Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Decorating Glass with Rub Ons

I picked up a box of miscellaneous craft items at a garage sale for a few dollars and discovered a half dozen packages of rub ons in the mix.  I'm not a serious scrapbooker - I don't have the patience for it - but I have made enough to know that I hate rub ons.  They're a dumb idea and I never really got the hang of it.

These were really cute, though.  I decided to give it another go - this time on some of my salvaged glass.

It turned out easy and fun.  My daughter had a blast and this is what we came up with.


And these. . .
and these. . .
Since the pictures have been taken, she's managed to make four more and has dibs on the olive jar when they've been eaten!

Start by making sure your glass is clean and warm. I just rinsed it in very hot water and dried it off well to heat it up.

I found that the design would "stick" better if the glass was warm so, although that step might not be necessary, it does make it easier.

Cut around the image you want on your glass and lay it on your glass very carefully.


Watch the curve of the glass.  Glass that curved in just one direction was a lot easier to work with than glass that curved in more than one direction (like this bottle.  It curves around and up.)

Start rubbing on your image.  You can use a coin or a craft stick.  I like something that has a bit of ply to it so I used a plastic craft stick.


Once you have rubbed the image onto the glass, start pulling off the paper.  If it is still stuck to the paper and not the glass, carefully line it back up and rub it on.
My daughter loved this part the best!  She's helping in this photo. . . .

Smooth out wrinkles and bubbles gently with your finger.  It works best going from the middle out.

At this point you can be done. . . . OR. . . . you can accessorize it!  We pulled out some of our gems and added it to the finished design.

Some green ones. . .


And blue ones!  This one will become a coin jar to start saving for our next vacation.

Here's our new straw holder for the pantry. . . .

. . . . and the container that holds our chip clips.  (See this post to learn how to make them FREE!!)

She's currently working on the jar that holds our twist ties.

These are washable but don't scrub and don't put them in the dishwasher.  Also, depending on what type of glue you use to attach the gems or other accessories, you might NOT want to wash them at all.

If I do it again:

I will watch for glass candle holders at garage sales.  I think this would be fun to do on the outside of a glass pillar candle holder and to give it as a gift.

1 comment:

  1. Great information thank you! I am a candle maker and had no idea what or how to use rub-ons after I bought a whole lot on sale. Was amazed that they also work on glass so I will be decorating some of my candle jars as well.
    Many thanks
    Yvonne

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