Posts Tagged ‘diy gifts’

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


  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!

A Few Holiday Gift Guides For Last Minute Eco Shopping

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Happy Holidays!   Hopefully you are enjoying the festive side of winter and also finding some time to relax!  Here at Artterro, we’ve been positively bustling in the shipping department, sending out hundreds of our kits to stores and people all over the country.  We love thinking of how many kids will be unwrapping one of our kits this season.

Artterro Handmade Paper Christmas Trees

If, like us, you’re not quite done with your holiday shopping, hopefully this selection of unique and green gift guides and online stores will be helpful!  Most of these focus on meaningful and sustainable gifts you can feel good about giving.

Gift Guides

Under $25

Simple Kids makes it easy to find affordable toys, games, arts & crafts, music and handmade gifts for kids.

For the DIY Crafter

The Soap Deli News blog has some wonderful ideas for gifts you can make yourself and kits to inspire DIY ingenuity in others.

Unique Gifts for Kids

Hazelnut Kids‘ round-up of educational, handmade and creative gifts for kids of all ages will surprise you with the sheer number of natural options they have in stock.  They make it easy to find the special, handcrafted gift you need.

Carolina Parent has a very eclectic list of hip, in-demand toys, games and gear for 2012.

Plenty of Options for Tweens

The Good Stuff Guide has a very helpful handful of ideas for those hard-to-shop-for tweens on your list.  There are still plenty of options after they outgrow dolls, cars and legos.

USA Love List: more great ideas for tweens, and every item is made in the USA!

Local Guides With Inspired Suggestions

Radish Magazine of Minnesota focused on gifts that give back, so you can support cancer research at the Mayo Clinic or work-training programs for people with special needs at Goodwill Industries.  Their finds come from local stores but include links to buy online.

Our local Madison Willy Street Co-op always picks fun, functional gifts with a wonderful story behind them.  Your own local food co-op might also be a great resource for eco-friendly options from small companies and fair trade producers.

Wonderful Web Stores

Artterro of course!


Hazelnut Kids

Abe’s Market

Fat Brain Toys


Cow & Lizard

Paper, Scissors, Stone

Bumblebee Toys

Lavish & Lime (CA)

EkoBear (CA)