We love introducing you to new contributors—and today we’re doing just that. When Casey P. isn’t working as a Buyer for Hallmark, she’s doing all kinds of fun, crafty things. She was eager to show us how to create Halloween decoupage plates using Hallmark’s 2016 Nostalgic Halloween card collection. Be sure to watch the video at the end for more tips and tricks!
It’s always sad to see the end of summer, but man, do I love fall! I love the weather, activities, smells, tastes and decorations. I especially love decorating my house for Halloween. Every year I like to add fun new twists. This year, my addition will be a collection of decoupage plates. I know you may be thinking, “Really, decoupage plates?” But stay with me. I invited 10 Hallmarkers to join me in a decoupage workshop, and the results were amazing.
In our workshop we used Hallmark’s 2016 Nostalgic Halloween card line for inspiration. The cards are charming and inspired by actual pieces of artwork from the Hallmark archives. And when I say archives, I am not talking about a digital database. Hallmark has an actual room full of original artwork from the past 100 years (really!). How fun would it be to explore that room?! I imagine it’s like the Louvre meets Indiana Jones. It is for sure on my Hallmark bucket list, along with the penthouse (hello, Mad Men) and corporate jet (totally thinking Air Force One). But, I digress. We’re here to talk decoupage!
As you look through the images below, you’ll see how the cards inspired us—and also that decoupage is still an awesome way to create fun Halloween home décor.
Don’t be intimidated by the amazing photos. Decoupage is so easy! All you do is cut and glue. To make it even easier, below are step-by step instructions and a how-to video.
- An assortment of Hallmark Cards
- Mod Podge™
- Foam brush
- Permanent markers
- X-Acto™ knife
- Glue pen
- Fine line paintbrush
Choose An Image: Pick a card that goes well with your Halloween décor. A fun way to play with scale is to use a copy machine to enlarge or shrink the card images. Copy paper makes the gluing process a little easier, but card stock works, too.
Pick A Plate: Any color or size of plates will work. We used white, clear and antique plates we found at a local thrift store.
Cut: Cut out your image. If you choose an image with a lot of fine detail, I recommend and X-Acto knife or small manicure scissors.
Design Layout: Once your image(s) are cut out, design your layout on the plate.
Glue: Apply an even amount of Mod Podge to your cut image using a foam brush. Which side of the design you apply the Mod Podge to depends on the type of plate. If you’re using a solid plate, apply the Mod Podge to the back of the image and then to the front of the plate. If you’re using a glass plate, apply the Mod Podge to the front of the image and then to the back of the plate.
Place Image: Apply your image to your plate. Make sure you smooth out any air bubbles and wrinkles.
Let Dry. Hang and enjoy!
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Photographer: Scott Gibbons