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How To Upcycle & Decoupage Old, Unwanted Christmas Tree Baubles by Clementene Coates

By Clementene Coates, Nov 28 2015 07:00AM

This is the third feature I’ve written for Country Living Magazine. In this ‘simple make’ I show you how to upcycle your old Christmas tree baubles using decoupage paper and glue. It’s a wonderful way of turning cheap baubles into stunning and unique decorations.

Here I use Kirstie Allsopp’s gorgeous vintage papers by ‘Deco Mache’ which you can purchase at Hobbycraft.

You will need

* Baubles

* Sandpaper

* Small paint brush

* Decoupage paper*

* Decoupage glue**

* Wire or string


1. Choose what paper you’re going to decorate your baubles with and tear into small manageable pieces.

2. Roughen the surface of the bauble with a little sandpaper to create a ‘key’ for the glue and paper to stick to.

3. Using a brush, apply a thin coat of glue to the surface of the bauble and stick on your first piece of paper. If necessary, add a little water to the glue to make it easier to work with.

4. Continue to apply the pieces of paper using thin layers of glue and overlapping the paper where required.

5. Once you’ve covered the entire bauble and you’re happy with the design, apply a final layer of glue or varnish all over the bauble to create a lovely sheen.

6. Once the glue or varnish has dried, hang up your beautiful new baubles for everyone to admire.

7. For an extra special touch, replace the wire loop with a pretty ribbon or a rustic piece of string.

* You don’t have to use decoupage paper. Depending upon what you’re covering you can use any thin paper. If you’re decoupaging a big item such as a piece of furniture you can even use wallpaper.

** Whilst I used specific decoupage glue, you can make your own version by watering down PVA glue (also known as white draft glue). Different people suggest mixing different ratios. I suggest you start with 1 part glue and 2 parts water and then play around with the mixture until you get a consistency which works for you.

For more information about me, my other features and my hand painted furniture business visit my website www.clementenecoates.co.uk and get in touch.

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