Have you ever done decoupage with Mod Podge? It’s super easy and looks terrific! Decoupage is just decorating things with paper cut outs. If you’ve never decoupaged before, you’re in for a treat because there are so many beautiful papers out there to choose from. We look for wonderful images in gift wrap, scrapbook paper, and clip art books and downloads. Then we just cut the images out and used Mod Podge to decoupage them onto things like trays and tables!
And if you haven’t used Mod Podge before it’s a water-based decoupage medium. It works like a glue, but it’s also a sealer and a finish. (Some people call it Modge Podge!)
Here’s a video we made showing just how we made this MacKenzie Child’s inspired tray using Mod Podge. In it, we will show you how to cut out roses from scrapbook paper and decoupage them to the tray using Mod Podge.
We are Plaid Ambassadors and get all kinds of wonderful paint and other craft materials from Plaid. We love their products and used their Mod Podge for this project.
How To Decoupage With Mod Podge
Materials and Tools
Wooden tray, 12½” x 20”
Pink and red rose scrapbook paper (you’ll need 10-12 roses 1½” – 2½”)
Mod Podge Decoupage Medium
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paints, Satin Finish:
Habanero, Wedding Cake, Beetle Black
Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint: Gold
Clear acrylic spray sealer
Craft paintbrush, small and flat
1. Tape off the top edges of the tray with masking tape. Paint the inside bottom of the tray Wedding Cake. Then paint the outside and inside edges of the tray Habanero. Let dry. You might need more than one coat of paint!
2. Unmask the top edge of the tray, mask off the sides, and paint the top edge Gold. The edge will definitely need a second and possibly third coat!
3. Once the gold edge is dry, draw a checkerboard on the inside bottom of the tray. Paint every other square Beetle Black. To get straight edges, start in the corner of the square with the corner of the brush then pull the brush straight along the edge of the square. Let dry.
Add gold dots if desired at the intersections of the checkers.
4. Cut the roses out of the scrapbook paper. We used ten. We like to use small scissors to cut out images for decoupage.
And here’s a tip: hold the scissors in one place and feed the paper into the cutting blades, turning as you need to.
5. Decoupage each rose onto the tray by painting the back of a rose with Mod Podge and placing it on the checkerboard.
6. Press the edges down with your fingers, then paint more Mod Podge over the top of the rose.
7. Repeat to decoupage the rest of the roses onto the checkerboard. Let dry.
8. To finish the tray, paint a coat of Mod Podge over the entire tray, including the sides. Then seal the tray with the clear acrylic spray sealer.
If you have any questions about how to decoupage with Mod Podge, just leave us a comment and we’ll reply. We are here to help.
Jennifer & Kitty
Suzy Stokey says
I can’t wait to try this!
Jennifer & Kitty says
Yay! We love how they turned out!
Ann Caused says
I’m having trouble with brush marks when applying the finishing coat of mod podge. It looks terrible. Will spraying the acrylic sealer help?
Jennifer & Kitty says
So sorry you are having trouble Ann. There are a few ways to minimize brush strokes. One is to apply the Mod Podge then lightly smooth it with a very wet brush. Another is to let it dry then sand the surface gently with fine steel wool. Here’s more info from the Mod Podge folks. https://modpodgerocksblog.com/learn-how-to-mod-podge/#h-how-can-i-minimize-eliminate-brush-strokes
Hope that helps!