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Ministry of Craft Blog

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

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    Get Stuck into Decoupage By Lindsey Vigurs


    Get Stuck into Decoupage By Lindsey Vigurs

    If you like really hands-on, messy, tactile, but potentially BEAUTIFUL crafting then I implore you to have a go at the fancy French art of decoupage. It’s basically sticking bits of paper on to other things with glue. But the results can be amazing. It’s an immediate craft form, perfect for doing with kids and grownups alike. And thanks to some excellent products on the market you can make your creations durable, waterproof (a must for anything being taken outside in Manchester’s drear) and toxic free so you can literally eat your dinner off them.

    Here are some good ways to get into decoupage:


    No pre-Easter blog would be complete without a decorated eggs tutorial. Here’s one from Martha Stewart’s website.

    Martha also shows us how we can decorate household items with fabrics.

    There are a host of craftspeople upcycling vintage furniture and doing amazing things with decoupage and decals to make them one-of-a-kind. There’s lots of inspiration on Pinterest for those of you who want to try a DIY furniture project – or for those of you who want to buy a ready-made masterpiece.

    The internet is groaning under the weight of supercool DIY decoupage tutorials. Here’s just one: Superhero Comic Book Shoes. You. Are. Welcome.

    The best place to buy decoupage supplies, as far as we’re concerned, is Fred Aldous. They have a fantastic range of Decopatch papers (which I have tried and tested and are really high quality)and all the glues, varnishes and brushes you could want. They also stock a huge range of cardboard and wooden shapes, letters and vessels, which can be decorated however you choose. And don’t forget Ministry customers get 10% off at Fred Aldous…!

    Finally – and probably the best way to get started with decoupage – is to come to our next Decoupage Jewellery course on Saturday 22 April. You’ll get to rummage through our treasure trove of papers and vintage magazines and our superstar tutor, Sam Moylan, will show you all the tricks and techniques you need to become an expert. Book now!



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