Yay! It’s DIY Tuesdays again!
Today I’ve made (or am in the process of making, I should say) a fabric bowl with the assistance of the humble DIY staple, Mod Podge.
Let’s be honest, Mod Podge does just about anything. Want to transfer a family photo on to a canvas like a pro? No problem. Want to make your favourite mug glow in the dark? Mod Podge can do that too. I’m pretty sure you could live off the stuff. (Disclaimer: please do not do that.)
Anyway, today Mod Podge is making us a super-cute bowl made out of funky fabric. As you’ve probably noticed, today’s DIY Tuesdays is in two parts. This is because I am super-unorganised and only just realised this is a 24-hour job. Plus I got home late because I was assisting my lovely boyfriend/partner in crime Chris with an audition for his short film, which was pretty great. This explains why the photos below are dark: the light disappears quickly in Tasmania in the winter!
But without further ado, part 1 of my attempt at a Mod Podge fabric bowl (If you’re looking for Part 2, head this way!):
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– Mod Podge Matte Finish Glue
– Fabric of your choosing (I used two different patterns of fabric, one for the inside and one for the outside, but if you wanted the same fabric inside and outside that’s cool too. Two fat flats of fabric should do the job.)
– Cling Wrap
– Tacky craft glue
– A bowl
– Paint brush
Place a good dollop of Mod Podge in to a wide bowl.
Mix in roughly the same amount of water to thin out the glue. This will make the fabric easier to work with.
Prepare a tray with some baking paper on it. Turn your bowl upside down on top of the tray and cover the outside with cling wrap. This will stop the gluey fabric from sticking to your bowl and make getting it off easier once it’s dry. I found that I had to use some sticky tape inside the bowl to keep the cling wrap taut.
Cut your fabric into strips roughly 2 inches wide. Make sure they are long enough to cover the bowl with some overhang. Once your strips are cut, drench the fabric you want to be in the inside of your bowl in your Mod Podge and water mixture, making sure they are well coated. Run your fingers down each strip to get rid of any excess glue.
Lay your gluey strips of fabric over your bowl, making sure to overlap so as not to create any gaps. Leave plenty of overhang on each side – we’ll be cutting it off once it’s dry. It’s important to make sure you’re putting the side you want to see face down!
Keep going until the whole bowl is covered in fabric, making sure to cover any gaps.
Once you’ve finished all of the first layer, it’s time to start the outside layer! The fabric will have to be facing the other way now, as you’ll want to see that pattern on the outside.
Drench, stick and overlap, just as you did the first time.
Once you’ve completely covered the bowl, smooth out any bumps and voilà! Step 1 is complete. Now we have to wait around 24 hours for the glue to dry completely. Ignore any temptations to try to remove the bowl before the 24 hours is up – it might look dry, but the inside of the bowl will probably still be wet.
I’ll see you back here tomorrow for part 2 of this Mod Podge fabric bowl! I can’t wait to see how this will turn out.