Gussy up some Dollar Tree organizer bins with Mod Podge in this easy craft! This project is great for using up small pieces of fabric.
Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you should be able to decorate these bins quite easily. Make sure to pay special attention to the tips section if you’ve never used Mod Podge with plastic.
I can’t believe it’s already about time to start thinking about back to school! This year, I’m hoping to get organized ahead of time so that I’m not scrambling that week before school starts.
Dollar Tree Plastic Bins
It’s no secret that I love Dollar Tree for organizing supplies. I decided to jazz up some $1 drawer organizer bins with some vintage sheets for a cute way to stash all of those school supplies at home! This is a great craft for teens or tweens to liven up their desk or work area. But hey, adults can do it too!
I will say that decoupaging plastic is not necessarily going to work 100% of the time. I have some tips below for success.
How to Decoupage Plastic Organizer Bins
It can be difficult to Mod Podge plastic! I wanted to make sure to give you a few tips for success before you begin this project.
Just to note: the harder the plastic, the more likely it can be that the decoupaging won’t work. This is because typically harder plastic has more resin, which is smoother, therefore it’s more difficult for Mod Podge to adhere, etc.
I can’t ever promise that Mod Podge is going to work on plastic. I do have two things for you to try if you want to make a go of it, and the Mod Podge isn’t sticking:
- Rough up the surface with a piece of sandpaper (medium grit). Smooth away any dust.
- Spray the surface with a spray paint made just for plastic and let dry. Mod Podge on top.
If neither of these methods work, you’re probably out of luck, at least where Mod Podge is concerned.
The good news is that most Dollar Tree plastic bins I’ve tried with Mod Podge have worked! The more inexpensive bins usually work better, for some reason.
If you’re ready for the tutorial, let’s jump in.
Here’s all you need:
Use the bottom of the basket as a guide for cutting the fabric to size. I just traced around it on the wrong side of the fabric and cut.
Test the fabric inside the organizer and see if it fits – if it doesn’t, re-trim until you have the exact size you need.
Brush a layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the basket.
Carefully lay your fabric down and brush on another layer of the Fabric Mod Podge.
Let dry completely and add another layer of Mod Podge; let dry 24 hours before using.
This little organizer bins project takes no time at all and will make your or your kids smile when you open that drawer to put something away. It’s the little things!
- Small Baskets or Organizers
- Fabric Mod Podge
- Vintage Sheets or Fabric Scraps
- Sponge Brush
- Use the bottom of the basket as a guide for cutting the fabric to size. I just traced around it on the wrong side of the fabric and cut.
- Test the fabric inside the organizer and see if it fits - if it doesn't, re-trim until you have the exact size you need.
- Brush a layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the basket.
- Carefully lay your fabric down and brush on a layer of the Fabric Mod Podge.
- Let dry completely and add another layer of Mod Podge; let dry 24 hours before using.
Be sure to say hi to me over at my blog, Homemade Ginger where I have tons of other crafts using supplies from Dollar Tree. I’ve made over a night light, dressed up storage organizers and shared my top 10 Dollar Tree finds. See you soon!