Experiment with decoupatch style

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sara Scales explains how to use the decoupatch technique

Recently the craze for decopatch seems to be taking the crafting world by storm.  This is a craft for everyone and any age, it is simple but effective and is really addictive and relaxing. What more can you want from a craft? The tools required are minimal and relatively cheap. After attending a workshop myself the obvious progression was to miniaturise. The techniques stay the same no matter what scale you are working in, the only difference I found is when you tear up your paper the pieces have to be smaller.

Here I'll explain how to make a folding screen.


A4 sheets of card

Double sided tape

3mm wide ribbon

2mm braid

1 sheet decopatch paper

Decopatch Glue/Varnish or PVA Glue




Top tips

  1. Decopatch around and over the edges first.
  2. Apply glue sparingly, it is better to apply extra layers making sure previously one is dried first.
  3. Some people like to rip the paper into squares, which will create a nice patchwork detail but I have a preference to tear random shapes as I like this effect. There is not right or wrong method, just personal taste.
  4. Be patient as you will need to allow one area to dry before moving on or you will end up covered in glue.


  1. Cut six strips of card approximately 16cm x 5cm. Shape any top sections as required.
  2. Lay out first three pieces and apply double-sided tape and then ribbon to create hinges, leaving a tiny gap between card to allow for hinges to bend.
  3. Take the matching set of card and using double-sided tape again stick on top of hinged pieces. 
  4. Rip the paper into small pieces of approximately 1cm in diameter. 
  5. Apply a small amount of glue to the card then, using the brush, pick up a piece of paper and apply, re-brushing the glue over the paper.  As each piece is applied make small overlaps and fill in all the gaps.
  6. After all the areas are covered, leave to dry before gluing on braid.


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