Every time I throw a party, I buy new decorations, because I would never risk reusing something that might throw off the effect, like Halloween napkins at a Bastille Day party. Can you imagine how awful that would look? How embarrassing. Unfortunately, this means that I have a huge collection of leftover napkins, that I can’t use for anything except to découpage stuff. Which is what we’re going to to now.

I fancy myself a bit of a découpeur. It’s a useful skill, especially if you don’t have a lot of money but do have a lot of old maps or sheet music or napkins. I have tons of all three, so obviously there’s a lot of découpaging going on around here. Ready to boost your self-esteem sky high? Me too. This will be fun.

Gather your votives and some gloss varnish. I borrow mine from Pepito, because he varnishes a lot of stuff but you can get it at any art supply store. Wash the votives if you live in a château that’s covered in dust. If you live in America and use hand-sanitizer, your votives are clean enough. Maybe too clean. Cut your napkin to size, and spread the varnish all over the outside with a small brush or your finger if you like to work with your hands. Press the napkin into the votive. Be sure to unfold it so that it’s single-ply or this will be a very bad experience. Repeat with the varnish process, thoroughly coating the napkin. After the varnish is dry, if you want to be fancy (you do) apply a bit of gold leaf around the top.

That’s it! Next time, you can use that map of the Toucouleur Empire. Off to lounge.


  1. Bernadette Nelson said...

    Can you dêcoupage with leftover condiments? Because I have a lot of those and no room in my fridge for real food.

    November 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm
  2. Judith said...

    Pepito would be welcome to come paint my castle. Or other things. Anything really.

    November 8, 2014 at 5:25 pm
  3. Renée Bourque said...

    Belle comme toujours!

    November 8, 2014 at 6:12 pm
  4. Tracy D said...

    Is this safe for children? I mean literally, can I decoupage my children?

    November 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm