Put simply, découpage involves cutting out pictures, gluing them to an object and then coating the pictures and the object with layers of varnish. The finished item can look so beautiful that it appears to be professionally painted. You can découpage pretty much anything around the house - and it's a great way to update or spruce up household furniture that's looking a bit tired and worn. It can also be used create decorations for special occasions such as easter - by creating designs and patterns on eggs, or Christmas, by making your own decorations for the tree. Découpage is a fun, calming and soothing craft that anyone of any age and ability can enjoy. So, breathe new life into household objects or create something pretty and decorative for your home. Here's what you need to now about découpage, including the papers to choose and tools you'll need below... What is découpage? The word découpage comes from the French verb découper, 'to cut out'. The découpage technique can be used to personalise almost any item in your home and the great thing is that the designs can be as simple or as complex as you like. You can buy a large selection of supplies specifically for découpage, but the nice thing about this craft is that you probably have many of the supplies lying around at home to be able to start simple projects right now! The basic tools and materials you'll need are scissors, a crafting knife, wrapping paper, magazines or paper napkins. All you will need to start with are a few basic materials and tools.