Saturday, January 27, 2024

Metal Tub Decoupage Makeover

Goodwill is my one stop place to shop for items to upcycle and make over! And I bet you didn't know that Goodwill has an online shop plus Amazon sells thrift items from Goodwill, too!  Goodwill certainly is a fun place to go to get crafty! You just never know what you might find. Like this metal tub with a Christmas holiday logo on front. It was just $4.00!
Imagine what you can do with this once you make it over! Use it for storage for your craft supplies or a party tub to hold just about anything like ice, sodas, snacks, decorations and even plants - the possibilities are endless! 

Perfect for me to "do over" for our very first "Do It Over" Designers Hop for the new year! The "Do It Over Designers" is a group of creative bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/ DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage. It happens the 4th Saturday of every other month and it's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor, to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it! Thanks Anne for hosting this wonderful blog hop!

The materials I used to "do over" this metal tub include:

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How to:

Fortunately, I had everything in my stash for this makeover! So let's get started by making sure the tub container is clean and free of any grease and grime by cleaning and washing it with mild dish detergent like Dawn and let dry. The tub was in perfect condition. Free of any dents or imperfections! I just needed to cover up the holiday logo on the front.
That proved to be a bit of a challenge to do. 
I applied several coats of white paint including white chalk paint to cover  the logo, but nothing I had seemed to match the color of the metal tub.
I did manage to cover the logo, but now there is a big blob of white on the front. Not to worry, though!  

I'm always on the look out for napkins with purple in it and found these on the Temu site I discovered last fall. After opening the napkin and laying it on my work surface, I used a brush pen filled with water to outline the portion of the napkin I will use. I love how the brush pen works! Instead of dipping a regular brush in water, you simply add water to the barrel of the pen and squeeze it to wet the brush! Pretty cool, huh!
Then tear the water outlined portion of the napkin out, feathering the edges  .  .  .
and separating the printed layer from the plain white layer. I have to say that this napkin was very hard to separate the layers. I had to lightly dip my forefinger in Mod Podge and tap my thumb and forefingers together to get them sticky. 
Then tap the edge of the napkin with my fingers until the layers easily separated. 
Next, apply a layer of Matte Mod Podge to the front area of the tub and place the feathered napkin on top. When I did this, I didn't  like how the feathered napkin looked on the front. So I quickly removed the napkin and went to plan B .  .  .

which was cutting the individual flowers out. 

Then adding them on the front of the tub separately. First by brushing on a layer of Mod Podge, 
then gently smoothing the napkin flower design down and .  .  .
                                 using the brush to help smooth the flowers out. 

I also used a clear plastic ziplock bag which I cut open to smooth any remaining wrinkles out.

The individual flowers looked great together, and .  .  .

looked even better after adding a bit of foliage around.
Then I got the cool idea to make the flowers on the front dimensional using foam sheets. So I placed a large foam sheet on my work surface and .  .  .

painted on a layer of Matte Mod Podge. 
Then placed an open napkin (pattern up) down on top of the foam sheet and used an open plastic ziplock bag to smooth the napkin out.
And let dry.
Once the napkin and foam was dry, it was time to cut out the large purple foam backed flowers.
To add to the dimension, a few of the flower petals were cut out individually.
Then heated for a few seconds using a hot iron and .  .  .
pressed on thick foam using a ball stylus to give the flowers dimension.
Hot glue was then added to the center of the flower .  .  .
and seed beads poured gently into the center for added dimension.
How cool does this look!
The center flower!
And with all three dimensional flowers!
I'm really loving this look!
A fun way to store paper napkins!
Contain anything and everything with this cool looking tub makeover! It's deep enough to keep things upright, craft supplies organized and essentials always where you need them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to visit all of this month's creative Projects by the 

"Do It Over Designers" listed below:


  1. Outstanding, Gail!! What a really unique technique, it take decoupage to the next level and looks amazing! This is on my list to try for sure!!

  2. Wow those 3 dimensional flowers sure pop! You've outdone yourself Gail!

  3. You really are the queen of paper napkin decoupage hints and tips! I love the 3d flowers, they look amazing.
    Honestly I think I might have just cheated and decorated the back of this tub though and just made sure it stayed against the wall so no one could see the Christmas side! You are dedicated to proper cheat free upcycling and I love it!

    1. Thanks, Julie! You are too funny about decorating the backside! But you're not wrong! I should have made the tub a two-way decorative piece. One for Christmas and the other for anytime of the year! Not cheating at all!

  4. Adding dimension really took this project to the next level. Thank you for sharing your technique, Gail. It's a great one. Beautiful project!

    1. Thanks so much, Ann! I needed to do something to make the decoupage pop and came up with making it dimensional! That certainly made a difference!

  5. I love the tips on how to add dimension to your project, very clever. This was a fabulous way to update this bucket! Well done!

  6. This is gorgeous Gail. The added dimension makes it look so special.

    1. Thanks, Mary! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting! You are missed!

  7. Wow! That's so cool Gail! I love the 3D flowers!

    1. Thanks, Tania! The 3D flowers really saved me from having a somewhat boring project.

  8. Beautiful makeover. I look forward to your projects in purple! The 3D effect of the flowers are stunning.

  9. This is phenomenal, so gorgeous and I admire you and people being so crafty. Pinned this.
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  10. The use of foam with a napkin and then shaping it is just amazing. Thanks for sharing it with Create-it Link Party.

  11. Excellent idea to make your metal tub design 3-D. It really adds the wow factor! I love the way the whole design pops against the white background.

  12. Wow! What a unique 3D effect the decoupage took on with this one! SO gorgeous!

  13. me ha encantado el diseƱo gracias por compartir todo el laborioso proceso. felicitaciones

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