Posts Tagged ‘decoupage’

DIY Decoupage Project: Flower Pots

Friday, August 8th, 2014

We often hear from customers that after making all the jewelry pieces in our Collage Jewelry Kit, they still have a few pieces of our solid-colored and fancy-patterned tissue paper.  If you are in the same boat, we have two fun, simple and beautiful DIY projects for you to try out!  Last time we showed you how to decoupage a recycled glass bottle into a beautiful illuminated vase, and today we will show you how to transform a plain clay pot into a work of art.

DIY Decoupage Clay Pots

Project by Spark blog contributor Anna Lee Steinbuck

Materials: fancy tissue paper, plain tissue paper, recycled papers: (newspaper, magazine cut-outs), clay pot

Tools: foam brush, scissors, Artterro glaze

Optional Materials: soy based acrylic paint

Instructions:

  1. Gather all materials and tools. Arrange on a covered surface, (I laid down a few layers of newspaper on my table) because this can get messy!
  2. Cut out or rip up pieces of tissue paper and your other recycled materials. *I ripped up little bits of tissue paper by hand to make a “patchwork” kind of layered look, and cut out pieces with scissors for a more refined and polished look.  If you want to paint the lip of your flower pots, do this now and allow paint to dry for about five minutes before going on to step three.
  3. Apply a thin and even layer of Artterro glaze to your containers using your foam brush.
  4. Start laying down pieces of paper on your containers, gently smoothing any bumps or creases with your fingers. *Try layering different sizes of tissue paper, and overlap the paper in order to thoroughly cover the containers
  5. Once you are finished laying down paper pieces, and are satisfied with the look of your piece, apply an even layer of glaze over the entire piece. Make sure you cover the entire surface with glaze to seal it. Don’t worry, it dries clear!
  6. Allow your pieces to dry overnight before handling them. Keep the surface underneath them protected in case any glue drips. *Make sure there aren’t any stray pieces of paper that accidentally got stuck to the bottom of your piece!

Isn’t decoupage wonderful?  You can be as creative as you want, incorporating other materials and changing your design as you go.  Let us know if there are other objects you’d like to see us decoupage on the blog.  Happy crafting!

DIY Decoupage Project: Illuminated Vase

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

We often hear from customers that after making all the jewelry pieces in our Collage Jewelry Kit, they still have a few pieces of our solid-colored and fancy-patterned tissue paper.  If you are in the same boat, we have two fun, simple and beautiful DIY projects for you to try out!  Today we will show you how to decoupage a gorgeous vase, and our next post will inspire you to transform a plain clay pot into a work of art.

DIY Decoupage Bottle

Project by Spark blog contributor Anna Lee Steinbuck

Materials: fancy tissue paper, plain tissue paper, recycled papers: (newspaper, magazine cut-outs), recycled glass bottle

Tools: foam brush, scissors, Artterro glaze (or your own decoupage medium)

Optional Materials: battery powered mini string lights

DIY Decoupage Glass Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Gather all materials and tools. Arrange on a covered surface, (I laid down a few layers of newspaper on my table) because this can get messy!
  2. Cut out or rip up pieces of tissue paper and your other recycled materials. *I ripped up little bits of tissue paper by hand to make a “patchwork” kind of layered look, and cut out pieces with scissors for a more refined and polished look.  If you want to paint the lip of your flower pots, do this now and allow paint to dry for about five minutes before going on to step three.
  3. Apply a thin and even layer of Artterro glaze to your containers using your foam brush.
  4. Start laying down pieces of paper on your containers, gently smoothing any bumps or creases with your fingers. *Try layering different sizes of tissue paper, and overlap the paper in order to thoroughly cover the containers
  5. Once you are finished laying down paper pieces, and are satisfied with the look of your piece, apply an even layer of Artterro glaze over the entire piece. Make sure you cover the entire surface with glaze to seal it. Don’t worry, it dries clear!
  6. Allow your pieces to dry overnight before handling them. Keep the surface underneath them protected in case any glue drips. *Make sure there aren’t any stray pieces of paper that accidentally got stuck to the bottom of your piece!
  7. Optional: If you want your vase to be illuminated, you can put a string of battery-powered lights inside your vase.

What other recycled containers have you decoupaged?  We love making votive holders, gift boxes, and pencil holders.  Stay tuned this week for a tutorial on clay pots as well!

Decoupage Valentine Gift Boxes

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

decoupage valentine gift box

No matter what you give your loved ones on Valentine’s Day, you can make it even more special by packaging it beautifully.  For this Valentine craft idea, we took empty cardboard jewelry boxes and candy tins, and decoupaged them with a mix of papers: some fancy Artterro tissue paper (leftover from the Collage Jewelry Kit) and pretty images cut out of old magazines.  We love to mix recycled materials with new ones!   You’re sure to end up with something totally unique.

Not familiar with decoupage?  It’s super easy!  Using white (school) glue slightly diluted with water, affix your paper (small pieces are easier to work with) to whatever clean object you’re decorating.  Layer as much as you want, allowing the object to dry between applications.  After the whole thing is dry, apply a decoupage glaze.

Fill with love notes, chocolate, flower petals, toys, or any combination of the above!  Whatever you put inside, the recipient will know that you put a lot of love into the gift.  Happy Valentine’s Day!