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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



Posted by admin_upcycle on August 17, 2017

DIY Artist’s Journal Idea Book from Address book

                                        The Before                                                                        The After 

DIY  Artist’s Journal using an Address Book

You can see how beat up the original address book was….and how it looks now. A little chalk paint, decoupage glue and glitter….and it’s like new. You could even use an old address book and paint over the pages with chalk paint so you can use the book all over again, this time for your creative ideas. I have to admit, I have about 4 different places where I write down my ideas. I keep a pad in the bedside table because I am constantly getting ideas while I’m going to sleep or waking up. Yup, I sure do, I dream about decoupage. But that pad has to stay upstairs, so I keep another pad near the computer where I’ll get ideas galore after looking on Pinterest. I keep notes on my Iphone, and then there are the variety of napkins in my pocketbook that all have all types of mad scribbles all over them. Have a look at this weeks Youtube video and see where I’ll be keeping all of my notes from now on. I will carry this book with me everywhere, and in the event that I forget it, (I have to make it a habit first) I will still have the backup pads all over.
In the meantime, here’s the supply list and the links next to them so you can buy them right here!   If you like the napkins don’t hesitate, they sell out very quickly. Punch Studio has some of the most beautiful napkins you’ll ever see.  If the napkins you want are sold out, click on the link, and enter exactly what you’re looking for, an example would be Music themed napkins -or purple hydrangea napkins..you can also do a search for Punch Studio napkins or Ideal Home Range Napkins, floral napkins, French themed, fruit, etc…
Address Book (this one is Moleskin)                                                                http://amzn.to/2vK3Z9o    
Chalk paint Sampler                                                                               http://amzn.to/2vJJ8TJ     
decoupage scissors                                                                                       http://amzn.to/2fMPRIF   
Triple Thick Glaze                                                                                            http://amzn.to/2vJDfWG    
Matte Gel Medium   * for Transfer                                                                   http://amzn.to/2vK63hE   
Trio of roses napkins                                                                                       http://amzn.to/2vEMSr7 
punch studio Pink Paisley napkins                                                                   http://amzn.to/2vJNZnI   
Punch Studio Seahorse napkins                                                                      http://amzn.to/2i6TdXJ  
Punch Studio Butterfly Damask                                                                         http://amzn.to/2fMSz0N 
Posted by admin_upcycle on August 10, 2017

DIY Decoupage & chalk paint a tea pot Beach themed

How to Paint and Decoupage a Beach Themed Teapot 


you can watch the DIY Video here: https://youtu.be/0WGmDYJIzK8

First let me say two things….I have had these napkins for years and I can’t find them anymore-so I am sorry that I couldn’t find them to put here on my post, (thought I did find several other beautiful napkins!) and the second thing is, I am only using this teapot for decorative purposes. For that reason I was happy to find this beat up one in the thrift store. It’s one of those items where someone probably wondered if they should donate it or not wondering what good it would be to someone-AND this turned out to be one of my favorite projects. I love most things to do with the sea having grown up frequenting the Jersey Shore way before it became world famous. Memories of my families on both sides, going to the shore. Parents would set up blankets, bring the coolers with lunches and drinks, the bags full of sunscreen and of course a radio. While the kids all ran into the ocean as if it was a candy store. Night’s were then spent on the boardwalk-I wasn’t one to go on the rides like most of my cousins but I did love to hang out with my Grandma Conlon. I loved both of my grandmothers, but this Grandma liked to play the machines where she would win toys and trinkets for all of us. There were 16 grandkids and we were just as happy with the toys that came out of the machines as we were with the toys that came from the toy store. She used to give me coins because I got very good at winning on those big glass machines that had the claws on them. I didn’t even care that I wasn’t winning something for me, I was making my Grandmother happy and that made me feel pretty special. 

Hydrangeas and Butterflies

Even as a young child I always remembered seeing those canvas awnings around most of the homes along with large family sized porches…and hydrangeas. Maybe that’s another reason why hydrangeas are my favorite flower. The few times that I have seen the butterflies land on the hydrangeas I thought it was magical somehow. It was certainly pretty and I was born with that artistic leaning- so I was very drawn to the flowers and the butterflies, still am. That’s how our beach inspired teapot was created. I was missing the shore. I found the teapot in the thrift store and knew I could make it pretty again. 

In the video I used Annie Sloan chalk paints. Her paints are not that easy to find. I have used the paints listed below to do other ocean themed projects and they’re a nice substitute. The video was made a while ago so I’ve learned from people’s comments that they can’t just run right out to buy the Annie Sloan paint. If you have it, great, but if not, I’ve supplied the links to the colors you’ll need to complete this project. Don’t forget, you can buy anything that you like while you’re on Amazon, you don’t have to sign out after buying what you need for this project. You can get what you need/want, then continue to shop for everything else you’re looking for. 

Have fun friends! 

Here’s the supply list. 


Small Curved scissors                                                                    http://amzn.to/2hLXCza

Mica Flakes * Mother of Pearl                                                         http://amzn.to/2vGlb21

craft sand                                                                                       http://amzn.to/2vkIcXv

Elmers Glue                                                                                    http://amzn.to/2vnExGt

Coarse Glitter * Martha Stewart                                                      http://amzn.to/2vkqkM1                    Triple Thick clear Top Coat                                                            http://amzn.to/2vkDJUp

craft pearls Ivory and white                                                           http://amzn.to/2vkMDBz   

aprox 50 seashells asst size and shapes                                      http://amzn.to/2vkMKNv                                                

White Chalk Paint  (Adirondack color)                                            http://amzn.to/2fthgPq                       Seaside Villa colored Chalk paint                                                   http://amzn.to/2vnPbgq

Glacier Colored Chalk paint                                                            http://amzn.to/2fuhuWy 

Pouncer Sponge brush                                                                    http://amzn.to/2vnXwRe

Professional Splatter Brush                                                              http://amzn.to/2vQ9OoH

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

Shades of Indigo Butterfly napkins                                                   http://amzn.to/2uHZMRp

Caspari Dayrol butterfly napkins                                                          http://amzn.to/2uHq1aA

Aporia Butterfly *and flower napkin                                                        http://amzn.to/2vkEexG

Hydrangea Napkins                                                                                 http://amzn.to/2vkD2e2

Blush Hydrangea napkins                                                          http://amzn.to/2hLgq1t

Butterfly and Hydrangea Napkin                                                http://amzn.to/2uqDyYZ