I decoupaged this pattern piece box for my friend’s mother – her 60th birthday present! She loves sewing, and so we decided this would be the perfect gift for her since she has (now had) a lack of places to store her fabric and patterns. And how else to cover the box except with patterns? Don’t be too shocked, but I actually took photos of the process. Trust me, it was difficult to stop crafting and snap the camera! In the interest of being a good decoupage blogger, I decided I need to post a tutorial. So here it goes.
BEFORE you begin painting, you may need to sand your wood surface to reduce nicks and rough spots. That is your call. I always do or I end up regretting it.
Step 1 is really easy but takes some time. Basecoat the box with the Linen paint. Do it inside and out, and on the bottom of the lid too. Don’t try to cheat – I’m watching and will know if you don’t paint it all! Let it dry for a few hours.
Unfold your pattern and don’t worry about the creases. They will go away as you Mod Podge. Cut out pieces in the sizes and shapes that suit you and begin to apply to the storage bin. Here’s the way to do it. Lay the pattern pieces down and Mod Podge over the pattern piece. Hold one side down with your hand and apply a thin coat with a brush on top. The Mod Podge soaks through and adheres the piece to the bin – this method keeps it from tearing.
Keep overlapping the pieces with Mod Podge. Don’t worry about the pieces going over the sides – I actually glued them down around the edges and corners, but I left them hanging over the top and bottom of the bin to cut off later. Note that the pieces become transparent when you glue them down. Kind of cool! Keep doing this until you have covered the entire outside of the bin and lid. I didn’t do the inside or the bottom of the lid. Allow the tote to dry.
Okay, so this is the fun part! I normally hate trimming things with an X-Acto, but this was kind of fun. I trimmed the top, bottom and inside the handles. “Saw” carefully and it will work well! Once you are done trimming, coat the entire thing with one final coat of Mod Podge – inside and out.
Here she is! The finished piece. One last thing I did was paint a 2-inch knob and glue it on top with craft glue. I hope you like it! The great thing is that it really wasn’t that expensive. Less than $20 when I used a craft store coupon for the bin.
PS – The gift receiver loved it! Another successful decoupage project. Complete.