Decoupage is the process of gluing paper cutouts to a hard surface, then coating it with a sealer, so it appears to blend with the background. The object doesn’t have to be flat either. You can decoupage clay pots, odd shape trays, plates, boxes, and even furniture. 

A hake brush was chosen for this project because the handle is the perfect surface for the decoupage. A hake brush is excellent for painting large washes ink or watercolor, and it also makes a handy household item. The hake brush crafted of soft sheep hair makes a superb dusting tool for the kitchen, workshop, or craft room. It’s also a fantastic makeup finishing brush! 



BFC7 Hake Brush 

Nori All Purpose Paste

Modpodge Matte Glue and Sealer 

Craft Paint in any color 

Printed napkins, origami paper, scrapbook paper, tissue paper, or painted rice paper 


Acrylic topcoat or varnish 

Foam brush or soft bristle brush 



  1. Remove stickers from the brush and sand any rough areas lightly. 

  2. Paint the brush handle with craft paint in any color. It will look best if the color matches the background of the paper cutouts. Let the paint dry. 

  3. Brush on a light amount of Nori paste onto the back of the paper cutout and apply it to the surface. Smooth out any wrinkles going from the center outwards, making sure the edges are laying flat. Repeat on all the paper cutouts. Let dry. 

  4. Brush on Modpodge evenly over the paper onto the handle. Let dry. 

  5. Brush on several coats of varnish until the surface is smooth and the cutout edges disappear. You will need to brush on several thin layers. Let the varnish cure for at least 24 hours before using the brush.  

Would you try this project? What should we try next? Let us know in the comments!

June 12, 2020 — Yasutomo American KUSA Corporation