Guys. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling extra crafty and wanting to try something new! With this adventurous spirit, I decided to try decoupaging some decor. I’d done it once or twice before so I assumed I was a pro. I assumed so wrong. ? Now I’d like to share my “Pinterest Fail” and my “Pinterest Win” and maybe teach you a thing or two along the way! My first idea was to design two prints and decoupage them onto 16×20″ canvasses. That doesn’t sound too hard, right? RIGHT?? Well, my frustration began when I started using my worst enemy, scissors. ✂️ ? ?
The Scissor Folly
I am convinced that I was absent from Kindergarten the day Mrs. Hegeman taught us how to use scissors. I’m pretty much incapable of cutting a straight line, so I thought I’d be “innovative” and show you an easy way to help you cut a straight line with scissors. I’m yet to find this easy way. ?
First, I tried putting a piece of painter’s tape along the line to cut, but the tape was crooked and I ripped my paper. Second, I tried folding along the edge to cut, but my fold was crooked. I ended up with this:
DO NOT: Try an innovative way to cut a straight line on your only print.
DO: Invest in a commercial-grade straight-edge cutter or a YouTube video with better tips. ?
Despite this frustration, I finished cutting and figured all would be well when I decoupaged them onto the canvas.
I learned canvas-post-mortem that printer paper is tricky to decoupage because it easily wrinkles, due to getting wet. Which makes complete sense.
DO: Spray lightweight paper with a clear acrylic protective coating.
DO NOT: Literally dump Mod Podge onto your project. Or anywhere.
As I was pouring Mod Podge onto the paper because I am a clueless human being, my prints began wrinkling, tearing, and moving out of place. I was nervous, but I figured they would magically dry smoothly. I can’t believe I thought that. ? The second one turned out better than the first one, but unfortunately, I can’t use one without the other!
DO: Try again! ?
A New Resolve
Okay, so my canvas project didn’t turn out as planned, but I was determined to correctly decoupage something. ANYTHING. So I picked up my foam brush and marched onward.
To better prepare this time, I found a great article on ModPodgeRocks.com, 7 Steps to Perfect Mod Podging.
How to Actually Decoupage
I was at Wal-Mart later that week and I found a simple “R” that I could decoupage, then found a cute piece of scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby to go along with it. I kept the color neutral because I have no idea how we’re decorating upstairs yet!
First, I learned that I’m supposed to prepare the surface with acrylic paint. It helps the paper bond to the surface and thankfully I had a bunch left from my canvas project. Then, I traced the shape of the R onto the back of the paper and cut it out successfully.
DO: Prepare surfaces with acrylic paint for better bonding.
Now that the surface was ready, it was time to decoupage. ModPodgeRocks.com said to apply a moderate layer of Mod Podge onto the surface, not a pool of Mod Podge like the first time.
Now that it was covered, I placed the paper onto the surface of the letter and lined up the edges. Then, it says to “Smooth. Smooth. Smooth.” it until all the air bubbles are out. I used a plastic putty knife. This definitely could have come in handy with the canvasses! ?
DO: Smooth out the paper with a putty knife or roller to get all the air bubbles and extra Mod Podge out.
After that, I LET IT DRY! A crucial step that I also missed the first time. When it’s dry, THEN you can brush on the top layer of Mod Podge!
DO: Let the Mod Podge dry before applying the top coat.
Now, you have a beautifully decoupaged item! My confidence has been restored in decoupaging, and above all I’ve learned that I need to look for good instructions next time.
Have you ever had a “Pinterest fail”? I’d LOVE to hear your stories! Seriously, I go to PinterestFail.com whenever I need a pick-me-up! This definitely isn’t my first fail, but that’s a story for another time!
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