Decoupage & Paper Mache

Decoupage & Paper Mache

What child would not enjoy the process of taking an object, layer it with paper pieces and smear gobs of glue all over it? Welcome to the wonderful world of Decoupage!

A practice also commonly known as Paper Mache, the history of decoupage can be traced to 12th Century China by way of Siberia. Whereby, Nomadic tribes cut out felts to decorate and honour the tombs of the dead. Evolving from the Nomadメs tradition, the Chinese have used this technique of Decoupage to decorate lanterns, windows and many other objects.

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Though this art form has been around for centuries, its popularity and name came during the 18th Century in France and Italy. Decoupage, derived from the French word 'to cut.' By the 19th Century, Decoupage became especially popular with England's upper classes. Today, it's not uncommon to see hobbyists of all ages, decorate everything from pretty Wood Boxes to Christmas ornaments, and even furniture.

Why not introduce your child to the wonderful world of Decoupage and Paper Mache? Your child will experience so much pride in creating a beautiful keepsake, especially when he or she gives a great handmade gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day, or other special occasions.

Handy Hippo offers a wide range of products just waiting to be customised. From a variety of Ready-for-Art objects to a selection of theme-inspired and patterned decoupage papers, as well as all the Specialty Mediums to set, seal and protect your projects. Simply tear the paper into smaller pieces and attach them with glue using a brush, leave to dry.

Once your project is dried, consider adding other decorations, like our range of Foam Clay. We also have a vast selections of embellishments for Kids and Grown Ups to really make those finished projects pop!