Decoupage a bag

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Decoupage a bag with napkinsCustomise a simple handbag or basket with pretty floral decoupage. We like to use paper serviettes (napkins) because they can be used on just about any surface. But first you need to thin the serviette down to just one layer (there are typically three layers). Then you’re ready to go.

First, cover the bottom of the bag’s handles with masking tape so they don’t get paint on them, then use craft paint to paint the bag a colour of your choice. Allow the paint to dry, then apply another coat or two, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Take your paper serviettes and cut out several roses. Apply Modge Podge (you can use craft glue instead) to your bag, then press the serviette pieces in place, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles. Work carefully, as the paper serviettes are very delicate.

Use a small paint brush to apply another layer of Modge Podge to the paper design to seal it. Leave to dry and your bag is ready!


  1. Get outta here! This is awsome!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. when you say craft paint – acrylic? or??? Thanks

  3. Also, when you seal later on – do you also seal the paint – or just the serviette pictures?

    • You just need to apply the Modge Podge to the serviette pieces.It doesn’t matter if it gets on the rest of the bag though as it dries clearly.

    • When you have sealed the design with Modge Podge, its wise to apply a varnish to further protect the design. Water Based polyurethane is ok.If you would like to know more please check me out at Decoupage Diva on Facebook and Instagram.

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