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Decoupage Glass with Napkins for Easy Decor!!

Learn how to easily decoupage glass with napkins to create cheap candle holders or vases.  Decoupaging with napkins on a Dollar Store vase is an easy DIY project that doesn’t require any special tools.

Fall is finally almost here!!  Yay, I’m so excited!  We are still waiting for our weather to cool down here, but I love seeing the pumpkins in the stores and the pumpkin spice everything.

I am updating my Fall decor this year, so I wanted to show you a super-easy way to make an inexpensive Autumn decoration by using a decoupage glass technique to make a votive or vase.

I headed to my local Dollar Tree to get the supplies needed for this easy project and I love how my decoupage vase turned out!

decoupage glass with napkins

Materials Needed for Decoupaging with Napkins

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materials for decoupage napkins

First thing you’ll want to do is wash your glass vase.

Preparing Decoupage Napkins

When you use napkins for decoupaging, you only want the top ply.  I find the easiest way to pull them apart is to rub my index finger on a glue stick and then rub some on my thumb.

decoupage napkin tutorial
pulling napkins apart with fingers

Then put a corner of your napkin in between the two glued fingers and pull your fingers apart.  The napkin will pull apart with your fingers!

how to pull plies apart on napkins
pulling apart 2 ply napkin

Take the layers completely apart.  Some napkins will have 2 or 3 plys.  You only want the top layer of the napkin with the pretty designs.

decoupage napkin tutorial

How to Decoupage with Napkins on Glass

Then you are going to start applying Mod Podge all over the glass item.  I like to work in about 2-3 inch sections.  I ended up using a PVC pipe with a noodle on it to hold the glass jar (it’s part of my DIY tumbler turner!)

I apply a smooth layer of mod podge with a flat paintbrush and then lay the napkin on straight.

applying mod podge to glass for decoupage napkins
decoupage glass tutorial
applying napkin on mod podge and glass

I then put my hand in a ziplock and gently smooth out the napkin.  If you have a really thin napkin you might be able to get it totally smooth but I actually like the texture of a few creases.

smoothing out napkins on mod podge

Then apply more mod podge to the next section and lay the napkin over it and smooth it down.

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holding glass vase to decoupage

Keep working in sections all the way around.  When you get to where the decoupaged napkin edges meet, cut off the extra napkin.

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cutting extra decoupaged napkin off vase

Try not to get too much overlap.  Make sure you have mod podge underneath the flap and press down.  If you have extra napkin at the top, just cut it off and apply some mod podge over it to secure it down.

trimming decoupage glass vase with napkin
sealing the top of a decoupaged glass vase

This is what my decoupage vase looks like so far.

decoupage napkin on glass vase
decoupage glass tutorial

Sealing Decoupage Vase Glass Decor

I let my Mod Podge on the napkins dry completely overnight. 

fall decoupaged napkin on glass vase from Dollar Tree

To seal the mod podge decoupage vase, apply one more layer of even mod podge all over the decoupage glass.

sealing decoupaged napkins
decoupage glass tutorial

I stood it on a lid so that it wouldn’t stick to my table while it was drying.

drying mod podge on glass

Once it’s dry, it’s all set to use!!

You can place a candle in it or use it as a vase.  I put a battery charged candle (like these ones) in mine.  It looks pretty when it’s daylight or lit up at night!

Fall napkin decoupaged glass vase

I made this DIY pumpkin sign out of spare plywood.  Find out how to make one and get the FREE pumpkin spice cut file here!!

napkin decoupage glass
fall leaf napkin decoupage glass vase
napkin decoupage glass vase with candle inside

If you like glitter and would like to check out how to make a glowing jack-o-lantern out of a glass bowl click here!

napkin decoupage glass

If you’d like to save this tutorial on how to decoupage with napkins on glass for later, hover over the top left of the next picture and PIN it!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a creative day!

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  1. Very cool! I’ve never decoupaged with a napkin before. Great effect! Visiting from Inspire My Creativity.

  2. Jenny says:

    A beautiful napkin turned into a beautiful vase. It’s so pretty with the light inside. The dollar tree has such great stuff!

  3. Meg says:

    I love how this turned out. So Pretty, and for only a few dollars!! Great use of pool noodles too!

  4. Heather says:

    I love a good Dollar Tree project! This turned out so pretty!

  5. Jenny says:

    A beautiful napkin becomes a beautiful vase. It looks so pretty with the light in it. #inspiremycreativity

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