noun de·cou·page \ˌdā-(ˌ)kü-ˈpäzh\ the art of decorating surfaces by applying cut-outs (as of paper) and then coating with usually several layers of finish (as lacquer or varnish)
- Glass jars or bottles
- Mod Podge (matte finish)
- Tissue paper
- Craft punch/scissors
- Paint brush
The colour from tissue paper does tend to bleed, so don’t paint with a heavy hand. It also folds and creases easily, but still looks fantastic!
WHAT TO DO
- Start by soaking the labels off of the jars in hot water. After about 10 minutes of soaking the labels came right off with a little help from a fingernail. Dry the outside of the glass well.
- Cut shapes out of tissue paper with craft punch or scissors. (Often, the tissue paper got stuck in the craft punch, we learned that a swift, hard punch with the paper folded over three or four times helped. We also used scissors for hearts and stars.)
- Paint a part of the glass jar with Mod Podge then gently press a tissue paper shape onto it. Paint over the shape. Repeat until desired amount of glass is covered. Cover it all if you like!
- After a few minutes of drying time, go over the entire surface of the glass with another coat or two of mod podge. (The more coats, the cloudier the glass will get.)
- Use jars for candles, flowers, and for holding bits and bobs.
What is Mod Podge?
Mod Podge is an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish used to attach paper and fabric to various surfaces.
Don’t have any Mod Podge? MAKE YOUR OWN!
- Mix 1 cup of PVA glue and 1/3 cup of water until well combined.