DIY Tutorial: Decoupage with Napkins on Tin Cans
There are some days around when sewing takes a back seat. Today was one of those days. I don’t like waste and love nothing more than to upcycle to make something useful. I thought I would share with you my DIY Tutorial: Decoupage with Napkins on Tin Cans.
For this project, I used Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. It adheres to metal really well, and dries really quickly. We have a new stockist here in the City ~ Above & Beyond at the Warehouse. The link to their Facebook Page is here. Those little sample pots are perfect for small projects like these.
Although I used Chalk Paint, I’m sure that acrylic paint would work just as well.
I wanted my tins for craft storage; but because the Chalk Paint is sealed it’s waterproof so the tins could be used for almost anything.
The napkins I picked up Cath Kidston in Belfast while I was there on Tuesday. I used plain old PVA glue, but you could use Mod Podge if that’s your preference. So to recap on “what you will need”.
What you will need:
tin can, napkins, PVA glue, cling film, paint, and two paintbrushes (one for paint & one for glue).
Step 1: Liberally paint the tin can with your paint. When the paint is dry seal with PVA glue. Wait until the glue is dry before continuing with the decoupage.
Step 2: The decoupage part. Pull the top layer from your napkin. This layer is what you’re going to use for the decoupage. Select an area from the napkin that you are going to glue to the front of your tin can. You can tear this, use scissors; or trace around it with a damp paint brush.
Take a piece of cling film that is big enough to cover the front of the can. Smooth out the cling film on a flat surface. Lay your napkin piece (that you are using for the decoupage) face down on the cling film. Take some PVA glue on your paintbrush and paint over the napkin piece…paint the PVA slightly over the edge onto the cling film…working from the centre out to the edge.
Now take the cling film and position the napkin on the front of the tin can. Smooth from the centre of the cling film out to the edge of the napkin piece. When you’re sure that the napkin piece has adhered to the tin can, peel the cling film away.
The cling film should lift away easily. If it doesn’t, lay it down and smooth again. Or use the very edge of the paintbrush to ease it into place.
Step 3: When the napkin decoupage has dried; I then cover it again with another layer of PVA glue to seal it. Leave it to dry before putting it to use.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. As always, if there’s any questions, or you want something explained in a bit more detail, I’m always happy to help. You can pop me a message over on the Facebook Page, the link for that is here.
Thanks a million for reading,