Decoupage Heart Project

Decoupage is a fun and easy way to create decorations from scratch or to add creative flair to an existing object. We made this “stained glass” heart for Valentine’s Day with just a few items.  You can also see a video version of this project on our YouTube Channel here. Craft supplies available for sale here.

Supplies for “Stained Glass” Heart
-Wax Paper
-Colored Tissue Paper (at least 3-complementary colors)
-Mod Podge Gloss (white glue will work)
-Brush for glue

1. Tear up the tissue paper into small pieces. Use at least 3-complementary colors to get a nice layering effect.

2. Cut a heart shape out of wax paper. Dip the brush in glue and brush a light coat onto the wax paper.

3. Adhere a piece of tissue paper to the already gluey wax paper. Seal the tissue paper with a thin layer of glue over the top. Layer of glue should be light enough that issue paper should NOT look “white”. Overlap the edges of the paper to create the stained glass effect and make sure to not leave any surface uncovered. Once you are finished, allow the glue to dry fully.

4. Create a Border: Take the posterboard and cut out a slightly larger heart shape border that is about 1-inch thick. When the decoupage is dry, tape it to the border

Here’s another project I mention in the YouTube video. A gift box my best friend and I send back and forth to each other. We paste a new image with each gift sent.

For when you have to be away from your little one…

The lovely story of the KISS BOX (available for purchase here) inspired an afternoon of crafting for my daughter and I. We decoupaged a plain paper heart box using art tissue paper for our own kiss boxes. Any tissue paper will work. I usually save mine from when I receive gift bags. Decoupaging is a fun and simple craft. You simply brush a little glue (like MOD PODGE) onto the surface of the box, then apply a single piece of tissue paper torn to the right size, and then brush some more glue over it. It’s a fun way to personalize unfinished paper surfaces.

My daughter and I made these boxes so that we could fill them up with kisses for the days when we must be apart. We added a picture of ourselves printed on plain paper (the paper must be porous to absorb the glue, so photograph paper won’t work.) These would also make a great gift for long-distance friends and family.

Have fun and be a spark in the world!

All supplies available here.