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Posted by admin_upcycle on January 12, 2017

DIY Pizzi Geoffre Decoupage Lace Beach Theme

Welcome back my friends! Pizzi or Pizzo Geoffre Decoupage has never looked like this. Normally this style of decoupage uses a darker brown oil paint to cover the lace. You then wipe that oil away and are left with a lovely vintage stained lace over your surface. I however, did not want to do what has already been done, so I decided to bring a bit of the summer back to our project for today. Here are the supplies you’ll need and don’t forget to check out the video and subscribe to my channel! Upcycle with Decoupage is also on Facebook so if you like and follow the page you’ll be notified every week when I put a new video out! 

Let’s first start out with some lovely sheer lace….http://amzn.to/2j4Meh2 

Decoupage Glue                                                     http://amzn.to/2jAu8EA  *$2.82 Shipping fee

Viva Decor Precious Metal Colors                           http://amzn.to/2jrMoM7 

Chalk Paint                                                                http://amzn.to/2idcQrN *all colors/ I used light green and white for todays video.

White Craft Glue                                                         http://amzn.to/2idf3DP

Glittering Glue                                                            http://amzn.to/2jrGfzl

Coarse White Glitter                                                    http://amzn.to/2jrMhQK

10 pc Sponge pouncers                                             http://amzn.to/2jrR6cN

Mini or Travel Blow Dryer                                             http://amzn.to/2idjZIt

Clear) E-6000 glue                                                         http://amzn.to/2jrDRJ4

21 pcs Craft Keys                                                           http://amzn.to/2iC71oH

Sea Shells                                                                       http://amzn.to/2jrFA0Q



Posted by admin_upcycle on January 5, 2017

DIY 2017 Decoupage with Watercolor Tissue Papers

Before I go on, here is the link to my store on Zazzle.  http://www.zazzle.com/s/patioelf

There is another store on Zazzle of mine, and here is the link to it   http://www.zazzle.com/s/upcycledecoupage  There are 2 stores because the first store I opened has the name of this website and my Facebook page associated with it. But as time goes by I am trying to streamline everything into one name. I will even change my Facebook page name to Patioelf. Possibly patioelf decoupage since we’re all about decoupage. I will even be changing the name of this website to patioelf decoupage. Now, back to our video for the week! 

Don’t you just love going to thrift stores? You may even already have an old frame laying around your house. How cool is it that you can now make pictures in the color themes that you want or like? Who cares what’s on trend? I know I don’t. Some colors soothe me and they always will. My favorite color goes in and out of favor as does yours. We surround ourselves with what makes us comfortable. So I will be adding images in all the colors of the rainbow, and then some of course to the site where I am selling it. In the meantime here are some supplies you may need too.  You will notice next to the Viva Decor Napkin glue that there is a note saying there is a shipping free with this. This is the best napkin decoupage glue I have found. I have used this to decoupage planters with and these planters have stood up to rain, snow, high heat and humidity and direct sunlight. I used this glue in todays project and it’s the one with the semi gloss finish. You can however, use the Liquitex Matte Varnish over a high gloss surface if you plan to decoupage the way I have. Don’t forget, Upcycle with Decoupage is on Facebook, if you go over and click “like” and “follow” on the page you’ll be notified every week when I put a new video out. As always, thank you for subscribing to my youtube channel! Happy New Year!!!! 

Chalk paint sampler set                                                               http://amzn.to/2iFL60R

Viva Decor Napkin Glue (there is a shipping fee with this one)  http://amzn.to/2hSKhVb


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

Bare Wood Frame to decorate                                                    http://amzn.to/2iFVyFE

There is no glass on this frame

Posted by admin_upcycle on December 22, 2016

How To Decoupage Glass Globes Snowman

You can watch the How To video here :                        https://youtu.be/TIf9qIP_h3Q


http://amzn.to/2h6n7Zo                              Snowman Napkins

http://amzn.to/2h6jV01                               More Snowman napkins

Glass Globe Terrarium                             http://amzn.to/2i1iDSo  14.99 for set of 2 

Americana Decoupage Glue                    http://amzn.to/2he7AbT   10.40 for 8 oz

Martha Coarse Glitter                                http://amzn.to/2hbvmn8    7.99 for 4. 58 oz

Extra Fine Glitter                                        http://amzn.to/2i2oOWs    8.95 for 2 oz. 

Martha Multi surface paint                        http://amzn.to/2hebdP0

Cristal Gel (Viva Decor)                            http://amzn.to/2h3BxGK




Posted by admin_upcycle on December 15, 2016

DIY Decoupage a box for Christmas Wrap Idea

You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/6Zpy36CVbbM



Need Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas? I have one here for you. Don’t you have a gift for someone that you really want to make even more special? Whether you are presenting pictures of your new baby -yes, even your newest fur baby…or you’re giving someone a scarf that you knit. (or like me do you prefer to crochet?) And how about this? You can upcycle or repurpose a box! I used a Godiva box to complete this, and paper towels. Yup, I dipped them in coffee and decoupaged them over the box. I added some lovely lace when I was done and a  faux branch of pine that had glitter and a pine cone over it. Of course there are so many types of Christmas picks that you could use. I love to spark ideas in others! Thank you for subscribing to my youtube channel. On the bottom right side of this video you’ll see a scissor icon. If you click on that you will be subscribed…It allows me to make more videos for you. Below you will see a list of the items you’ll need to complete this project, and the links to purchase them right next to it. I do want to mention that I purchased an angel for my tree top that you’ll see in the end of the video, I have to provide that link since I know someone will ask me.. My web site goes through Amazon so if you have Amazon Prime you will qualify for all of the free shipping. When you shop through my site they will still ask you to sign in which will identify you as a Prime member. Have fun!  You can also have a look at this video by a friend of mine on youtube: https://youtu.be/nCP7wnDI1mg    

Gift Box                                                                                             http://amzn.to/2gMBTEw

paper towels (plain white)                                                                   http://amzn.to/2hPpKfZ

Matte Varnish                                                                                       http://amzn.to/2gKL89O

Matte Decoupage Glue                                                                       http://amzn.to/2gMTqwj

Roll of Lace                                                                                          http://amzn.to/2hPuIJk

Chalk paint-any color                                                                               http://amzn.to/2hxYQKp

Christmas Pick                                                                                           http://amzn.to/2hv9qo8

This one measures 15 inches long and is made with Felt

Tree Top Angel     *51 % off now…                                                             http://amzn.to/2gMOxDL   


Pitt Big Brush Artist Pen                                                                                http://amzn.to/2hvgK2Y  

This link is for the Gold Green color that matched perfectly in the video. This link is for a whole set of them! Imagine getting or giving this as a gift! 

Pitt Big Brush (12 pc) Set                                                                               http://amzn.to/2gOTKe3

I love these pens/markers. Even though they are permanent-they can be used for blending-as long as you blend right away. They take a few seconds longer than other markers to dry. If you are going to use these for stamping purposes, it is recommended that you “huff” on the stamp to keep the ink from drying out before stamping. 



Posted by admin_upcycle on December 8, 2016

DIY Wreath Making White on White Lace Glitter & Decoupage

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-5-37-11-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-07-at-5-38-34-pmIt takes me about 3 to 4 days to complete my youtube video’s. How is it that I could not find the sun in any of those 4 days? This White on White Winter themed Christmas wreath looks like it was hit with a glitter bomb. Maybe because I kind of did hit it with a glitter bomb. I was hoping to show you the end result by hanging this on one of our pine trees in the yard. I could picture it now, Sun breaking through the clouds, the blue green pine tree in the background as the brilliant pieces of glitter resembled freshly fallen snow on the lace and the French Horn in I used in the background. I even purchased a special light to show all of it-but it still doesn’t quite do it justice. You can still see though, that this festive Christmas Winter themed Wreath might be something that you would like to do. I’ll proved the links below for you to make some purchases-but I wanted to mention that this is the perfect time to try Amazon Prime. It’s free until after Christmas. You could be getting free shipping for everything you buy! That’s how I started with Prime, but once I realized that most of my craft supplies were already cheaper on Amazon than the prices I was paying in the craft stores….I knew I had to have that free shipping. The 2 day arrival time has me spoiled too.  Have a look at it:  http://amzn.to/2h7rYZ0

Don’t forget, you can buy everything you need and not just the items I am showing you. Here are the items you’ll need for this week’s project.

A Faux French Horn, these are available in the craft stores now that it’s the Christmas season.

Plug In Glue Gun (w/glue stix)                            http://amzn.to/2gohy8j

26 gauge white floral wire                                   http://amzn.to/2gZGkfI

Bowdabra *Easy ribbon maker                           http://amzn.to/2gftomZ  *$13.39 comes with DVD 

A roll of Lace                                                      http://amzn.to/2gDEcaC

Multi Surface Spray Paint                                   http://amzn.to/2h7BQnV

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

Martha Stewart Fine Glitter                                 http://amzn.to/2gcx1Fi

Music Note Napkins                                           http://amzn.to/2glK76z

Spray Adhesive                                                   http://amzn.to/2gcg0A0

Triple Thick Glaze                                               http://amzn.to/2gcilWO

Napkin Decoupage Glue                                    http://amzn.to/2gDNza8

Artists Brushes                                                    http://amzn.to/2glSIWY   13.99 on Prime / half off! screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-6-36-53-pm

Several Christmas Picks which you may want to find in the craft store. Use a central piece like the deer I used. There are small birdhouses, poinsettias, Vintage Christmas balls or ornaments that you can find too.