Découpage is the art of applying pieces of paper or fabric to a hard surface using a clear glue or specially made découpage material to give it a textured, inlaid look. You don't need to limit découpage to hard surfaces, however. Decoupaging scraps of fabric to inexpensive window blinds can give them a pop of colour and a fresh, updated look. This is a project that makes effective use of your fabric scraps.
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Things you need
- Foam brush
- White glue
- Paper plate
- Popsicle stick
Lay your window blind on a hard, flat surface. Position your fabric scraps or large pieces of fabric on your window blind and arrange them they way you want them. Cut your fabric to size if needed.
Dilute your glue by mixing it with a small amount of water on the paper plate. Dilute it until it is the consistency of thick cough syrup.
Remove one piece of fabric and, where the fabric was positioned on the window blind, brush the diluted glue on the window blind with the fabric brush. Completely coat the area with the glue. Reposition the fabric over the glued area.
Press the fabric flat with the long edge of the Popsicle stick to remove wrinkles. Start in the middle of the fabric and press outward toward the edges until the fabric is flat.
Repeat with all the fabric scraps until the entire blind is covered and all the pieces are securely in place with the diluted glue. Let the fabric scraps and glue dry completely for at least four hours.
Dilute more glue, this time making it slightly thinner. Start on one corner of the window blind and brush the glue over the top of the fabric scraps with the foam brush. This layer of glue will dry clear and seal the fabric to the blind. Coat the entire blind over the fabric and let dry for several hours.
Continue adding layers of the glue until all of the edges of the fabric are firmly sealed. This often takes three to four coats. If you want to add a layer of sparkle, mix in small amounts of glitter into the diluted glue before you brush on the last layer. Let dry completely overnight before hanging.
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