Decoupage is artistic sleight of hand. What appears to be a painted design is actually paper, glued in place. What looks like lacquer is just a few coats of clear varnish, and what begins as an unremarkable piece of furniture becomes a bold, modern design statement. We've gathered our best ideas for you to use in your home or to make as original, custom gifts for friends. Try these projects with Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage.
Use an unfinished wooden box, pearlized paint, silver paper, a utility knife, and white craft glue to make these stunning decoupaged boxes.
Striped Bangle Bracelets
Use a basic decoupage process to add bright tissue-paper stripes to inexpensive wooden bracelets.
Matching Memory Game Craft
This colorful memory game made from decorative paper and wooden tiles is sure to keep the kids entertained for hours.
Oversize Botanical Decoupage Easter Eggs
Selected flower- and bird-themed artwork can transform a variety of eggs -- from naturally deep-green emu eggs to tinted and undyed ostrich eggs to painted wooden orbs -- into instant collectibles.
Pineapple Decoupage Votives
These rectangular glass candleholders call for a touch of decoupage to transform into fashion-forward votives.
Paper-Napkin Decoupage Eggs
Brighten a clutch of undyed eggs with stylized patterns from paper napkins.
Don't discard candy wrappers -- use them to embellish switch plates.
Wallpapered Glass Coasters
You can appreciate vintage wallpaper without hanging it on your walls: Simply use scraps of your favorite paper to decorate glass coasters.
Use decorative paper (or wallpaper leftovers or samples) to brighten basic clipboards.
Decoupage Ideas for the Nursery
Add whimsy to a baby's room with decoupage designs.
Wait -- don't toss that canceled postage into the trash; use it to hatch Easter decorations.
Decoupaged Baby Hangers
Artfully adorned with acrylic paint and pretty pictures, these diminutive, decoupaged hangers make ideal gifts for baby showers or first birthdays.
Easter eggs adorned with whimsical patterns are easy to create using tissue paper and decoupage.
Wooden Baby Blocks
Make these adorable baby blocks for your child or as a thoughtful handmade gift.
Elegant Decoupaged Eggs
Inspired by an easy Japanese technique, we've created these delightful decorations to enjoy this Easter and next.
Transform simple wooden trays using festive fabrics and an easy decoupage technique.
Get Out the Map
Commemorate a favorite city, travel memento, or antique treasure with this decoupage tray project.
Give empty bottles a second go, and fresh blooms a new home, by using decoupage to turn old containers into one-of-a-kind vases.