If you’ve never decoupaged before, decoupaging a metal bucket is the perfect first time project. These buckets, covered in fun fabrics would be great for holiday gift giving and they are so easy to do. Right now, Target has these oval buckets in their dollar section for $2.50! I bought 20 of them to decoupage for the holidays and fill with goodies:
It’s so easy to decoupage them with fabric and below are the steps and instructions.
1) You can use any metal bucket but I prefer these oval buckets from Target because the shape is easier to cover than a round one. Next, decide on your fabric and lay the bucket on the fabric and cut the amount you will need to cover.
Be sure and leave about a 1/2 inch on the bottom to fold up and under. I used around 1/4th of a yard:
2) It works best if you cut your fabric in two pieces. One for the front and one panel for the back and have a seem at the side:
That line will fade after several layers of Mod Podge.
3) I love to use Mod Podge for decoupaging. I know there are several different formulas (I have only tried 2 so far) but I like to use the Mod Podge Matte Finish:
Pour Mod Podge into a bowl or plastic containter and brush on a thin layer with a foam brush onto one side of the bucket. Lay one fabric panel on the bucket and slide the line of the fabric right up and under the lip of the bucket:
Run your hand across the fabric to make sure that is smooth and straight.
3) Repeat step #2 on the back side of the bucket and add the second fabric panel. When you get to the sides, right below the handle, you can cut the fabric out around the handle:
Don’t worry if the lines are not perfect or how it looks. The Mod Podge will really make the finish look smooth. If you do have some frays, you can just snip them.
4) I like to let the glue under the fabric dry somewhat for at least 30-60 minutes. Then with a foam brush, paint a good layer of Mod Podge over your fabric, brushing in one direction. For the bottom, just fold your fabric up and under (be sure that you had glue underneath as well):
5) I like to do 3 coats of Mod Podge and I allow each layer to completely dry, which only takes about an 1-2 hours. I also very lightly sand in between each layer and wipe off all sand paper residue. I use the finest grade sand paper that I can find. The other trick to a beautiful decoupage finish is alternating the direction of brush strokes for each layer.
I can’t wait to decoupage more of my buckets with gorgeous fabric for my friends and family for the holidays. I plan on filling them with bath soaps, lotions and maybe a few with coffee and fun stuff and then wrapping with cellophane. These would be great teachers gifts too with a monogram on the front.
Thanks for hanging out with me today.
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