Decoupage Napkin Flowers on Glass Container

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I've had this clear glass jar with lid for sometime now. 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, Mod Podge dries 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. 

Let's begin by thoroughly washing the glass container and lid with dish detergent and water and then dry. Wipe with an 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 in just about any type of decor!

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  • Joan Vargo Joan Vargo on Jul 11, 2020

    Please explain "punch out". I'm not familiar with this term. Is this a special tool?

  • Darlene Darlene on Aug 03, 2020

    It Looks Pretty!!! And, That's A Pretty Big Jar -Eh. $20 Is Too Much For My Budget. Dollar Tree Has Glass Jars...But, Much Smaller Than 7" x 8".

    Thanks So Much For Sharing!!!

    P.S. Where Did You Get The Punch Out Apparatus? TYIA!!!

  • Betty Betty on Jun 27, 2021

    Just beautiful! But . . . I see a lot of enviable projects from you, where to you keep them all?

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  • Bst32665379 Bst32665379 on Jun 27, 2021

    I have found that covering the decoupaged flowers with saran wrap will keep them from tearing when you move them around. Also helps to smooth out any wrinkles.

    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me Gail@Purple Hues and Me on Jun 28, 2021

      Thanks! Yes, decoupage can be very tricky at times. I try never to add decoupage glue on top if I'm using saran wrap or plastic. It does smooth it out but I've found that the napkin lifts up - especially if it's of poor quality.

  • Kathleen Corcoran Dooley Kathleen Corcoran Dooley on Jul 15, 2021

    Very pretty! I can picture this on my bathroom vanity!