How to Decoupage Using Newspaper

       This fun sign technique was inspired by a sign I saw while out to dinner. 
gratitude sign in a restaurant.

Not a great pic but you get the idea. 

It says GRATITUDE and I am very grateful for this unique inspiraton! 

I started out with a board and an old book of newspaper headlines called Page One

I've been using this book that I found at a garage sale for years but you can use a regular newspaper.

Newspaper book

I'm using the decoupage technique I told you about a while back in this story.  

To recap, I coated the board with a coat of Ultra Grip and let it dry.

You could also use Mod Podge and add the newspaper while the Mod Podge is wet. 

I will caution you to use 2 coats of the Ultra Grip and let it dry between coats before you do the ironing because you don't want any bubbles. 

When the Ultra Grip dried I laid the newspaper pieces side by side across the length of my board.

Decoupage Technique

I used an iron and a sheet of parchment paper as a buffer to attach the newspaper to the board. 

I went around the edges of the board with a piece of sandpaper to smooth the edges. 

Decoupaged newspaper to sign.

The adhesion was perfect! 

Next, I used the LAUNDRY stencil from Old Sign Stencils to do what I call a reverse stencil technique. Please note that all prices are in Canadian. 

Stencil on top of newspaper sign

I traced inside the letters of the stencil with a pencil. 

You can see all the Old Sign Stencils that are available by visiting this website

Pencil drawn lines on newspaper

Next, I painted around the letters not inside them with black craft paint

Painting the outside of the stencil

When the black paint was dry I used a poly with stain in it to coat the entire sign. 

You can see below that it antiques the newspaper even more. 

Coating the sign with a poly stain

At this point, you may see a few bubbles in your newspaper from the paint but this will lessen when dry.

I let the sign dry overnight. 

Laundry sign using Old Sign Stencil

The surface of the sign is slightly textured but it is in the original inspiration sign as well. 

Hang 2 D rings to the back of the sign and it's ready to hang!

Five minutes later it was off to decorate my daughter's laundry room... it didn't last long!

Laundry sign with newspaper words

Laundry sign outdoors

This was a fun project and the decoupage technique can be applied to almost anything! 

Laundry sign pin

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. This is very cool! I've never done a reverse stencil...I'd like to try.

  2. HI Susan, I love this project and appreciate you sharing tie tutorial. I've done quite a bit of decoupage in the past but am anxious to try this method; I like the textured finish from the newspaper. Happy St. Pat's Day! ~Cheryl

    1. Thank you Cheryl! It is fun to do and looks great!

  3. Love the idea, never seen anything like this before! Looks very good!

    1. Thanks so much! I was excited to see the sign in the restaurant.

  4. This is brilliant. I love it. Unfortunately decoupage doesn’t love me. Pinning for later.

    1. Oh give it a try again! Thanks for visiting!

  5. Such a cool idea. Love the print on sign.

  6. I love this use of newspaper as the background for typography, its a great look.

  7. This is such a cool look Susan. I love the pages and the reserve stencil technique is one I've never seen before. It makes the sign extra special.

    1. Thanks Mary. I may have invented the reverse stencil technique. I did it on another sign a while back :)

  8. What makes your laundry room sign so unique and one of my favorites, Susan is the vintage newspaper! LOVE it PINNED it 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Marie! Thanks for pinning :)

  9. Love your design... wondering if a top coat would be in order to protect the news print.

    1. Hi Rhonda! Yes of course, the poly stain (the last step) is a sealer and it did seal the newspaper :) Thanks so much for visiting!

  10. I absolutely love your DIYs and so happy that I found your page.
    One question regarding using an iron. Have you ever tried the iron when using Mod Podge?? I'm wondering if it would work the same but at a lower cost point. Small bottles of Mod Podge can be gotten from the Dollar Tree and a larger bottle from a craft store for around $6.00.
    Again, I LOVE the creativeness you have and the want to share that with others. THANK YOU!!!

    1. HI Tina! Wow Thanks so much for your kind words! I have never tried Modge Podge with the iron technique but I don't see why it wouldn't work . I think I'm going to have to try that next, you're correct is is a lot more cost effective :)


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