How to make glass paperweights

Written by amy hannaford
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Everyone can benefit from a paperweight. You can make your own paperweight using a picture of a special vacation or person, or images cut out of magazines. This makes a great project to do with your kids. Give them for Father's day, as Christmas presents or to a favourite teacher.

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Things you need

  • Clear blank paperweight
  • Photo or image
  • Box cutter
  • D�coupage glue
  • Self stick felt pad
  • Optional---glass beads, tiny seashells, ribbon

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  1. 1

    Purchase a clear blank glass paperweight. These can purchased at most local craft stores or online; see resources below. The paperweight can be any size or shape.

  2. 2

    Find a picture or image you want to use for your paperweight. Lay the paperweight on top of the picture; centre the picture. Trace around the bottom edge of the paperweight onto the picture; remove the paperweight. Cut out the picture; cut inside the tracing marks slightly so that it is smaller than the bottom of the paperweight.

  3. 3

    Apply a thin layer of d�coupage glue with a paintbrush to the bottom side of the glass paperweight. White craft glue can also be used; thin glue down with a little water.

  4. 4

    Add the picture to the bottom of the paperweight while the d�coupage is still wet. Be sure the picture is face side up so it shows through the paperweight. Apply more d�coupage glue over the bottom of the picture; let dry.

  5. 5

    Cut a piece of self stick felt to fit over the bottom of the paperweight. Remove the paper backing from the felt and stick over the bottom of the picture.

  6. 6

    If desired glue glass beads, tiny seashells or other decorations around the edges of the paperweight.

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