How to Decoupage Using Newspaper

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

Inspiration 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 used for decoupage and other craft projects

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

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

You could also use Modge Podge and add the newspaper while the Modge 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 to adhere newspaper to a board.

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 sign.

The adhesion was perfect! 

Next, I used the LAUNDRY stencil from Old Sign Stencils to do what I call a reverse stencil technique.

Decoupaged newspaper sign using Old Sign Stencils

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

Reverse stenciling using Old Sign Stencils.

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

Painting the outside of the stencil to leave the newspaper in the letters.

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 for antiquing.

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 Stencils and a Decoupage Technique.

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!

DIY Laundry sign using Old Sign Stencils and a Decoupage Technique.

DIY Laundry sign using Old Sign Stencils

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

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  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.

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


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