Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf, and other decorative elements. The term is derived from the French word “decouper,” meaning to cut out.

Description and How to Do It

The basic process involves cutting out images or designs from paper or fabric, arranging them on an object, and then sealing them with several coats of varnish or lacquer. Decoupage can be done on various surfaces like wood, glass, or metal and can range from simple to highly intricate designs.


  • Creativity and Artistic Expression: Encourages imaginative use of materials and designs.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Enhances precision and dexterity in cutting and placing.
  • Upcycling and Sustainability: Can transform and repurpose old or used items.
  • Attention to Detail: Requires careful application and layering.

Best Age to Start

Decoupage is suitable for older children and adults, typically starting around the age of 10 or 11, due to the need for precise cutting and application.


  • Websites: Crafting blogs and forums with decoupage projects and tips.
  • YouTube: Channels like Decoupage Club for tutorials and ideas.
  • Books: “Mod Podge Rocks!: Decoupage Your World” by Amy Anderson (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Decoupage Glue (like Mod Podge): $5-$15.
  • Paper or Fabric with Designs: $5-$20.
  • Scissors or Craft Knife: $5-$10.
  • Brushes: $5-$15.
  • Objects to Decoupage (like boxes, frames): $5-$25.

Starting Tips

  • Start with a simple project, such as a small box or picture frame.
  • Practice cutting smoothly and applying glue evenly.
  • Layer and overlap pieces creatively for interesting effects.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Engaging in decoupage projects as desired, but regular practice helps in refining the skill.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Create intricate and polished decoupage projects.
  • Experiment with various techniques and surfaces.
  • Teach others or showcase work in exhibitions or online.

Renowned Decoupage Artists

  • John Derian
  • Henri Matisse (known for his cut-outs, a form similar to decoupage)

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