How To Update EVERYTHING With Decopatch

Decopatch decoupage animals and varnish at craft habit raleigh

We are so excited to be stocking Decopatch papers and glues now. These ultra-thin papers are made JUST for decoupaging onto any surface, and the patterns are made to use in a tear (not cut out) way that makes them way less fussy than the decoupage you might remember. 

The designs are all created in France and their webite has loads of how-to videos that are (mostly) in French. Don't worry, you can understand what they are doing by just watching. If you need more tips, scroll down and read our easy-to-follow (and in English) instructions, or pick up a handout when you are in the shop. 

We also recommend this video, but mostly for the fact that they have Decopatched AN ENTIRE BICYCLE! We love it.

How to Decopatch™ Almost Anything (by Craft Habit Raleigh)

Decopatch™ is a fun way to revamp just about anything. The durable, thin paper is printed with bright colorfast prints and images that can change dull and plain to beautiful - fast!

To Decopatch™ you’ll need:

  • Decopatch™ paper, torn to small pieces (around the size of a quarter or silver dollar)
  • A brush
  • A small jar of water
  • Decopatch™ glue or varnish

Prepare your work area by covering the table or surface. We recommend using an old shower curtain or other plastic drop cloth as Decopatched items may stick to paper until they are dry.

Decopatch™ glues dry FAST, so make sure you drop the brush into the water between uses and wash it thoroughly when you are finished working.

To use:

  1. Dip your brush in the glue just enough to cover half-way up the bristles. Using the brush, place a small amount of glue on the surface of the object, smoothing it out.
  2. Place a torn piece of Decopatch™ paper over the wet glue.
  3. Using your brush, smooth the surface of the paper out and apply a thin coat of glue over the paper.
  4. Repeat this, overlapping paper pieces to achieve a smooth coat.

How much paper do I need?

If you only want to use one pattern on a project, these are some suggested amounts. Your project may differ. For large projects, we recommend purchasing all the paper you think you will need at one time as color variations occur over time.

  • Small paper maché animals - 1/2 to 1 sheet of paper per animal
  • Switch plates and outlet covers - 4 covers per sheet of paper
  • Wooden kitchen stool - 6-8 sheets of paper

When using Decopatch™ paper on old furniture, frames and wood surfaces - even bicycles! - you will need to prepare the surface.

  1. Remove any debris or loose and chipping paint. You may want to lightly sand the surface. If items are dirty or tacky you may want to wipe down with rubbing alcohol to remove any surface oils or residues.
  2. Repair the item if necessary. Glue any joints, edges or trim.
  3. If possible, remove hinges, door handles and knobs and reattach after you have covered the surface with Decopatch™.




What’s so special about Decopatch™ papers?

  • 100% colorfast when wet
  • Very thin and designed for decoupage, they resist tearing when wet and cover surfaces easily
  • Patterns are designed to look great when torn and overlapped
  • Colors are fade-resistant (but should not be stored in very bright sunlight)

See all the Decopatch items we have on the website HERE. Visit the store to see everything in person and get a free lesson on how to use this product. 

Instructions copyright 2019 © Craft Habit Raleigh

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