Paper napkins are an effective decoupage material, delivering a translucent patterned finish to smooth surfaces. A wide variety of printed paper napkins are available at party supply or stationery stores. After you master the decoupage technique, you can transform lampshades, empty tin cans, cigar boxes or almost any other surface with paper napkin decoupage. Cartoon characters printed on paper napkins can decorate wooden boxes in a child’s bedroom, ready for toys. Recycled furniture will benefit from a paper napkin decoupage treatment, and for charming Easter decor, decoupage hard-boiled eggs with paper napkins.
1 Paint the surface of the object that will receive the decoupage with acrylic paint if desired and let it dry for 1 hour. Repeat, if necessary. Cut out printed designs from paper napkins with scissors, using care to not ruin the printed design.
2 Cover the surface of the object with a layer of decoupage medium. Press the cut paper napkin designs into the decoupage medium gently with your fingers. Smooth any winkles with the paintbrush and additional decoupage medium gently without ripping the paper napkin. Let it dry for 20 minutes.
3 Cover the paper napkin with another layer of decoupage medium and let it dry for 20 minutes. Repeat twice to seal the piece.
Items you will need
- Acrylic paint
- Printed paper napkins
- Decoupage medium
- Artist's flat paintbrush
- Substitute a mixture of half white glue and half water for commercial decoupage medium.
- Do not tear the napkins when applying them to the surface. Work slowly and gently when applying the first layer of decoupage medium.
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