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DIY Decoupage Wooden Stool

Editorial, photos and video by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

Sometimes the smallest of details can add just the right amount of magic to a room. Take the beloved short wooden stool. For centuries, this all-purpose accent has assisted us as extra seating, a step up, a side table, a plant holder, and more! With today’s oh so simple DIY project, we elevate this petite seat with beautiful wrapping paper. Like peanut butter and chocolate, blending the two creates deliciously sweet decor that offers a pop of color and cuteness.

Got a wooden stool that needs updating? Check that box or closet full of wrapping paper you’d like to see on a daily basis. Or, search for something you can customize or upcycle and give a new life. I found this already-the-perfect-color-and-slightly-weathered vintage stool on a buy and sell app for $25 and the summer orangey wrapping paper online. These key items, along with just a few supplies, made this how-to a citrusy-snap!


  • wooden stool
  • wrapping paper
  • P160-P120 sandpaper + sanding block
  • (optional) wood putty + putty knife
  • paint + paint brush or sponge
  • scissors + exacto knife
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • small paint brush
  • rubber brayer or credit card or plastic scraper
  • Clear acrylic sealer


1. Clean + lightly sand stool: whether you bought something new or used, first give your stool a good cleaning and check for areas that need filling with wood putty. Gently sand the entire surface to allow paint to better adhere to your stool. Note: for this project, I loved the color of this second-hand, vintage cutie, so I simply cleaned it, sanded the top smooth and skipped step 2.

2. Paint stool + weather: choose a paint color – interior/exterior is a good option; semi-gloss, satin or matte according to your taste. Make sure it coordinates with your wrapping paper. Allow to dry for 2 hours or overnight. Next, slightly weather (or distress) the painted edges with your P160-P120 sandpaper. This adds just a touch of character. Note: if you’d prefer to not paint your stool and leave its natural wood or original color…go nuts!

3. Measure + cut wrapping paper: flip your stool upside down onto your wrapping paper, then trace around the seat. Cut out, place onto top of stool so it either fits perfectly, or you can leave about a ⅛”-¼” space between the paper and the edge. If necessary, make any cut adjustments to your paper, then set aside. Note: if your paper has wrinkles or creases, lightly spray the pattern side with water to help smooth it out. Check to make sure it still fits your top, as water makes paper expand.

4. Apply Mod Podge to wooden seat + paper. Using a paint brush or sponge, spread a generous amount to the entire top of your stool, then a thin amount to the back of your paper. .

5. Carefully place wrapping paper to top. Using your rubber brayer, credit card or plastic scraper, smooth out any bubbles in your paper working from the middle of your seat out to the edges. Allow to dry 15-20 minutes.

6. Apply Mod Podge onto wrapping paper. Brush on a generous, but smooth amount of Mod Podge to the entire piece of wrapping paper. Don’t worry if you see a small amount of remaining white glue, it will dry clear. Allow to dry 15-20 minutes.

7. Spray 1-2 coats of clear acrylic sealer. This will protect your paper and give it a finished look.


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