3

Triple Thick spray glaze                                          http://amzn.to/2ufk0oY

Chip Brushes                                                           http://amzn.to/2ufiPpz

And in case you’re looking for that Laser printer…..here’s my favorite: http://amzn.to/2uf9mPc

That’s all Folks! There aren’t a lot of items to buy this week (which is a good thing) but that also means the project is that much easier to do! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/UpcycleWithDecoupage/

When you hit the like button and then the follow button on my Facebook page, you’ll get notified every week (on Facebook) when I put a new video or blog post out! 

Would you like to have a look at my line of papers on Zazzle? Here’s the link for those. I would not recommend you use these on wicker but they’re great for glass, wood, plastic, metal, I could go on… https://www.zazzle.com/upcycledecoupage

& as always, have FUN! 

Posted by admin_upcycle on July 6, 2017

How To Do an Image Transfer over a Kitchen Towel

You can use any Image you would like to transfer…

You may have a favorite picture, or you may want to have a look around the Graphics Fairy. But you will want to make sure that you are using a laser print. Most of us have multi functional printers in our homes and those printers are normally not laser printers. They are ink jet printers. The ink is not permanent. The ink will run and bleed. For this project you will either want to use your own laser printer, borrow a friends, or if you’re here in the US you can go to any copy center and make copies yourself. All of the copiers in the Copy centers use laser prints. (with the exception of some of the very large printing copiers) If you would like to purchase a laser printer or just read more about it you can do that here: http://amzn.to/2uLiyYq  

This printer is retailing on Amazon (which the above link will take you to) for 40% off list price right now. (July 5th 2017) 

I used 2 graphics from the Graphics Fairy that felt like they belonged in the kitchen-including the image of the sheep/lamb above. I especially loved the French script on these. Something you may want to keep in mind….if you’re not sure how to print in reverse, you may want to choose any image that does not include script or words of any type for your graphic. That will make it easy to just print the image you want and work from there. There are some graphics that include script on the Graphics Fairy that are already flipped (reversed) for you, so that you can easily print them out too. 

How to Begin our Image Transfer onto a Kitchen Towel

You may want to practice this on an old pillow case. Since I am strictly using these towels for decorative purposes only ( The paints and gel medium will render them useless for cleaning or drying) I made sure to work on a flat material. You know how most kitchen towels are already absorbent and fluffy-ish? I went to the dollar store and purchased a set of 5 towels for 4.44. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t find plain flat white, I knew I was going to paint them anyway. If you have a plain white towel or pillowcase, you can follow these same instructions and skip the painting. I do not think these will be machine washable. The paint and the gel medium make them dry so that they are stiff and I don’t think the gel medium will hold up in the washing machine. You could try it but for me? I’ll only be cleaning these towels with a damp cloth. I also experimented with acrylic paint and chalk paint. I use chalk paint for everything these days and I am always asked if a project that I have completed will work if using acrylic paint instead of chalk paint. I took one towel and painted acrylic paint on one side and chalk paint on the other. (This picture is showing the transfer drying on the chalk paint side-while the acrylic paint is drying on the other side) Also? I diluted the chalk paint. 1 teaspoon of chalk paint to 2 tablespoons of water. Mixed it up and brushed it over my surface. It’s best to work on a craft sheet or a piece of freezer paper (shiny side up) so this paint doesn’t go through to your surface. I then painted the other side of the towel with this stunning color by Martha Stewart, it’s one of her multi surface paints and even though it says it’s Pearl, it has some metallic brilliance to it also. This color is called Pearl Aquarium  which is included in this set.    http://amzn.to/2tQ0NdE                 

I’ll list all of the supplies and links below so you can get what you want. Don’t forget—you can also buy anything else that you need on Amazon while you’re shopping through my site. No need to buy what you want here then have to sign out and sign into Amazon all over again. The chalk paint dried within minutes so while the pearl paint was drying I started to work on the transfer. I used an artists bristle brush to apply Matte Gel Medium over the area where I was going to apply my transfer. I tried to center the transfer then I added the medium. I will always use this product to do transfers. I made sure to apply a very heavy coat of the medium. Since you’re working with absorbent fibers you will want to make sure that the gel sinks in-you will also want your image to transfer properly.   I have used every other medium under the sun for transfers and maybe because I work on so many different types of surfaces, I prefer the Matte Gel Medium. It’s all I will use when it comes to transfers.   While the gel medium was still wet I applied my transfer with the image face down.   (You can see barely see the image through the paper)  Right away to make it easier later on in the project, I dipped my fingers in a cup of water  & placed some of it around back of the paper. You can now see how the image is  beginning to show through.  While it’s wet I am going to very carefully wipe away some of the wet paper. The paper will clump up into little lumps as you wipe it away-but be careful…the idea is not to remove all of the paper yet, you are only beginning the process to weaken the paper. In essence you are going to remove the paper and leave only the image behind-on an invisible gel medium. Once I’m done I’m going to put this outside to dry since it is a sunny 90 degree day in July here on the East Coast. By the time I was done applying this transfer my Pearl Paint had dried so I followed these same steps and applied a Rooster Image transfer to that side. I’ll follow all of the same steps here. Once everything dried I dipped my fingers in water and began to remove the rest of the paper. You can also use a rough wet rag to remove the paper but you will have to be careful since if you’re overzealous you can pull away some of your transfer as well as the paper.      You can see the difference once I’ve removed all of the paper. There is a large wet spot around the image so we’ll let it dry.  Back out into the hot sun I go.  I am using the wet rag over the rooster to remove the paper because the gel medium dried a lot harder over the paint. I believe it’s the paint and not the gel medium. The acrylic paint dries to almost a thin layer of plastic-and is not porous-unlike the chalk paint that dries to a very flat (no shine whatsoever) finish and is quite porous making it perfect for transfers. 

Once I wiped away all of the paper and let the both sides dry I brought the towel back in to take pictures of it in my kitchen.   Here is how the side turned out with the chalk paint on it. I folded the sides inward like I would with any other kitchen towel and placed it between two of the other towels that came in the set. You can see that I used an off white chalk paint for this side. Here’s how the other side of the towel looks.   I wanted to take a better picture of it so you could see that some of the image got wiped away.    It still looks pretty and a bit more vintage. I like that I can turn this towel around depending on my mood. If I have someone over on 2 consecutive nights I can hear them asking me if I put out a new towel since the night before. Some of my friends are very artsy too and they do notice these things. I had to much fun doing this project, I hope you give it a try. Sometimes it’s nice to do a transfer along with decoupage and a lot of times it’s just nice to simply do a transfer. Have fun with this! And I’ll be back on youtube next week with a new video. 




Matte Gel Medium                                                    http://amzn.to/2sr58jA

watercolor oil or acrylic Paint brush set (best seller)                  http://amzn.to/2tKh3gB  

chalk paint                                                                http://amzn.to/2tK84Mn

Kitchen Towels                                                         http://amzn.to/2sr8ZNU

This is a set of 7    28 x 28 inch all white 130 thread count kitchen towels.   $16.49 ! That’s a good price! Think of the gift ideas! 


Posted by admin_upcycle on June 29, 2017

DIY Decoupage & Transfer a Canvas bag that lasts!

Decoupage and an Image Transfer over Canvas..Here’s how…

You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/0YNRfeUNHK8


We live near a dollar store but it’s one of those dollar stores that also sells Mattresses and party supplies. It’s an odd store to be sure, but they have a whole lot of “stuff” that I somehow always seem to need. Who doesn’t need a Cowboy Boot shaped Candle? I was happy to see a bunch of these canvas bags in the bag of the store. Looks like their whole family had been saving these bags for decades. There were company logo’s all over them, promotional slogans (like the one above) and names from boutiques and Dr.s offices. My Doctor never gave me any kind of bad like this. I was lucky to get an appointment-never mind a gift bag. I knew I could decoupage over these words so as long as I stuck with a lighter colored canvas bag, I was ready to upcycle and use these bags. In  the stores I end up paying a couple of dollars for the plain ones that fall apart after a year, or 10 dollars for the bags that have pretty decorations on them. I knew I could make this bag to look just like I wanted it to. I headed on over to the Graphics Fairy. You can have a look over there too but a word of warning, if you have never been to this site, you will need a long long time to see all of the goodies they have on this site.  http://thegraphicsfairy.com/ 

You can print some of these images already reversed if you are looking for any kind of writing. If you know how you can also print the images out on your own printer in reverse. I mentioned this in the video but I finally broke down and got a laser printer. Since I was doing so many transfers and the ink jet prints were running, bleeding or fading when I tried to do the transfers I knew I had to get a laser printer. Here’s my favorite, and it is a color printer.     http://amzn.to/2tmru9S  

Before you purchase a laser printer, keep this in mind. Laser printers have come a long way and the colors now look just as good as the ink jet printers. They are more expensive though and to keep the prices down some manufactures will make the printer a printer only. Meaning you can’t make copies with it, can’t scan with it or use it for faxes. Since we have an office in our home we have another (ink jet) printer that does all of that. I bought this laser jet not realizing that it didn’t have all of the bells and whistles because I didn’t read about it. I assumed that it came with all of the above mentioned. That was my fault for being too excited about the printer and not reading about it-but it turned out, I didn’t need this printer to do all of that anyway. If you need something that does have the extras you would need to pay more and it’s a bit more than an ink jet printer, but the prints are waterproof which is why I bought this. The cartridges tend to be more expensive than ink jet printer refills too. Just so you’re aware. 

I also mentioned in the video that I just found out that you can waterdown chalk paint. I had no idea! There are video’s all over youtube about people painting furniture, and I mean the cushions!!! with this watered down mixture. I liked that I was able to experiment with this on a Canvas bag rather than finding out that I didn’t like it on a piece of furniture. I made a copy of the image I wanted from the Graphics Fairy, printed it out in reverse and took a hold of my Matte Gel Medium. Here’s the link to purchase that.. http://amzn.to/2tqnZzA

And applied my transfer. Once I finished the transfer and that was all done, I began to decoupage. 

Decoupage using an Iron

Ever use an iron to decoupage? You know what the biggest advantage to this is? No wrinkles. Imagine using an iron and ending up with no wrinkles. Where else in your house have you seen that?  As long as you add a full heavy coat of decoupage glue to the surface you’ll do well with this project. I can’t stress enough, you have to have full coverage of the decoupage glue. I’ve made a few video’s in the past using the iron method. I will get a couple of questions from people asking me why the napkin wouldn’t stick after they used the iron. It’s always because there wasn’t enough decoupage glue used. 

Canvas Bag as Beach bag, trash bag, shopping bag, gift bag

What can  you use these for? I’m sure you have even more ideas than I do. You could even do these as shower favors. Pink flowers for a girl baby, blue for boy, misty green or a soft yellow if you’re keeping it a secret. Wedding shower? Decoupage the flowers to match the color theme of the wedding. You can even write the names of the bride and groom on the bags and decoupage around those. I already put mine in the back seat of my car and I actually used it today. My husband texted me while I was editing today’s video saying that there was a problem with his truck, I was going to have to come pick him up. I gathered up our 3 dogs, got in the car and we went to rescue my husband like he’s done for me a hundred times. Unwrapped a piece of gum and put the wrapper in my new pretty trash bag.  (The dogs will be the only one to see that for a long while since I rarely have anyone in the back seat of the car-doesn’t matter, I can see it and I love the way it looks.) Here are the rest of the products you will need. Did you know that you can buy anything else you need while you’re shopping through my site? Click on any of the links to get what you would like, and then simply search for everything else you need -since it all goes through Amazon, you’ll get the free one or two day shipping if you’re a Prime member. 

I also told you I would give you a link to a blog post that help you if you have an ink jet printer, here’s that link. http://piddix.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-prevent-smudges-and-bleeding.html

Canvas Bags, (12 for 9.39)                                                       http://amzn.to/2snT7uw 

Chalk Paint *sampler set shown below                                     http://amzn.to/2tqH8l2

Chip Brushes                                                                            http://amzn.to/2tqE08K

Decoupage Glue                                                                      http://amzn.to/2tmm4vn

Water Brushes  *3 for 13.44                                                      http://amzn.to/2ujYWut  

Liquitex Matte Varnish                                                              http://amzn.to/2tmwzz4  

Parchment paper                                                                      http://amzn.to/2ujYb4p  

Beautiful napkins                                  








Posted by admin_upcycle on June 22, 2017

How I Made A Tip Jar with a Mason Jar Decoupage & a Transfer

Don’t you love the Graphics Fairy? 

Before I begin my blog posts I like to give you the link to the video so you can watch it, then read along if you have any questions,- also feel free to make purchases that you need below. Here’s the how to video: https://youtu.be/3moafwLaVpQ 

I used a lovely Black and White image of a flower girl in the video and  here is the link to the graphic from the Graphics Fairy.  http://thegraphicsfairy.com/gorgeous-antique-flower-girl-engraving/  

One caution about going over to the Graphics Fairy. Make sure you have some extra time when you visit this page, it’s equivalent to walking through a beautiful garden where you just want to stop and look at every single flower..  You will be inspired-and you may want to use a different printable. They have it all on the site so have a look around. 

Decoupage and Image Transfers…perfect together!

 Before you make your jar you may want to decide if you want to go with a colorful project or black and white, or monochromatic. *Use only one color but different shades of that one color. For me I wanted to stick with a more monochromatic theme, using black and white but several different shades of blacks like grays and silvers. If you would like some napkins that would match this project have a look at these beauties. (link to purchase is just below image) 




or how about something like this? Also beautiful    


and one more:                                                         


Along with the chalk paint. I do want to mention that there is a product that is made by Zinnser here’s a link for you to purchase it or read about it. http://amzn.to/2sPE3KR 

by the way, it is a few dollars cheaper if you buy it here than in your local hardware store….  One of the rules of painting is that you should only use an oil paint over and acrylic paint, but never an acrylic paint over an oil paint. The reason being that it takes forever for the oil paint to dry, and if you add a quick drying acrylic paint over the top of the slow drying oil paint, you will get cracking or chipping. Perhaps the fact that this is a spray paint and it therefore goes on much thinner….you can break that rule here. I have used this product on my glass jars and bottles, tiles and porcelain Christmas houses, in order to protect them forever. Now though-with the popularity of chalk paint I am thinking this is a non issue. I spray the glass with the Zinsser, let it dry for a few days, (I tend to spray several projects at once and keep them in a safe dry storage area so they are ready to be worked on in the future) then I add the chalk paint. The reason I mention this is because even though the chalk paint is good, it will not last as long as the Zinsser product. If your project is going to sit on a shelf making the room it’s in look even more lovely, you can skip the Zinsser. If you are going to be moving it in and out of storage (for holidays) or using it as a tip jar, you may want to actually go ahead and use the Zinsser. If you’re making coasters, you really want to use the Zinsser. If you’re using the Zinsser you also want to keep this out of your oven, do not put this chemical in your oven. Air drying is fine. If you have a dry unused room where you can let it degas, even better. If you are going to go on ahead without using the Zinsser, remember that you do NOT have to put these projects in the oven to dry. I am impatient and I tend to be working with a deadline, that’s how I discovered the oven method and the right temperatures. 

As the video shows, you would want to first paint your item, dry, do your transfer, dry, then decoupage your napkins over the surface. Don’t forget you can also make something like this for that special niece or nephew but turn it into a bank. If you would like a matte finish (no shine at all) you will want to use this product as your top coat to protect your work. 

Liquitex Matte Varnish                                                             http://amzn.to/2sPQoyC

If you would like to add glitter over the matte varnish once it has dried you would want to use an additional product like this. Clear Adhesive for Glitter           http://amzn.to/2tK8FK2

If you would like to use what I used… Triple Thick                  http://amzn.to/2rzOuhv

Here are the additional supplies I used and you may also want.

Chalk paint          *any light color                                            \http://amzn.to/2tK8YVt

Roll clear crystal beads                                                          http://amzn.to/2toMhXB

Glitter *extra fine Silver                                                           http://amzn.to/2rRndXi   

Silver or Gold Sequin Tape                                                     http://amzn.to/2rRPI6S 

small roller brush                                                                    http://amzn.to/2ttRflT

Modeling Paste (for fill ins)                                                     http://amzn.to/2tOsO1Q

parchment paper                                                                   http://amzn.to/2sQCtHR

napkin decoupage glue                                                         http://amzn.to/2sBnvU6

Crystal embellishments                                                          http://amzn.to/2rDsqCF

adhesive crystal swirls                                                            http://amzn.to/2sQSCNu

Laser Printer                                                                           http://amzn.to/2sVQuoa

Upcycle with Decoupage Book                                             http://amzn.to/2tOvgWf