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Wood plank and wood plate covered in floral Decoupage Rice Paper

What is Decoupage Paper and How to apply it to Home Decor

Learn what Decoupage Paper is and how to use it for Decoupage Craft Projects.  Find out about the 8 basic steps in creating a decoupage paper project. Become inspired to create your own art with Decoupage Paper!
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Tan wood cabinet with green ivy and white flowers using Decor Transfers Rub on Furniture Transfers

HOW TO UPCYCLE FURNITURE WITH RUB ON TRANSFERS

Rub on furniture transfers from Redesign with Prima are a great way to add interest and color to upcycled furniture. These artistic furniture Décor Decals are perfect for people that are not necessarily artists but would like to get the look of hand painted Décor Art on their furniture.
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Farm animals Pigs and Rooster made with Redesign with Prima Décor Molds

(Video) 6 min - How to use ReDesign Decor Mould

How to Use the ReDesign Decor Mold  (6 min video)

Breathe new life into your furniture, frames, plaques, boxes, scrapbooks and journals with Redesign Decor Moulds. These heat resistant molds offer endless creativity with unique & detailed pieces. They are food safe. Enjoy making artistic candy, chocolate, butter, fondant, cookie dough, and more. 

For DIY and Art Projects: 

 -  Use a mold pour of paper clay, ceramic clay or resin. 

 -  You'll find ReDesign Modeling material, an air dry paper clay, in the Supplies section of our store.

Molds give a beautiful three-dimensional affect to furniture upcycle, decoupage art and mixed media crafts. Add paint and finishes such as antique distress, sparkle or other embellishments.

 

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Christmas Rub on Transfer Decal from Redesign with Prima

Do's and Don't Tips for applying Rub on Transfers

ReDesign with Prima has prepared this helpful Do's and Don'ts List for applying Rub On Transfers.

Rub on Transfers make it easy to Upcycle Furniture, create interesting Decor and create mixed media art.  Rub on transfers come in different sizes that can accentuate your craft projects.  Large Rub on Furniture Decal Transfers can quickly change the whole aesthetic of you Home Decor. 

 Below are the Do and Don'ts have been created by Redesign with Prima to help you discover the best practices for applying the decals,

 

Do's & Don'ts

  • To begin, remember to remove the white backing before you begin applying you Decor Transfer, the transfers do adhere quickly, once applied they cannot be shifted.  Be sure to place it in the right position before removing the backing and placing it on your project. 
  • We recommend sealing your Decor Transfers after they are placed on your projects, with the exception of glass/mirrors.  While we do not have a preferred sealant, any water based sealant will work including a polycrylic.  Wax does not deteriorate Decor Transfers, we do not recommend oil based sealants as they may break down your transfer.
  • When applying to glass or mirrors, do not use any chemicals or harsh cleaners as this may affect the application process of the transfer.
  • Wait at least 24 hours after painting any piece to apply Decor Transfers.  Be sure the surface is clean and that any cleaner is removed to make the transfer apply smother and adhere easier.
  • Be sure to remove any dust or sanding dust from your project prior to applying your transfer.  Any dust on the surface will make it difficult for your transfer to apply smoothly. Store Decor Transfers in their tube with the lids on to prevent any dust from getting into the transfer.
  • Decor Transfers will not adhere onto waxed surfaces.  We recommend to make sure waxed surfaces have been cured after several months.
  • Be sure Decor Transfers are not being applied onto peeled paint, chips,or old varnish that can be easily scratched off.
  • If you are attempting to apply your transfer and the adhesive side has paint, the transfer has lifted your paint.  Be sure to allow time for any paint to dry prior to application for best results.
  • Do not attempt to apply sealant or wax over a transfer that is not adhering. It will not adhere even with sealants.  Be sure to follow the proper steps before adhering any transfer.
  • Prevent any air bubbles by making sure that you apply Decor Transfers evenly. Apply the transfer with the included applicator or a Decor Transfer applicator tool.  As you pull apart the clear sheet, rub the transfer pushing it softly onto the surface.
  • If you are using raw wood, barn wood ro drift wood, be sure the surfaces are cleaned thoroughly.  These woods have cracks and debris that may be hidden and prevent successful application of your transfer. We recommend water based waxes and sealants for best results.
  • We do not recommend storing Decor Transfers in warm areas as it will be damaged by heat. We also do not recommend placing your transfer in the freezer or refrigerator as this is not a recommended practice.
  • If your transfer has adhesion difficulties, you can use a proper primer then paint  the furniture surface for proper prep.
  • If you have any corners or edges that are lifting, gently paint a thin coat in the area that is lifting.  Allow 10-15 minutes and gently press your transfer. Allow it to dry for more than 1 hour.

Hopefully these tips will be helpful to you and lead you to successful crafting project!  For a PDF version:  Click Here

 

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Rub on Transfer decals on Tin Can using ReDesign with Prima Decor Transfers

Repurpose Tin Cans with Rub On Transfers Decals

Use Rub on Transfers on Tin Cans

This is a really cute idea Run On Transfers to repurpose and upcycle Tin Cans.  Rub on Transfer Decals can be used to upcycle furniture, or every day items such as the following tin cans.  Your home decor can be dramatically improved by using Rub on transfers.  

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How to put Rub on Transfers onto Fabric pictures of purses

Fabric Surfaces for Rub-On Transfers

This will provide an introduction to using rub on Transfers with Fabric.

If you want to view a larger, more readable version:  Click Here

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Rub on Transfer Decals on Wood Furniture Dresser Drawer

How to Layer Rub on Transfer Decals on Wood Furniture Decor

Upcycling your wood Furniture Decor with Rub on Transfer Decals can give new life and artistic flare to tired or worn pieces.  ReDesign with Prima has created an instruction sheet on how to layer Rub on Furniture transfers on wood.
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PDF of Tips and Tricks for Rub on Furniture Transfers

Tips and Tricks (PDF) Rub on Decor Transfers

From the Manufacturer - Redesign with Prima

This is a great Tips and Tricks for How to Use Rub on Decor Transfers

Click this Link to View the image in full size:  Click Here

 

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Rub on Furniture Transfer Decal applied to beautiful white desk to upcycle Furniture Decor

Step by Step - How to Apply Rub On Transfers from ReDesign with Prima Decor Transfers

Instructions on how to apply ReDesign with Prima Decor Transfers. These Rub On Transfers are perfect for Furniture Upcycle and other Decoupage Craft and Mixed Media Art Projects. Furniture Transfer Decals are ideas to add that perfect touch to transform your Decor and handmade art.
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Small dresser with Ivy green leaf furniture rub on transfers by Redesign with Prima

(Video) 7 Min -How to Apply Rub On Transfers

ReDesign With Prima  - Decor Transfers® (Rub On)

ReDesign with Prima Decor Transfers and the perfect Rub on Transfer Decal product to apply to furniture and other  mixed media art projects.  Watch this helpful video from the manufacturer, on how to apply rub on transfers.

 

Link to:  SHOP Rub On Transfers

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Chirping Bird in Floral Roses - Dress My Craft Wet Method Transfer Me Transfers for Furniture Decoupage and Mixed Media Art

(Video) 11 min - How to Apply Wet Method Transfers

Video How to Apply Wet Method Transfers
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Vintage Floral - Dress My Craft Wet Method Transfer Me Transfers for Furniture Decoupage and Mixed Media Art

How to Apply Wet Method Craft Transfer Papers

How to Apply Dress My Craft Transfers

 Dress My Craft Transfer Me papers use a wet application technique. They can make older or stressed furniture look new and upcycled. They can be used to decorate candles, serving trays, clay planters, dishes, cutting boards, coasters, glass jars, mirrors, ornaments, wooden boxes, etc. The nicest thing about using transfer papers for decoration is the ease of application to a project. They can be used on either painted furniture or raw wood. They are easy to apply and come in beautiful, vibrant patterns. You can apply these transfers to Wood, Plastic, Glass, Leather, Metal, Painted Surfaces, Journaling Cards and Mixed Media. We carry a large selection of designs from which you can choose for your project. Here is where to buy furniture transfer paper.

 

 Six Steps for Apply Furniture Transfer Paper Decals

There are 6 basic steps to follow when applying the Design Image to your craft.

  • The first step is to trim the pattern as close as you can to the design. Be careful to make clean cuts and pay attention to the look of the trim left after cutting. Leave yourself a clear area somewhere near the pattern for holding the pattern with your fingers or tweezers.

 Trim decal on craft transfer paper

 

  • Before moving on, be sure the surface where you want to apply the design is clean and ready to receive the transfer. Be sure of exactly where you want to place it. Now you are ready to gently peel away the Clear sheet. This will leave you with a pattern affixed to a white sheet.

Peel Clear sheet from Craft Transfer Papers 

 

  • The next step is extremely important to do correctly. It literally will ensure the success of your project. Soak the cutting in a flat bowl with water for 10 to 12 seconds facing upside down. If you soak it too long it will make the paper too soggy, and the pattern might tear. Conversely, if you do not soak it long enough the paper will not come off easily. So go with 10 to 12 seconds.

 Soak the craft transfer paper decal in water for 10-12 seconds

 

  • Now remove the transfer from the water using your fingers or tweezers. Gently shake off excess water drips. Next, place the design face down on the prepared surface. You will not be able to reposition it once you lay it down. So, pick your spot carefully. Gently dab the transfer with a damp sponge. If you like, you may then use a brush to smooth out the pattern starting with the center and using brush strokes in an outward direction. Now, carefully slide the white sheet away from the film. After the white sheet is removed, be careful not touch the transferred film with your hands.

Dab off excess water from the craft transfer paper decal

  • Let the newly applied design dry undisturbed. You will need to give it some time to dry very thoroughly before finishing. Never, never use a blow dryer or similar heat source. It must air dry naturally. Sometimes the sheets might have some air bubbles, but this is normal. It will not affect the results. Please let it dry for some time and it will settle down.

 Peel off white paper from the craft transfers

 

  • After the design is dry you can seal it with one or two coats of an acrylic varnish or any other good sealer. For the best results varnishing is a MUST.

 Seal Craft Transfer Paper decals with Acrylic Varnish

 

It is as simple as that, Cut, Peel, soak, place, dab, remove white paper, dry and seal.

It will look like you paid top dollar at a fancy furniture gallery. Furniture transfer paper can really dress up an older piece of furniture. It can turn ordinary objects onto works of art!  Try also: Candles, serving trays, clay planters, dishes, cutting boards, coasters, jars, ornaments, wooden boxes. The possibilities are endless.

I did forget to mention the hardest part of it all though. Picking the best design for your project.  Here is where to buy furniture transfer paper.

 Happy crafting!

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