Back in the 1970's I was the kid who decoupaged-crackled everything. Who knows how much money my mom spent buying me scroll cut pieces of plywood and decoupage paste. I would take pictures of Precious Moments figurines, glue them to wood then slather on the paste. I don't remember if the crackling was a second coat of if the crackling was part of the decoupage paste. Anyway, when I kept seeing this new Mod Podge craze continue, I knew I had to give it another go. I've had a galvanized tub for a while that I keep in my craft room to hold fabric scraps and decided this would be a good Mod Podge project.
I had one yard of this Michael Miller Gypsy Bandana Kaleidoscope in pink that I was hoping would be enough to cover the tub. I cut the fabric into squares then set up all my supplies in the garage so I could have some good ventilation. It was close to 100 degrees outside so it was pretty hot work even in the shade.
I covered a small work table with an old sheet, poured some Mod Podge into an old pie plate and got to work with my paint brush. I first started with the tub sitting upright but quickly figured out the tub needed to be upside down so I could mold the fabric over the bottom of the tub.
You apply a layer of Mod Podge to the tub in sections the size of your fabric squares, then place the fabric on the tub and cover with another coat. Keep repeating until the tub is covered. I had a hard time covering around the handles. Next time I need to have more patience with this part of it. After the tub is completely covered, give it all another thick coat of Mod Podge. Let that dry and repeat again.
Here's the finished product sitting all pretty on the floor of my craft room. It now holds lots of fabric scraps! Working with squares of fabric was easier for me than trying to work with one large piece of fabric. Using squares made it very easy to work out any bubbles that formed under the fabric.
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