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DIY Toothbrush Holder with Paper (Easy Revamp!)

Revamp an old toothbrush holder with some paper, vintage book illustrations, and Mod Podge! This is such an easy project, and so budget friendly.

Revamp an old toothbrush holder with some fabric, vintage book illustrations, and Mod Podge! This is such an easy project, and so budget friendly.

Hi guys! It’s Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life, and today I am here to share a fun upcycled project with you. My hubby and I are having our first two legged baby this year, and are so excited!

We have been working hard getting everything ready for the nursery, but are also revamping the second bathroom for our little guy too. I wanted to add a few vintage touches to the decor in there.

Revamp an old toothbrush holder with some fabric, vintage book illustrations, and Mod Podge! This is such an easy project, and so budget friendly.

I have been on the hunt for some fun accessories, and some cute vintage fabric to make a shower curtain with. I couldn’t find anything exactly like what I wanted, so in typical fashion, I chose to make it myself.

I had a stainless steel toothbrush holder in there that has seen better days, so I decided to clean it up a bit and decoupage it with a sweet vintage book illustration as my first baby bathroom project. Check it out!

DIY Toothbrush Holder

Gather These Supplies:

  • Toothbrush holder
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Vintage book page or illustration
  • Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Brayer

Instructions:

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The first thing you will want to do is clean your toothbrush holder thoroughly. I cleaned mine with soap and water and let it dry thoroughly before I started working with it.

Next, you want to mark your paper so you know where to cut it. If your holder is a perfect cylinder, you can just measure the circumference and mark a straight piece of paper to cut.

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My holder was tapered, and I am lazy when it comes to measuring curves, so I wrapped my scrapbook paper around the holder and carefully bent and marked the paper at the top and bottom.

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Once I had the curve layout marked, I cut the piece out, cutting about an eighth of an inch or so inside the top and bottom line.

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Then, cut out your book Illustration to your liking. The illustration doesn’t extend all the way around to the back, hence the curved corners. I knew it wasn’t going to wrap all the way around and was fine with it.

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Now you are ready to decoupage. I used Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Medium since it can get wet and washed without ruining the piece.

Paint a little medium onto the inside end of one side of your scrapbook paper piece. Line up the paper around your holder and smooth out the end with the medium down onto the holder.

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Now you can paint medium onto the toothbrush holder and smooth out the paper onto the holder as you go along until you reach the other end.

You will need to paint a little medium onto the top of the started end and then overlap the paper and smooth it down. Smooth out any bubbles with a brayer.

Carefully press creases into the bottom if there are areas that don’t lay flat. I ended up with a couple of bubbles I couldn’t get out. I poked them gently with a straight pin and used a hair dryer on them and that worked for me.

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Now you can add your vintage book image over the top. Paint a layer of Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Medium onto the backside of your illustration.

Then, carefully line up the illustration where you want it to go on your toothbrush holder and lay it on top. Smooth the paper out from the center out to each side.

Remove bubbles with a brayer. To finish off your piece you will need to add a layer or two of the medium and set it aside to dry and cure.

Revamp an old toothbrush holder with some fabric, vintage book illustrations, and Mod Podge! This is such an easy project, and so budget friendly.

I love how my little upcycled toothbrush holder turned out! Hopefully baby Sam will enjoy it too, when he’s big enough to brush his own teeth of course.

Revamp an old toothbrush holder with some fabric, vintage book illustrations, and Mod Podge! This is such an easy project, and so budget friendly.

I love how easy this project is and how simple it is to customize. I am a total sucker for vintage children’s books and their amazing illustrations, so this turned out to be perfect for the look I wanted in my bathroom.

Revamp an old toothbrush holder with some fabric, vintage book illustrations, and Mod Podge! This is such an easy project, and so budget friendly.

You can easily customize your to your style just by the papers you use. So take that old boring toothbrush holder you have laying around your bathroom and turn it into a really fun piece for your space!

Yield: 1 holder

DIY Toothbrush Holder

Revamp an old toothbrush holder with some fabric, vintage book illustrations, and Mod Podge! This is such an easy project, and so budget friendly.

Do you have an old toothbrush holder in your bathroom? Here’s a DIY that will quickly show you how you can transform it into this amazingly outstanding toothbrush holder with fabric.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Dry Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Toothbrush holder
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Vintage book page or illustration
  • Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe

Tools

  • Pen or pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Brayer

Instructions

  1. Clean the toothbrush holder thoroughly with soap and water. Let dry.
  2. Mark the paper using the pencil. Roll the holder along the paper, marking the curves with your pencil.
  3. Cut the piece out, cutting about an eighth of an inch or so inside the top and bottom line.
  4. Cut out the book Illustration to your liking.
  5. Paint a little Mod Podge onto the inside end of one side of the scrapbook paper piece. Line up the paper around your holder and smooth out the end with the medium down onto the holder.
  6. Paint medium onto the toothbrush holder and smooth out the paper onto the holder as you go along until you reach the other end. Carefully press out creases as you work down. Let dry 15 - 20 minutes.
  7. Paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the back of the book illustration. Line it up on the holder and smooth down. Let dry 15 - 20 minutes.
  8. Finish off the piece with two layers of Mod Podge, letting dry between layers. Set aside to cure for 28 days.

Notes

  • I ended up with a couple of bubbles I couldn't get out. I poked them gently with a straight pin and used a hair dryer on them and that worked for me.
  • Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe takes 28 days to fully cure before it is handwash or safe in the top rack of the dishwasher.

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