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March 4, 2014

Butterfly Vase and Coasters


This is a lovely craft where I used paper serviettes decoupaged onto a {once again!}old  empty vinegar bottle as well as some coasters. I have had these butterfly serviettes for some time now, but have somehow forgotten about them.

The Butterfly Vase and Coasters took me less than 2 hours to make, including the cutting of the coasters, which I used an old clipboard to cut the pieces from.

Above is everything I used for both the vase and the coasters:
- 6 Coasters
- Hard Varnish  {you can also use mod podge}
- Soft round sponges {to apply the varnish}
- Small empty glass vinegar bottle
- Paper Serviettes
- Silicone paddle {to remove any air bubbles - you can use a roller or even a credit card}
- Light sanding paper {not shown}
- Craft Paint {light blue}
I removed both the white backing papers of the serviettes and only used the top layer as follows:
- applied some varnish to the coaster and the bottom of the cut out piece and stuck them together in place {repeated this with all the coasters}
- I used the paddle starting from the center working outwards to remove any air bubbles
- after about 5 minutes I started to give each coaster a layer of varnish with about 10 minute intervals between each layer.
- after the 3rd layer I added some dots with crafting paint which I lightly sanded to make them appear softer
- I applied another 2 layers of varnish which, once it was completely dry, sanded down gently and the coasters were done.
Paper serviettes are extremely thin and the background {not the butterflies} completely disappeared therefore, if you would like a certain background, paint the coasters first before starting this project.

For the vase I cut out each butterfly - removed the white backing pieces and also only used the very top layer
- I applied a thin layer of varnish to cover the butterfly completely and stuck it into place on the glass bottle
- for this craft I used my finger tips to gently rub out any air bubbles
- I applied another 3 layers of varnish over the butterflies {and the complete part of the bottle where the butterflies are}with about 5 minutes interval between each layer.
- after the last layer I left the decoupaged bottle to dry completely, before sanding it down gently and making it smooth.
{the varnish dries clear}

I absolutely love how the vase turned out, but I am not completely happy with the coasters and would definitely paint the raw coasters next time, before I start glueing pictures to them.

**In case you are wondering - I add a drop of food color to my clear vases' water, in whatever color I am in the mood for - today I used a drop of blue**

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  1. oh yay for another craft!! The coasters are nice, but that vase!! I cannot stop looking at it. It's ethereal and I love it!

  2. Oh no I love the coasters they look rustic the vase is just gorgeous too

  3. I just booked marked this post for future reference. I just love how the jar looks and would make great presents. Thank you for sharing it on our Four Seasons Blog Hop. Pinning Now.

  4. Oh my... your butterfly jars are gorgeous! I love how transparent they look... so so pretty!

  5. That is super-cute! I love new uses for old bottles!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  6. Beautiful! I love this. Thanks for sharing!

  7. So pretty and springlike! You have a lot of patience to cut out those butterflies so carefully. Love it!

  8. Brilliant, brilliant! I love the vase!

  9. Great idea to drop some food coloring in the water for a "splash" of color. Love the butterflies flitting around.

  10. Whoo this is beautiful :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays...

  11. I love the bottle, Its beautiful. Its good to know that it turns out so well on glass. I bet it would be awesome on glass coasters.

  12. Thank you so much for linking up to my Say G'day Saturday post. I'm so thrilled you joined in.

    Hope you can join in with this week's party which has just started!

    Take care and best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  13. They are sooooo pretty...... I want to make some!!!
    :) Have a happy week!!
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique


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