Vintage soup labels lend a retro, pop-culture style design to this vase project. These can usually be found at antique fairs or flea markets. Or, try looking through vintage style clipart albums for images that can be reprinted at your local copy and print shop.
For this project, you will need:
– Clear glass vase
– Paper towels
– Images of vintage soup can labels (available online or in print media items such as vintage magazines)
– Color laser copier (available at local print and copy shops)
– White or cream colored cardstock
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Banner Red
– Masking tape
– Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
– Sponge brush
– Newspaper and/or a large drop cloth
For easier cleanup, cover the area where you will be crafting with sheets of newspaper and/or a large drop cloth prior to starting. Use hot soapy water to wash the clear glass vase. Rinse well and dry the glass with paper towels to get off most of the moisture. Turn the vase upside down and let it set for about an hour while the remainder of the water evaporates from the glass.
Use a ruler and a pencil to determine the top one inch and bottom one inch of the vase. Cover these areas in masking tape. Turn the vase upside down. Prime the bottom and sides of the vase using Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Let the vase dry for about an hour. Paint the vase using Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Banner Red. Wait for thirty minutes, apply a second coat of red paint, and let the project cure for three to four hours.
Find images of vintage soup can labels, whether it be actual labels, in books, or online. Take the images to your local copy and print shop. Have them recreated from a laser copier onto white or cream colored cardstock. Place the printed pieces of cardstock on a self-healing mat. With a ruler and pencil, determine the pieces you wish to use in your vase project. (This should only cover the area that is not covered with masking tape on the vase.) Cut out these images carefully with a craft knife.
Apply a bit of Mod Podge or other decoupage medium to the back of the paper with a sponge brush. Adhere the paper pieces to the side of the vase, smoothing the paper as you go. Let the glue dry overnight. Remove the masking tape and enjoy your new creation.
TIP: This project also looks great when vintage vegetable or beverage labels are used.