DECOUPAGE WITH WRAPPING PAPER

Decoupage with wrapping paper for beautiful art! There’s no need to purchase expensive wall art when you can decoupage with wrapping paper and create your own!  Whether you’re decorating a nursery, a bathroom, or a living room, the possibilities are endless!  Not to mention, this project is super easy, and the results are stunning!

So gather your supplies and let’s get started!

DECOUPAGE WITH WRAPPING PAPER

SUPPLIES:

WOODEN ART PANEL

WALLPAPER ADHESIVE 

WRAPPING PAPER

SCISSORS

FOAM BRUSH

BRAYER

TOP COAT

Decoupage is a popular crafting technique that can be used to create a variety of beautiful and unique projects. But, it can be tricky to get the hang of at first. In this post, I will share some tips and tricks for decoupaging with wrapping paper that will help you achieve great results every time. So, whether you are a novice crafter or an experienced DIYer, keep reading for some helpful advice!

MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can gift wrap be used for decoupage?

Yes it can. All types – from the thin to the thicker types. Two things to note though:

  1. The thinner the paper, the more likely it is to wrinkle.
  2. Metallic or cellophane wrap aren’t great for decoupage, because while most decoupage mediums dries clear, you’d more than likely be able to see some serious brush strokes.

How do I smooth out wrinkles?

That is the big question!  You can use a craft iron, plastic wrap, or a brayer.  My preferred method is a brayer which I’ll show you in the video below!

Okay, let the fun begin!  If you prefer watching a video, check out my youtube channel here!

 

STEP 1: PREP YOUR SURFACE BEFORE YOU DECOUPAGE WITH WRAPPING PAPER

Just make sure your surface is clean and free of any dust.  You can use a tack cloth or just a clean brush to brush out any dust particles.

picture showing brushing away dust
Remove any dust from surface.

STEP 2:  DETERMINE PAPER SIZE

mark cut lines on paper

Since my panel was one in which the paper had to fit inside, I used my fingernails to mark cutting lines.

STEP 3: CUT WRAPPING PAPER TO SIZE

I cut along the lines that I marked using my fingernails.

STEP 4: BRUSH ON ADHESIVE

I used  a wallpaper adhesive.  My paper was thick and this works much better than a typical decoupage medium.

STEP 5:  BRUSH ADHESIVE ON BACK OF WRAPPING PAPER

I used the same wallpaper adhesive to brush on the back side of the paper.  This also helps to “uncurl” the paper making it easier to handle.

brushing adhesive on back of wrapping paper

STEP 6:  CAREFULLY LAY WRAPPING PAPER DOWN ONTO SURFACE

This is probably the trickiest step.  Start at one end and get your corners placed first, and then slowly lay the paper down a little at a time.  across the top, smoothing it out with your hand to make sure there are no air bubbles (a brayer works well too).

STEP 7:  SMOOTH OUT WRINKLES

There are several methods for smoothing out wrinkles, but my favorite is to use a brayer! I just slowly roll the brayer around which will push out any excess adhesive.  Just wipe with a cloth to remove the excess.

STEP 8:  CUT AWAY EXCESS PAPER

 

STEP 9:  SEAL THE DECOUPAGED WRAPPING PAPER

Once it’s completely dry, seal the decoupaged paper using a water-based sealer.  My favorite sealer is Paint Couture top coat in satin!  It dries crystal clear and self levels, which means you don’t have to overwork it for a smooth finish! I used a paint brush to apply it to the top of my paper!

Decorative wall art using decoupaged wrapping paper

So what do you think of my new piece of art created with decoupaged wrapping paper?  I personally love how it turned out and the sweet birds will make a colorful addition to any room!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial on how to decoupage with wrapping paper! If you give it a try, be sure to share your photos with me. I can’t wait to see what beautiful pieces of art y’all create.

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