Mod Podge Monday: Upcycle An Oatmeal Container

Hey everyone! In honor of the new year and my love for crafting, I'm starting a new series entitled Mod Podge Monday. Every Monday, I'll show you guys how to do something awesome with Mod Podge. Why? Because Mod Podge is awesome!

So what exactly is this Mod Podge you speak of? 

Basically Mod Podge is a thinned glue used for placing and sealing different materials to a variety of surfaces. You can click here for more information. 

So let's get started!

Here's what you'll need for this project:

  • An empty oatmeal container (or any container of your choice)
  • Mod Podge or similar glue/sealer 
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors 
  • Sponge brush
  • Glue or double sided tape
  • Ruler
  • Scrapbook paper or any other paper you may want use for decorating your container
  • Optional: Decorative tape

Measure your paper to the size of your container. For my oatmeal container I used a sheet of scrapbook paper measuring 18in x by 9.5in for my base. You'll want to adjust these measurements to your container so that there is a little overlap where the edges of the paper meets. Attach the paper to your container using your glue or double sided tape. Try to place everything a neatly as possible so your final result will look really neat and professional. 

Once you have your paper securely attached to your container use your sponge brush to put a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the outside of your container making sure to cover all the paper and edges. 

Let the Mod Podge dry completely. If you only want to use one sheet of paper for your design go ahead and put 2 to 3 more coats of Mod Podge on your container, letting each layer dry before putting on the next layer. Once the Mod Podge dries completely (usually about an hour or two depending on how much Mod Podge you used) you're all done! If you want a layered look continue straight to the next paragraph once your first coat of Mod Podge has dried. 

Use Mod Podge to place your next layer of paper. You can be generous with the Mod Podge to make sure your paper sticks to the previous layer well. I wanted a stripped design for my container to I measured and cut some scrapbook paper into 1in strips. These strips were only 12in long, so I cut a few strips in half and glued the halves to my 1in x 12in strips to turn them into 1in x 18in strips so they would be long enough to wrap around my entire container. 

Here's my first stripe.

I used 5 of the 1in x 18in strips for my container. 

I wanted to add a little more color so I added a few strips of Washi Tape. Here's my final result. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and I can't wait to put this in my room!