Ever wished you could decoupage on glassware and your project be permanent?
While we all have enjoyed decoupaging on glassware and ceramics, our projects would be for decorative purposes only—until now! With our dishwasher-safe Mod Podge formula, you can decoupage glass and ceramics and wash them without ruining your handiwork! This formula works perfectly when decoupaging on glass, ceramics, and metal. Because it dries to a very hard finish, it can be used indoors or outside and safely cleaned in the top shelf of your dishwasher or by hand!
I was elated when I had the opportunity to create with this new decoupage formula! Keep reading to see how I created a set of candy jars step-by-step.
Supplies for Decoupage on Glass Project
Instructions for Glass Decoupage Project
First, I used a straight edge razor to remove the paper price sticker on the jar bases. Next, I thoroughly cleaned my glass jars and lids with warm, soapy water, rinsed them well, and allowed them to dry.
Next, I moistened a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wiped over the entire glass surface, which removes any remaining dirt, grease, or soap residue.
Then, I cut strips of my scrapbook papers to wrap around the glass jar as well as several motifs to be added to the paper wraps. You'll also note that I added paper elements to the glass lids. The papers I had chosen were too stiff to shape to my glass surface, so I dampened the backs of the papers with water to make them more pliable before I applied any Mod Podge to them.
Next, I applied a coat of Mod Podge Dishwasher-Safe to the paper band and placed it on the glass jar by wrapping it around and slightly overlapping the ends as necessary.
Once the paper band was in place, I then placed a sheet of waxed paper over the band and squeegeed over it to remove any captured air pockets as well as any excess Mod Podge.
Next, I prepared the paper floral embellishments. Working one at a time, I dampened the back of each paper with small amount of water as instructed above.
I then applied a light coat of Mod Podge Dishwasher-Safe to the backside of the paper floral embellishment and positioned it onto the glass jar. If you prefer not to have the seam of your paper band show on the finished project, you can overlap a floral paper cut-out over the seam. Voila, it no longer shows!
After that, I repeated the steps of layering a sheet of waxed paper over the decoupaged paper floral embellishment and ran my squeegee over it to remove air bubbles and excess Mod Podge.
Continue decoupaging all the surfaces, the jar bases as well as the lids. The smaller band was simply wrapped with two different widths of paper whereas the larger jar was embellished with several floral motifs.
Once all the surfaces were covered, I allowed them to set for approximately one hour. Then the top coats were applied to seal and protect the paper to the glass. It is very important to follow these instructions exactly.
How to Decoupage on Glass with Mod Podge
- Allow your decorated surface to dry approximately 1 hour before applying your first topcoat.
- Apply a light, smooth coat of Mod Podge evenly over surface, making sure all paper edges are covered.
- Use a bristle brush rather than a foam applicator, as bristle brushes create a smooth finish whereas foam applicators can create additional air bubbles.
- Apply 3–4 topcoats, making sure to allow 1–2 hours of dry time between each application.
Once the last top coat has been applied, your project surface will feel dry to the touch after a couple hours; however, it will not be totally cured until 28 days thereafter. Until then, use your decoupaged glass or ceramics for decorative purposes ONLY. Once cured, your glass can be immersed in water when hand-washing or on the top shelf of the dishwasher.
My botanical decoupaged glassware has cured and dried to a hard, smooth finish! Just like all other Mod Podge formulas, cleanup was easy with soap and water.
Whether I decoupaged several paper floral embellishments on the wide paper band and jar lid…
…or I simply layered paper bands of different widths, this was such a fun project. Next time, I think I may try a napkin decoupage project!
I love my completed candy jars ready for special treats! Wouldn't these make awesome gifts for teachers, friends, and family?
Tips for Successful Glass Decoupage
- Use rubbing alchol to remove any residue from your glass surface.
- You can soften firm cardstock with a damp paper towel to make it easier to shape to your glass surface.
- Use wax paper to protect your surface while removing air bubbles from your decoupaged glass surface.
- Allow 28 days for your decoupage glass surface to cure completely.
- Cured projects can be washed by hand or on the top rack of your dishwasher.