Easy Decoupaging with Fabric {Halloween Treat Bucket}…

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I finally got around to doing just a little fall decorating and my daughter and I have done a few fall crafts so far.  The extent of my fall-lala so far is our entry way table:


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My girl and I love to decorate for Halloween and we’ll probably do some of that this next weekend but I wanted to show you this cheap metal bucket that I decoupaged with fabric for a treat bucket:
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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:


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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:


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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:


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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:

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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:


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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:



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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):


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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.


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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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19 Responses to Easy Decoupaging with Fabric {Halloween Treat Bucket}…

  1. Kathryn says:

    I love your fabric choice! Very cool bucket!

  2. Cecilia says:

    Oh what a cute idea! Love it! thanks for sharing the how to!

  3. Syb says:

    I love the idea to decoupage with fabric! Nice bucket! (found on tipjunkie!)

  4. Lisa says:

    This is super cute, I might have to give this a try

  5. Deb says:

    You always come up with the coolest things!!! I will be at Target today picking up some of these buckets!!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you sweet Deb!! I’m so glad that you like this idea. These Target buckets are perfect for the holidays and they are so cheap! Thanks girl!!

  6. Jenn says:

    I love the fabric!! Where did you find it?

    • Cyndy says:

      I picked it up at Hobby Lobby. They have some really fun fabrics right now in the cotton duck section. They have bright chevrons and beautiful quatrefoils! Thanks Jenn for stopping by!!

  7. Kelly Hopson says:

    Love this idea! I got all the supplies yesterday…I’m going to attempt today:)

    • Cyndy says:

      You won’t believe how easy these are to do Kelly! I’m working on monogramming some of them too and I’ll share that project too for the holidays. Have fun making them Kelly and thank you so much for stopping by!!

  8. Erin says:

    I love this idea! I will be heading over to Target soon. As a long time sewer and quilter, I have plenty of fabric and this would be a great way to use some of it. I actually just wrote a post about some matchboxes that I decoupaged, but I used paper images from the Graphics Fairy. I love the idea of using fabric… I may try that on the matchboxes next. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Tara says:

    I really love this and am going to make a few for friends. I was wondering what you think about painting a monogram on top of the fabric . . . maybe after the first layer of mod podge? Would the acrylic stick to the mod podge at that point? OR the other idea I had was to print a monogram circle or square on a laser printer and try to mod podge that onto the fabric after the first layer. What do you think? I am a sucker for a monogram and I thought that would look so cute on these fabric bins.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks Tara! Yep, I’m a sucker too for monograms and had planned to do some on these fabric buckets for the holidays. I think you could use stickers large for the last name initial and smaller stickers for the first and middle initials and then mod podge over it. If you wanted it more of hand painted look, you could still use stickers and mod podge and then when it dries, paint over the mod podge where the stickers are. It would give it a hand painted look but the stickers would be your guide. Thanks so much for stopping by Tara!!

  10. Theresa says:

    This looks awesome! I, unfortunately have issues with wrinkles and bubbles when I Mod Podge. What am I doing wrong??

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Theresa for your note! When Mod Podge is wet, it will have wrinkles and bubbles. Try to minimize them as best as you can but when it dries, everything smooths out. This is why I prefer to decoupage with fabric!! No wrinkles or bubbles. It drives me nuts working with paper! Good luck Theresa!!

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