How to Decoupage Dried Flowers

Overview

After pressing flowers from a summer garden, put them to a variety of uses in crafting and decorating projects. Because pressed flowers are flat with no dimension, they are especially suitable for using to cover assorted decoupage projects. Decoupage involves sealing decorative papers or flowers over a surface with decoupage medium. After the medium dries, the surface has a beautiful and unusual appearance. Decoupage dried flowers to add summer beauty to many different surfaces.

Step 1

Wipe down the surface of the item with the damp cloth, and ensure it is impeccably clean.

Step 2

Arrange the dried flowers over the item you will be decoupaging until you find an arrangement you like.

Step 3

Dip the paintbrush into the decoupage medium and brush the back of a dried flower lightly with the medium.

Step 4

Place the flower onto the surface of the item and press it on with your fingers to adhere it to the item.

Step 5

Dip the paintbrush into the decoupage medium again and apply the medium over the top of the flower to coat it thoroughly.

Step 6

Add additional pressed flowers using the same method until you have added every flower to the surface of the item.

Step 7

Dip the paintbrush into the decoupage medium again and brush it evenly over the entire surface.

Step 8

Allow the decoupage medium to dry completely--this may take up to 24 hours.

Step 9

Apply another coat of decoupage medium to the entire surface of the item. The additional coats of decoupage medium will create a glossy shine. Apply as many coats as necessary to create a shine you desire (as many as three to four coats may be necessary).

Things You'll Need

  • Damp cloth
  • Dried flowers
  • Item for decoupaging
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Decoupage medium

References

  • University of Illinois: Decoupage
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.