A few weeks ago, Gillian from Dried Figs wrote about a project I thought I could handle. She took an inexpensive tray and used Mod Podge to recover it with paper that was decorated by her children. The result was pretty cool.
I had a roommate in college who was a Mod Podge genius. She could transform a simple cardboard box into something pretty with a little Mod Podge. At the time, I was the anti-crafter. I wouldn't even try to make anything by hand...perhaps because my roommate was so talented. The girl could sew and quilt, too. She even has an Etsy store, which she stocks despite having a few children and another on the way.
Having a few crafting successes behind me, I thought I could step into the Mod Podge world. Thank goodness I only bought a small bottle.
First, I sanded a very inexpensive tray (I'm probably the first person to use a 40% off coupon on something from the $1 section of Michael's) to remove the sheen, which would let the Mod Podge and paper I was using as a cover stick to the surface. I then put a think layer of Mod Podge on the coaster and covered it with some pretty wrapping paper.
The not-quite-square corners presented a problem, but I cut them and let them overlap. This is where I started thinking this wasn't going to work so well.
After letting the tray dry, I started covered it in thin layers of Mod Podge. This is where I started realizing what was wrong with my project. First, my paper was too thick. Second, the edges of my trey were rounded, and the paper wasn't adhering to the curves.
Want to see this project conclude successfully? Go see it on Gillian's blog. I might try it again, but I don't think I'm destined for Mod Podge greatness.
Humor me...tell me about your last crafting fail.