This fun decoupage basket was made using hydrangea napkins. Small beverage napkins were applied to a woven basket to decorate it for a new accessory and home decor! Sometimes doing crafts make me a little nervous. But I like to mix things up a little like I'm doing with this decoupage project.
This small woven basket was used to hold Lulu Mae’s dog toys. But, it was time for this basket to get a makeover! My friend Jeanie from Create and Babble decoupaged a picnic basket years ago, and it's been on my to-do list since then. Let's get on with the tutorial, shall we?
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Paint woven basket before doing napkin decoupage
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First, I thinned the paint a little to make it go further. I painted the entire basket, inside and outside.
This is the second coat of paint which is Heirloom Traditions paint (Buttermilk).
How to tear a napkin for decoupaging
What kind of napkin do you use for decoupage? Beautiful paper napkins! These pretty hydrangea napkins were purchased on Amazon. I have used napkins from the dollar store as well, they have some very beautiful designs. After you open the napkins, it's obvious where you will need to divide them. Wet the paper napkin to easily tear it for decoupage. Because I only needed a straight line, I used a thin paint brush dipped in water. If you have an intricate pattern that needs to be torn, you can use an aqua brush. The aqua brush will allow you to follow a pattern. Oh my gosh, I think you will be surprised how easy the napkin is to tear once it is wet.
It’s amazing how the tear perfectly follows the wet line!
Separate three ply napkins
What is more challenging? Separating the three ply napkin. You will only be using one ply, making your decoupage napkin very thin.
Butting up the two halves I tore apart, you can see that the pattern repeats. The beverage napkins were the perfect size for the woven basket.
The Mod Podge I used was a glossy sheen. I applied a coat of mod podge medium to the basket. Then I laid the thin napkin on the basket and applied another light coat of the Mod Podge.
The "dab technique" works best for napkin decoupage basket
Do you see the missing yellow flower right in the center of this image? It was torn, so stippling or dabbing the decoupage medium works better than brushing it on. I think I should have used a little saran wrap to help smooth it. Of course, it helps to have patience.
I was able to use a small section of yellow flowers to patch the torn napkin area. You may notice a few bubbles, they aren't too noticeable in the end project.
How to match the pattern on decoupage basket
Where the napkins ended around each corner, I used a small piece of napkin to bring it all together. Complete the basket following these steps. Mod Podge, place napkin, dab more mod podge onto napkin. I think I'll get better with a little practice. Placement is fairly easy with such a busy pattern.
Allow decoupage to dry-apply more layers to seal and protect
Following the directions on the decoupage medium, I allowed the decoupage glue to dry before re-coating. Applying several coats will help protect the basket.
Do you love the decoupage basket as much as I do? I even know where the seams are, and the patched yellow flower. But they are so hard to find.
I think it's too pretty to hold Lulu Mae's toys now, don't you?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.