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!
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.
Paint woven basket before doing napkin decoupage
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
These pretty hydrangea napkins were purchased on Amazon. After you open the napkins, it’s obvious where you will need to divide them. Wet the 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 the decoupage 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 was able to use a small section of yellow flowers to patch the torn napkin area.
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.
Allow decoupage to dry-apply more layers to seal and protect
Following the directions on the decoupage medium, I allowed the 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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If you love it as much as I do, won’t you please pin it? Then after you pin it, hop over to see what my friends did this month with their thrift store finds!