So hey, I'm a child of the 70's. I know ALL ABOUT DECOUPAGE. We decoupaged everything back then!
Holly Hobbie? Spirit of '76? Anyone?
And darn it if Elmer's glue wasn't good enough for us. Ummm hummm.
But then came Mod Podge.
Actually it was there all along, but like I said---Elmer's was fine. And remained fine. My whole entire life.
So let's just skip the long story and say that I've fallen madly in love with Mod Podge and we're getting married. Soon. If you are feeling like your love for me is exceeding your ability to function, a case of MOD PODGE left on my porch will ease your angst. I promise...
How to make a Decoupage Covered Basket!!!
You can breathe new life into the rattiest of thrift store baskets with this technique that I've been doing pretty much since 1974. Yes. I'm that old.
You can use MOD PODGE thinned with a LITTLE water, or Elmer's glue, also thinned a bit. I would run far and away from Elmer's SCHOOL GLUE or anything marked "washable glue" ...Cuz, that's just asking for trouble. It's inferior. Most white glues ARE washable. It's akin to labeling soap "antibactreial soap", but don't get me started.
|You'll need a basket, an upholstery needle, MOD PODGE or Elmer's (both will now be referred to as "glue") stiff bristled paint brush, say 1" or 2", and fabric scraps.|
|Thread the needle with a long narrow scrap. We're aiming to go all around the border here.|
|Stick the needle in a large gap and work your way around the edge. You can leave spaces or not. Up to you.|
|If you need to add on more fabric, make a generous knot and don't worry about it.|
|Scraps! Since this basket is round, narrow strips are best. With a square basket, you can use bigger pieces.|
|First, those pesky ends...dip your brush in the glue, and wet the ends down so they stick to the basket somewhat.|
|Paint a little glue on the back side of the fabric, and on the basket.|
|Repeat with more scraps and over lap a bit. Do the inside first.|
|Do the outside. If your scrap's too big and leaves a wrinkle, you can make a slit in the scrap and then let those new ends overlap to make it lie flat. Make sure to wash/wipe off your scissors (<-- from someone who forgot to do that...:-/....)|
|Let it dry by propping it up. Then, give everything a good second coat of glue.|
When the second coat is dry, NOW you can paint the edge its 2 coats, sanding/trimming rough spots between coats.
|Bushel basket with some basket trim left exposed.|
|You can add shapes, letters etc. As long as it has a good top and bottom coat of glue---it all amalgamates. Think of the personalization possibilities...|
Best part is---you can use this technique on any indoor porous surface. I've done this on cardboard boxes, walls, frames, furniture, etc. Knock yourself out!