Get started on your decoupage journey with these 50 unique decoupage ideas! Grab a bottle of Mod Podge and start making.
All About Decoupage
Before we jump into the projects, I wanted to talk a little bit about decoupage. I also want to answer a few questions I typically get when discussing the craft with those who don’t have a lot of experience.
These FAQs should help you learn what to expect with decoupage. It’s an inexpensive craft that you’re really going to fall in love with once you get started; I promise!
Is Mod Podge the same as decoupage glue?
Absolutely! Mod Podge is a brand of decoupage glue, also called decoupage medium. There are several brands of decoupage mediums, and various formulas typically within those brands.
What is the best glue to use for decoupage?
I might be a little biased, but I would always recommend Mod Podge. I’m always honest with my readers, however, if there’s another product that I feel would work better to accomplish a certain task.
What can you decoupage?
You’ll see from the decoupage ideas in this post that just about every surface can be decoupaged! Surfaces include wood, paper, fabric, glass, metal, tin, papier-mâché, terra cotta, MDF, and more.
The only surface that really presents an issue is plastic, or other surfaces that are extremely slick (and possibly have a coating). The issue is that the glue doesn’t really work well with other polymers, so you would probably be able to pull whatever you Mod Podged off right after it dried.
There are some options for decoupage on plastic, including keying up the surface with sandpaper or spray painting with plastic friendly spray paint first.
Decoupage Ideas on Wood
You’ll see a lot of decoupage ideas on wood in the list of projects, because that’s my favorite surface to use! I highly recommend starting with those, and in particular focusing on smaller items like frames and birdhouses to start.
Many craft stores have inexpensive frames, birdhouses, plaques, and other wood surfaces for $1 – $2. If you’ve never used Mod Podge before, I think you should grab a wood surface along with a piece of scrap paper and start there. That way you’ll get the hang of it before attempting something more “serious.”
There are a lot of decoupage ideas with furniture, and they are some of my favorites. You’ll see a few here, but I also wanted to make you aware of these dressers and tables you’ll eventually want to try. Furniture is my favorite thing to do with decoupage medium!
Can I use napkins for decoupage?
Absolutely. It’s not necessarily for beginners though, and requires a bit of practice. I have a post that will show you how to decoupage with napkins and then another post that will show you napkin decoupage projects.
Are you ready to jump into the decoupage ideas? Check them out below!
Learn to make unique coasters using your favorite decoupage medium and comic books! You'll also get some simple surfaces from the hardware store.
Use cereal boxes and toilet paper tubes to create this unique desk organizer. You can customize it with any colors that you like.
This is one of the most unique decoupage ideas you'll probably ever see! Add photos to PVC pipe to make a cool vase display.
This Mother's Day craft is one that you can treasure year after year - use this cute handprint art to measure the growth of your children!
Learn how to decoupage fabric onto shelves with Mod Podge! It's really easy to do for unique home decor, even with no prior crafting skills.
Grab some comic books and a canvas to make this unique superhero craft! You'll need decoupage medium - it's really easy.
Grab a dollar store iPad case, some fabric, and decoupage medium - and try this unique makeover! It's really easy.
Looking for an original idea for the sports fan in your life? Make bookends! These baseball bookends use scrap wood and Mod Podge to personalize.
These glass magnets are perfect for beginning crafters! Use your favorite magazine pages, scrapbook papers, or photos to personalize. Great for gifts.
Use your favorite photos to make custom picture coasters with Mod Podge - they make perfect gifts! These DIY photo coasters are inexpensive.
Mitzi turned some antique metal butterflies into magnets with wallpaper and Mod Podge! These butterflies are so pretty for your home decor.
If you save your Altoid containers for crafting, I'm going to show you how to make them over with paper and embellishments! You'll also add some Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.
This DIY lazy susan is so cool - it was created from a planter saucer! Collect some vintage images for this fun craft.
I'll show you the easy way to do a revamp with fabric and decoupage glue! This filing cabinet makeover is simple and cute.
If you're looking for simple decoupage ideas with a big impact, try this subway art. You don't need a die cutter - just your computer.
This simple wall art is colorful and fun! Great for kids' rooms or a nursery - all you need is scrapbook paper, decoupage glue, and some doilies.
Use Mod Podge and your favorite fabric pattern to create these unique fabric lined drawers - I love the surprise every time you open one!
Learn how to decorate a notebook in just a few minutes! So easy to personalize; kids will love these for back to school.
You can build a map lamp of your very own by following this simple tutorial - use maps from your fave places to make it personal!
Cut out your favorite scrapbook papers and glue them to rocks with Mod Podge. This is a fun activity for kids, or for the Kindness Rock Project.
Maybe you need table decorations for a party or wedding on a budget? Mason jar centerpieces are a great idea! This one is so easy.
Turn junk mail into wall art with this unique tutorial! If you like recycled decoupage ideas, this canvas is going to be up your alley.
In this cute winter craft, you'll use Mod Podge and dollar store supplies to decorate snowflake votives. So easy and inexpensive!
If your ceiling fan is boring, use Mod Podge to add scrapbook paper . . . and a little pizazz! It's really simple to do.
You can make your own necklace with a dollar store seed packet and some other craft store supplies! This is such an easy jewelry project.
Use dollar store flags to turn glass jars into patriotic lanterns! Perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July.
This colorful end table makeover is one that you MUST try! It's so easy and completely changes a room with little effort.
Learn how to make these easiest dividers for your kids' closet! Fun to make, simple to personalize, and very useful.
I revamped this fabric table in this unique upcycled furniture project! Learn how to do it yourself with Mod Podge. So easy!
Decoupage ideas don't get any easier than this flag themed canvas! You can customize this for any flag; all you need is fabric and Mod Podge.
Make cute DIY alphabet blocks for nursery or room decor! This easy decoupage craft is perfect for a beginner to tackle and is so cute.
Learn how to Mod Podge a suitcase with photos! If you like unique decoupage ideas, this will get you a lot of compliments!
This lampshade makeover project takes less than 30 minutes and it’s incredibly easy to do! Use your favorite fabric along with Mod Podge.
If you've ever found a cool napkin and wanted to use it for decor, this tutorial will show you how to glue it on a canvas - so it looks nice.
Use pretty fabric on these Mod Podge terra cotta pots for the perfect spring craft project! Makes a great container garden - or gift idea.
Cover a mirror frame with fabric from a pillowcase! It's really easy to do with decoupage glue.
You can use napkins to decorate all types of candles, whether real or fake! Learn how to make a tropical version with real candles here.
Learn how to make a puzzle from a picture! This is such an inexpensive method. A custom photo puzzle makes a great gift and it’s SO easy!
Have a wooden stool that needs a makeover? I revamped an antique wood stool find with pretty paper and Mod Podge. It's really EASY to do!
Create these unique holiday plates your guests will love - use clear glass plates from the dollar store, fabric, and Mod Podge.
Decorate wooden bracelets with decoupage medium, scrapbook paper, and acrylic paint. It's incredibly easy and these make great gifts.
Learn how to decorate terra cotta pots with laserjet printed images! This is one of my favorite decoupage ideas - perfect for Mother's Day or Grandparents Day.
Create a faux stained glass look with Mod Podge tissue paper on glass. This is one of the easiest decoupage projects you'll ever do.
Learn how to make decorative letters using confetti and Mod Podge! This project is perfect for a kids' room or craft studio.
These Mr and Mrs blocks are very easy wedding decor - they make great centerpieces or table numbers, and you can personalize to your theme.
Learn how to make decorative switch plates the easy way with Mod Podge! You'll want to cover all of your switch plates in paper or fabric.
You won't believe how easy it is to make your own mouse pad! This is such a budget friendly project, and you can customize it any way you like.
Make your own letter magnets the easy way - with a fun font too! So simple, kids can do it. Free printable with multiple letters included.
Use cool scrapbook paper and cut pieces of wood to make fabulous DIY wall art in minutes. So easy and looks great on the mantel!
Add your favorite fabric to a wooden jewelry box - with Mod Podge! This is one of those decoupage ideas that's perfect for home decor or gifts.