As I mentioned yesterday, my lace decoupage project is probably the most popular craft I've ever done here. Readers occasionally ask for a tutorial and honestly, I hate posting step-by-step photos because mine are always boring (and not pretty!). But of course I do recognize that photo tutorials help in crafting and after having the opportunity to try this craft out with a real live audience, I now know what potential (small) pitfalls you might run into. So hopefully this will help with any questions readers might have.
In addition, I have complete flower kits available for two readers. You'll receive Mod Podge, brushes, a ceramic container, 3 lace options, scissors, glue, floral wire and tape, and crepe paper. To enter, you just need to leave a comment telling me what your favorite flower is and why it's your favorite. For one kit, I'll pick a number using the random number generator, and for the second, I'll choose the comment that I like the best. This giveaway will run through Monday, May 20th, 11:59 p.m. CST. I'll announce the winners on Tuesday, May 21st.
Also, you can find the tutorial for the crepe paper poppies here.
Now, on to decoupage:
Square or cylindrical container (easiest shapes for beginners)
Mod Podge in Matte Finish
Lace strips cut slightly larger than your container
Small foam brush
Sharp fabric scissors
Brush an even coat of Mod Podge over the ceramic container (I found mine at Jamali Garden) and roll the lace around it. (You shouldn't have so much Mod Podge that it's drippy or gloppy.)
Using your fingers, push out any air bubbles, especially on the indentations, such as the fabric within these embroidered circles. You want the fabric to mold to the ceramic as much as possible. This will make the difference between your fabric and ceramic appearing to be one or looking like fabric that's obviously been decoupaged. If you're using lace with an openwork design, blot up any excess Mod Podge with a damp paper towel. You don't want to see any pooling of liquid.
Tip: Check your lace carefully. If you look closely, you can usually tell which side is the back side - the thread work is generally a little less precise looking.
Allow for a slight overlap on the lace. Brush Mod Podge on the back side of that overlap and press down with your fingers.
Set it, seam side down, on a piece of plastic to dry for 15-20 minutes before further handling. (I dry it on plastic instead of paper so that I don't have to worry about the Mod Podge sticking to it.)
Once the base coat of Mod Podge has dried, go back and cut the excess lace, cutting it as close to the edge of the container as possible.
Tip: I found that some crafters weren't able to cut the lace as close to the edge as I was. But no worries - If your borders aren't as clean as mine, just use Mod Podge and your fingers to wrap those edges and threads around the top and bottom edge of the ceramic.
Apply 1 coat of Mod Podge (again, Matte finish - glossy doesn't look the same!). But instead of brushing it onto the surface of the fabric, apply the Mod Podge using a pouncing motion. This gives a little bit of texture to the Mod Podge, preventing it from drying in a smooth, rubbery fashion. Ultimately, this makes the lace feel more like textured pottery. Use that same foam brush to work out any excess Mod Podge that may have pooled within the indentations on the lace.
Bottom line - you want a thin, consistent coat of Mod Podge on the surface of the fabric without any obvious pooling or excess.
Use your fingers to smooth out and adhere any loose threads along the top and bottom edges.
After the Mod Podge has been applied, this is what your container should look like. It looks wet and saturated, but there's no obvious liquid anywhere.
Set it aside to fully dry. The resulting container will be water resistant, so it can be wiped down with a damp cloth or rinsed out, but it shouldn't be submerged in water for any length of time.
The lace I used for the title photo is a breeze to decoupage. I found it on Etsy at Stefanie Style. More available, the last time I checked.
**DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT FOR THE GIVEAWAY!