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Decoupage on Wood Decor: Easy Upcycled Wall Art for Free!

Learn how quick and easy it is to upcycle any wall decor by adding decoupage on wood.

My daughter is now 15 years old and wanted to update her tween bedroom.  And of course, I didn’t want to spend much money because frankly, I’m cheap (if you haven’t figured that out by now!).

Her old room was coral and teal theme and now she’s into all things grey.  Gone are the days of the bright fun colors of pink, purple, and teal… sniff, sniff.  I guess it could be worse, it could be all black…

We painted the walls grey and I bought her a cute Harry Potter bedspread and now I’m slowly taking the rest of teal and coral out of the room.  Did I mention we painted it over Christmas break?? 

So changing up the rest of the room has been on my to-do list for months.

DIY decoupage ideas on wood with step by step pictures and videos!  Upcycle old decor! #decoupage #upcycle

On the top of my to-do list: to upcycle the wood hanger signs.  When the theme of this month’s Craft Lightning Challenge came out, it finally gave me the push I needed to just do it.

You might remember when I decoupaged a napkin on a glass vase, but this time I am going to show you how to decoupage on wood decor for pretty much free!

You probably have these basic craft items somewhere in your house, so get them out and update a wood picture into decoupage wall art!  If you actually want to transfer a picture to wood, make sure to check out my DIY teen gift idea post.

Materials Needed for Decoupage Wall Art

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  • mod podge and brush
  • cardstock or paper (or magazine pictures or photos)
  • scissors or trimmer
  • acrylic or chalk paint (optional)
  • printer (optional)

How to Easily Decoupage on Wood 

These were the simple wood block hangers that I bought from Ross or Marshall’s years ago.

decoupage on wood

I found some cute pictures on that represented what my daughter loves – music, books, musical theater.  The signs are 4.5×4.5″ so I printed the pictures so that they were about 5″ square on white cardstock.

decoupage on wood

I used cardstock since the backgrounds were pretty colorful and I didn’t think printer paper would cover the colors fully.  You don’t need to use cardstock to decoupage.  You can use napkins, magazine pictures, photos, printed paper, etc. 

Trim them to fit.

trimming cardstock for decoupage project
decoupage on wood

Apply a nice even layer of mod podge over the wood.

decoupage on wood

Place the trimmed cardstock on the mod podge and press down.  Use a scraper or old credit card to scrape it down.  Some glue will push out, just wipe it off with a paper towel. 

Having it pressed down with mod podge covering every little section on the bottom will prevent bubbles from forming.

applying cardstock on wood with mod podge
wiping off excess mod podge

Let these fully dry!  I let mine sit overnight to ensure they are completely dry.  Then apply another thin layer of mod podge over the top of the picture.  Make sure to get the edges and wipe off any excess mod podge.

applying mod podge to seal decoupage

Once the glue is dry (about an hour or so), you can paint the sides and edges if you want.  I used black acrylic paint and went over the edges and sides.

painting the edges of wood
painting edges of decoupaged wood

That’s it!  A super quick and easy way to upcycle some old wall art.

decoupage on wood music notes
decoupage on wood fantasy picture

How to Easily Decoupage on Wood Video Tutorial

Make sure to check out the short video to see how easy it is.  If the video is not here, it’s at the top or side of your screen!  Turn the volume on for the full instructions.

decoupage on wood project

What kind of pictures would you put on yours? Mine probably would have tools, sleep, and wine!

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Here are the printable instructions.

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Decoupage on Wood Decor: Easy Upcycled Wall Art for Free!

Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 5 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $0

Upcycle any old wall decor into something unique! Learn how easy it is to decoupage on wood.



  1. Find photos, magazine pictures, or print your own images onto cardstock or paper.
  2. Trim image to fit on wood sign.
  3. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge, covering the entire bottom surface.
  4. Add picture on top and scrape down with scraper or old credit card. Wipe off any glue that comes out the sides.
  5. Let Completely Dry!! Overnight is best.
  6. Apply another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top and edges of cardstock to seal it. Let dry for an hour.
  7. Optional- paint the edges with acrylic or chalk paint.
  8. Hang back up and enjoy your new totally unique wall art!


See post for more detailed step by step video and picture instructions.

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Sunday 14th of February 2021

Question: You said you printed the pictures out. Did you use a regular ink jet printer or did you have them printed somewhere like Staples? I am wondering about the bleeding from an ink jet printer (which is what I have.) Thank you! (Cute idea, btw)

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Wednesday 10th of March 2021

I just used my inkjet printer and let them dry a while!

Angie Holden

Thursday 21st of March 2019

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