I used parts of the vintage scarves to make these gorgeous pen containers for my desk. I love surrounding myself with tons of color and patterns. I always feel more creative in a warm environment. I was so inspired by the fabrics, but I’m not sure if that shows in this post.
Step 1. PREP EVERYTHING for your Mod Podge pen containers! Measure your fabric and cut out the parts you want to use. Also remember to wipe the containers (plastic or glass) with rubbing alcohol and a lint free rag or paper towel. This will clean the surface, and make sure the fabric adheres well.
Step 2. Using a foam brush coat a layer of Mod Podge on the container. The press on the fabric. A sponge works great for the pressing. Then let it dry for a while. I put mine on pretty thick, so I left it for about an hour.
TIP: Press or Dab the fabric on with the sponge, don’t rub it. When you start to rub, the fabric pulls or moves.
Step 3. Build up layers of the Mod Podge on the container. If you are adding additional fabric decals or pieces, I add them in the next layer or two. Keep building on layers of Mod Podge until the desired finish. I went about 5 coats on top of the final fabric decals to achieve a smoother, more finished look. Allow about an hour dry time between layers.
(My last step here was kind of an afterthought, but I loved the shinny clear beads with the colors in the fabrics.)
Step 4. Thread and hot-glue a string of beads around the top for a little bling.
The pen containers turned out cute and serve their purpose. I used the same fabrics to decorate some drawers as well to match. I think a set of coasters for my desk are up next. (using tiles as the base, SO CHEAP!)