Picture ideas for a decoupage

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Picture ideas for a decoupage
Photographs, postcards and book illustrations can be used to make découpage art. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

If you can cut and paste, you can make a découpage picture. Découpage is made by cutting out pictures or photos, gluing them onto a smooth surface, and covering them with a protective medium. You can use almost any flat surface as a backing for découpage. Wood, picture frames, mat board, cardboard and foam core are suitable surfaces.

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Picture Frame

Decorate a picture frame with découpage. Use a smooth, wooden frame. Think of a theme, such as seashells, wildflowers or birthdays. Collect paper items with pictures and designs for your theme. Some items that work well for découpage are postage stamps, scraps of gift wrap, wallpaper and greeting cards.

Cut or tear out the images and glue them onto the picture frame with a découpage medium. Flatten with a wooden Popsicle stick, and use a pin to pop any holes that appear. Allow to dry, and cover the art with a few coats of découpage medium to protect it.

Wine or Beer Labels

Collect interesting wine labels or your favourite beer labels. To remove the labels, soak the bottles in warm water. Remove from the water, gently raise one corner of the label and peel it off. Allow the labels to dry thoroughly. Use a flat piece of wood, stretched canvas or coloured mat board as a backing.

Brush a découpage medium on the back of the labels with a foam brush or paintbrush and place on the board. Move the labels around to make an interesting design. Allow them to dry, and cover with a few coats of découpage medium.


Remove a coloured illustration from a book or magazine. Flowers, birds and wildlife illustrations make attractive découpage pictures. Cover the back of the picture with découpage medium. Place the illustration in the centre of a flat surface, such as a piece of wood. Allow to dry, and cover with a few coats of découpage medium to seal and protect it.

Family Photos

Make a collage with family photos. To make an interesting design, cut or tear the edges of the photos so they are not all square. Brush a découpage medium on the back of the photos and place them on a smooth surface at different angles. You can use a stretched canvas, coloured mat board or foam core for the background. Almost any flat, smooth surface will work.

Cover the entire surface except for a 1-inch border around the collage. Allow to dry, and cover with a few coats of découpage medium. Decorate the border area with glitter. Frame the collage without covering it with glass. The découpage medium will protect the photographs.

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