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Bobbetts Blog No 20 Dolled up with Decoupage.

Dolled up with Decoupage.

Wow, time flies when you are having fun, and we have had fun doing our Blogs. Its's hard to believe we are at No 20 already!!

So this week we decided to use a couple of items that were ready for the bin and give them a new lease of life, everyone owns a tray and after a few years you get tired of it and replace it. Helen came up with a great way to doll them up, with an easy quick way using decoupage.

A Brief History of decoupage.

The origin of decoupage is thought to be East Siberian tomb art.

Nomadic tribes used cut out felts to decorate the tombs of their deceased. From Siberia, the practice came to China, and by the 12th century, cut out paper was being used to decorate lanterns, windows, boxes and other objects.

Decoupage is the chosen craft technique this week.

How to freshen up an old tray using decoupage

What you will need wallpaper or you could use tissue type napkins. Mod Podge. Paint brush scissors and paint.

First the frames of the trays were painted Helen went for a grey look as her design was to use for a boys room or man cave., I decided to use turquoise as I love this colour, I brushed it over the dark blue frame leaving some areas still showing the old paint to give it that Shabby Chic vintage technique.

Original battered ikea tray.

painted trays.

Once the frames were dry we started to apply the papers Helen went for a super Hero look, while I chose a pretty Tea Cup theme.

Start by applying the mod podge to the bottom of the tray add your design and put a layer of the mod Podge on top over the design.

Build up the design

The end results were great and so much more creative than what they were before.

Here are some other ideas you can have a go at with decoupage

Comming up!

Next week we have decided to a make over a room using several different art and craft techniques, the room is for a teenage girl so it will have a touch of glamour and sparkle

Upholstery story so far.

I have also started an Upholstery course which is weekly and will show you weekly updates of how this project is going.

Last week was the start of the course, Phil my husband is doing it too, after showing some friends they asked to see updates and so it begins.

My first lesson was being taught what tools to use and the stripping down of the chair. starting with the metal trim and taking off the fabric and pulling out the staples from the wood, A very time consuming job, I think this will take some time. its a 12 week course so Im hoping to have a beautiful recovered chair by the end of it.

Well thats it for this week we will be back next week giving decorating tips. have a good week happy crafting. Cas and Helen ( The Bobbetts ) for more information on the blogs and features please contact at

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