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Decoupage Plaques for Our Lady on the Feast of the Assumption

August 16, 2007

Chers Amis,

One of my resolutions for this school year is integrate more crafts into our celebration of the liturgical year. Honestly, I have a hard time planning ahead for crafts. I draw a blank when I go into Michael’s. I get sensory overload when confronted by aisle after aisle of materials –  especially when Pippin is roaming shopping with me 🙂  Jennifer at As Cozy as Spring and Cheryl at My Thoughtful Spot inspired me to stop feeling so inadequate plan out our liturgical schedule for the fall.  This dovetailed perfectly with lovely Leslie at Knotty Pine’s suggestion (Thanks, Leslie :-)that a few of us locally start a monthly Liturgical Craft Club that will draw heavily on the monthly dedication and Cay Gibson’s marvelous Catholic Mosaic.  There is also a new ‘Simple Craft of the Week club’ at 4Real Learning.  Surely there is hope for me.

To kick Maryof our liturgical school year, I decided to design a project for the Feast of the Assumption  usingMother_teresa
the cover of author/illustrator Demi’s book Mary as the model.  We really love all Demi’s gorgeous children’s books – Mary , Jesus, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, St. Nicholas just to name a few.  I especially adore the cover of Mother Teresa. Demi combines painting, decoupage, and pen and ink in Mary to create glowing illustrations that are so reminiscent of Eastern Orthodox icons, rich and gilded, you can almost smell the incense wafting through the soaring arches. While we chose to use this technique for the Assumption, you could use it for any feast day or liturgical figure.

In Mary, Demi  used a piece of gold on gold damask fabric/paper as the background and added hand-cut figures of a host of angels around Mary and the Child Jesus.  If you zoom in on the image  you can see that their robes are all cut from different patterned or textured materials.  The faces are done in paint/ink  with fine details such as the rays emanating from the Blessed Mother are added in gold ink.  Idea in mind and book in hand, we headed to Michael’s. 

Material List:100_1603_5

  • outline drawing of Mary from a coloring book or traced from a picture. (We used one of the Assumption from Art for Young Catholics 1.) Caddie  wanted to add angels too.
  • unfinished wooden plaques
  • foam ‘paint brush’ and decoupage glue/mod poge
  • selection of scrap booking papers for background, clouds, Mary’s robe, halo, and angels clothes/wings
  • gel pen in gold, silver or white to add fold lines and accents
  • small paint brushes
  • paints to finish edges if desired (we chose blue, burgundy and gold.)
  • spray clear finish to seal and add final gloss


  1. Set the plaque upside down on the back side of the gold back ground paper.  Trace around the edges and cut out.
  2. Follow the directions on the glue/mod podge to apply the gold paper to the wood.  Be careful to smooth out wrinkles. 
  3. Set aside to dry.100_1605
  4. Decide how many colors you will use for Mary’s robes.  We used two, blue with stars for her skirts and cloak, and burgundy/red for her ‘shirt’.
  5. Make several copies of the drawing of Mary (preferably on card stock) and cut them apart to make a pattern for each different color and element  – i.e. one piece for clouds, another for the ‘blue’ robe, and yet another for the ‘red’.   
  6. We also cut out the face, hands, and feet and set them aside.  Color these with crayons/colored pencils. They will be used as is, not as a pattern.
  7. Trace the robe and cloud patterns on the selected papers and cut out.
  8. Lay the pieces on a flat surface and assemble.  Glue onto the gold background when you like the effect.
  9. Add fold lines in the gown lightly w/pencil
  10. Apply two top coats of Mod poge allowing it to dry between coats.
  11. Trace over pencil lines w/gel pen and add any accents you desire.
  12. Paint raw wood edges if desired.  Demi frames her works so my girls painted the edges and sponged gold for a more formal effect.  Let dry. (This is almost instantaneous at 100 degrees F)
  13. Apply a clear spray coat of sealant
  14. Add wall hanger on back or prop up with plate holder.

I hope I haven’t left any thing off.  Both Scarlett and Caddie told me this was the best craft we have ever done. I agree.



6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2007 2:44 pm

    Just beautiful. Looks like you are off to a terrific start with incorporating more art/craft into your liturgical year celebration. I think you have always been good at that – your Altoid Antiphon houses are still one of my favorites!

  2. August 16, 2007 5:18 pm

    These are beautiful! Thank you for the directions, I’m a decoupage drop out, lol.

  3. August 17, 2007 11:19 am

    The finished product is beautiful! They really do resemble Icons, simply lovely.

  4. August 17, 2007 10:17 pm


  5. August 18, 2007 10:16 pm

    These turned out beautiful! We have this book also. Just love it. The artist lives not too far from us in Carnation, WA, near Holy Innocents parish in Duvall.

  6. August 22, 2007 7:27 pm

    Absolutely lovely!

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