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Sunday, January 31, 2021

How to decoupage a vase

You know how I love to make over everyday items to look different.  I decided to try something new for me.  I love birds, they remind me of my grandfather... I found napkins with birds on them and decided to see how I could make over this plain Jane vase.

Paper napkins used for Decoupage

Vase for decoupage

I cleaned the vase so it was free of fingerprints and dirt on the outside.

Removing second ply from paper napkins

How to remove second ply from paper napkins

I then removed the back of the napkins so they were only single ply.  

How to decoupage a vase

I started applying decoupage to the vase and then pressing the napkin to the vase and applying more decoupage to the napkin on the outside. 

Applying decoupage to a vase

I continued to apply decoupage to the vase and applying more napkins to the vase so it was covered all over.  

Bird napkins use for decoupage on a vase

The napkin started to gather up on me in some spots... I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out at this point.  Sometimes my ideas just do not work out.  I figure I need to show the ones that succeed and the ones that fail too.  Life isn't perfect...

How to use Marge podge

I had to walk away at this point and let it dry because I did not want to keep messing and tearing the paper...

How to use Marge podge to decoupage a vase

Here is a close up, what do you think?  It is not perfect, but for my first try doing something like this, I do not think it is too bad.  

Finished decoupage vase

Thrifted vase that looks like an antique

I gathered up some flowers and gold beaded picks I already had and made a flower arrangement.  I enjoy putting them together and I keep playing with them until I get something I like.

How to style a vase

Peonies are my favorite and I especially love them with roses and hydrangeas.  In my opinion, it is the perfect mix of flowers and textures.  

How to make a flower arrangement for a vase

It was time for something different in the bathroom so here is my newest addition.  It was pretty easy, you do need some patience though.  I did not have a lot of that with this project for some reason, maybe because it was getting late and I was getting cranky, lol!  A gal needs her sleep too!  I do not seem to get much of that, so I take what I can get.

How to arrange flowers

I may add some twinkle lights to the inside of the vase, imagine that... 

How to decorate your bathroom

The vase was a thrifted find and the napkins came from Amazon (similar found here), $5.99 for a pack of 10.  I used 3 napkins on this vase so I still have more to figure out another project with.  I do like how it picks up the blush in the tile of our bath.  Maybe I will try a tray that the vase can set on?  I am not sure, still working it out in my mind...  as you can see, I still have yet to remove the tree soap pump.  I was hoping I would run out of soap soon before I tuck it away until next year. 

If you would like to see a before and after of our bathroom, you can see it here.  You will see feathers are not something this bathroom had not seen before!  

Guess what, we used a kitchen cabinet in our bathroom which you can find here.

If you would like to see the ultimate make up organizer, you can find it here.  

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  1. Very pretty and so cheap to do to! Love the napkins you chose!

  2. Oh love this idea. I have some pretty napkins I've wanted to do something like this with them!

  3. Thank you! It is really easy, but my patience wore a little thin because I was not sure if it was going to turn out how I saw it in my vision.. LOL. Good luck, you will have to let us all know how it turns out!

  4. This is beautiful! I love decoupage projects although I'm not very good at them...getting better with each attempt!

  5. Thank you Kim, we actually just worked on another one. We like to work on projects for our home together especially since we have been staying home this past year. We laugh at some of the fails and smile at the wins!

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    1. Thank you Peppermint, it is an easy project and easy on the purse strings too! We have been enjoying these decoupaging projects, more to come so stay tuned! Thank you for your comment!

  7. Hey, you've inspired me to think and create too. Thank you for that. Now, concerning your vase, here is what I wondered. Although yours is very pretty, you seemed to be frustrated with the creasing. Here's what else I wondered: What is you used the same napkins with the beautiful birds and cut around each bird and flower that you want to see in its entirety, then glued it to the vase, bottle or jug? What if you used the same napkins on your bathroom cup (the one used to rinse when you brush your teeth)? You might even spray paint the vase first with the peachy color and hit it with a bit of sand paper, then glue the napkins sections on. The napkins would also look beautiful glued onto a mirror and then decoupaged over and placed inside a picture frame on a wall. I guess I'm off to buy some napkins. Thanks a lot for your inspiration.

    1. Hi Bea, thank you for your suggestions. I still have plenty of napkins left over I may try another project for the bathroom. It was our first try at decoupaging a whole item, we liked it so much, we decided to do our kitchen backsplash too. I love your ideas, thank you so much for sharing!

  8. These napkins are to die for, I must have them at once! Your vase came out beautiful!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, this was my first decoupage project and I was quite fond of those napkins with birds too. I enjoy taking ordinary items around the house or from thrift stores and making them over.