How to Create Mod Podge Storage Containers

Friday, May 23, 2014
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It's really important to disinfect combs but it's a fact that barbicide jars are pretty ugly. At America's Beauty Show this past March, I spied some cool wraps designed to decorate them. Salon Skins makes them in some fun patterns and I was tempted to pick one up to spruce up my home workstation. But instead I decided to save myself some dough and DIY a prettier jar.

Using paper and mod podge is a super easy and fun way to decorate just about anything. If you aren't a stylist and don't have a barbicide jar, try upcycling a can into a cute makeup brush holder. Other uses might include storage for hair accessories, eye and lip pencils, or nail files and tools. You can find all the materials you'll need at your local craft store or on Amazon. Beware: once you have them, you might find yourself on a decoupage spree!

Get the step-by-step instructions for mod podge storage containers after the jump.

Mod Podge Storage Containers

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For this project, you will need:
An empty container (a cube or cylinder works best)
Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
Tape ruler
Cutting mat and craft knife or scissors
Decorative paper
Foam paintbrush
Polyurethane (optional for brush or tool holders)
Washi tape or other decorative tape (optional)

mod_podge_storage-21. First measure around the circumference of your container and the length to determine the size you will need to cut your paper. It's best to round up for the circumference measurement; it's fine to have a little overlap and infuriating when your paper doesn't quite reach.

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2. Using the measurements you just took, cut your paper to fit. Be mindful of the pattern and make sure the direction is going the way you want it. For example, it your paper has bicycles on it, you'll probably want the bicycles upright on the jar, not sideways.

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3. Double check to make sure the paper fits and the pattern is going the right way.

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4. Pour a little decoupage medium into a clean container. I used a paper plate for easy clean up.

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5. Use your foam brush to apply a thin coat to the outside of your jar or can. Don't miss any spots!

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6.  Wrap your paper around the jar and smooth into place. Leave to dry at least 20 minutes.

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7. Apply a thin coat of decoupage medium on top of your paper and again leave to dry for 20 minutes.

8. Repeat step 7 for a final coat and leave to dry 20 minutes.

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9. If you decoupaged a barbicide jar or are a hot mess like me, you'll want to finish your project with a couple coats of polyurethane, letting the first coat dry completely (2-3 hours) before applying the second. I like Minwax Wipe-On Poly because it's really easy to use and doesn't leave brush marks. Be sure to do this outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. If you have created storage for makeup brushes or other items that won't get wet, you can skip this step.

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10. If you decoupaged a can, you may want to line the inside rough edge with decorative tape. Here I've used washi tape on the left and Mini Ducklings Duct Tape on the right.

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Fill your creations with barbicide, combs, makeup brushes or whatever you like!

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