How To Decopatch - A Quick Guide

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Decopatch, which can also be known as decoupage, is extremely popular at the moment but many people are still putting off giving it a go because they aren't quite sure how to get started.

The first thing that you will need is a shape to decorate. We've created some pages to help you choose this. There are three bases that have become the most popular for Decopatch crafts. They are: Wood, Styrofoam and Paper Mache.

Paper mache is our favourite base as they is a wider variety of shapes, designs and sizes to choose from.

Now you will need something to decopatch your shape with. The most popular choice is Decopatch paper but you can also use decopatch napkins or even some good quality tissue paper. Paper is more delicate than napkins, so we'd recommend napkins if you're decopatching with younger kids or if you want a more sturdy option. If you choose a lighter design or colour, we recommend painting your shape in white paint first.

The final two things that you will need are a brush and glue. There are specific Decopatch brushes and glues which are the best quality but you can also use a soft paintbrush and a non-watery PVA glue if you are looking for a cheaper alternative. You will get the best finish from Decopatch glues and plus, you can choose from different finishes such as matte and gloss.

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How to Make It
  1. There isn't really any fixed way of decopatching. You are simply aiming for a patchwork look on whichever base you choose.
  2. Sometimes, if the colour or design of a paper or napkin is too light, the paper mache or wood can show through. To stop this happening, you can paint your shape with white paint or primer first. We recommend doing this when using wood and paper mache as a base!
  3. The way to do this is to rip off sections of your decopatch paper or napkin and paste it onto the shape with the glue. The size of the pieces depends on the size of the shape, stating the obvious, if you try and cover a huge shape in tiny pieces it will take forever!
  4. We like to mix patterns and colours, but you could just use one colour which may look better on certain bases.
  5. That said, don't always stick to the ordinary! A giraffe doesn't have to be yellow and brown, why not make him a different pattern or colour? Mix it up and experiment. We'd love to see your result, send it to us at info@littlecraftybugs.co.uk.

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