Hey! Today we’re going with the quick and the easy…and the super cheap! I’m mean borderline free if you have any crafting supplies at all! Today we’re working on decoupaged trash. I’m using a plastic shortening container and coffee filters to decorate it, but any tissue- paper-like paper will work for this sort of covered but lightly translucent thing I’ve got going…I’ve even stamped tissue paper for this.
If you want to customize a color scheme for a sort of celestial or tie die look, go with coffee filters. We did this in our pre-school group last year for our “spreading love” unit, that tutorial is a bit more in-depth, but here’s the skinny:
Scribble in your desired colors, spray with a bottle of water, then let it dry. (I used red and purple, on my screen it looks blue, though?)
Remove any labels from your container, then wash it really well.
My lid had some red writing that I wanted to cover, so I quickly gave it a coat of acrylic. The paint will peel right off unless you seal it. I used acrylic sealer and I wasn’t able to scratch it with my nail.
Work on one section at a time. Drizzle some Modge-Podge or other decoupage medium onto your clean container then spread it out with a paintbrush. Start pressing on and smoothing your paper (coffee filters, in this case). I like it a bit crinkly looking, so I didn’t fuss with it too much. I also liked the way the circles play when they overlap, it reminds me of a wedding ring quilt. You could trim everything to fit just right if you wanted. I thought about cutting into squares and rectangles for a patchwork look, even about hearts on hearts on hearts.
Just keep on adding paper until it’s covered. You’ll need to add more Modge-Podge to the underside of any paper that overlaps other paper. Use an Exacto knife (or something else sharp) to cut away any excess. It’s best if it’s dry, but I had to trim some to get the filters to lay right along the way (where there was a lip at the top).
So that can be it, or you can add another layer of Modge-Podge to seal it all in after it’s dry. The coffee filters seemed to soak up the Modge-Podge a bit, and everything feels really secure. It doesn’t feel really papery, either. But if you want to be able to wipe it down, paint on another layer of Modge-Podge or spray with sealer.
The look will change and become more translucent as it dries. And even be different with the lid on or off.
This is all because I needed somewhere to put the flower pens for my son’s class party Friday, and didn’t want to just set out the clear container, so this was a quick way to dress it up! This is how they’ll see it:
I’ll probably set out a white plastic bowl they can put their names in to raffle it (It will be empty…but someone might want it. My kids love containers!).
‘Til next time…holler back in the comments below!