Any tips for decoupaging a basket that is very textured?

Cori Widen
by Cori Widen
I want to decoupage this basket with the napkins pictured using Mod Podge. I've found a few great tutorials on Hometalk but most were with baskets that were more smooth, less textured. Any tips or strategies for a more textured basket like this?
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  • Tan1781564 Tan1781564 on Jun 20, 2016
    Fronts of pretty paper napkins
  • Zaabria Zaabria on Jun 20, 2016
    My suggestion would be to split napkin to single sheet and water down mod podge. you will need to apply carefully so napkin does not tear. I have tried this and it worked well even with a basket like this. I hope that is some help.
  • Gail@Purple Hues and Me Gail@Purple Hues and Me on Jun 20, 2016
    Cori, this lady, Patti, is the queen of decoupage! Here's a video for beginners that will help with your basket: v=rqn00kN37jc I decoupaged a basket using her plastic cling method and it worked for me!
  • Debba Robinson Debba Robinson on Jun 20, 2016
    I'm thinking of it more like Paper Mache - water down the mod podge and set your napkins up. Put the liquid in a pan that is sufficient to allow the napkin to get thoroughly drenched, being careful when you pick it up so it doesn't tear. Put on your first layer and let it dry. Then do another, if you seek a thicker finish - or - just paint over with your undiluted mod podge to set your final product. Another thought is to paint small sections of mod podge onto the basket just before you place your napkin. That first layer should hold your napkins in place. Once they are all on, take diluted mod podge, put it into a spray bottle and mist the napkins until they are fairly moist to be sure they will hold up after they dry. Once dry, paint on a layer or two of undiluted mod podge. As I visualize this, I think this way might be better and would have much less tearing. Can't wait to see your final product and hear how you ended up doing it.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jun 20, 2016
    You could try to fill the inner gaps first using an insulating foam spray and wiping it down quickly before it hardens , but leave the woven texture. This would firm up the inside so the open weave would not collapse the paper on the surface.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 20, 2016
    I have never used mod podge...I always use diluted Elmer's white glue. One thing I would suggest would to be make sure you apply a good heavy coat that will suck the paper to the basket. While you are laying on the paper and the mixture is wet, dab the paper to the basket with one of those sponges with a handle they use for painting. This will contour the napkin to the ridges of the basket. And the mixture can be dabbed to the paper once it is on the basket. I also use this to make bows that stand up. I use plastic grocery bags to put inside the loops of the bows to keep them open. Mod Podge probably works the same way. Just take your time and work it. If it tears, just push it back in place! This is like placing cracked tile, there is not right or wrong pattern!
  • Daw3000588 Daw3000588 on Jun 21, 2016
    Need to water down mod podge then do the inside and outside of basket.