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DIY: Decoupage on Glass

One of my favorite craft projects is découpage on glass. With a few supplies and a couple hours of your time, you can have a très elegant home décor item to use as a housewarming gift or as a festive candy dish for your Thanksgiving party!


  • the image(s) you want to adhere (make sure it fits on your glass item)
  • Mod Podge (a glue/sealer found in most art/craft stores)
  • a glass bowl or plate
  • two foam brushes
  • Latex paint the color of your choice
  • an acrylic sealer (optional)

To learn the steps,

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown:

  1. Cut out the image(s) you want to use from the background. Magazines and antique prints are a great place to look for your images.
  2. Clean the glass bowl or plate (a household glass cleaner will do).
  3. Find a household object to prop your bowl or plate on, with the underside facing up, so you don’t paint the table you’re using.
  4. Use a foam brush to apply Mod Podge to the front of your image. Adhere the image to the underside of your glass item, so you can see it from the front.
  5. Seal the entire back of the plate (and back of image) with a few coats of Mod Podge. Let each coat dry before you move on to the next. Let dry.
  6. Use a different foam brush to apply a coat of your Latex paint to the back of your bowl or plate. Let dry. Continue to add coats until it is no longer see-through from the front, letting dry between coats. The number of coats necessary is dependent on the darkness of the paint color you choose.
  7. Once dry, seal the paint in with Mod Podge or an acrylic sealer.
  8. Enjoy! I like to use my decoupage bowls as candy dishes or a place to throw my keys, and the plates are great for hors d’oeuvres or wall hangings!
Join The Conversation
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 6 years
Hi guys - if you use boat paint and an acrylic sealer, it should be dishwasher proof. But if you paint any gold trim or anything on it, it wouldn't be dishwasher safe.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
LOVE this!
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
That is a great thing to try out :)
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
How pretty
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love this. I can't wait to try this with my mom. :)
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