It’s Baaaaaack: A Dozen Modern Decoupage DIY Projects

published Jun 15, 2016
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While decoupage has some less-than-pleasant associations for me—the browned, peeling masking tape-decoupaged vases at my favorite Mexican restaurant, the sticky and stained tabletops at a diner I used to frequent—it is a fantastic technique that can easily transform boring or beat-up globes, shoes, balloons, and recyclables into something truly special.

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This clever tutorial uses traditional decoupage methods to make abstract art—rather than adhering tissue paper to 3-D objects, you simply decoupage it to a piece of paper and frame it up!

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This DIY was inspired by a sold-out $198 Anthropologie globe and makes excellent use of a cheap globe (I would use an out-of-date thrift store globe) and some Rifle Paper Co wrapping paper. Most decoupage projects use tissue paper, so the notion of using wrapping paper opens up all sorts of possibilities

I love this use of decoupage—it enables us to have appropriate balloons for every possible party theme! This project does require an inkjet printer—and the nerve-racking task of printing on tissue paper—so perhaps I’ll finally buy a printer.

I think of tables as the classic decoupage format, but this to-die-for faux malachite table is totally modern. The stunning fabric is from Spoonflower, which has some fantastic marble prints.

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So cute! I love trays and it can be difficult to find cool ones, so I appreciate that this DIY makes it possible to transform boring dollar store/thrift store trays with poppy tissue paper shapes in the perfect colors to match your decor.

I thought this was simply a cute floral upgrade on a boring old thrift store purse—but then I spotted the TIE Fighters! Adorn a dull purse with the geekiest fabric you can find and prepare to be complimented constantly.

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An empty jug was plucked from the recycling bin and upgraded with opalescent decoupage and free printable flowers. Note: this tutorial requires three different shades of pink paint, but that seems completely unnecessary!

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If, like me, you can’t resist buying gorgeous origami paper, this project will allow you to put it to use in such a way that you can admire it every day. Make your own dishes out of Sculpy, or just glam up some little ones you already have.

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Speaking of great ways to put origami paper on display, these decoupaged string lights are a charming way to use a bunch of different patterns.

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If you didn’t get your Marimekko fix at Target, spruce up a pair of plain canvas shoes with a pack of paper napkins, either some from the Finnish design great or perhaps the Liberty of London or superhero napkins from Oh Happy Day?

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And now for the big finish! Every home needs a giant papier mâché cactus, right? Use the Marimekko napkins left over from your shoe project to create a fantastical addition to your home.