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Posted by admin_upcycle on September 6, 2016

DIY Repurpose That Glass Vase Decoupage – Ocean Themed

https://youtu.be/Abasb-17tjE        Are you like me? Happy to have your schedule back? Even though the summer is lovely and there are places to go and company to have, sunny days to enjoy….I get all out of whack when my schedule gets changed around. I am also a large fan of the Fall months. Most people tend to want the summer to stick around, and I can see why. But for me? The crisp autumn air, the burst of colors all around us, and the first time we light the fireplace? All things that I look forward to. I also could live in fleece, so I tend to wear it all through the fall and winter as I work from home. With all of that said, I still like to pay homage to the summer months that are fading quickly into pleasant memories. How did I do that this week? I took one of the five hundred glass vases that I keep after getting flowers because they are after all glass, and I just can’t bring myself to throw away a healthy glass vase….See-if I was saying all of this out loud right now this is the place where my husband would come over and “accidentally” bump into me like you would an old record player that was skipping. My point is, don’t we all tend to keep those glass vases? They’re not something to be recycled and we will get flowers again! (Usually in new glass vases that will be saved) so why not turn one into something that we can keep on the countertop  with our without flowers? Like the one I’ll show you to decoupage this week. A little tissue paper-the kind you buy to stuff bags with in whatever colors you want, glitter, tinsel glitter, coarse glitter, fine glitter…..and a couple of new products I’ll introduce you too. Viva Decor’s Crystal Gel, and Tim Holtz’s Distress Medium in clear Rock Candy. You’ll see the finest crackle finish over your decoupage with this. We can add perfect pearls to the surface to bring out those tiny cracks and add the most subtle finish to it. The Crystal Gel is like no other product that I’ve seen on the market. It should be applied using a spatula-lumpy…it can be used alone or with the glitter. Since most vases are placed near or under bright lights, I just had to add glitter. Then again, if I could I would add glitter to everything.Here’s the list of what you’ll need for this project. You can use this list to shop through my store above or you can visit my Facebook page Upcycle with Decoupage to purchase the supplies through Amazon-thanks!


  • Glass Vase
  • Craft Spatula
  • Crystal Gel (Viva Decor) Transparent or Holographic
  • Tissue’s papers -blues, greens, yellows,
  • Napkin Decoupage Glue
  • Distress Medium Rock Candy (Tim Holtz)
  • Assorted Glitter
  • Perfect Pearls assorted colors
  • Aqua Pen
  • Triple Thick High Gloss Varnish Spray
  • Heavy Grit Nail File
Posted by admin_upcycle on August 18, 2016

Crackle Over Dark Glass Bottle Decoupage

It’s a lovely rainy morning here on the East Coast which is perfect for doing some indoor decoupage. Whatever the weather is where you are, maybe you can find some time this weekend to have a go at this bottle. I will post the supplies you need here and you can click on the “shop” Icon above to purchase or just read about the supplies. One thing I have to mention, when you are searching for pretty napkins, you will need to change the category to “kitchen and housewares”  As you search you’ll want to be specific and use terms like, “Pink Rose Napkins”  or French Themed Napkins.  Most other items can be found under the “craft” category.  I am still working on my website and had not been getting my messages . I’m sure it’s something I am not aware of, so you may want to visit my page on Facebook. Upcycle with Decoupage and ask me questions there. One reminder. If you are in another country you can always google “Where to buy decorative paper napkins” in your country. Here are the supplies I used for this week’s project. *I have listed the supplies in the name order that you will need to find them on Amazon.


  • E6000 Glue
  • Elmers Glue All
  • Chalk Paint (Folk Art Home Decor)
  • Floral Napkins
  • Craft Pouncer Brushes
  • Thin Silk Ribbon
  • Lace Trim
  • EK Tools Layering paper punch (Butterfly
  • EK Tools Butterfly punch large
  • Smaller Curved scissors
  • Double Sided tape
  • Deco Art Decoupage glue for napkins
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Craft Iron (or your home iron)
  • Parchment Paper
  • Hi Gloss Varnish Spray
  • Micro Glitter
  • Oval Silhouette from the Graphics Fairy
  • Upcycle with Decoupage (my book)
Posted by admin_upcycle on August 10, 2016

DIY Decoupage Shower Party Favor Boxes

Here’s what we’ll need for this week’s project.  If you would like to purchase any of these supplies here I have included the category they are in. 

The following supplies will be found in “Kitchen and Housewares

  • Cake Boxes (I used the ones by Darice)
  • Decorative Napkins
  • Freezer paper 
  • Parchment Paper
  • Box Cutter (Safety Cutter                    

The following supplies will be found in the craft category

  • Chalk paint
  • Mini Roller brush
  • String of Pearls (Faux)
  • Matte Final Fixative
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter
  • Deco Art Americana Napkin Decoupage glue
  • Mica *Stampendous Micro fragments
  • Deco Art Triple Thick Spray
  • Organza Ribbon to match your napkins
  • Silk Flowers
  • Paper Cutter or Trimmer (Fiskars

I am still learning about adding separate links for each separate product but for now-since this is a new website it’s taking me a bit of a while to learn how to work all of it. I would happy to hear any feedback you may have on what you would like to see on my website. I will be adding the video’s to my site as time goes by and I learn my way around. As for this week’s project I mentioned in the video that I once went to a “game night” party.  The hostess had put together gift boxes from the dollar store. The boxes weren’t decorated but the idea was so nice-I always remembered it. With all of the functions that we either throw or help someone else throw (think Bridal showers) what better way to welcome your guests, than with a lovely gift (favor) box?

As always friends, thank you for getting what you need through my site! Have a happy party!


Posted by admin_upcycle on August 4, 2016

DIY Simple Decoupage Cell Phone Smartphone case

For this weeks video I was inspired by two things. This lovely napkin pattern and the cost of the cell phone cases I found at a kiosk in the mall. I mean, over 40 dollars for one piece of plastic with a design on it? Wow! That’s harsh. Not only will I show you how to make your own lovely smart phone or cell phone case, but you can make them for others. What a nice Christmas gift…Or at this price, stocking stuffer. You can always add jewels or crystals over your decoupage but make sure to use E600 glue. If you would like to purchase from me you can head on over to the “shop” menu above. When looking for napkins you would need to make sure the category bar is on the “Kitchen & Housewares” and be as specific as you can be when you enter your words in the search bar. Green paisley napkins, Blue bird napkins, floral napkins, French themed napkins…etc. You will also want to go back to the craft category for most of your other supplies. Speaking of supplies, here’s what you will need.

Smart Phone case
Decoupage Glue (preferably napkin decoupage glue)
Fine artists brush
Decorative paper napkin of your choice
Triple Thick Spray (or brush on) Top Coat

Since this is a brand new website and I’m just learning how to use it, I will be making changes as we all go forward with our decoupage projects. This font will change, there will be more pictures and I’m going to add our weekly videos. If you found my blog post through some other means than my video, please feel free to head on over to youtube and enter “patioelf” in the search. You will see my channel pop up and you can watch over 200 videos!!! That’s a lot I know. I mean you have over 200 how to video’s to chose from. Don’t forget to like and follow me on Facebook by clicking the Facebook Icon above! Thanks friends!

Posted by admin_upcycle on August 2, 2016

Welcome to my new Site!

Hi Friends and welcome to my new website!!! It’s taken me over 3 months to get my site up and running but thanks to the help I got from Steve @ Freelancer.com *which is a pay for help site)…I was able to get our new site up and running. I’m still going to make a lot of mistakes, I’m sure but at least you should be able to finally shop using a search engine here! I’ll be adding blog posts and pictures each week as I add new video’s to youtube.

Decoupage and Transfers will become so simple for you….and if they are not you can contact me here,or on  Facebook or youtube and I can help you out.  I will be adding some of my older video’s here to the site so you can find those easier than you could if you were on youtube.I’ll add my most viewed videos and a few of my favorites. Furniture items tend to be the most viewed items on youtube but we want to be able to work on much smaller projects than that right? I like to do a larger furniture piece every other month maybe. But things like bottles, cans, jars, boxes, and-well you know me  *if you have been subscribed to my youtube channel-I will decoupage almost anything! I’ll add the supplies right here for you too, so you don’t even have to leave your house. Comes in really handy when it’s freezing or snowing out. Of if you just don’t live that close to a retail establishment. I plan on adding a few surprises to our site along the way too. By the way, I say our site meaning yours and mine. This site wouldn’t exist without all of you. When I write I am writing to you! So it really is our site. Add me to your favorites so you can come back easily when you want to. Have fun looking through my completed works here, check out all of the pages…and stay tuned for pictures that I take and will add to our site. I’m a huge fan of nature and find myself outside a lot. I live on a hillside across from a creek and a mile from the majestic Delaware River. Perhaps you live in a city, or another country and you just can’t seem to find an idyllic country setting, a quaint little town, a cottage built from stone…I’ll find them for you and post the pictures here. You can sip a cup of hot cocoa, or your favorite coffee or tea as you look through the pictures and relax…..OK, friends, I am now off to edit this week’s video for you! Welcome to our new home!

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