How To Decouple With Napkins On Wooden Objects.

In this article we will introduce you how to make a beautiful decoupage on a wooden box or box and turn it into a unique, hand-decorated gift for a loved one.

In bookstores and artist sites, you can find special materials for decoupage - adhesives, mediums for different effects, decoupage paper and more. But here we will show you how to make beautiful decoupage with affordable funds.


Materials needed: wooden box / case, napkins with beautiful motifs of choice, C200 glue, soft brush, scissors, plain napkin, water tank, glue container, lacquer (for wood or water based), acrylic and water paint for retouching and additional decorations.

First, you need to choose a good decoration item and if it is darker in color, you can apply white acrylic paint as a base. If your box is light enough, this is not necessary.

When purchasing napkins specifically for an item that you choose to decorate, you should choose one with the appropriate complementary items and in the same style. Remember that you will need one or two larger motifs to center the composition, and then you will need smaller details. For this, get as many choices as possible from different sized items.

Prepare a solution of C200 and water with airon density to leave no white traces and lighten the image.

Consider which parts of the napkins you will include in the composition and cut or trim them carefully. Since some napkins are three-layered, you will need to separate the bottom two layers and use only the top one with the image print. Then arrange and think about your composition in advance. You can start with the lid of the box and place the center large element there. If you still do not have enough confidence, we advise you to cut it with smaller motives, because when working with large parts, there is a risk of creasing the napkin. Place the first element on the lid with one hand, and with the other, apply a soft brush solution of the adhesive on the top with movements from the center to the edges. Smooth the top gently with your finger to remove any air that may remain underneath. You should be aware that on an untreated wood or lacquer wood, the napkin is stuck almost immediately and any attempt to pull it will break the element. Also decorate two of the sides of the box and allow them to dry completely so that you can then have a dry base on which to place and continue with the become part of the box. In this case, we decorated the side walls with the lid closed, and when the box was completely dry we made a cut on the napkins at the closure location.