Diwali DIY : Decoupage

It’s that time of the year again – Diwali is here!

One of the biggest and brightest festivals of India, Diwali is an event full of lights, sweets, DIYs, enjoyment, togetherness and a great sense of goodness.

This Diwali, we introduce all our readers to Decoupage which makes a great diwali gift for your near and dear ones.

What is Decoupage?

Decoupage—from the French word découper, meaning to cut out—is a craft or art form that entails pasting cut-outs (typically paper) to an object and then covering them with several coats of varnish or lacquer.

What kind of paper to use?

The best part about decoupage is that you can use cut outs from any paper from as thin as a tissue paper to something as thick as a post card, greeting card etc.

  •  Floral works best in a decoupage project, specially if the cut outs have big flowers in it.
  • To give that vintage look to the project, you can use pages from an old book or some of the old photographs.
    There is this one tip I read about using the photographs in your decoupage project, it’s always good to scan the photo first, then get it printed in your desired size and decoupage..it gives a nice, vintage and personalised look to the project.
  • Cut out your favourite part from a magazine, calendar, wrapping paper etc; wherever you can get your hand on for future use.

Kind of Projects

Small boxes make a great tool for decoupaging projects. Other than that, some of the items that make a great decoupage material are:

  • Welcome boards
  • Photo frames
  • Wine bottles
  • Glass Jars
  • Wooden boards
  • Furniture items
  • Candle holders

It’s all about your creativity after all!

You can also create a themed decoupage set for your loved ones like marvel characters, princess etc.


I really want to thank Prisha Art Creations for introducing me to the concept, love doing it..Poonam made it fun with her simple to follow instructions and using materials that are easily available in the market.
Otherwise, there are a lot of DIY videos and tutorials available online. Give it a try, totally worth it!

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure that your glue, paints are all dry before proceeding to next step.
  • If you are using a inkjet printed paper, make sure it’s dried out completely before applying. Some people recommend using hair spray and then use it.
  • To cut out those detailed edges in your paper, you can use a utility knife.

Some of our work at Besties:

We would really love to see some new ideas which help us learn from our readers!

Wishing you all a very happy and safe Diwali!


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