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Decoupage Stool with Pretty Paper and Mod Podge

A decoupage stool is really easy to make with Mod Podge! I used my favorite scrapbook paper and used a patchwork effect. Learn how here.

Skills Required: Beginner. If you haven’t Mod Podged before, just make sure to use thicker paper to avoid wrinkles. You’ll also want to use enough Mod Podge; be sure to wipe away any that comes out the side.

Decoupage Stool with Pretty Paper and Mod Podge

I have to admit – I love decorating stools. I’ve done it many times before, and I never get tired of it! I wanted to decorate a stool for my new place; something a little different and brighter than what I’ve done before.

I’d say this decoupage stool fits the bill. I patchworked scrapbook paper on the top and attached it with Mod Podge, then I painted neon on the legs to coordinate. It’s so fun and one of my favorite projects ever (of course, until my next project)!

If you want to learn how I decorated this wood stool, learn how below.

Decoupage Stool

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Taping off the leg of a stool with blue painter's tape

The first thing I did was paint the unfinished wood stool with white acrylic paint. Paint the entire thing with several coats and let dry. Then measure up several inches on each leg and tape them off.

I’m going to be honest, taping off round legs wasn’t easy for me. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. I just taped all the way around and then used pieces of painter’s tape to fill in.

Stool leg being painted with neon pink paint

Now you’re going to colorblock the legs. Paint several layers of the pink neon paint onto the legs, and then remove the painter’s tape. Touch up in the areas you need to and let dry.

Pile of colorful scrapbook paper

Choose the papers that you are going to patchwork. These next few steps you have to listen carefully . . . so go back to your elementary school days (assuming you were a good listener; if you weren’t nevermind).

Using a paper cutter on a piece of floral scrapbook paper

You need to cut your paper into 32, 2-inch squares. The paper cutter makes this really easy . . . but you can also use a craft knife and ruler if you don’t have a paper cutter.

Once you are done, use Scotch tape to make 4 row of 6 paper squares, and 2 additional rows of 4 squares. Tape on the BACK of the paper.

Trimming down paper strips with a paper cutter

My cutting wasn’t perfect, so I had to trim down the paper strips to the 2″ width to make them fit together nicely. You can still do this with a ruler and craft knife.

Using Scotch tape to piece together squares of scrapbook paper

Turn the strips over and tape them all together to make a large mat. Tape the strips of 4 paper squares at each end.

Stool top template taped down to scrapbook paper

Make a pattern of your stool using the tracing paper. You lay the tracing paper over the top of the stool and rub around the edge with the pencil to create your pattern.

Then place it on top of the patchwork and use the painter’s tape to attach it. Cut the circle using the scissors.

Applying Mod Podge to the top of a wood stool

Add Mod Podge to the top of the stool – add a lot – and smooth down the patchwork paper on top of the stool. Smooth carefully and wipe away any decoupage medium that squeezes out the side.

Applying Mod Podge to the top of the scrapbook paper

Once it’s dry (15 – 20 minutes), decoupage over the top with Mod Podge and let dry. Let dry and give it a few more coats.

Decoupage Stool with Pretty Paper and Mod Podge

I have the coolest decoupage stool in the world right now! Or at least the coolest stool in my condo, which is good enough for me.

If you enjoyed this decoupage furniture project, I’d love for you to check out these other ideas:


Wednesday 5th of July 2023

Hi! Learning a lot from your blog! I’m trying to mod podge fabric on to a black dresser. Unfortunately I can’t sand it down. So I got thicker decorators fabric but then I coated it with the fabric mod podge first, it’s gotten really blotchy as some areas of the top of the thick fabric got a little see through and others didn’t. Any way to remedy that? Also I am considering using hard coat mod podge to attach the fabric and then just spraying with acrylic sealer to try to avoid the upper layer of fabric fibers from getting see through and getting blotchy. Do you think that will work?

Thanks a million


Thursday 3rd of August 2023

Hi Anum! There isn't a way to remedy that because the black is showing through the fabric like you said. Here's what I did to prevent that: I painted the top white. You can do that with Kilz!

Allie L.

Friday 23rd of May 2014

Awesome job at keeping the scrapbook paper extremely smooth when attaching it to the stool. I find that to be the hard part when using Mod Podge, as I often get air bubbles along the way. Any advice?


Friday 23rd of May 2014

Hi Allie! I have some videos here - - check them out. It's easier than you think!

Tamanna Hossain

Thursday 22nd of May 2014

Just love it! Easy n colorful! Exactly my style..:)