It is thought that the art of decorating objects with paper started in China and then came to Europe via the Venetian trade routes.
Decoupage became a craze in the 18th century, with both royalty and ladies of court. You can see the work of Mary Delany in the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum.
Paper scissors with pointed ends.
Decoupage glue or pva
Clothes or sponges to remove any spilt or excess glue.