I have NEVER decoupaged anything in my LIFE!
I know…I’m a little ashamed to admit it…but in the spirit of full disclosure I feel like I must fill you in on this fact.
Hopefully now that you know my “secret”, you will cut me some extra slack on this project.
Even though *I* was thrilled with how my first attempt at “mod podge” turned out….I’m sure I am lacking in the finer points. But I’m more than willing to learn!
Because………I had SO much fun doing this project! It involved some of my favorite things! Thrifting, fabric, painting, flowers, and glue. :-)
I want to thank Erica at Honestly…WTF for the inspiration for this project! I knew the minute I saw it that I wanted to make one! AND…I wanted to do it on the cheap!
fabric with a large floral pattern
So my first stop was the thrift store to find a suitable purse. (I wasn’t about to attempt this on a NEW purse!) I lucked out because I found this leather Fossil bag for FOUR BUCKS! When I found it, it was completely flattened! Like it had been in a box with a bunch of other stuff for a long time!
So I decided to stuff it with a bath towel until it stood up on its four stubby little legs and let it sit like that for a day or two to see if it would regain it’s “girlish figure“. :-) And it did! Yay! I’m feeling confident now! Bring on the mod podge!
Next I needed to find some floral fabric. Hmmmmmm. Remember, I wanted to do this “on the cheap”…so I searched through my closets to find some old shirt or dress or something I could salvage some fabric from. Unfortunately I’m not exactly a “large floral print” kinda girl, so I didn’t have anything that would work.
Then I spied this ANCIENT canvas tote bag that I had on the very top shelf of my closet. I have literally had this probably 20 years! It has served me well for a ten buck bag I got at Target! I decided I could get some pretty nice flowers out of it.
Next it was time to paint! I love to paint! Not necessarily LARGE objects….like houses and walls, etc. But I love to paint crafts! :-) The tricky part of THIS craft was coming up with a decent color. As you can see, my collection of craft paint leaves a lot to be desired. But after a l0t of mixing…I came up with a color I liked.
After two coats I could probably have called it good….but I decided to do one more, just for good measure.
Here it is after 3 coats.
Remember how I said I love to paint!?? Well, that was before I’d ever tried découpage! Now I LOVE to use mod podge on stuff! (No wonder Rosie O’Donnell used to rave about it so much when she had her talk show back in the day!)
After I spent what seemed like HOURS trying to figure out the “perfect” flower placement on the purse….I finally got to découpage! (Even the WORD “découpage” is fun! Try saying it in a French accent! It’s fun! lol!)
Once again….two coats probably would have been fine….but I decided to do a third “just to be safe”. It helped that I had this super secret weapon for drying things fast. This BOX FAN made quick drying work of each layer.
Not bad for my first attempt at decoupage huh? Truth be told though….it’s really not that hard. Mod podge is a pretty “forgiving” medium. And I LIKE that in a craft! I’m definitely going to be keeping my eye out now for MORE things to “mod podge”. I love how fun and easy it was to transform an ordinary purse into a one-of-a-kind signature accessory. :-)