In high school, I think it’s safe to say that my friends and I would have Mod Podged just about anything that sat still long enough for us to grab our scissors and brush. It was the early 2000s, when paper scrapbooking was still the thing, we made posters by hand instead of by computer and our school planners were canvases for magazine cutouts and collage tributes to celebrity crushes. Ah, the memories. I like to think we were one hip, flare-jean-and-short-shirt-wearing, Justin-Timberlake-loving, collage-wielding band of awesomeness.
Although those flare jeans are a distant memory (but let’s be honest; you know they’ll be back), Mod Podge still holds a special place in my heart and craft box. After all, you never know when you’ll feel the need to decoupage something, am I right? Case in point: handmade wrapping paper. Working from a base of simple black craft paper and large cutout polka dots of silver scrap paper and textured purple tissue paper, I used a few thin coats of Mod Podge to layer the dots and seal them all together. I sort of love the pulled-together haphazardness of it all. And I love that it’s a little glam, too.
What you’ll need:
• white, black or brown craft paper
• scrap tissues paper and/or cardstock
• Mod Podge
• small paintbrush
How you do it:
Wrap your package in the white, black or brown craft paper. Cut out circles (or any other shape) in varying sizes from your scrap paper and tissue paper.
Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on five of the box’s six sides (I left the bottom plain to avoid the letting-it-dry-then-flipping-it-over step). Layer your first color of circle in a pattern of your choosing on top of the initial Mod Podge layer, and press them lightly around the edges. The Mod Podge should help them stay in place.
Give that a few minutes to dry. Then go back and add a layer of Mod Podge on top of the circles you just added. Once that’s done, you can layer more circles on top of the second layer of wet Mod Podge, allow it to dry for a few minutes, then cover with another layer. Repeat this process until you’ve used all your circles. (The pictured wrapping paper uses two separate colors of circles, for four total layers of Mod Podge.)
Use the leftover tissue paper to make a matching bow (find instructions here).