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This Decoupage Table: DIY Book Pages Table Tutorial

 “If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”


And if those words of truth sound familiar to you, then I know you’re a good person who has read The Twits by Roald Dahl (even if you have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth). 

Mr. and Mrs. Twit, main characters in The Twits, are absolutely disgusting and wonderfully horrible. They are incredibly outrageous, and I love them. So much so, that I wanted it to be part of my home decor. 


This project was very simple, and came together in one afternoon! I used the pages from a secondhand paperback, but you can use any sort of paper like pretty tissues, scrapbooking paper, or anything that’s not too thick. “Too thick” might be something like cardstock. 



Since you’ll be getting the paper quite wet, anything with “bleeding ink” on it would be unsuitable, unless that’s the effect you’re going for! This means anything with water-based markers or inkjet printed pictures. 



 Decoupage Table



1     8fl. oz. / 236ml Modge Podge *

1     Shallow tray of water 

Enough paper to cover the desired area

1     Squeegee **

1     Foam brush 

Rag for drying

Water-based polyurethane sealant 

Paint (optional) 



How to: 

  1. If you want to, paint the table in areas that you won’t be covering. I painted the legs and edges of my table, so it looks less busy. 
  2. Cut the paper into desired shape and size, and soak it in the tray of water for about 15 seconds. 
  3. Spread a thin layer of Modge Podge on the area you will be covering. Dry the wet paper slightly on the rag, and put it on the Modge Podge.
  4. Cover the top of the page with another thin layer of Modge Podge. 
  5. Repeat until the whole area is covered. 
  6. Apply some more Modge Podge to corners to ensure they stay down. 
  7. Let the table dry thoroughly. 
  8. Apply 3 to 5 layers of sealant, letting it dry in between layers. 


* You can use any type of Modge Podge finish you like — I used Matte finish 

** An art-use squeegee would be best, but you can also use a window cleaning squeegee or anything with a flat, straight edge





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  • Reply
    August 19, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    I think this is super cute. I’m going to do it myself – as soon as I find a table and I book that I like for it!

    • Reply
      September 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      So glad to hear that! It definitely took me a bit of time to decide what book I wanted to use. I finally decided on The Twits because of all the funny-weird pictures! 🙂

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