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Decoupage Bread Basket A La Dollar Tree

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I don't bake breads often but when I do I'm always searching for something to put them in a breakfast and dinner time. I recently picked up some baskets and decorative paper napkins from the Dollar Tree and knew immediately what I would make. A decoupage bread basket!
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It's really a simple and easy project. All you need is a basket, decorative napkins, white glue, water and sponge . . . all available from the Dollar Tree.
For a complete tutorial go to: http://plumperfectandme.blogspot.com/2015/03/decoupaged-bread-basket-la-dollar-tree.html
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First, separate the white paper backing from the printed side of the napkin. Lay the napkin printed side up on the basket. Wet sponge with water and gently tap the napkin down, filling in all areas of the basket, one side at a time.
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  • decoupage bread basket a la dollar tree, crafts, decoupage, how to, repurposing upcycling
  • decoupage bread basket a la dollar tree, crafts, decoupage, how to, repurposing upcycling
Allow to dry. Trim off any excess napkin paper. Once dry, mix one part white glue to 1/4 part water. Apply mixture using sponge over entire napkin and dry. You can seal the basket on the outside with glossy varnish, if you want, but I don't know of a sealant that's food safe.
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This method of using water and a sponge to apply the napkin is quick and easy. And I found wrinkles to be at a minimum. Once dry, the glue and water mixture as a decoupage, using a sponge to apply, goes on smoothly, too.
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Using this technique there are so many possibilities to decoupage lots of dollar store baskets and decorative napkins for everyday home usage and for special occasions, inexpensively.

To see more: http://plumperfectandme.blogspot.com/2015/03/decoupaged-bread-basket-la-dollar-tree.html

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  • Is PVA glue okay to use
    Annette Annette Australia · asked on Apr 14, 2017
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    • Yes and no mixing required. I was using all DT products for this project.
    • Yes it's essentially the same thing just a bit thicker.
    • Yes, you can buy an inexpensive bottle of white glue, thin it with water, and you have the same thing. Aha! Now you don't need to buy Mod Podge, which can cost a lot for a large project, unless you use a fabric/craft store coupon!
    • I only use Mod Podge
    • I bought a small bottle of Mod Podge at the the Dollar Tree for a dollar. Good for small projects.
    • Thanks for all the advice! I already had lots of ModPodge, and looking for ways to use it !!
    • Dollar Tree has ModPodge in 2 oz containers with their jigsaw puzzles.
    • Please tell us..how do use ModPodge for a puzzle?? We FINALLY completed a motorcycle (large) puzzle & we want to "frame" it for our museum. Thank you for ANY suggestions!!!
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    • I don't think I would unless you are laying a fabric napkin inside. The glue might soften
    • No, you wouldn't want to do that if you're putting edible items inside. For decorative purposes only, you can do it.
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    • Stir the glue and water until thoroughly mixed. Apply with brush to basket.
      Shelley Shelley  Manhattan Beach, CA · answered on Feb 25, 2017 ·
    • Let the paper on the basket dry. Then mix 1 part white glue with 1/4 part water and apply to the paper napkin on the basket with a sponge. Hope this helps.
    • The glue needs to be thinned out, so if you are using a cup of glue, thin it with a 1/4 cup of water.
    • if you're confused about proportions, 1c water to 1/4c glue. Etc.
    • That's even more confusing Gari. She said one part glue to 1/4 water. Do ya all mean 4 parts glue to 1 part water.? Meaning 1cup glue to 1/4c water.
      Barby Barby  Melbourne, FL · answered on Feb 25, 2017 ·
    • I agree, Barby. It's not at all clear. 4 parts glue to 1 part water is probably what she means, but it's not explained well.
    • Initially you apply the napkin to the basket using water and a sponge. Once that is dry you mix the glue and water 4 to 1 and apply that over the napkin.
    • Wow. You gals really take this seriously. Anyone that has decopodged knows the ratios of glue and water.
    • Proportion problem. Not everyone knows the ratio for glue to water if they just bought Mod Podge and only had experience with that product. Four parts glue to one part water to thin it, whatever amount of glue that you start with.
    • Try to use one teaspoon of water and two tablespoons of glue mixed
    • The above ratio of 1 tsp water to 2 tablespoons of glue is not the ratio she recommends. 2 tablespoons = 6 teaspoons, this amount would give you a ratio of 6 parts glue to 1 part water. For her ratio, cut the glue to 4 tsps.
      Thelma Thelma  Emmett, ID · answered on Feb 27, 2017 ·
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    • This 'may' work O.K. on fabric covered pillows..ONLY if for visual effect/ decoration thus requiring little if any cleaning...perhaps ONLY a light dusting? Decoupage creates a HARD-ish & wrinkled surface when dried...if THAT is what U want on pillows, you won't wanna snuggle by them. Alternatively you can use light fabric pieces in place of napkins which would undoubtedly withstand more wear & tear than thin paper.
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  • Is there any reason you could not use mod pague
    Linda Linda North Fort Myers, FL · asked on Apr 12, 2016
    • Of course you can use mod podge, too! -I just wanted this project to be inexpensive to make and used everything from the dollar store.
    • Love this! It looks so pretty
      Kelly Kelly  San Antonio, TX · answered on Apr 12, 2016 ·
    • Really neat!
    • I'm
    • What a great idea, love reading comments too because it stimulates so many ideas!
    • I'm doing this idea with patriotic napkins from $ store. Then fill with treats for the veterans.
    • Really great looking, I have done the very same thing, same steps, using napkins and attaching them to the inexpensive glass or plastic flower vases. Never thought of the baskets but you can bet that will be on my list now!
      Carla Carla  Burleson, TX · answered on Aug 3, 2016 ·
    • Such a great/awesome idea. Thanks for sharing. I LOVE napkins and so many i would love to have the pattern on something and now I know how. Thanks Oh and the lady who does basket of items for the Veterans, that's awesome. Thank you so much.
    • Lovely
      Vera S Vera S  Harker Heights, TX · answered on Nov 3, 2016 ·
    • Your basket is a labor of love. The goodies in it call for a cup of coffee. Great picture too.
    • That's really lovely - never thought to use decoupage on a basket. Great tip about using a sponge as well 😆
    • I love this! I used the exact same napkins on paper mache eggs for Easter, I've never attempted a basket, I'm excited to try it! Thank you for sharing your creativity!
      Melissa Melissa  Ida, MI · answered on Nov 17, 2016 ·
    • Mod Podge would work well, but why use an expensive product, when this would do just as well? I cant wait to get to the dollar store.
    • Fun idea. And Debbie Rena ,God bless you. I have done this on clay pots with mod podge for window shelf OUTSIDE and they have lasted for years through So Cal winters. MP is amazing stuff!
    • My dollar tree carries modge podge too!
    • So creative.... love the baskets and the vase idea someone added is great too.... off to the dollar store, I guess!
      Michele Michele  Bakersfield, CA · answered on Feb 25, 2017 ·
    • Lovely, creative and useful. Fun!
      Kismet Kismet  Colorado Springs, CO · answered on Apr 8, 2017 ·
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  • Would modge podge work?
    Vickie Vickie Metairie, LA · asked on Apr 12, 2016
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    • Yes, it does !
    • Mod-podge is just a brand-name craft store product that is more expensive & essentially "watered down white Elmer-type glue." I've used both...result is same...since the 1970s
    • Yes, it works in the same way.
      Elaine Elaine  Canada · answered on Feb 25, 2017 ·
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  • Did you do the inside as well?
    Deb Deb Troy, NY · asked on Apr 12, 2016
    • No you can see from first picture it wasn't covered on inside, but don't see any reason you couldn't.
      Sdholly5 Sdholly5  Rural Hall, NC · answered on Apr 12, 2016 ·
    • I wouldn't. I would put other napkins in for a liner that I would throw out after use.
      Patty Patty  Orange City, FL · answered on Apr 12, 2016 ·
    • No, I didn't think it was necessary. It's always nice to put a cloth napkin or tea towel inside to keep the biscuits warm.
    • Beautiful idea! Waterlox is a clear finish that is food safe and perfect to use on such projects, as well as kitchen counters, trays, etc.
      Cee Cee  Great Falls, MT · answered on Apr 15, 2016 ·
    • Cee, Where can waterloo be bought at?
    • Sorry waterlox
    • Where can you get the Waterlox?
      Deb Deb  Troy, NY · answered on Jun 3, 2016 ·
    • Love this!
    • I love this. I am using mismatched baskets right now in my hanging fruit bowls. This will tie them together. I just need the right napkins now. Thanks for the idea. Very smart!
      IFortuna IFortuna  Brownwood, TX · answered on Aug 13, 2016 ·
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  • Li'l megs
    Li'l megs United Kingdom

    love it !!

  • Lucy Marie Bernier

    Nice work!👍👍 If the $🌲Only knew what they sell ? So we can have the cheapest fun ever.... 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Irene
    Irene Littleton, CO

    Gail, I have to tell you when I first saw this DYI on Hometalk I absolutely loved it, and to this day, it gets my vote for being one of the loveliest crafts I've ever seen on this site. Some of the pics looked like placemats, and I realized the

  • Marsha Morris Sturgill

    I have done this on picture frames, but never thought about doing it on baskets!

  • Mikala
    Mikala Sebastopol, CA

    Hi If you did use the technique on woven mats what would you use seal them .. so that they are able to be lightly cleaned after using?

  • Mikala
    Mikala Sebastopol, CA

    are you saying to use one cup white glue to 1/4 cup water?

  • Susan Scribner

    I just want to say awesome! I have not done decoupage in awhile but this is so beautiful and I never thought of using a sponge! Thank you, I'm so motivated to try this!

  • Ellen
    Ellen Cleveland, TN

    This looks fabulous. I think I will try with Christmas napkins and stuff with holiday goodies. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Lfhrh12240

    I have some woven placemats that I have had FOREVER and never use anymore...think I will try this on them. Should I use varnish to seal? Can you use decoupage instead of glue/water?

  • Ann
    Ann Bella Vista, AR

    I bought those same napkins! I'm thinking of podging on plates to use as kitchen decor! Thanks for the idea!

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen Chattanooga, TN

    I had to share my coffee can redo, using the very same napkin but using Mod Podge. Your basket is wonderful

    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me
      Gail@Purple Hues and Me Millersville, MD

      Your vase looks adorable! Those dollar store napkins really look nice on the can! Great idea!

  • Jan-stewart

    I always used Modpoge

  • Debby Weisman

    Napkins , tissue paper, and I loved your design with words. Have done this on the inside of inexpensive glass vases others on the outside. Have also used torn grocery sacks layered on wooden boxes to give a wood effect which I used a couple of

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen Chattanooga, TN

    Thanks. I've used old oatmeal containers and other kinds also. It's been a boring winter. My hubs afraid to sit still too long in fear of being decoupaged. I'll be glad to get back in the yard. :)

    • Jeanne Graf Kuss

      That's funny Kathleen, And I thought that my husband was the only one to feel this way. Same goes for painting objects.

  • Kathomp

    I saw this done using fabric on the bottom of a clear glass plate. You still have the glass surface, food-safe, on which to place the food. A matching apron using the same fabric to trim a vintage embroidered pillowcase that was the apron front, was

  • Pat
    Pat Millsboro, DE

    I absolutely have to give this a try. Just love the look of your basket after you got finished. Thanks so much for explaining it, and you are so creative!!

  • Pamela Bourque

    Such a cute basket! I'm eying a few around here here at this minute!!

  • Robin
    Robin Barberton, OH

    I really like this. How pretty! Nice job.

  • Ursula clarke
    Ursula clarke Homosassa, FL

    It might be a good idea to buy cheap napkins made from material (cotton)
    and put one into the basket to place the bread on. You can get cheap ones at sales at large department stores. Some cost less than a dollar and they add a nice touch.

  • Judy Trimpe

    I already have these napkins. I'll give this a try for our family reunion craft project for the kids.

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