How to Decoupage a Burlap Tote | For Beginners
Decoupaging is a great way to personalize and decorate everyday items. If you have a plain burlap tote bag lying around, you can easily turn it into a unique and stylish accessory with some decoupage.
In this tutorial, I'll walk you through how to decoupage a burlap tote bag using a paper napkin and Mod Podge.
Materials you'll need:
- A plain burlap tote bag
- Paper decoupage napkin with a design you like
- Mod Podge (matte or gloss finish)
- Foam or paint brush
- Clear tape
- Plastic wrap
- Flawless Finisher
Step 1: Choose your paper napkin design
It's best to choose a napkin with a design that will fit well on the burlap bag. Don't forget you can use multiple napkins and papers and even layer designs to get the look you want. Cut out the designs from the napkin and papers that you desire and discard the rest.
Step 2: Prepare the bag
To ensure that the Mod Podge doesn't seep through the burlap and glue the bag shut, insert a piece of plastic wrap inside the bag. This will act as a barrier and protect the inside of the bag. Use clear tape to secure the plastic wrap to the edges of the bag against the opposite side you will be working on.
Step 3: Apply Mod Podge to the bag
Use the brush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the area of the bag where you want to place the paper napkin. Make sure you cover the entire area with a thin layer of the Mod Podge.
Step 4: Apply the paper napkin
Carefully separate the plies of the napkin so that you only have the top ply of the napkin with the design and gently place it over the Mod Podge-covered area of the bag.
Gently smooth roll out any wrinkles or bubbles with your flawless finisher tool. Once the napkin has completely dried, use your brush to apply another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the napkin and let dry.
Step 5: Repeat the process
Repeat the process for any other areas of the bag that you want to decorate. Let each layer dry completely before adding another layer.
Step 6: Finish the bag
Once you're happy with the design, apply a final layer of Mod Podge over the entire bag to seal the paper napkin and protect it from wear and tear. Let the bag dry completely before using it.
And that's it! With just a few simple steps, you can turn a plain burlap tote bag into a unique and stylish accessory! Decoupaging is a fun and easy way to add some personality to everyday items, so don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with different designs and techniques.
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