I did this easy diy craft last Fall as an experiment because I thought it was so unique and wanted to see if it actually worked. Guess what? It did. This is such a custom and unique idea that I didn’t know what to title this post or even call this crafty idea so I just said it was an awesome mod podge idea. After I show you this unique technique, your head will be swimming in all kinds of ideas where you can use this for your own home decor or as a gift to a friend or family.
If you are a crafter, then you have probably used mod podge. If your’e a newbie to mod podge it is a glue-like substance that dries clear. It is used in many crafts. Typically, you see photographs mod podged on wood or napkins mod podged on furniture, planters, coasters, frames,fabric or just about anything you can think of. But, today you will learn how to match your mod podge idea to your home decor. That’s right. How do I do that you ask? Well, lets get started. You probably have everything you need right now to begin this fun an awesome mod podge idea.
- Mod podge
- Sponge brush or paintbrush
- faux pumpkin for Fall season or anything else you want to mod podge to match a design in your home. Here are some ideas, a flower pot, plastic organizer, plain coasters or even a wooden chair! (Any of these things can be found around your house, a thrift store or dollar store.
- 1-2 pieces of 8.5 x 11 printer paper
STEP 1: Once you have your object that you plan to decorate look around your home for patterns or designs that you would like to replicate. I thought about bringing the Fall outdoors on our lanai so I used the pattern on this chair. Look for patterns on your curtains, pillows, throws, fabric, bedspreads, rugs etc…
STEP 2: Now, take a photo of the design. Make sure it is in good focus and try to get the full design in the photo.
STEP 3: Crop the photo so that just the design is in the photo, not any of the background.
STEP 4: Print the photo on 8.5 “x 11” paper. I did all of this from my iPhone and just sent the photo to the printer. I have an ink jet printer but a laser printer should work just as good.
STEP 5: Once your ink has dried on the print cut the strips into 1 -2″ strips. It will be easier to shape or mold to a smaller object if you have 1″ strips but it all depends on the surface area.
STEP 6: Using your sponge brush, apply Mod Podge over the surface. Start in small areas first so the mod podge doesnt dry before you are able to apply the strips. Apply a generous amount, remember this will dry clear. Now, apply the strips to cover your object. It doesnt matter what direction you put them on. They can lap over each other in all directions. Keep applying the strips until your object is completely covered while applying mod podge generously over each of the strips.
You may need to print more copies of your design if you have a bigger object. This faux pumpkin took 2- 8.5″x 11″ sheets of paper.
STEP 7: Let it completely dry to touch and you now have a new holiday decoration that matches your home decor! Do you think anyone will notice? Just think of all the fun things you can do for Christmas. Perhaps you can’t think of a hostess gift? Next time your’e over at your friends house sneak a photo of the pattern on their rug or curtains then go home and mod podge a wine bottle (empty or with the wine in it) or buy some small 4 x 4 plain coasters at the craft store. Mod podge them and tie them with a pretty bow and voila! The perfect hostess gift.