How to create decoupage earrings with wood charms (Ephemera).

You will need:

  • Mod Podge
  • 1 inch wood circles
  • Black Marker (permanent)
  • Paint brush
  • Sand paper buff
  • Scrapbook paper 
  • Sealant if desired 


Step 1. Drill hole in top of wood charm for jump rings.

Step 2. Pre cut or punch out the shape and size of paper you want to use. 

Step 3. Use black marker to color edges of rounded wood charm sides.

Step 4. Brush on a light coat of glue on the wood charm and press the image on top of the surface. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles and bubbles for the best results. 

Step 5.Cut around the edging to get it as close to the charm as possible. Take some sand paper or a buffer to smooth out paper edges. 

Step 6. Brush on a top layer of glue over your image. Be careful to apply it as evenly as possible. Use a brayer or popsicle stick to lightly smooth out any bubbles, wrinkles, or air pockets.

Step.7 : Repeat Brushing on Glue 2 more times

Once your first layer of decoupage glue is complete, you will likely want to brush on several more layers of glue over the entire surface 3-4 more times, until you have the desired finish. This will help protect the image and make it more likely to last a very long time!

Step 8: Once Glue is Cured, Spray With Varnish {Optional}

Most decoupage glues tout themselves as 2-in-1 glue and sealant. However, in my experience, it is best to apply a final coat of varnish for the best lasting effects. The other advantage to this is if you used a matte finish and decide you wanted it glossy, you can add some shine using a gloss varnish.

If using Mod Podge as a decoupage glue, they recommend that you allow an item to “cure” for at least 4 weeks before applying a varnish. although I usually spray it sooner to use the charms faster. 

A good brand is Kyrlon Crystal Clear or Mod podge has its on spray. They are easy to use and gives your work a final protective coat that it will make it very easy to clean in future years.