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Decoupage Table with Wrapping Paper (So Easy!)

Learn how to make decoupage table with wrapping paper! It’s easy to do with Mod Podge Outdoor and this tutorial. Such a unique project.

Skills Required: Intermediate. Wrapping paper can have a tendency to wrinkle, so you’ll need to read my tips carefully. Otherwise, you should have some experience with Mod Podge before trying this project.

Decoupage Table with Wrapping Paper

Hello there, fellow Mod Podgers! It’s Linda here, from burlap+blue, and I’m thrilled to be here today sharing a Mod Podge Outdoor tabletop tutorial with you all using (of course) decoupage medium!

Decoupage with Wrapping Paper

As you’ll see in the following images, I had a small outdoor table in desperate need of a makeover. To the rescue? A gorgeous piece of wrapping paper and Mod Podge Outdoor.

I will say that there are definitely some tips and tricks for working with gift wrap and decoupage medium. It’s easy to wrinkle. So here are a few frequently asked questions! If you want to scroll past to the project instructions feel free!

Can gift wrap be used for decoupage?

Yes it can. All types – from the thin to the thicker types. Two things to note though:

  1. the thinner the wrap, the more likely it is to wrinkle (see below for solutions)
  2. metallic or cellophane wrap aren’t great for decoupage, because while Mod Podge dries clear, you’d be able to see some serious brush strokes more than likely

What formula should I use?

For this decoupage table, I’d use Hard Coat for indoor and then Outdoor for outside. Having said that, wrapping paper works with any formula. Use the formula guide to select the best one for you.

How do I smooth out wrinkles?

This is the big question! So if it’s a little thicker, you can use a brayer to smooth out the wrapping paper. Then let it dry before the top coat goes on (15 – 20 minutes).

If it’s thinner paper, use the method I use with this coat rack. You’ll want to wet the wrapping paper before applying it to the surface, and then roll it out. You don’t need to soak the paper, but you do need to get it damp.

Are you ready to dive into the decoupage table? Keep in reading!

Decoupage Table with Wrapping Paper

Gather These Supplies

  • Mod Podge Outdoor
  • Wooden table top
  • Wrapping paper
  • Minwax Polycrylic
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Brayer (optional)

A note about Outdoor Mod Podge: as Amy explains in her Mod Podge FAQ page, Outdoor Mod Podge is very durable and water-resistant, but not completely waterproof.

If you want to make your project waterproof, she recommends using a clear, outdoor (or Enamel) acrylic sealer when your project is complete.

A pair of scissors, Mod Podge Outdoor, and a foam brush

Step 1: Here’s my “before” image . . . basically, we found the iron frame at a thrift shop. I spray painted it (if you know me at all, that’s no surprise!), and had my husband cut a piece of wood to fit.

Spray painted iron table frame with wood

The first thing I did was mist the wrapping paper lightly with water to get it ready for Mod Podge. This helps prevent wrinkles. Get it damp don’t don’t get it soaked.

Take the wooden top and coat it with Mod Podge Outdoor. I took my piece of wrapping paper (found at my local Papyrus store – isn’t it lovely?), and lay it across the top, smoothing it out with a credit card to make sure there were no air bubbles (a brayer works well too).

Flip the wood tabletop over on a flat surface, fold up the two ends, and Mod Podge them down to the wood.

Wood tabletop flipped over

Step 2: This is a bit tricky to explain, and I wasn’t even sure how I was going to handle the edges before I started. Basically, I just folded each corner like I would wrap a gift, and Mod Podged it all in place.

Folded wrapping paper corners on the edge of a wooden tabletop

Step 3: Once completely dry, seal the decoupage table with three coats of Mod Podge. I normally only do two coats, but really wanted this to be well sealed! After that was dry, I used a clear sealer by Minwax to waterproof it.

decoupage with wrapping paper

So what do you think of my decoupage table with wrapping paper?! Personally, I love how this turned out, and the turquoise and navy glittery wrapping paper adds some much-needed fun and sparkle to my back porch.

Overhaul a small metal patio table using Mod Podge Outdoor! It's easy to do with one of your favorite patterns of wrapping paper.

Decoupage with Wrapping Paper

Yield: 1 table
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $10

Learn how to decoupage with wrapping paper on a wood surface! Grab a bottle of Mod Podge and get started.


  • Mod Podge
  • Wooden table top
  • Wrapping paper
  • Foam brush
  • Sandpaper (optional)


  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Brayer (optional)


  1. Prepare your wood if necessary by sanding with sandpaper. Wipe away dust.
  2. Mist your wrapping paper lightly with water to get it ready for Mod Podge.
  3. Apply a medium coat of Mod Podge to the top of your wooden surface. Lay the wrapping paper down and smooth with a brayer to remove bubbles.
  4. Wipe away excess Mod Podge that comes out the sides and let dry 15 - 20 minutes.
  5. Flip the wood tabletop over on a flat surface, fold up the two ends, and Mod Podge them down to the wood. Let dry.
  6. To finish the corners, fold each in like wrapping a gift and Mod Podge into place. Let dry.
  7. Once completely dry, seal the decoupage table with three coats of Mod Podge, letting dry between coats.
  8. After that is dry, add a clear polycrylic to seal and make more durable (optional).


Mod Podge Outdoor was used in this project because it will be an outdoor table; for an indoor table, use Mod Podge Hard Coat.

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Thank you so much for letting me share with you all today! If you’d like to see other tutorials with Mod Podge Outdoor OR wrapping paper, check out the following posts:

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Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Thanks do much for your input your s great help thank you do muvh

Debbie / Daqa

Wednesday 23rd of October 2013

I love the blue color! Did you also mod podge or seal the bottom? (My previous reply didn't get posted, I'm not sure why - are the comments moderated or is there an automatic filter?)

Hani Shabbir

Monday 21st of October 2013

Fun project..


Thursday 24th of October 2013

Hi. I am new to MP. I made coasters for gifts and used outdoor MP, but it feels tacky weeks after letting it dry! Am I doing something wrong? What should I do to finish these coasters and make them waterproof? Can I spray them with a clear protectant? Will that fix the tacky feeling? Thank you for your help!!!