Beachy Container- Quick and Easy!

5 Materials
2 Hours

Looking for an easy project? You can decoupage an item with napkins and mod podge and end up with a piece that looks totally different.

Let’s get started!


First you need an item to decoupage. I got this metal bucket from the dollar store. It came with the twine already on it. Then you will need paint, mod podge, and a glaze spray.

Painters tape.

I used painters tape to protect the twine from getting paint on it. I’m painting the bucket white so that the napkin, which is very thin, will have white showing through instead of the gray metal.


Very quickly using a sponge brush I painted the container. It really doesn’t have to be perfect.

Mod Podge

The napkin is three ply. I peel off the two white backing pieces and use only the top napkin piece with the design. You can tear pieces of the napkin and apply it but this surface was good enough for me to just stick on the entire napkin all at once. I used a regular brush to apply mod podge and then add the napkin pieces. I do one portion at a time.

Need. More.

You can cut the napkin in wide strips and keep adding it until the entire piece is covered. The pattern really doesn’t have to match up like wallpaper does. A tip is to find a napkin with a small design.

Mod Podge again

Once the container is completely covered on the sides and the bottom, I go over the napkins with another layer of mod podge. Then let everything dry.

More paint.

I decided I didn’t like the way the twine looked. So I added a similar color blue over the twine.

Much better.

I think it looks much better.


I put back on more painters tape to get it ready for the spray glaze. This glaze is triple thick and very shiny. The finish will almost look like porcelain.

Not done

I really felt like it needed some thing more and decided to add one ring of white cotton rope.

E 6000

I used E 6000 to glue the rope on.


You need to be very careful where the two pieces meet. I waited for some of the glue to dry and then trimmed the excess white cord. I just used a touch more E 6000 to get the end pieces sticking nicely.


I think it looks really nice! There are so many decorative napkins that you can find to match your decor. I can’t wait to go to the thrift store and see what else I can find that would look great decoupaged in this beachy napkin design.

Be sure to let me know if you have questions!

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  • GMS28 GMS28 on Mar 04, 2022

    does the glaze spray protect against water if you were to use as a vase? or on a vase after modpodging napkins to something

  • Tamar Tamar on Mar 26, 2022

    Are the napkins cloth? Maria

  • Carey Carey on Apr 22, 2022

    This really is a neat project. I had problems with my modge lodge remaining sticky from then on. I didn't know that you could spray a glaze over it. So what kind of glaze did you use? Thank you for sharing this sweet idea! beautifully done!

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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Mar 26, 2022

    Very pretty! The addition of blue paint and white cord added just the right touch. I don’t see any problem with the small wrinkles. I love it.! Please ignore rude comments. Some people can’t be happy unless they make a petty comment

  • Lauraleedaydreams Lauraleedaydreams on Mar 28, 2022

    Thank you. I really appreciate your support and kind words!