How to Decoupage With Newspaper

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Use newspaper to decoupage an object.
Use newspaper to decoupage an object. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Decoupaging with newspaper is easy and fun. The word decoupage comes from the French word “decouper”, meaning “to cut out.” Simply, decoupage is gluing paper cut-outs onto a surface. You can decoupage almost any surface with newspaper including wood, plastic, ceramics, soaps, and even candles. Arrange images and newsprint in an orderly fashion, or overlapping in a random design.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Object to decoupage
  • Mod Podge
  • Small paint brush
  • Damp cloth
  • Acrylic sealant

Clean the item you are going to decoupage; there should not be any dirt or dust on the surface. If you are going to paint the item first, wait 24 hours for the paint to dry.

Cut or tear your images and print from the newspaper. Cut the paper at an angle to give the paper a beveled edge. This will make a smooth transition from one piece of paper to the next.

Paint only the place for your first cut-out with Mod Podge. Place the paper on top of the Mod Podge, smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles with your fingers. Wipe away any excess glue with a damp cloth.

Paint a layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper. Repeat this process until your item is entirely decoupaged.

Paint Mod Podge over the entire project. Allow this to dry for 5 to 6 hours before applying a coat of acrylic sealant to the entire project.

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