How to Decoupage With Newspaper

Updated April 17, 2017

Decoupaging with newspaper is easy and fun. The word découpage comes from the French word "decouper", meaning "to cut out." Simply, découpage is gluing paper cut-outs onto a surface. You can découpage 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.

Clean the item you are going to découpage; 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 bevelled 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.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Object to découpage
  • Mod Podge
  • Small paint brush
  • Damp cloth
  • Acrylic sealant
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Kim Nentrup has been writing professionally since 2006 as a staff writer for not-for-profit organizations, specializing in writing arts-related content. She has written for,, and Nentrup holds a B.S. in visual art with an emphasis in education from Indiana Wesleyan University.