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Decoupaged Glass Vases

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Decoupage is a great technique to use for decorating glass vases. This is a guide about decoupaged glass vases.


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February 12, 2013

These easy decorated vases and jars make great candle holders for Valentine's Day. Any recycled glass jar would work. We used both regular tea lights and the battery operated ones. At least one of these projects is going to be a gift for Grandma.

Total Time: 1 hour (plus overnight to dry)



  • colored tissue paper
  • Collage-Podge
  • clean dry glass vase or jar
  • foam brush

Collage-Podge is a glue, sealer and finisher. If you are using Mod-Podge or white glue instead of Collage-Podge, apply a finishing sealant coat before using.


  1. Start with a clean dry glass vase or jar. Tear some colored tissue paper into small pieces (about the size of a large coin).
  2. Using the foam brush and some of the glue in a dish, attach the tissue paper to the outside of the vase. If you make a mistake, simply add more tissue paper to camouflage it.

    We found that adding a coat of glue to the vase and then attaching the tissue paper worked well but sometimes we would put the glue on the paper and then brush over it on the vase. Develop your own favorite technique.
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  4. Use the straight edges of the tissue paper to make a clean line at the top.
  5. Feel free to add paper cutouts, glitter or any other accessories to the vase. We used glitter tissue paper for this purpose, with regular paper behind it to help it punch up the thin paper.

    You can use pictures out of a magazine too; flowers or hearts would be appropriate for Valentine's Day.
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  7. Allow to fully dry, probably overnight. These vases should not be washed or used with water. They are purely decorative.

We thought about covering the top of the jars with glued on beads. Ribbons or other decorations would also add to the project.


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July 20, 20141 found this helpful

Check out this video and learn how we made these cute decoupaged lanterns.

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