Thursday, March 10, 2016

Very Special DIY Gifts...The Modern Girls Decoupage...



So you thought that Decoupage` was all about Victoriana images and antique music, didn't you.

Here's my Modern French twist on Decoupage` Baubles.

Aren't they fab?

These were Christmas baubles that had seen better days, and I was about to toss them, as you do, when I had this idea. Note too, that I've since successfully used polystyrene balls to achieve the same result.

I downloaded and printed out vintage French poster images by Rene Gruau, a graphic artist and fashion illustrator I admire, and also found some fabulous vintage advertisements for Dior, The Lido, Vogue and others.

Here are just a couple that I used. If you Google 'vintage French posters' you'll find lots of gorgeous stuff.



So, knowing nothing about the 'proper' way to decoupage`, I cut my images into all sorts of triangle shapes so that they'd be easier to apply to round surfaces. Then I simply painted my bauble with Royal Coat, (a bottle of which I'd had in my craft cupboard for about ten years from my previous flirtation with Victoriana images and wooden boxes), and started applying them.

I didn't worry about creases, preferring to see them as part of the charm of the bauble.

So here's what I started with....

And here's how it looked finished...
These are the reverse sides of the first picture in this post.
Two coats of Royal Coat to finish and they were done.
I thought about spraying them with glitter, as I do adore a bit o' bling, but decided against it, preferring the vintage look.
The best thing about these, is they don't have to be stored after Christmas. Not being an obviously Christmassy montage`, means you can display them in a glass bowl, all year round, injecting a bit of French Frou-Frou, into your day...
Gorgeous!
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6 comments:

  1. They are beautiful Mimi. Great work.

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  2. These are very chic, Mimi! My daughter loves all things 'Paris'. I will have to make her some! Thank you for sharing. x Karen

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  3. I love your decoupaged balls. I decoupaged a globe that was smashed in. I paid almost nothing for the globe and had so much fun transforming it.

    thanks for sharing at SYC.

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  4. Now who would have thought of doing this with old Christmas Baubles........not me
    Mimi they look wonderful and truly you. Thanks for sharing this fab idea with us

    Aly xxx

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  5. What a lovely idea. I like that you've used old Christmas baubles and that they can be displayed all year round. Great inspiration here.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

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  6. Such great ideas you have here!! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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