I love making crafts, but I rarely have time for it these days. I love making handmade things for friends and family for Christmas, but that is about the only time I seem to get to do it with my busy schedule and life. Ha! Plus I am a little rusty. However, I wanted to make some centerpieces for a graduation party, so this is one of the finished products. We have recently remade these for our Fathers day BBQ, complete with pics of daddy and kids, and grandpa and kids.
When I originally set out to make this craft, I wanted it to be something I could reuse after the party, subtle but interesting. My son has always brought me flowers since he was able to walk. He would come toddling up to me with his chubby little fists grasping dandelions and insist I put them in water. As he got older, he would cut flowers from my garden and thus began a lesson on when it was ok to cut a flower and when it still had time to grow. Even through high school, he would spontaneously come home from work carrying a bouquet of flowers for me. I think he liked seeing me smile.
In honor of his flower obsession, I decided the centerpieces needed to reflect that sweet memory, and because I think he will never tire of bringing me flowers once in awhile, I now have several vases to display them in on my mantle.
What you need:
- glass bottles in various sizes and shapes (or simply a single bottle)
- scrapbook paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, newspaper, etc.
- printed photos
- Angel Craft Podge All-In-One Decoupage Glue
I chose Angel Craft Podge All-In-One Decoupage Glue for this project because it works in three ways, and many similar items on the market don’t do all three. It glues everything together. It seals the finished product and with its semi gloss finish, it actually protects the product.
Here are a few things I love about Angel Craft decoupage glue:
- Dries smooth, with no sticky residue.
- The brush in the cap is GREAT. No need for a separate applicator.
- Dries fast and clear, it does not turn yellow which I was pleasantly surprised about!
- It is ridiculously easy to clean up – water and soap.
- It has no strong odor, which is something I cannot say about many others.
Step 1: Gather your supplies. The list of what you need is above. (a glass bottle, paper, decoupage glue and a photo)Step 2: Apply Angel Craft Podge All-In-One Decoupage Glue to the back of your paper or directly on the bottle. I did a little of both.
Step 3: Wrap the paper around the bottle, overlapping and smoothing down. Do not worry if it doesn’t immediately stay down. Apply more decoupage glue and smooth again. Allow to dry, and then reapply another coat of the decoupage glue. I allowed it to dry about 30 minutes in between coats.Step 4: Using the decoupage glue, apply your photo to the outside of the bottle in desired position. Apply another coat of decoupage glue to entire bottle surface. Allow to dry for at least 1 hour. If you try to do anything else to it before an hour is up, the glue is much to sticky and your fingers will stick to it and pull some of the paper away. Step 5: While I waited for the bottles to dry, I made several tassels wrap around the necks of the bottle.Step 6: Simply Wrap the tassel around the neck of the bottle, insert some flowers and place in clusters of three on the table.