Make your own Decoupage on a Canvas with this Step-by-Step Tutorial


Decoupage can seem like a very complicated technique!

It is actually quite simple. If you can cut and paste, you already know most of the techniques involved.

The word découpage comes from the French verb découper, ‘to cut out’. This technique can be used to personalise almost any item in your home and the great thing is that the designs can be as simple or as complex as you like.Basically, you cut out pictures; you glue the pictures onto an object and then cover the object and pictures with a few coats of glue/decoupage medium to protect it. You might even have everything you need to make your project lying around your home right now. The finished item can look so beautiful that it appears to be professionally painted.

So, gather together your supplies and start crafting!

Do you need special paper for découpage?

There are so many picture sources available for this craft. You can cut pictures out of:

  • Wrapping paper – ideal thickness and widely used as it is available in a multitude of both traditional and up-to-date designs.
  • Wallpaper
  • Magazines/catalogues
  • Découpage papers – these are pictures selected specifically for this craft and are widely available in many designs
  • Greetings cards
  • Fabric
  • Paper napkins
  • Origami papers – these are small square sheets of paper with mini designs and patterns on.
  • Copyright-free source books – these contain pictures of all types.

Tip: If you are new to découpage, choose pictures which have a clear outline as this will make them easier to cut out than those with blurred edges. If you’re worried about using original pictures you can colour copy or scan them instead.

Materials That You Will Need

  • Canvas Frame
  • Decoupage Glue – 50 ml
  • Small Brush – for painting on glue
  • Sponge Brush – for painting edge
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Varnish (Optional)
  • Paper Towel/ clean cloth to wipe

How to  Make


Choose the size of canvas you wish to use.


Choose the picture you wish to use for your project.


Ensure that it is the correct size.


Carefully cut the part of the picture you will use. Tear off the edges.


Carefully peel off its outer layer.


Some paper might have 2 layers, carefully peel it off. Wet your fingers a little bit.


Carefully apply mod podge /glue on the area where you wish to place the picture. Starting from the middle of the image.


Use a plastic cover to smoothen out the wrinkles and so that no air bubbles are formed.


Once it dries up, apply a layer of mod podge on top of your picture.


As the modpodge on the picture starts drying up. Slowly starting painting around the image to make it look like one whole picture. Here, I painted a few trees and a sky to give it the back ground of a green forest.


Finish it up with a shaded sky.


Paint all the edges of the canvas to give it a complete and unified look.


Your beautiful painting using decoupage is now ready!


Hang up your beautiful work of art to adorn your home.

Have fun creating your own fabulous decoupage painting on a canvas! Do share pictures of your artwork with us.


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