How to Decopatch – An Introduction

Decopatch, which can also be known as decoupage, is extremely popular at the moment but many people are still putting off giving it a go because they aren’t quite sure how to get started.

The first thing that you will need is a shape to decorate. The most popular base material for Decopatch is paper mache due to the wide range of shapes available, but wood and styrofoam are also great bases.

Now you will need something to decopatch your shape with. The most popular choice is Decopatch paper but you can also use decopatch napkins or even some good quality tissue paper. Paper is more delicate than napkins, so we’d recommend napkins if you’re decopatching with younger kids or if you want a more sturdy option. If using paper mache or wood as a base, we always recommend painting your shape with white paint before decopatching. This is to help ensure that the base doesn’t show through the paper or napkin and make your pattern dull or dark.

The final two things that you will need are a brush and glue. There are specific Decopatch brushes and glues which are the best quality but you can also use a soft paintbrush and a non-watery PVA glue if you are looking for a cheaper alternative. Although, you will get the best finish from Decopatch glues as they are made specifically for decopatch craft and plus, you can choose from different finishes such as matte and gloss.

There isn’t really any fixed way of decopatching. You are aiming for a patchwork look on whichever base you choose by ripping off sections of your decopatch paper or napkin and pasting it onto the shape with the glue. Paste some glue onto the shape, put the paper onto the glue and then cover it with more glue. Don’t be too liberal with the glue or it will take a long time to dry. The size of the pieces depends on the size of the shape, stating the obvious, if you try and cover a huge shape in tiny pieces it will take forever.

We like to mix patterns and colours, but you could just use one colour which may look better on certain bases. That said, don’t always stick to the ordinary! A giraffe doesn’t have to be yellow and brown, why not make him a different pattern or colour? Mix it up and experiment, we’d love to see your results!

Browse our colourful range of decopatch papers and paper mache shapes for more decopatch inspiration. You can also take a look at our Decopatch & Decopauge Pinterest board for some creative ideas to inspire your projects.