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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.

Posted by admin_upcycle on December 1, 2016

How To make a Terra Cotta Planter Christmas Centerpiece w decoupage

img_3570Do you have a Terra Cotta Planter lying around?  I have a link to one right here if you need one. http://amzn.to/2gM2hMa   But let’s add some pretty Holly Berry napkins to it, along with some lovely Martha Stewart Multi Surface Paint and coarse Glitter. I have a suggestion though, you would want to take your Christmas themed napkin http://amzn.to/2gM8wQ4  screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-6-19-09-pmlike this one with holly and berries on it, or you may prefer a more Victorian themed napkin like this one http://amzn.to/2gmjmz7

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-6-21-46-pmand let’s decoupage it over our painted planter. Even though I would love to sell you the large picks that go on the inside of this planter, I would like to suggest that you take the napkin of your choice over to any craft store right about now (Today is December 1st!) where there are all kinds of sales on Christmas items…and select some large Christmas picks that will fit into your planter and match or compliment your napkin. Below, you will find the links to the other products you’ll need and they all go through Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime, the shipping is free! If you don’t have Prime, you can try it for FREE here http://amzn.to/2gmhExT  . This is how I started with Amazon Prime. I knew I would be ordering a whole lot of ‘stuff’ on Amazon for Christmas. So I decide to try Prime for free. I was shocked that not only did I get free shipping, but I was getting all of my purchases in TWO DAYS!  That’s impressive. I had days where I ran out of dog food. Cooked extra food at our meals, to feed the dogs but knew I could order and GET my dog food within 2 days. That’s just one example. I also learned of functions we had to attend where I wanted to bring something but I didn’t have time to run to the store. Enter Amazon Prime. Since I  work from home it’s really convenient for me to order my art supplies on Amazon. They already beat the prices in the stores even with the 40 percent off coupons-in most cases. Enough about Prime you say? OK,

I would like to invite you to head on over to Youtube to watch over 200 video’s of mine! Well maybe I should say you may want to peruse my channel to see if there’s anything else you would be interested in decoupaging. I especially like to decoupage furniture and I have about a half a dozen how to video’s on that. I also have a Facebook page called Upcycle with Decoupage. If you go over and like and follow the page, you will be notified on your facebook page every week when I put a new video out.  By the way, if you would like different napkins from the one’s I have listed here, just click on the link and enter what you are looking for into the search. You may want to search your favorite holiday items. Santa Napkins, Victorian Christmas napkins, Candy Cane napkins, you name it-you can probably find it. If you’re not sure what you would like, do a search for Punch Studio napkins, Michelle Design napkins, or simply Christmas or Holiday napkins.

Have fun with this project, I know I did!

Christmas themed napkins                                                  http://amzn.to/2gmk0gh




Upcycle With Decoupage Book                                            http://amzn.to/2fMSN2f

Acrylic Artist’s Brush set                                                       http://amzn.to/2gmjEpL

Martha Stewart Coarse                                                         http://amzn.to/2gWDw42

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

Cotton Twine                                                                        http://amzn.to/2gWxQ9Z

Elmers Glue ALL                                                                 http://amzn.to/2fMQxrJ

Aqua Brush                                                                          http://amzn.to/2fFJ42E

Triple Thick Glaze                                                                http://amzn.to/2gmm5sg

Saran Wrap                                                                          http://amzn.to/2fMVpNK

Delta All Purpose Sealer                                                      http://amzn.to/2gVtdNy

Small Roller Brush (3″)                                                         http://amzn.to/2gKcZmf

Martha Stewart Multi Surf paint *18 pack                            http://amzn.to/2gVwRH1


Warm White LED Fairy Lights (Electric)                                 http://amzn.to/2gKsIlo


Different Colored LED Fairy Lights, battery op.                     http://amzn.to/2gKwRFU