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 inspiration! 

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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.


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. .