Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fabric Decoupage Candle Holder Tutorial

Believe it or not, making this fabric decoupage takes about five minutes, tops, not counting the time to make the paste or drying time. This project is also a great way to reuse glass jars from salsa, pasta sauce, jellies, and jams. Additionally, you can use tissue paper, newspaper, old sewing patterns, magazine pictures, scrapbook paper, or yarn, instead of fabric. The possibilities are endless!

Materials Needed:
glass jar to cover
fabric, paper, or yarn to cover jar
decoupage glue, Mod Podge, or homemade paste
clean rag
foam paintbrush


1) Prepare the glue
Store bought decoupage glues are easier to use, but you can make your own from flour, sugar, and water. Simply combine 1 cup of flour, 1/3 cup white sugar, and 2 cups water in a saucepan. beat with a whisk until smooth and no lumps are present. Heat the paste on medium-low and hold for 10 minutes, while stirring every 2 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or clump. Remove from heat and store in an airtight jar for up to 2 weeks.

2) Prepare the glass and fabric/paper strips.
 Clean and dry your glass and cut your strips of fabric or paper into 1-2 inch wide strips that are about 1 foot in length.

3) Cover the jar with glue.
Using a foam brush, liberally cover the exterior of the glass jar with adhesive in a thick layer.

4) Warp paper or fabric strips around jar.
Be careful to smooth out any wrinkles as you go.

5) Seal the decorative coating with 1 or 2 layers of glue, allowing 2-3 hours drying time between layers.

6) Trim any stray threads at the top to minimize the risk of fire. Make sure there are not any strips of fabric or paper that could catch fire when burning a candle in your jar. It is a good idea to use small candles or stop wrapping 1/2 inch from the top of the jar for safety.

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