We at Creative Hands are very proud to present our exclusive line of Decormaché forms. Bring out your creativity onto these paper mache figures and make wonderful home decor items. Dress up our blanks into beautiful gifts and keepsakes with decoupage, painting, or whatever your crafting style.

Decorating our Decormaché forms is also a perfect activity for birthdays or crafty get-togethers. Contact us for more information on craft parties with Decormache.


The Decormache Dress Forms are available in two styles – the A-line and the Curvy. Both mini dress forms are mounted on solid wooden bases. Use these graceful figures as jewelry holders or simply display them in your home.


Get a Decormaché Horse ready for UAE’s National Day with red, green, white, and black marbled paper. Of course, you can simply use your favorite paints or decoupage materials with these playful horses.


Our Decormaché Owl is a charming little bird that also functions as a coin bank. Our finished owl is covered with tissue decoupage, paint, and a dimensional liner. Make one to give as a birthday present.


The Decormaché Cat can be a handsome feline decoupaged with black and white marbled paper and finished with a top hat, and a smart bow-tie. Make your own version as you please. The possibilities are endless.


The Decormaché Winged Unicorn is one of our favorite pieces in the collection. Bring out the beauty of its form by combining pearlized or metallic paints and patterned napkins. Don’t forget to draw in little details like the eyes to complete your unicorn.


The Decormaché Mask is a piece just perfect for any face you want to create. Grab a few to make for all your Halloween costumes. Jazz one up for that masquerade ball you plan to attend this year.

Our finished mask was created with a steam-punk inspired motif. Handmade flowers, paper hat, and lace give the mask a unique look.


A Decormaché mainstay, the Camel comes in three sizes and is perfect as a memento of the UAE for your guests. Have fun decorating these beautiful camels with any assortment of techniques and materials.

The finished Decormaché Camels above were done in variety of decorative papers. The large one was done with Gelli Arts gelli plate prints. The middle size was covered with marbled papers and the smallest one was decoupaged with a serviette.

Come for a Dress-up Your Decormaché workshop. These sessions are available for adults and children from age 8. Please book at least a day ahead.

Grab some of our Decormaché forms now and get started on those Christmas gifts for this year. You can also ask us about our custom decorated forms created just for you.

Don’t have time to drop by to pick up a Decormaché piece? Call us about our cash on delivery service at 04 884 9343.

Stocks are limited, so get your Decormaché now!

Keep on Creating!


Decoupage has charmed crafters for years with its endless design possibilities. Whether your style is vintage, modern, or shabby chic, you can tailor your projects to your preference easily. It is just wonderful what scissors, paper, glue, and one’s imagination can create.

After a successful few years’ run, we are rehashing our basic decoupage workshops. We are very proud to present these three new basic projects.


Cost: AED300; all materials included; Duration: 3-4 hours

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The Tea Box

The Tea Box is a versatile piece that can be used as an organizer for jewelry or crafty bits and bobs. Learn how to use patterned paper to customize this box.




Use Milk Paint and tissue to create vintage look on this 8×12 inch chest. The tissue collage technique allows you to create something new out of different serviettes. The solid wood of the chest easily absorbs Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. This helps create an extremely smooth sanded finish while still preserving the look of the wood grain.

Duration: 3-4 hours





This project steps the techniques up a bit. It makes use of two-tone distressing with Milk Paint, fussy cutting, and stenciling. That’s quite a few techniques to learn on one solid wooden tray. Make one for your next tea-time get-together at home.

Duration: 3-4 hours




Cost: AED300; all materials included; Duration: 3-4 hours


Decoupaging on metal can make any beginner a little nervous. Set aside your doubts – learn to alter the metal and even how to use crackle on it.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Book your decoupage workshop now and get into this timeless craft!

For more information or to book directly call us at 04 884 9343 or 050 104 7558.

Keep on Creating!


After learning the basics of decoupage, applying it on different surfaces and using other techniques that work well with it would be the next step. Our intermediate-level In-shop Projects for decoupage include such additions as working on glass and metals, layering papers,  working with stencils, and more. Each project features different combinations of techniques. Choose your next project from our samples below.

3D Decoupage Clock – This uses patterned papers and stenciling to create an enchanting timepiece. image

Duration: 3-4 hours                        Cost: AED225; all materials incuded

  Crackle Decoupage Clock – Combines crackling and stencils to create this vintage look. image

Duration: 3-4 hours                        Cost: AED225; all materials incuded

  Decoupage on Glass – These decorative plates are too lovely to use!

 Duration: 3-4 hours                       Cost: AED225; all materials included

    Crackle Decoupage on Glass – This is a project that really catches the eye. image

Duration: 3-4 hours                   Cost: AED225; all materials included

  Stencilled Decoupage Tea Box – use for tea or for little things you want to keep. image

Duration: 3-4 hours               Cost: AED300 ; all materials included



Metal Incense Burner and Container – Alter metal to create a beautiful shabby chic look on this unbreakable burner.

image Duration: 3-4 hours                                  Cost: AED350 ; all materials included  *Materials are subject to change without prior notice depending on availability.

Don’t wait any longer; call to book your workshop today!  04-884-9343


—- We take pride in the fact that our workshops are carefully researched, planned, and tailored over several days. We exert all efforts (including time and money) to give our customers the right kind of knowledge and skill to be able to craft on their own. This includes sourcing and testing products ourselves to ensure that we get the best results possible. Please be sensitive enough not to re-teach our workshops as-is for profit unless you add your own effort and creativity into making the crafting process your own. —-

**If you are a shop-owner or individual outside the UAE who is interested to learn and teach our workshops, contact the management for a special pricing.**


We’re pleased to announce the latest in our list of decoupage in-shop projects!

Turn an ordinary tea set into something extra special.

Learn to decoupage your own Tea Set which includes:

1 Dallah,  1 Tea cup and saucer and  1 Serving tray

Workshop price: AED700 ; all materials included

Pay the special discounted price above for the whole set and schedule your sessions on different days. You can also opt to do it all in one day, but please check with us for the availability of the date.

You can also choose to make just one of the three pieces of the set.

 Decoupage this elegant dallah for your tea-time enjoyment.

Workshop price: AED300 ; all materials included

Duration: 4 – 5 hours



This Tea-Cup and Saucer is a short and sweet session after which you take home this adorable set.

Workshop price: AED200; all materials included

Duration: 2 – 3 hours


Create this beautiful Tray to serve things up on special occasions.

Workshop price: AED300; all materials included

Duration: 4 – 5 hours

 We will walk you through the process with step-by-step instructions and make sure that you go home with a finished project.

 Your friends and family will not believe you made these yourself!

Book your class today!

Call to schedule a date and time for your workshop or fill out the info below


Just like that, our second batch of summer campers have completed another two weeks of fun projects. We had lots of fun learning new techniques and crafting tricks that the kids can use on their own crafting projects at home. Job well done guys!

That’s it for July. We look forward to what sort of creative young individuals August will bring us!

New dates for the summer camp are to be posted on the site soon.

Keep on creating!


We don’t need to say more about how amazing and addictive a craft decoupage can be. Recently we have had more people interested in learning the craft and have turned out to be pretty good at it too.

Gail had always wanted to get into a hobby like this and found our shop after a little searching on the Expat Woman forums. She decided to use a paper and tissue technique to create her first decoupage project. The result is a beautiful rose-themed box with a vintage look. Gail did splendid work, though it was her first time trying.


Sheryl is a crafter who decided to learn decoupage so she could work on such projects with her granddaughter when she visits her in Australia. She used the same antique roses Gail used (these roses turned out to be a crafter favorite that week) over a crackle finish to create her beautiful shabby chic box.


Tasneem chose to work with a tray for her decoupage session. She used a very detailed tissue and carefully cut out the flowers, fruits, and stems. The background of white crackle for all that floral detail gives the tray a cottage chic charm.

We just love how these decoupage projects turned out and how each lady added their own personality to their respective pieces. Its makes you wonder how you can create your own unique pieces, doesn’t it? If you’d like to take a session with us, you can check out the workshop details here: Paper Napkin Decoupage.

We hope you got inspired with today’s shared projects. Keep on creating!


Welcoming and accommodating guests is a pleasure many people in Dubai enjoy. Homeowners decorate guest rooms in a way that makes the guests feel welcome and quite at home. In terms of décor, everyone has their preferences, but how about adding a unique personal touch of your own with a welcoming message in the form of a decorative plaque. You can even create one with an inspirational quote just for yourself.

Martie is one lady from Abu Dhabi who has come to create with us many times. She just loved the idea for the plaque and decided to create one to inspire her everyday with a special quote.

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Here is Martie’s finished plaque with its quote that everyone should take to heart. This is just beautiful!


Barbara is the lady who started it all, that is, she is the first one to create the plaque as in-shop projects with our assistance. She did an amazing job of putting together three fantastic pieces, each one already matched to a guestroom in her home in the UK. Above is a lilac themed plaque to welcome a guest.


The orchids from her wallpaper helped Barbara choose the colors for the plaque above. The orchid accents were cut from the wallpaper itself and moulded using the Sospeso Trasparente technique.


Barbara’s third plaque uses a mostly green and white color scheme with bright splashes of pink. Just lovely!

These ladies did splendidly and so can you. The unfinished plaque is available as one of our many decoupage blanks. Take one home to work on today or call and set a day and time to have us assist you in creating your plaque as an in-shop project. For those taking it as an in-shop project, let us know what your favorite quote at least a day before.

Hope today’s post inspires you. Keep on creating!

If you want to create your own quote plaque with us, you can also signup here:
Call to schedule a date and time for your workshop or fill out the form below


Even before we got the chance to publish the “IT’S ABOUT TIME” Clock Kits on the blog, they have been flying out of the shop already. Well, this just proves that time does fly when you’re having this much fun!

Here are a few of the amazing clocks that some of our first clockmakers have been able to create.
You’ll recognize Gaewyn as our featured cropper for this month. Scrapbook layouts weren’t the only thing on her agenda. She also took time out to create these simply amazing clocks for her grandson’s rooms in Australia. Scrapbooking paper and stickers worked marvelously for African Safari and dinosaur themed timepieces.

Rehab is very seasoned in decoupage, but she hadn’t done it in a while and she also wanted to try decoupaging with crackle effect. Her session produced this beautiful rose clock with one-step crackle.


Renee, one of our young crafters, was able to create this lovely clock for her mother’s kitchen. A lot fussy cutting created the tissue centerpiece for this distressed vintage wall clock. As we speak, it’s hanging on their kitchen wall at home.

We just love what these crafters have done this time around. We look forward to seeing what YOU make out of our CREATE IT YOURSELF – It’s About Time Decoupage Clock Kits. Get them now while “there’s still time”.

Keep on creating!


Clocks have always been fascinating and appealing to many ever since more accurate means of measuring time were created. They figure a lot in scrapbooking and are staple items in homes, schools, and offices.

Once we started creating our own clocks with different decoupage techniques, we became very excited! Not only are these timepieces decorative, they are also an essential part of a functional room in the home. With our new CREATE IT YOURSELF “IT’S ABOUT TIME” KITS you can customize you own clock to suit your home décor perfectly. Clocks like these also make beautiful and “timely” gifts for any occasion, especially now that Christmas is practically tomorrow.

The “It’s About Time” Kits include a clock base, a re-usable number stencil, and the clock mechanism. Available sizes are 12 inch and 8 inch. You can get the kit to create on your own at home or let us assist you if you choose to make it as an In-Shop Project.

With the In-Shop Project, there are four techniques you can choose from to create your clock. So, whatever your crafting style or if you are in the mood to try something totally new, there is a technique that is right for you. The possibilities are endless.
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ONE-STEP CRACKLE – You will love how this technique gives your tissue decoupage a different dimension.


DURATION: 3 hours



3D PAPER LAYERING – Learn how to use your favorite scrapbooking paper to decorate your clock.


DURATION: 3 hours


Crackle art
CRACKLE ART CLOCK – Learn how to layer tissue over a crackled surface to create a shabby chic look.


DURATION: 3 hours


RAISED PLASTER DISTRESS TECHNIQUE – Those with a love for vintage pieces will enjoy learning how to create this lovely shabby, distressed look. You’ll be surprised what goes into this!


DURATION: 3 hours

Isn’t this project just one of the coolest things? Come over to the shop and take some “time” out to CREATE IT YOURSELF!

Call to schedule a date and time for your workshop or fill out the info below

Keep on creating!


Crafty moms often have a crafty kid or two and it’s more often the girls who inherit the crafty gene. So, it’s not uncommon for us to have Moms and their young ladies over for creative sessions. Let’s visit with a few of these mother-daughter teams and see the great work they’ve done.


Hind and mother Muna came by late one afternoon to sit and create beautiful decoupage projects. While Muna worked on her serving set, Hind made her own colorful keepsake box.


Here’s Muna’s finished tea and coffee set. The pure white of the items makes the colors of the flowers show through vibrantly.
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Hind used a combination of paper and tissue to decoupage this stunning box.


Jeanine and her daughters Shelby and Tyra booked a Mixed Media Madness session with us. Each talented lady chose a different picture to make into their owen mixed media masterpiece. This family is no stranger to us as Tyra was with us for most of August 2012 as one of our summer campers.


Here’s Tyra’s Mad Masterpiece. For such a young crafter, she picked up the techniques we taught her like a sponge! This is so great, Tyra. Excellent job!


Here’s big sister Shelby’s Mixed Media layout. She’s not being left behind by either sister and mother. It is just fabulous! Shelby made this layout to take with her to university in the UK. That is so sweet!


Mom Jeanine’s vintage layout is just gorgeous! Jeanine, your daughters really inherited some really creative genes.

Aside from being able to create amazing things together, crafting together is a great bonding experience for mothers and daughters. Book a crafting session with us and your mother or young lady and get creative togther now!

Keep on creating, everyone!

CFFs – Crafting Friends Forever

Most of us enjoy working solo on our crafting just about any day, but working closely with a good friend makes things twice as fun! Recently a few ladies have gotten together in pairs to take some of our sessions. Some of these pairs have even come for sessions again and again. Someone should invent a new term: CFFs – Crafting Friends Forever, to describe these ladies who love to be crafty together. Here are a few of these buddies who have been with us over the summer.

Mitra and Sheryl met at a workshop and became fast friends. They did few workshops together and here they are at a Quilling Me Softly session, chatting and working away.


Here are Mitra’s finished cards all ready to go.


Here are Sheryl’s cards all finished and ready for her to show off to her friends.


Louise and Ceanlia are teachers working for the same school. Both of these ladies are quite crafty and agreed one day to come together at the shop. Lousie decoupaged a memory box for a dear pet and Ceanlia took the Memory Art Canvas Mixed Media session.


Here’s Louise’s box all ready for doggie keepsakes and cherished photos.


Ceanlia’s Memory Art Canvas was intended as a gift for her nephew, but we’re no longer sure if she’s going to give it. This turned out amazing! Note the discarded computer parts used as part of the embellishments.


Maha and Hazel met at their MBA classes and Maha shared about our shop to Hazel. Sure enough, the two set up a date and time. They chose to learn the decoupage technique for a new surface that we have: woven items.


Here are Maha’s (left) and Hazel’s (right) finished bags. Who wouldn’t want beautiful yet useful accessories like these for a day out?

Do you have a CFF or two who you have lots of fun crafting with? Why not come over and do a session together? Choose from one of our many In-shop Projects posted here on our blog, or drop by the shop to see what you can be up to on our workshop with your CFF.

Keep on creating, crafters!


As we feel the last of summer fading away with windy weather and a few sandstorms we want to look back over an action-packed two months. There was not a single day when the workshop area was quiet with the summer sessions going on. We had a really great run and met quite a number of talented young crafters. Here’s the last of the summer’s kids and what they did this summer.image

Some of the girls were with us for more than two weeks and some were there for just a day. There wasn’t a single one of them we didn’t have fun with.


Ooh la la! Here’s Sophie, our Summer’s Super Crafter who was with us for a whole month of crafting, four days a week! Here she is working on her decoupage box.


The girls just love their Chalkboard Door Plaques! They did amazing work on them.


Sophie (left) smiles sweetly as she shows everyone her finished box. Mariam (right) just loved her Gelli Art Canvas.


Hala (right), a young visitor from Saudi Arabia, came with her aunt for a day of crafting. She felt very proud of her work when she finished her Gelli Art Canvas. Nairne (left) looks serene as she hold up her canvas. Crafting mastery reached? Could very well be. ;)


Nadine (left), and Shamza (right) hold up their funky Gelli Art Gift bags. Shamza came all the way from Sharjah, tagging along with her older sister to take a session of Gelli Arts Printing.

Karina learned scrapbooking over the summer and loved it so much that she was sad to have her last day. We miss her now that she’s back in the UK for school.

Miryam and Sarah did another sisters’ session with us and made their own Decoupage Monogram wall art. Messy, colorful, and fun!

The school year has kicked in and we are still not used to the reduced noisy craftiness in the shop. Just the noise though; the craftiness is still very much here and some of the girls will be back for After-School Creative-ities. If you’re interested, you might want to visit the shop and see what we have to offer for after-school activities.

It was an awesome summer and we hope to see these little crafters again and get to know other new young crafters in the camps to come.

Keep on creating!


For many people who come to our decoupage sessions, it all starts with a little glue, tissue, and a box. After that, their own imagination and creativity can help them create amazing pieces. The decoupiers we have come to know have gone beyond boxes, but it is still great to see the enthusiasm beginners have as they work on their own projects.
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Poornima carefully applies glue to her box to keep her tissues in place.

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Golden cages and colorful birds make Poornima’s tissue box stunning.

Gelareh is an Iranian lady with a creative streak. Since she usually works with fabrics as she makes clothes, working with papers and tissue to create a decoupage project was something new for her.

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Gelareh’s finished box looks so elegant with the peacocks and script.

Mitra is another Iranian lady who fell in love with a tissue box made by one of our other regular decoupiers. Here she finally gets to rty making one of her own.


Mitra had so much fun using her signature motif, the rose, on her box. This box is a perfect match for the rest of her house.


Muna is a local lady who came for a session to learn how to decoupage. She used on of our 5×7-photo boxes.


Muna’s box is refreshingly cheerful with its yellow and white crackle and assorted flowers.

Do you think you want to try out Paper Napkin Decoupage? Read more about the session and sign up online here. Otherwise, feel free to call the shop anytime to inquire.

To see more pictures of our decoupage classes and other decoupage projects, see our Facebook album.

Keep on creating!


When it comes to baby-themed paper pads, you will often have a pad just for either boys or girls. There are some pads that are unisex, but we find that Graphic 45’s Little Darlings collection has designs that can create completely boyish or completely girlish designs without a hitch – just with one pad. Have a look at these baby keepsake boxes and other projects to see what we are talking about.


Here’s a box Babara made for her daughter to keep her son’s baby mementos in.

She used her grandson’s adorable baby photos to create designs on the sides that are almost scrapbook layouts themselves.


This next box was created with a baby girl in mind. See how both box designs were completed with the same pad, yet are clearly for either baby boy or baby girl.

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The sides of the baby girl box are also laid out like scrapbook pages.

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Here’s a tissue box and tray decoupaged with the same “Little Darlings” paper.

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We just love that Graphic 45’s Little Darlings paper pad is so versatile. If you like vintage for your baby things, this paper collection is perfect for you!

Hope this post inspires you to get creative! Cheers!


Not sure what to do for your next crafting project? Why not try decoupage on some of our blanks just waiting for some crafty attention. Here are some of our decoupage objects and ideas on how to transform them into extra special, extra personal things.

Advent calendars usually come out near Christmas, but why wait to use them for just the holidays? This advent calendar from Kaisercraft makes an excellent addition to your home office or craft room as a place to store those tiny little things. With paper like Graphic45’s ABC primer, this also makes a great end-of-year gift for your child’s favorite teacher.

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Gift boxes are always useful, and the big kind can hold lots of goodies when you’re feeling like a generous giver. Later on, they can be used to store all sorts of things or used as keepsake boxes. Here’s a large gift boxes decoupaged two ways.

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Frames are among the most generic gifts you can give, but with a little imagination and lots of love, they can become one of a kind, very cherish-able presents. This 5×7 photo frame can be stood horizontally or vertically, as you can see with these two gorgeous designs.

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Excited yet? Come on over to the shop to see what else we have in store for your decoupaging needs. If you want to take our workshop, learn more about it here.

If in case you don’t have the time for making something extra special, we accept commissions for completely unique decoupaged gifts. Call the shop for more information.


Keep on creating!


The answer to the question is: Pretty much everything about it!

Being able to create such beautiful flowers using the Italian Sospeso Trasparente  technique is incredibly rewarding. Once you have done one project, you feel like doing more. This technique is steadily gaining popularity worldwide and no wonder. Each session we have just proves over and over how brilliant Monica Allegro is to have created it. Here are a few of the latest products of the workshops with us.

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Alifia and Fatima created cards with these shades of purple, blue, and brown. The finished pieces have a cool, refreshing feel to them that has just a touch of vintage. Exquisite!

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Suchi continued her learning experience in crafting with Sospeso Trasparente and was very diligent about it. Her efforts pay off on this beautiful plaque with its mix of blue, violet, and white blossoms. Gorgeous!

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Krishma and Marlyne were session mates for their Sospeso class. They both worked very carefully and cheerfully, choosing just the right colors that they like and the flowers to match. Here are their lovely cards.


Krishma used patterned paper accented with gold paint and enhanced by Distress Inks for her background.


Marlyne created her background completely from scratch with pearl acrylic and Distress Inks.


Asma came back for her own Sospeso class a week after her decoupage class. She was joined by Dawn who was lucky enough to find out about the scheduled session at the right time.  Asma chose to make a plaque while Dawn made the card. Here are their finished pieces. Stunning!



Itching to learn to make your own Sospeso Trasparente creation? Read more about this exciting craft here and see more breathtaking pieces of work on our Facebook page.

Keep on creating, crafters!



There has not been a let up recently on our decoupage sessions and we know why. There is a nearly irresistible charm about taking nice paper (or tissues for that matter), scissors, paint, a brush, and some glue. It brings us back to our early school years when cut and paste (lots of paste) was something we could do to our heart’s delight. The only difference is that when we apply the decoupage onto our surfaces, a little grown-up control and imagination help us make ordinary things extraordinary. And all this is done with our own hands.

Here are some decoupers who have taken the plunge into the craft.

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Asma set some time aside from her busy schedule in Abu Dhabi to have her decoupage workshop. She wanted to upgrade the skills she had learned some time ago in Thailand. This time she wanted to learn how to use the crackle technique with her favorite decoupage material – serviettes. She chose her decoupage blank and sat down to crackle and cut and created this box like a pink dream.

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 Such a wonderful job! Having no two sides alike makes her box hold surprises for each direction you look at it.

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Suchi had likewise finally decided to learn the skills she needed to use her collection of paper and other materials. She first chose decoupage and learned the techniques she needed to create her own unique objects.

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 The script background for the tissue and light blue paint made her box look very shabby chic!

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Nada came to buy punches for her daughter only to have her eye caught on our decoupage project samples. She loves to use her hands to create things and did not think twice about booking her decoupage session with us.

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She wanted to learn how to get a collage look for her decoupaged tray and was able to create a tray that brings to mind summer parties by the pool or in the garden with the kids running through the sprinklers.

Finally, here’s a sneak peek for the next project our one or our regular decoupers, Angie. She’s taken Graphic45’s French Country papers and an old Ikea kitchen table. We can’t wait to see how the finished project turns out!


Don’t all these terrific projects make you want to give in to the temptation of paper, glue, and scissors? Want to see more? Have a look in our Facebook album. Learn about our course here and set your date for a class now!

Cheers and keep creating!

 P.S. We have an upcoming schedule for our Paper Napkin Decoupage this Tuesday 16 April 2013 at 10:30 a.m. If you want to join please call the shop at least a day before to confirm.



A little elbow grease and some good papers can help you create something extra special for any event. Angie certainly proved this as she sat down and created these twelve unique centerpieces for her daughter’s engagement party.

Inspired by Kaisercraft’s Tropicana paper collection, Angie used tropical colors and hibiscus flowers to evoke a seaside getaway. Here are some photograph’s of Angie’s progress as she dedicated several days for this project.

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A dozen square trays were painted in colors that coordinated with the different designs of the paper. They were then decoupaged and accented with Distress Ink.

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Little cut-out postcards stamps and glitter embossing were used to decorate the floor of each tray. Ikea lanterns were altered with Ranger’s Vintaj Patina in colors that match each tray. The lanterns were then set in the middle of the trays.

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The centerpieces were finished off with candles, paper hibiscus, stones, twigs, and pieces of coconut husk.


The tropical getaway feel carries over to the bride’s hair ornament. The Sospeso Trasparente dimensional decoupage technique was used to shape the hibiscus cut from paper.

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The brooches for the important ladies in the family match the bride’s hair clip.

Angie certainly did an excellent job with these projects and we hope the engagement party is a blast.


We aren’t tired of decoupage yet and it looks like we never will tire of it. We have been quite busy these past few weeks leading up to spring break. Some of this busy-ness has been given over to a few decoupage projects.

While it is too easy to find beautiful home accessories in any good home center, placing your own creativity into decoupage or any other project brings one more satisfaction. As for other people, knowing that you made something by hand lets them know that your project is totally unique.

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Fiona and Louise came by twice for cropping to decoupage their personal projects. Louise mastered “crackle art” (as Louise has dubbed it) the first time they came this month. She then confidently applied that skill to a beautiful little tissue box. Fiona worked on a file folder box and two nearly identical blue tissue boxes.

Here are their finished projects up close.

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Royce (who, incidentally, is the second male to take the decoupage class) came to us at the suggestion of his wife so he can sharpen his decoupaging skills, especially with tissue. He definitely met his goals and went home with a handsome tray.

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Barbara sat down with us as made this beautiful wood plaque with her grandson’s picture. The charcoal grey crackle on a white base coat complemented the artistic sketch effect of the print perfectly.

When the younger sister of our resident instructor came for a visit, she was able to pass some of the time creating her own custom bangles. Some paint, paper, bling, lace, and decoupage medium did wonders for these plain wooden bangles. Here are Joan’s bangles.

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To celebrate a new birth, this memory keepsake box and matching tissue box done up with Graphic 45’s Lullaby paper collection makes for a very personal and extra special gift.

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We love decoupage because when you have the technique down, you can decorate anything and make it one-of-a-kind. This is nearly the perfect gift to give someone the kind of person who has everything. Also, when you start, you can’t stop. This craft is definitely addictive, especially when you keep getting  good feedback on your projects and happy cries of thanks when you give them as gifts.

We hope this little sharing has given you a good dose of creative inspiration. We have been very busy as of late and have more things to share with all of you on the blog, so be sure to check back again soon.

Also, we recently had a new shipment come in with lots of new and restocked paper pads and other goodies. We can’t upload all of them now, unfortunately, but feel free to come by the shop anytime to check on what’s new.

Keep on crafting!