Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Details on Decals



Lots and lots of questions come in for decals.  I happened to stumble upon making my own out of necessity. Vintage images need to be seen and pasted on everything.  It is very helpful when the vintage  digital genius Keren from, Free Pretty Things for You, provides fantastic images like the ones above. You can download the original images here.


Grab your favorite colors of spray paint and most importantly clear acrylic sealer.


Print your images on ink jet water slide clear decal paper. I found mine here. 
*Let your images dry for an hour or two.
*Spray with at least 2 coats of  acrylic clear coat.
(Your print will dissolve if you do not cover with clear coat.)


The paint colors I chose on the lids for the round images are light enough to allow the images to remain opaque. The birds will be placed on the jar for a different effect.


These jars were picked up at my local hobby store for less than a dollar each and will make great end of the year teacher gifts.


In a warm water bath, soak your image for about a minute. Use the paper towel to help smooth it into place and release the paper backing.


The bird image on glass remain very translucent and will take on the colors of the objects in the jar.


A handful of penny candy and this gift is set. I might have trouble getting rid of these?  Thank you Keren for inspiring another wonderful project.

25 comments:

Kim K. said...

Squeal! I love them so! What a fabulous gift. I don't think I'd want to part with these wonderful containers. The decals are the perfect touch. I can't wait to go shopping. Another fabulous project.

vintage grey said...

Oh, Renee you read my mind!! Wow!! I love this tutorial!! Yay, for decals!!! I can't wait to give this a try, and I am sure it will become quite addicting, right? ;) The jars are so sweet, and the decals are the perfect touch!! I love you giving me new projects. xo Heather

laurie -magpie ethel said...

I did my own water decals years ago and used them on a vintage window frame. May have to revisit water decals and do another project. Thanks for the inspiration!

Perfectly Printed said...

What great teacher gifts!! Almost makes me want to go back to teaching Kindergarten!!
Thanks for the how to tips!
Chris

GardenofDaisies said...

What a super sweet gift! The decals are precious!

busymartha said...

Squeal is right! These are adorable!

vivian said...

LOVe this idea!!! now just not to forget about it!
sweet dreams
vivian

Kathy said...

Oh.My.Gosh! I had no clue that product existed. I have it bookmarked. Great project and thank you for sharing!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

You totally read my mind too! I just bought some vintage Meyercord decals on Etsy. They should be here tomorrow. They're of fruit...cute, but not really what I was looking for. I'm going to get addicted to making these like you won't believe!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to show us.

delia hornbook said...

Those are gorgeous such a fantastic idea ;-)) dee x

Liz said...

Thanks you for letting us know how to do this.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Josie-Mary said...

Thanks for sharing! I love them :) x

Corey Moortgat said...

Yep, I make my own a lot! A little more hassle than using pre-done ones, but perfect if you need a certain size, etc.
Your little jars turned out so cute!

Mimos da ClaralĂș! said...

Wow Renee! It was very beautiful, I loved!
It seems pretty easy to do, is not it? And let it all organized.
But here I find these decals so easy ...
Hugs and blessings
Luciana

Barbara said...

You surely know how much I love this! I have a few vintage decal sheets that I've used - amazing what a difference they make. I like those jars a lot, too - $1?!?!?

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Your decals are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

I like those jars and I am so going to try this! I'm still trying to figure out how to print images the way I want before I waste any decal paper with trying. Machines and sizes don't come easily for me! ♥

Fran said...

I love your tutorial, thank you! I'm gonna use your idea of transferring the images onto painted lids and try to organize my craft/sewing room.....you've inspired me!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I needed to know this!! Squealing here, too!

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

I have said this every time i have visited your blog, but everything you do is just lovely. I feel like I am not in a very crafy time in my life, I am chasing a toddler and trying to keep my house from seeming like a tornado went through it, but I love looking at your blog and just dreaming of the day I'll carve out some time to do stuff like this. You are an inspiration indeed! Thanks for sharing!

grammycarolynn (flickr) said...

How wonderful, dear Renee! You just know what to do to give something ordinary the "cute factor"! Thank you for sharing your tutorial...I can't wait to give this a try.
You are such a kind, generous person...Hugs to you, my sweet friend!

grammycarolynn (flickr) said...

How wonderful, dear Renee! You just know what to do to give something ordinary the "cute factor"! Thank you for sharing your tutorial...I can't wait to give this a try.
You are such a kind, generous person...Hugs to you, my sweet friend!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

You are the QUEEN of AWESOME!!!
I've been so busy with my mom coming to town I Just Read this!!!! Amazing.. Simply Amazing!! :)
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

Mrs.T said...

I have got to do this!!! My grandmother was the queen of putting decals on jars -- she had these jars everywhere and I was blessed to inherit at least one of them.. She pronounced decals as "deck-alls", and she surely did deck out all the jars that came her way. I would love to do the same!

Miki's scrapbook said...

Hi, there! I just found you through Free Pretty Things For You and I'm so glad I did! What a great tutorial! ;D

Hope you're having a nice week!

Miki.