Today is the first day of Spring and now is the perfect time to start some DIY projects to spruce up your apartment and kick your organization and spring cleaning into gear. We are so excited to be collaborating with a new local partner, Revel. Since they are experts at DIY crafts, we have asked them to do a guest blog for MPM this week.
We at Revel are thrilled to guest blog for Madison Property Management today! If you haven’t heard of Revel, we are a modern craft bar located just off the Capitol Square. It’s the perfect place to get together with friends to drink and DIY! We have a constantly changing list of workshops and drop-in Craft Bar projects, including everything from bar cart styling and beer glass etching to watercolor brush lettering and gold leaf painting.
Today we thought it would be fun to show you how to make a smaller version at home (no messy resin required!) The DIY steps are simple, and you may even have most of the supplies on hand. The best part? The finished containers are great for corralling small items on your kitchen counter, entryway table, desk, dresser…
You will need:
- A dish or small tray with a lip/edges
- 1 bottle of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Embellishments such as paper, washi tape, and/or glitter
- Glue stick or white glue (if using paper)
We started with an inexpensive container from a thrift store. You may already have a container that is ready to customize. If not, check in the kitchen or bath sections at big box stores.
One item on our supply list that you may not have heard of is Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. It’s a great product to seal small areas and is much easier to use than resin. Mod Podge Dimensional Magic can be found at craft stores like Michaels, JoAnn’s, and Hobby Lobby (don’t forget your coupon!). While you’re there, browse their selection of washi tape, glitter, and patterned paper. Choose embellishments that inspire you and match your decor.
Let’s Get Started!
Make sure your container is clean and then follow the appropriate steps for the types of embellishments that you are using:
Trace the bottom of the container, and cut out the shape that you need to fit flush at the bottom of the inside of the container. Apply an even amount of glue to the entire backside of the paper, and adhere it to the container. Be sure to smooth it out well, and let it dry for about 10 minutes before moving to the next step.
Spread glitter on the bottom of the dish. You may want to line your dish with paper for a pop of color first. Keep in mind that some types of glitter will bleed when it gets wet; you can test your glitter by putting some in water and waiting about a minute.
Line the bottom of the inside of the container with simple stripes or a pattern. The great thing about washi tape is that you can reposition it as you go until you get it just how you like it.
When your embellishments are done, it is time to add the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Do not shake the bottle as that will create bubbles that are extremely difficult to pop! Simply squeeze the bottle gently to form a thin layer of product on top of your embellishments. It is milky when it is wet and dries clear.
Once you’ve filled the tray you can poke the tip of the bottle into it to adjust your glitter, spread the Mod Podge to distribute it evenly, or push the bubbles to the side (or even try to scrape them out carefully).
Keep your container on a level surface for at least 3 hours until the Mod Podge is set. Then, place your catch-all in your home wherever you could use it the most!
We hope to see you at Revel sometime soon!