Decoupage Napkins on Paper Mache Vases
I was so excited to make paper mache vases and decoupage them with purple paper napkins. I wanted to imitate porcelain vases. You know the kind you see everywhere in blue and white! Why don't they come in purple and white? I looked all over the net, no such luck. So I decided to make my own. I thought it would be easy with awesome results. I've decoupage before. Most of the time my projects turn out okay, but not this time. All I can say it ugh, ugh, and ugh for the texture! Too many wrinkles! But I love, love, love the design of the vases!
Let's start from the beginning. I blew up two balloons. One, into a regular oval balloon shape. The other balloon, I pushed the center into the balloon to grab the bottom end, pulling it up and tying both ends off with a string . . .
making for a cute, round donut shape.
Next, I painted mod podge over the balloons and began adding strips of newspapers until the entire balloons were covered.
I applied seven layers, using different types of paper, and drying between each layer to make it very sturdy.
Once all of the layers were applied and dried, I popped the balloons.
Then I centered cardboard tubes over the middle knot and traced the vase opening. Carefully cutting out the opening, and attaching the tube with masking tape. And then I applied mod podge and newspaper strips over the tubes, as before, making sure to cover the rims.
I cut off a portion of the cardboard tube for a shorter neck on the larger vase . . .
and for the donut shaped vase, added twine to the rim for a lip.
I spray painted both with white primer and let dry. I sanded the finish but could not get a smooth surface. So I decided that the flaws were part of design and continue on. The white backing layers of the napkin pattern were separated after tearing off the straight edges and a light layer of mod podge was applied to the vases. The napkins were patted in place using a brush dipped in water.
I used plastic wrap to help smooth out the wrinkles, but I just couldn't get rid of them. The napkin paper was too delicate.
After covering the entire vases with napkins and mod podge, and allowing them to dry, I applied a final coat of mod podge to seal. Then I applied a layer of Triple Thick Glaze to give it a hard glossy look - wrinkles and all!
The vases blend in with my décor, and look great from a distance! But, lesson learned! Flaws and all! Despite this, I love the design!
DIY home decor using recycled paper
- Newspapers/telephone book pages
- Mod podge
- Paper napkins
- Primer paint/ Triple Thick Glaze