Decoupage Days#2

I am making the majority of my Christmas presents this year. A lot of my gifts will feature the art of decoupage, which is lots of FUN to do.

My post Decoupage Days shares techniques and tips on transforming bird boxes, chairs and shoes. In this post I will share how to create beautiful Nature Stones.


You will need the following:

  • An assortment of stones
  • Primer for chalk paint
  • Small pots of chalk paint in assorted colours
  • Decoupage adhesive
  • Assorted paper napkins
  • Clear water based varnish – I prefer a gloss finish
  • A flat brush


Using your flat brush, paint your chosen stones with chalk primer. This will give you a smoother finish. Try to keep a nice straight edge – a steady hand is useful.


Remove the top layer of your napkin, and discard the remainder.

Tear around your chosen design, and check that it fits your stone.

The little birds napkin has a pale duck egg background. I painted over the primer with two coats of a matching chalk paint, then allowed it to dry thoroughly.

If your napkin has a white background use white chalk paint.

If it has a cream background use cream paint…


Using your flat brush paste over the top of your chosen design, smoothing out towards the edges.

Allow to dry.


Finally, add two layers of clear varnish to ensure durability. These Nature Stones will survive the elements in your garden.


They will also be happy inside your front door – to welcome visitors, on a windowsill, your desk as a paperweight…

Here are some of my other stone friends:


I used white chalk paint for the top group of butterflies and poppies, and cream paint for the fuschias and other poppies.

If you use the same colour of chalk paint as your napkin, your stones will look like you painted them by hand.

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Brigid P. Gallagher

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  1. These look absolutely lovely Brigid. I’m definitely going to make some of these during the Xmas holidays with my granddaughters. I also think that handmade gifts are wonderful – such love goes into them… precious! xx

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  2. These are so lovely and you can rest assured I am going to give it a try …. there are so many pretty napkins here and I have a tendency to pick up stones along the way and always know where they came from. I hope my daughters will enjoy their gift because they will each get one this year thanks to you!

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      • I had the most wonderful weekend. Barcelona with the number 2 baby and then back to Grenoble where hubby had stayed on to look after the pooch and took me for lunch on Sunday …. I am on my own for Christmas so this was precious as is next weekend when my eldest and her husband are coming over and crossing with my youngest on Sunday who will stay for a week. I have been making decorations because this will really be Christmas for me. On the eve and the day I am working in a soup kitchen which will gladden my heart.

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      • That was a lovely. I am glad you were pampered. That is a great way to spend Christmas. I am sure it will be a special time. I have had a few Christmases on my own but singing in the choir and visiting elderly relatives made the days perfect. 🌼

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  3. Oh wow Brigid…those are gorgeous! You are so creative…thanks for the tips…I might just have a go at them…I’d love to make ones with moons and stars and maybe the sun and clouds…oh so many ideas!! What lucky recipients! xo

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  4. Ohhhh, Daisies!! These are MAGICAL! Absolutely beautiful. I can easily understand how and why you love them, for I love them too.

    If these were on a craft table at a Craft Fair, I would definitely buy… in a heart beat! The only problem I’d have is ….which one! I’ve got it down to two favourites …. so I’d likely end up buying them both and being a greedy girl!

    LOVE them Daisies. Thank you for the teach-in. I’m going to have a go at this. Off to find rocks right now!
    Sending love ~ Cobs. xxx

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  5. Love the poppies and purple flowers with butterfly 😊 I’ve been busy too, collecting stones on walks, and today painting with the sun shining through the windows. It’s a lovely way to relax and be in the moment.

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  6. Wow! 😀 Brigid, these are wonderful and make the most special presents! Hand-made gifts last a lifetime and are heartwarming and give so much joy. ❤️ Kudos to you and thank you for the detailed descriptions how to make these – I might well give it a go!

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  7. Oh gosh~ Love this Brigid!! So so pretty! My favorite are the pastel poppies!! I try to make things for Christmas gifts too– last year photo books, this year I’m sewing 4 nightgowns for the grand-girls, but it’s taking me forever!! (I think I way overestimated my sewing skills!). Such a pretty post!! You are inspiring! xoxoxo

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