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Decoupage Napkins onto Glass Jars

Upcycling some plain glass jars into beautiful, one-of-a-kind decorative jars for Summer with this simple decoupage napkins craft.

Napkin decoupage on glass jars filled with flowers.

Making Pretty Flower Vases with Decoupage Paper Napkins

This past Christmas, I shared my love of looking for and buying (or rather, “treating myself to) pretty paper napkins. Using Christmas-themed napkins, we made these wood slice ornaments; one of my favorite projects from our 25 days of an Upcycled Christmas crafting. With so many wondeful designs and paper napkin patterns to choose from, like these vibrant green palm napkins, I couldn’t resist using them to make decorative and unique flower vases.

close up of beautiful decoupage napkins on simple glass jars

Glass jars aren’t just for canning!

With so many creative, non-canning ways to use glass jars in your home; the crafting possibilities are endless! Just take a look at some of the ways we’ve repurposed jars over the years with these DIYs:

Materials Needed to Make Napkin Decoupage on Glass Jars

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Materials needed to decoupage napkins onto glass jars, including napkins, glass jars, paint, paint brush and scissors.

How to Decoupage with Napkins on Glass Jars

Using decorative napkins for decoupage, as with most decoupage projects, is really super easy and fun to do!

Finished glass jar with napkin decoupage filled with white flowers.

Thoroughly wash jars with soap and hot water and let them dry completely before using. Additionally, use rubbing alcohol and a clean paper towel to wipe away any prints or smudges.

Using a medium sized paint brush, brush on a coat of white glass paint on to the jars.  Leave the paint to dry before applying additional coats for extra coverage.

In the meantime, prepare the printed paper napkins by removing additional ply layers leaving just the one printed layer. 

Removing an extra layer of paper from the napkin.

With a pair of scissors cut around the individual images, in our case we used a large leafy pattern. 

Cutting out individual leaf images from the napkin.

After the painted jars have dried, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the jar on one side with a paintbrush. 

Adding a layer of Mod Podge onto the glass jar using a paint brush.

Place the cutout on top of the glued area and gently press down with your fingers. 

Placing the leaf cut out over top of the glue on the glass jar.

Apply another coat of Mod Podge over top of the paper cutout to seal. 

Adding another layer of Mod Podge over the leaf image.

Continue these steps for applying the other paper napkin cutouts, randomly placing them around the jars. 

Gluing leaf cut outs onto the glass jar.

Leave the Mod Podge sealer to dry fully before using the jars as Summer vases. Place real or artificial flowers inside the jar. 

Napkin decoupage on glass jars filled with flowers.
Close up of leaf napkin decoupage on glass jars filled with flowers.

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Napkin decoupage on glass jars filled with flowers and text overlay.

Napkin Decoupage on Glass Jars

Jane and Sonja
Upcycling glass jars into beautiful vases with a simple decoupage napkins craft.
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Materials
  

  • Set of 2 Jars 750ml and 500ml Smooth Rounded Jars with shoulders; lids removed
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish for Glass in Everlasting
  • Mod Podge glue and sealer in matte finish
  • Paintbrush
  • Printed paper napkins
  • Scissors

Instructions
 

  • Thoroughly wash jars with soap and hot water and let them dry completely before using.
  • Using a medium sized paint brush, brush on a coat of white glass paint on to the jars.
  • Prepare the printed paper napkins by removing additional ply layers leaving just the one printed layer.
  • With a pair of scissors cut around the individual images.
  • After the painted jars have dried, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the jar on one side with a paintbrush.
  • Place the cutout on top of the glued area and gently press down with your fingers.
  • Apply another coat of Mod Podge over top of the paper cutout to seal.
  • Continue these steps for applying the other paper napkin cutouts, randomly placing them around the jars.
  • Leave the Mod Podge sealer to dry fully before using the jars as Summer vases. Place real or artificial flowers inside the jar.
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