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Video:How to Make a Decoupage Vase

with Bonnie Zaiss

Learning how to make a decoupage vase is a great way to turn the ordinary into a piece of artwork. Here, see instructions for how to make a decoupage vase.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Decoupage Vase

Hi I'm Bonnie Zaiss for About.com

Why Do Decoupage?

Decoupage is a fun and easy way to turn an ordinary glass vase into a piece of art.

Supplies for Making a Decoupage Vase

You can use anything for images from magazines to old children's books. We're making an ocean themed vase using glittered white tissue paper, fish characters from an old children's book, fun vacation stickers and beautiful blue self-sticking rhinestones. You'll also need decoupage glue, scissors, a sponge brush, tweezers for small pieces and a damp rag for quick clean-ups.

Instructions for Making a Decoupage Vase

Creating decoupage on a curved object can be a little more challenging. The key is to cut the print materials into small pieces to follow the contours of the vase. Make sure your vase is clean and dry. Take your small pieces of tissue paper and brush a light coating of decoupage medium onto the back. Tissue can tear easily and becomes translucent when you add the adhesive. You'll be putting several layers of tissue on top of each other. Start with one layer around the vase's curves and allow the glue to dry for 10 to 30 minutes. Then start the process again layering on top of the first layer until you get the desired color you want. Have a damp rag handy for quick clean-ups. The tissue tears easily but patching up mistakes is a breeze. Wait for the entire top of the vase to dry then turn the vase over and do the same thing on the curved bottom of the vase. Wait for the layers to dry then overlap them again with another layer of tissue.

When the top and bottom are dry, you're ready to glue larger tissues pieces onto the middle part of the vase. Again, overlap as many layers of white tissues as you'd like to get the desired effect. While you're waiting for the tissue background to dry, start cutting out your ocean images for this fun underwater-themed vase. Roughly plan your image placement. We're going to put the small seahorses on the top curves of the vase and reserve the larger images for the bottom. The rhinestones make perfect bubbles for the sea creatures at the bottom of the vase. We'll add some fun summer-themed 3-D stickers throughout the vase as well.

Polish off your final project with some finishing spray with either a glossy or matte finish and you're done.

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