Wednesday, March 2, 2022

3D Decoupage Flower Napkins on Glass

Does a 3D decoupage flower napkins on glass craft sound like something you might be interested in creating? It's all about adding a pretty decorative dimension to glass with a 3D effect. The process involves applying napkin designs to clear plastic film using Mod Podge - a decoupage glue and let dry. Then cut out the napkin film designs. Heating it, and molding, embossing and layering the cut-outs into 3D shapes with a raised effect!

Doesn't that sound like fun - creating something pretty and quite unique - just in time for this month's DIY Challenge, hosted by Terrie @Decorate and More with Tip!  In case you don't know about this DIY Challenge, on the 1st Wednesday of each month, a group of talented bloggers create something based on a theme or material that's selected by Terri! This month's theme is all about Mod Podge - which is a decoupage glue! You won't believe how many different ways you can use it!
So let me show you how I created my 3D Mod Podge project!

Materials Used:
  • Napkin (flower design)
  • Scissors
  • Clear plastic film sheets (non-toxic)
  • Mod Podge
  • Plastic wrap for smoothing
  • Candle/Heat Gun
  • Embossing tool/Pad (foam) 
  • Glass container
  • Quick drying clear multi-purpose glue
Let's begin with a flower design on a cocktail size napkin.
Open the napkin to reveal four individual flowers to cut out and .  .  .
separate the two ply plain sheets from the flower printed ply by lightly touching a bit of Mod Podge with forefinger and thumb. Then gently tap the edge of the napkin to separate the layers.
Next, paint on an even layer of Mod Podge to clear plastic film and lay the flower design face down onto Mod Podge. This will create a glossy, porcelain-type effect on the flower when dry.
Use a sheet of plastic wrap to smooth out the napkins.
Let dry.
Once dry, cut out the individual flowers and make small cuts along the flower petal design toward the center to help shape it.

Then warm the petal with the flame of the candle - being careful not to get it too close. 
When the flower design is heated, it will magically curl and can be shaped into dimensional flowers using an embossing tool and foam pad to shape the flower.
Repeat process for each flower.
Notice how the bottom flower is molded and shiny. Doesn't that look awesome!

Since the glass container I am using is about twelve inches tall and with a top, I ended up not using the smaller leaves attached to the flower, but found a vine with leaves image online that I printed out on printer paper and decoupaged on to plastic film and .  .  .
cut out and attached to the glass container with quick drying glue.
Next, began layering the flowers on top of each other .  .  .
to achieve the dimensional 3D effect.


Doesn't this technique look amazing!

Repeat steps for adding dimensional flowers to the top.

This is certainly a must try craft!


Be sure to check out all of the participants' Mod Podge projects listed below:

                      
DECORATE AND MORE WITH TIP • THE HOUSE HOUSE • PURPLE HUES AND ME
                        
SWEET SOUTHERN GRACEPATINA AND PAINT •      LECULTIVATEUR
                        
K'S OLYMPIC NEST •           HOOTSHACK •           BLUESKY AT HOME
 

22 comments:

  1. Wow! I've never seen this technique before. I love it! Definitely going to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! It's been around for quite sometime. I first saw it on a blogger buddy's site. It's a variation on something called sospeso transparente. I like using my own flower images instead of the ready made ones.

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  2. Gail, you never disappoint me when it comes to your creativity. I love how your vases turned out and would look lovely anywhere in our homes. I am picturing them on a tablescape. Beautifully done!

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    1. Thanks so much, Terri! There are so many ways to make these. I've even seen jewelry made using this technique.

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  3. How clever! I've never seen anything like it. Love it. Great job.

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    1. Thanks, Jodi! Oh you've probably seen it somewhere and just didn't realize what it was. The original technique called Sospeso Transparente has been around for a number of years and uses pre-printed images on special transparent sheets. This is just a variation of it.

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  4. This is a beautiful idea. These would be a great addition to an Easter table.

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    1. Thanks, Denise! I've seen them created on eggs so that would be a lovely idea for an Easter table!

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  5. Your finished flower vase looks hand painted. Very pretty and unique. Where would you find the clear plastic sheets.

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    1. Thanks, Kelli! You can find them on Amazon. Just type in PET transparent acrylic plastic sheets non-toxic.

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  6. Gail, your floral art is absolutely beautiful!

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  7. That is an amazing technique and it looks beautiful. You have the best ideas, Gail!

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  8. Gail, your project is so pretty and very unique. I love your tip about using a touch of Mod Podge to help remove the plain layers. That part is my least favorite. The flowers are different and using them as you did was very creative.

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  9. I've decoupaged paper napkins onto objects with a flat application. But your technique is different and really beautiful. I love the 3-D aspect of this project.
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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  10. This is adorable Gail! I love the 3-D look! Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators. I'll be featuring your post tomorrow on the party, so remember to come by & grab your "I was featured" button. If you're following me on social media, I'll share your post across my accounts and tag you. Congrats!
    XOXO,
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

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  11. Wow. I mean that is wow . You can basically add these flowers to signs and baskets and so much more. "Oh the places we will go!" Thanks for posting at Funtastic Friday.

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  12. I love this idea! Will have to try it for some spring and fall decor.

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  13. PET is what water and drink bottles are made of. Would this work to use a cut up water battle ?

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