Home Sweet Home Magazine - May 2021

Once you master the technique, you can add fabric or paper to basic boxes, add some pizzazz to throw pillows, create a new table top, or decorate a serving tray, as just a few ideas.

will oversaturate paper and allow it to tear. Work in small sections since the glue dries fairly quickly. Add several more layers, allowing the glue to dry completely before each new addition. For added protection, especially for outdoor projects, you can add a final layer of sealant.

Choose your decoupage medium. To use Elmer’s Glue, water it down with 50% water. Other decoupage mediums can be found at any craft store and used directly out of the container. When selecting your decoupage medium, consider whether you want a matte, glossy, satin, antique, or crackle finished look to your project. Apply decoupage medium to the surface of the project, and attach your material. Press out any air bubbles using a flat object like a squeegee or firm brush, working from the center of the project toward the outer edges. Next, apply a consistent, but thin, layer on top of the material. Avoid using too much medium because it Etched Glass Create a memorable keepsake in a few easy steps by etching drinkware or vases. Similarly, you can create an ornament or window decor with etched glass or mirrored surface. The key is in a medium such as Armour Etch, which you can find at any craft store or online. Start with a small container, since a little goes a long way. Next, you will need some form of stencil that thoroughly adheres to the glass, to avoid the etching cream seeping underneath. This can be

unintentionally etch other parts of the glass. The etching cream directions state that it only needs to sit for a few minutes, but we’ve found better results by allowing it to sit on the glass for around 15 minutes. When the time is up, simply rinse off the etching cream, dab the glass dry, and remove the stencil. Hand wash your project for the best results. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can make gifts for friends, clients, and other family members to express “Love,” “Welcome,” “Congrats,” or “Best Dad Ever”.

created with a Silhouette or CriCut machine, or you can create your own design using a shelf liner and an exacto knife. Similarly, stickers will do the job. Adhere your sticker where you want it on the glass, pressing firmly with a focus on the inside edges. Practice safety by wearing a mask and using gloves (the etching cream can be an irritant to the lungs and the skin). Then, using a brush, apply a generous amount of etching cream to the stencil. Dab it on, allowing it to form a blob. More is better than less for this job. Just make sure it doesn’t run off the sides of your stencil, or you will


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