New Zealand Community Education Centres

Decoupage - An Introduction

Learn how to transform everyday items into works of art with simple cut-outs, glue, basic paint techniques and a fair bit of varnish! M


Decoupage is a traditional French craft, from the word “découper” or to cut, and involves cutting out small decorative pictures and arranging them on a wooden or glass surface.

When you’re happy with the placement, you glue them to surface, ensuring no air bubbles remain and then add (many!) layers of a water-based varnish. As the layers build, a light sanding may be required over the cut-outs to make sure you get a nice even finish. You can even use different paint techniques, add some glitter or use pretty fabrics and laces.


In this workshop, you'll work on a terracotta pot and a wall hanging.  All materials provided - feel free to bring pictures to decorate your objects but a range to choose from will be available.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to:
• Cut and compose a pleasing design using various pictures
• Prepare bases ready for your decoupage design
• Use different techniques with spray paints to achieve varying effects
• Recognise the importance of multiple layers of varnish to protect your creation
• Recognise the potential for up-cycling your junk shop finds into unique new works of art

Please note that your finished creation(s) may not be completely dry when you take them home.  Feel free to call Carole on 021 036 7906 if you need any pre-course advice. 

Note:  Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".

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