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How to: Make Decal Art Bathroom Organizers

by on Sep 16, 2013

There must be something about decorative glassware that makes it impossible to throw out. Perhaps it’s the fear of breaking it in the recycling bin, or just an inability to admit it’s not worth anything, but the shelves of thrift stores and flea markets are lined with the stuff. Where does it all end up?

Well, if we add a little customization, how about your bathroom? This set of glass organizers uses old bud vases with some tongue-in-cheek graphics that match the things you use everyday. When looking for glassware, just be sure it’s void of cracks or chips and can be cleaned up nicely. Look for pieces with a similar profile that will match as a set, and will fit the sundry items you’ll store inside.


  • Glass vases, drinking glasses, or candle lanterns
  • Images of your choice 
  • Clear water slide decal paper for ink jet printer
  • Water slide decal spray


  • Computer and ink jet printer (scanner optional)
  • Scissors
  • Bowl of room-temperature water

Step 1

Find some images to match the items you’d like to organize. We chose a vintage shaving brush for our razors, a shaggy-haired fellow for combs, and an old dentist chart for toothbrushes. If they’re in print, scan them into your computer. Meanwhile, give your glassware a good wash and rinse in soapy water.

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Step 2

Size your images onto a sheet (or sheets) of paper, and print out a test page on plain white paper to make sure they’ll fit your glass.

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Step 3

When you’ve figured out sizes, print your images onto the water slide decal paper. Then give the entire sheet a coat of the decal spray, which prevents the ink from washing off in the water. Spray a second coat after an hour, then allow to dry overnight.

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Step 4

The next day, carefully cut out your images and fill a bowl with room-temperature water. Practice by cutting a corner or other area off the sheet, and place it in the water for thirty seconds. Note how the backing slides off, and try adding it to an old glass or vase. Once you’ve figured out the process, place one of your actual images in the water.

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Step 5

After thirty seconds, slide the transparent image from the backing onto your glassware. Keeping it and your fingers wet, smooth and press out any air bubbles. Then allow the glassware to dry overnight.

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Step 6

Finally, take your glassware to the bathroom, and artfully contain that clutter!

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