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 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:
- the thinner the wrap, the more likely it is to wrinkle (see below for solutions)
- 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?
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 (scrapbook paper works too)
- foam brush
If you want to make your project waterproof, she recommends using a clear, outdoor (or Enamel) acrylic sealer when your project is complete.
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.
The first thing I did was take my 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.
Flip the wood tabletop over on a flat surface, fold up the two ends, and Mod Podge them down to the wood.
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.
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.
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.
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: