Decoupage Fixes Everything, Right?

Decoupage was around in the 70’s when I was a kid. I remember my mom and my aunts decoupaging napkins on plaques and wedding invitations on candles. Wrapping paper, greeting cards, pages from a magazine…you name it, they decoupaged it.
Then, we didn’t hear about it as much for a long time. It’s back, but I think it’s often overlooked as a decorator’s solution to a quick makeover. With all of the fabulous scrapbook papers out there, there is a plethora of options for anyone who wants to transform an object. I recently completed this project for a gift.
Joann Fabrics and Crafts has paper cardboard letters that can be used for a lot of things. I made one as a monogram for my friend’s last name, but you could spell out a child’s name to set on a shelf or hang on a wall. Since these are cardboard, they are light weight. For Transformation Tuesday, I’d like to give you some ideas for how you could transform something.
 It stands nearly 12 inches tall.
I traced the shape of the letter on the back side of scrapbook papers and then cut coordinating strips that would wrap around the edges.
I added a couple of extra cut-outs from the paper because they didn’t fall in quite the right spot when I cut out the letter. Adding a few extra flowers on the front added interest.

 After the decoupage glue dried, I sanded the edges a little bit just to add interest. I like the shabby look of sanded edges.
Think of all of the things you can decoupage! That cardboard box that would make a perfect jewelry box. Or the Oatmeal canister you want to make into a storage container. Or the lamp shade that needs an update…the possibilities are limitless.
What will you transform?

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