How to Decoupage with Your Kids

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 by 1 Comment
How to Decoupage with Your Kids

Decoupage is one of my favorite crafting techniques because it’s fun for the whole family to enjoy. What kid doesn’t like to cut paper and paint things with glue?

Together, my son and I have done a number of decoupage projects. We’ve decoupaged wooden picture frames with his artwork, made a storage box decoupaged with comic book papers, and recovered a vase with a colorful patchwork of scrapbook paper squares.

Decoupage is one of the greatest thrifty crafts around because all you need to get started is a decoupage medium (Mod Podge or liquid school glue mixed with a small amount of water) and some paper.

Using free paper sources like old wrapping paper, calendar pages, or images from magazines helps you save even more money on your project, whether you’re decoupaging a composition book to make a customized journal or decoupaging the front of an old dresser to turn a thrift store find into a one-of-a-kind conversation piece.

Here are some tips for decoupage projects that you might find helpful:

  • When working with bold patterns, I like to punch shapes from my papers and arrange them in a grid for a very modern look to my decoupage project.
  • Mixing Mod Podge with a bit of glitter glue can add a cool sparkly touch to your decoupage projects.
  • Printing free scrapbook paper patterns on usual surfaces such as vellum or textured cardstock can add interest to decoupage projects.
  • When working with text papers, I often like to sand or crumple them to add texture before adding them to my decoupage project.

If you enjoy decoupage, what is your favorite project you have made so far?

Photo credit: Dana Hinders

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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  • MomHomeGuide

    I like the idea of decoupaging a journal to make a custom journal — or maybe the kids could even make paper bag decoupaged book covers for their schoolbooks.