How to Decoupage

This weekend at Troop 166 we learned to decoupage for our "craft badge."

Decoupaging is a pretty straightforward process. 

You simply cut out beautiful paper, paint it on the back with decoupage medium (like Mod Podge), adhere it to a surface then paint over the top with the medium which dries to a lacquer finish. (This is something I learned how to do in the real Girl Scouts.)

The best part about decoupage is that you can do it on anything. Clay pots, tin cans (really pretty when spraypainted), glass jars, old furniture, cardboard boxes....  For our session, I purchased some inexpensive wooden frames and chalkboards in the craft section of Walmart and picked up a package of Victorian inspired scrapbook paper and Mod Podge at Michaels.

I put out scissors, paper bowls (to pour the Mod Podge in) and sponge paintbrushes. It's fun to be creative while sitting around chatting with others.  (I'm guessing this is how quilting circles started.)

So, if you are looking for something crafty to do with friends, I highly recommend this.  (Oh, and it helps when you get a badge at the end.)

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