The art of decoupage, or pasting paper cutouts onto a surface, has been around for a very long time. This tried and true activity is both incredibly simple and fun and can be done with a variety of paper types. Magazine pages, paper napkins, candy wrappers, crayon wrappers, or tissue paper are just a few of the examples that when pasted together on a surface, they become an artistic masterpiece. Tissue paper is one of the easiest papers to start with since it is very forgiving. It can be ripped and torn, and even have a few bubbles here and there, and it still looks great enough to show off. With school just around the corner, get a jump on the year's organization by making a pencil holder.
-Mod Podge glue
-3 to 4 colors of tissue paper (a mixture of lighter and darker colors works well)
-an empty glass container (in the example, a Lighthouse Dressing container was used)
What To Do:
1. Cover your work surface with the newspaper.
2. Rip the tissue paper into pieces ranging in size from anywhere between 1/4 to 1 inch. Scissors can be used for straighter edges, but the different shapes and jagged edges help add character. The amount of tissue paper needed depends on the size of the container and the size of the pieces.
3. Paint a section of the glass container with the Mod Podge.
4. Start placing pieces of the tissue paper on the glue. The tissue paper will stick immediately, and once stuck, paint over it with another layer of Mod Podge. This will help keep it in place.
5. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the entire container is covered with tissue paper.
Note: It may be easiest to cover in sections. For instance, cover the top half of the container first. After the glue has dried for about 30 minutes or so, tackle the bottom half.
6. For the very top where the opening is, leave about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch overhang. Paint about the first 1/4 inch of the inside of the container with the Mod Podge, and fold the tissue paper over to cover the rim. Once folded over, add another coat of glue to keep everything in place.
The glue will be mostly dry after about 1-2 hours, but just to be safe, let it set overnight. In addition to pencils, your masterpiece can hold a multitude of items like markers, crayons, or paintbrushes!