Upcycling Decoupage Blog

If you're ready to learn how to beautify those items that you just can't throw away.....I'm ready to show you how. You may just find this to be one of the most satisfying hobbies you have ever learned.  Welcome to my world...

Blog Post

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


Posted by admin_upcycle on November 24, 2016

DIY French Christmas Liquor Bottle Upcycle Decoupage

img_3446Before we upcycle or repurpose this liquor bottle, I’ll give you a few ideas about finding them. We have a favorite restaurant that we go to often. Since I already know the bartenders, I have asked them if I could have certain unique liquor bottles when they are done with them.  I ask relatives to save bottles for me, I go on Freecycle and request unique liquor bottles-for free of course. We also have Craigslist and I’ve gotten a few bottles there. You can do a search on line for pretty liquor bottles-then request the ones that you like on Freecycle or Craigslist. I have also found some lovely bottles in the Goodwill store, garage sales and once in a blue moon-along a path where I walk.  With all of that said…Ready to use some French Script, vintage looking tulle and wooden snowflakes on your bottle? I know I am. Of course we’ll add some glitter and even some mica. Mica is a mineral and it has a look that’s similar to very thin slivers of aged glass.  Here’s the supply list…and since my site goes through Amazon, please remember that you can do all of your shopping here, not just the supplies that I recommend. A Very happy Thanksgiving to you all!


French Script Tissue Paper                                 http://amzn.to/2gcDResscreen-shot-2016-11-22-at-10-54-51-am

Vintage Mica Flakes                                               http://amzn.to/2gcHUHu  screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-10-57-29-am

Bare Wooden Snowflakes                                         http://amzn.to/2ggRStl   screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-11-38-46-am

Rose Gold Glitter                                                        http://amzn.to/2flQTWb

Chalk Paint- select your color                                     http://amzn.to/2gGWps6

E6000 Glue                                                                 http://amzn.to/2foVoSZ

Napkin Decoupage Glue                                            http://amzn.to/2fp0kXZ

Triple Thick Top Coat (apply with brush)                     http://amzn.to/2fn2N1P

Triple Thick Top Coat (Spray on)                                  http://amzn.to/2fmRRkT






Posted by admin_upcycle on November 17, 2016

How to Make 7 Stunning Borax Crystal Christmas Ornaments Step by Step

If you haven’t seen my video on how to crystalize bottles I’ll include the link at here.  https://youtu.be/VN1VAFHnBo0   But for today? I wanted to show you how to make these easy Borax Crystallized Christmas Ornaments.  After making the bottles I had a lot of requests for this one. There are quite a few video’s on youtube already showing these but they are quite short. They don’t mention a lot of the steps, missteps and other options when it comes to making these lovely gems. img_3306  It is also not clear exactly how to make the ornaments using pipe cleaners. I spent the whole weekend working on some ideas of my own and I’m sure you’ll come up with some ideas of your own too! I had to turn the comments off on my site since I was getting heavily spammed from another country. You can contact me on my Facebook page, Upcycle with Decoupage or on my youtube channel @ patioelf. It does take a while for me to get back in touch with you. (Usually a little over a week now) And if you have a question that you would like answered a little faster, you can visit that Facebook page. All of these items are sold through Amazon, so if you have Amazon Prime, you get all of the same features. You don’t have to stick to my list of items either. You can get all of your shopping done while you’re buying any of these supplies. If you’re in another country-please do a Google search for Borax or a Borax substitute since I don’t know about specific products or goods in other countries.  Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/gr4MfHS21g4

Borax                                                                                      http://amzn.to/2girAZM

Martha Stewart 24 Pack Multi color Glitter                             http://amzn.to/2fYQg9e

Thin Chenille Pipe Cleaners (100 pack)                                 http://amzn.to/2giXfLO

Fuzzy Chenille Pipe Cleaners (100 Pack)                               http://amzn.to/2eHLqgL

Ritt Dye (link is for Scarlett)                                                     http://amzn.to/2gj5ZkV

search also for Green, blue, pink -any color!

Triple Thick Glaze Spray                                                          http://amzn.to/2gj2OK5

Iridescent Viva Decor Glitter Paste                                           http://amzn.to/2fYRZLN

Iridescent Sequins                                                                   http://amzn.to/2fYTcTa


Posted by admin_upcycle on November 10, 2016

DIY Mixed Media Gourd Christmas Decoupage

Here’s the supply list for our project this week but first, let’s have a look at how this gourd turned out. gourdthmb                                                                                             You can watch the “how to” video here :  https://youtu.be/XMfCS4oKdGs                  

   As you can see there is a small opening there for birds but in this case that was only to show you how to do it in the video. A little paint, some Christmas Napkins, French Script Stamps, French Script Stencils and of course I had to add glitter. Since my Gourd is a blend of blue and green colors, I decided to use a very fine blue and green glitter. That’s my product mention of the week, the package of glitter that you can purchase right here. http://amzn.to/2fAnvND I’m writing this blog post on November 10th 2016 so this particular set of Glitter is being sold at an Amazing Discount… 18.44 instead of 32.99!!! I can’t wait to get mine. Have a look at these….screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-54-32-amThere are colors in here to match every holiday, every color and any occasion! Don’t mind me – I am huge fan of glitter and all that is sparkly….Gives everything a magical touch, especially around Christmas!  I am listing 2 different sets of the glitter because the one above contains more than the one below. You may not want as much glitter or you may be reading after this sale has ended. I have included the drill here in case you would like to turn your Gourd into a birdhouse. Personally-I find myself using that drill a lot more than I thought I would. Not only does it come in handy for drilling, it also has become a necessity in my craft room. We’ll be using it more along the way.   I also want to add that  Decoupage seems to be the first thing we do besides painting-then we add on whatever else we want after that. Papers, stamps, stencils and whatever you can think of that you would like to add to your Christmas Gourd. But please don’t be discouraged if you are not quite wild about your first mixed media attempt. It may take some time until you like what you have done. Then again you may just have a knack for it and be able to create something that you love on your first attempt. There are several amazing Mixed Media Artists on youtube. You can get even more ideas from them and of course inspiration. Don’t forget that Upcycle with Decoupage is also on Facebook. If you go on over and click the “Like” then “Follow” button on the top right part of the page, you will get a notice on your facebook page every week when I publish a new video.

  •    Walut Hollow Creative Drill                                                              http://amzn.to/2eDIzjZ
  •   Craft Sea Sponges                                                                          http://amzn.to/2fEeGB9
  •   Chalk Paint                                                                                      http://amzn.to/2fz2hPZ
  • Upcycle with Decoupage                                                                 http://amzn.to/2fmKOtA
  • screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-4-53-55-pm
  • Case of Gourds                                                                                 http://amzn.to/2fEeEJG
  • Small Pouncer Sponges                                                                    http://amzn.to/2eDG4OL
  • Adhesive Holiday stencils                                                                 http://amzn.to/2eDJNMg
  • 6 X 6 script stencil                                                                             http://amzn.to/2eM8pWp
  • Script Rubber Stamp                                                                         http://amzn.to/2fTc0oi
  • Spar Varnish (Waterproof)                                                                 http://amzn.to/2eM7d5i
  • or Triple Thick Spray Glaze                                                               http://amzn.to/2eM7aGA
  • Coarse Nail File                                                                                 http://amzn.to/2fEh8b0
  • Christmas Napkins- Reindeer                                                            http://amzn.to/2eUJI7Y
  • screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-4-37-46-pm
  • Blue Green themed Ornament Napkins                                           http://amzn.to/2g01mv8                                                                           screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-4-41-34-pm
  • Cream & Ivory Christmas napkins                                                     http://amzn.to/2eMhs9Jscreen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-54-57-pm
  • Martha Stewart Craft Paint Roller                                                     http://amzn.to/2fza408
  • 3 pc Aqua Brush                                                                               http://amzn.to/2fEksTb
  • Napkin Decoupage Glue                                                                  http://amzn.to/2fTcNpo
  • Flat head brush set                                                                           http://amzn.to/2g08pnv
  • Martha’s Fine Glitter Set                                                                    http://amzn.to/2fTwsW6 screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-7-46-22-pm