Thursday, June 25, 2020

Decoupage Napkin Flowers on Glass

I've had this clear glass jar with lid for sometime now. I bought it and other glass containers for my nieces' sweet sixteen candy buffet that I created. I love the shape of the jar and although it's perfect on its' own, I wanted to dress it up a bit - by decoupaging it with pretty napkin hydrangeas cut-outs!

I love to decoupage but I wanted to leave this container clear and not paint it. Usually, paint is used to define the images of the napkin and to make them sharp and distinct on whatever you are applying it to. But I wanted a more transparent or translucent look - like the flowers were floating on glass. And fortunately, the Mod Podge I used dried clear to make that possible. Noteworthy: I used Mod Podge Matte because it was what I had on hand, so this piece is for decorative purposes only. But you can use Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge which allows it to be used indoors or outdoors and safely cleaned by hand or in the top shelf of a dishwasher once cured following directions. 
   

Materials Used:
  • Glass container w/lid
  • Rubbing alcohol/paper towels
  • Decorative hydrangeas paper napkins
  • Hydrangeas petal paper punch
  • Matte Mod Podge or Dishwasher-Safe MP
  • Soft small paint brush
  • Printer paper/small scissors
  • Skewer stick
Begin by thoroughly washing the glass container and lid with dish detergent and water and then dry. Wipe with a alcohol soaked paper towel to remove any soap residue, dirt and oil. Let dry.

Now it's time to punch out the hydrangeas petals! Because the paper napkins are soft and difficult to get clean, sharp edges when punching, printer paper needs to be used. So, cut out 3" squares of paper and insert one on the bottom of the puncher . .  .
and then insert the napkin .  .  .
and finally, another paper on top of the napkin. In other words, the napkin is sandwiched between two sheets of paper to get a clean punch-out cut.
Then punch the petals out. You will probably need a skewer stick to lift and remove the paper cut-out .  .  .
and then the napkin petal cut-out. Be careful - even though the paper helped punch out the napkin, some edges may not be completely cut. Use small scissors to cut out any stuck pieces.
Then remove the plain layers of the napkin from the back of the printed cut-out.
 Position the hydrangeas petal on the glass and brush a small amount of Mod Podge behind where you want it to go and place on top, smoothing out with a small brush. Continue around the glass creating a beautiful random hydrangea design - applying decoupage, laying down the cut-out hydrangea petals and finally smoothing them out. Let dry, once finished with the placement.
Repeat the process for the glass top .  .  .
 applying decoupage and then the hydrangea cut-out designs. Let dry when finish.

And finally, add a few more coats of Mod Podge over the design to seal allowing it to dry between coats. 
What a fun way to add pretty designs to glass containers and tops!
Perfect and lovely for just about anything in decor!

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I am thrilled to be a part of this Creative Craft Blog Hop created by Chloe @ Celebrate & Decorate and Andrea @ Design Morsels!
It's a great way for all of us to be inspired by an array of creative ideas and projects!
If you've hopped over after visiting Mary @Home is Where the Boat Is, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on decoupaging flowers on a glass jar and lid! The next blog hop is to Jane & Sonja @Sustain My Craft Habit. I'm sure you will love their awesome creation!

See all the lovely inspirations by “hopping” to visit all of  these  awesome creative and innovative bloggers!












27 comments:

  1. What a cool idea. I've never seen that kind of cutter before. Is the shape the only thing you can put inside the cutter or does it come with other shapes? Thanks for taking part in the hop. It's fun to see all the ideas!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! It's just a small handheld gadget to punch out just one shape or shapes. Much like a big hole puncher. I really enjoy participating in this creative crafts blog hop! Thanks for organizing it!

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  2. This is beautiful Gail!! I never thought of decoupaging on transparent glass and it is sooo pretty! Thanks for the tip on dishwasher safe Mod Podge, I didn't know there was such a thing. Such a great idea, can't wait to try this!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! Decoupaging on plain glass really takes on a whole new look doesn't it?

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  3. This is beautiful. That punch is new to me too. A great way to dress up those glass containers.

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  4. Love your decoupage technique. Your dish looks amazing. Love the pattern you did. Pinning this.

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  5. Gail, I love to decoupage too, but have yet to use a glass jar. It’s on my diy to-do list. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! It's been on my to-do list for sometime now! Have fun when you try it, too!

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  6. Oh my gosh - I LOVE this Gail and totally want to do this! Thanks for sharing and lovely crafting with you!

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    1. Thanks so much Chas! It's always fun crafting with you, too!

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  7. Gail, these are stunning! Wow! They look like something you'd find in a pricey boutique store. Beautifully done. I definitely want to try this with some leftover party napkins, with vintage-inspired bee and peacock designs. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comments, Debbee! Your designs sounds really lovely and I hope to see your project real soon!

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  8. Gail, this is STUNNING! I am so amazed at how you came to the concept of cutting the petals out of the napkins. I would have likely just cut out the flowers on the napkins, but your method makes it so much prettier! I appreciate all of the details in your tutorial and feel like I could re-create this! Thanks so much for joining our hop!

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    1. Thanks so much, Chloe! Believe it or not, I tried cutting them out with scissors first and then thought the punch would look so much better! Glad I switched! And thank you for creating and organizing this lovely craft hop! It's one of my favorites!

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  9. Gail, this is SO pretty! The details are gorgeous! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  10. How lovely! This looks so intricate and beautiful. Very romantic.

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    1. Thank you, Jane and Sonja! I really appreciate your sweet comments!

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  11. So pretty-- reminds me of real dried flowers. I wonder if you could separate the napkin layers before punching them out, still sandwiching between paper? I only recently succeeded at decoupaging, I think... and plan to post on it soon...

    Liberty

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    1. Thanks Liberty! You know, I didn't try separating the napkin layers first. It's easier cutting intact napkins with scissors so I thought the same for punching. But separating might work better using the paper. Something I'll have to try. Thanks for the idea! That's what blog hopping is all about - sharing ideas! Can't wait to see your decoupage project! Mine always end surprisingly different each time!

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  12. You are the Queen Of Decoupage, Gail. Your hydrangea glass jar is so pretty! I would have never thought to attempt using a punch with thin napkins - thanks for the great tip.
    P.S. I hope you didn't get this comment multiple times, having some tech glitches on my end.

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    1. Thanks so much, Marie! Oh, I don't know about that! I never know if my decoupage will actual be ok. Sometimes it works and other times I've had to wash it off and start again. You just never know - at least I never know how it's going to turn out until I try it! Lol!

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  13. Brilliant idea! There are so many beautiful paper napkins out there to choose from, this is such a neat way of using them.

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  14. Your glass jar is beautiful! At first, I thought about cutting all those pieces out by hand, then saw the punch ~ very clever!

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