Decopatching is a brilliant hobby and a great thing to get your children involved with.
You can decopatch pretty much anything and I love love love the finished look.
Any of you thinking what on earth am I talking about and what is decopatch?
Decopatch is a paper craft using a specific type of paper and glues. I guess you could say it is similar to paper mache but a lot more modern and prettier to look at.
You use patterned or plain papers to create a collage effect over any type of object.
I’ve taken to giving bottles and jars a new look but you can buy plain mache shapes and objects to decorate.
Here is a mache heart that I started one evening.
Here is my little tutorial on how to decopatch.
To find out more about what decopatch is click here.
Things you will need.
Choose what item you would like to decorate using decopatch papers. Pretty much anything can be decopatched. Ive chosen to use an old wine bottle but you can purchase ready made paper mache items in a variety of different shapes from hearts to even a dinosaur.
Pick your design. You can use plain or patterned papers and you can mix and match your designs depending on the finished look you want to achieve. Its is important that you use the proper “decopatch” papers, they are more durable and won’t rip when you put the glue on. Normal papers tend to tear when they get wet.
Tear or cut your paper in to different sections. Tearing will create more of a “collaged” effect. Try to keep your sections together so when you put them on your item the patterns can still roughly match up.
Using glue you can then put a layer on to a small area of your object. make sure the area covered is bigger than your piece of paper.
You can buy “decoptach” glue but I find PVA mixed with a little water works just as well.
Using your decopatch brush, pick up a piece of paper and place it on to the glued area. Once stuck, apply another layer of glue over the top making sure that all the edges are covered. The glue will dry clear so don’t worry how it looks for now.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the whole of your item is covered.Make sure you don’t miss any areas.
Leave the glue to dry completely. This is when you can decide whether you want to do another layer over the top or leave the item as it is.
Apply a layer of Decopatch Clear Varnish. This seals the paper and gives a glossy finish.
This was my completed bottle after 1 layer. I then decided to do another layer over the top as I wanted more of the flowers to show up. This isn’t necessary though, it just depends on what you want your finished piece to look like.