diy mod podged jute tote {a tutorial}

mod podged tote bag1
Good Morning, friends! I’m so excited to share this easy Mod Podged Tote with you all! This tote is perfect for errands around town, a library bag, or even a pool or beach bag!


  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Jute Tote (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Fabric and/or Lace
  • Foam Brush

mod podged bag
Step 1: Gather your supplies and cut a piece of fabric to fit the front of your tote. I found this tote for under $6 at Hobby Lobby, but use whatever you can find…this is the perfect project for thrifted or inexpensive pieces. This technique would also work well on cosmetic cases, wine bags, and even clutches or wallets!

Step 2: Using your Mod Podge, decoupage your fabric to your bag, and let it dry completely. When I was getting ready to create this project, I realized my Fabric Mod Podge had dried up (oh no!), so I used my Matte Mod Podge and honestly didn’t have any issues.



Step 3: Next, decoupage your lace trim to the top of your bag. If you don’t have any lace available, you can use ric rac, ribbon, or even just a contrasting piece of fabric…anything goes!


I wanted the fabric to feel like fabric and not be too stiff, so I decided not to Mod Podge over top of the fabric and lace. This is just personal preference though; you can go either way!

mod podged tote

Thanks for reading!


mod podge vase {a tutorial}

mod podge crafts


Playing with watercolors the other day, I decided to take a chance and try to create a watercolor vase using Mod Podge. I’m so glad I did, I love how this turned out!

Mod Podge Gloss
2 glass containers (one to fit inside the other)
Foam Brush
Watercolor Paper


 Step 1: Gather your supplies and cut a piece of your watercolor paper to fit inside your glass jar. The best glass jars not tapered; they have straight sides. This will help make adhering the paper inside the jar easier. You’ll also need a smaller jar to fit inside the larger jar. I found both of my jars at Hobby Lobby for under $4!

mod podge vase 3

Step 2: Use your watercolors to paint your paper. You could also do this project with scrapbook, wrapping or leftover wallpaper!

I’m not a watercolor expert, but I’ll try to talk you through what I did:) I started by applying shades of blue and green across the paper, using plenty of water.

mod podge vase 3

Then, I went back and added swashes of color, blending as I went and adding more water as needed to help the colors blend together. Let dry completely.

decoupage Step 3: Once paper is fully dry, coat the inside of your jar with Mod Podge. Insert your paper, and press firmly to adhere it to the jar. Once dry, apply several coats of Mod Podge over the paper, letting dry between coats.


mod podge

Step 4: Once dry, take your smaller jar and insert it into your larger one. Since Mod Podge isn’t waterproof, you won’t want to add water directly to your vase.

mod podge vase

mod podge vase

Cut your flower, insert into your vase, and you’re done! I really love how this turned out; the colors are perfect for my decor, and I always love an excuse to buy fresh flowers.

mod podge crafts

decoupage vase 2

Have a lovely day!


felt bow garland {a tutorial}

felt bow garland by burlap+blue

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Sharing a repost from (hard to believe) THREE years ago. Where does the time go? Enjoy!

First, gather your felt, scissors, hot glue, embroidery floss and some cardstock to create your template. I made my template business card size (maybe a tad longer), but create yours however you like.

(See the magazine peeking out in the corner of the photo? It’s the new BHG, which is where I totally stole the color palette inspiration, btw)

So, first things first. Using your template, cut a rectangle from each piece of felt, as well as a skinny piece to wrap around the middle of each bow.

Fold each rectangle, accordian style, and pinch it in the middle. Tie each with a length of embroidery floss down the middle. I tried both hot glue and my sewing machine to hold these together, the floss was quickest and easiest for me.

After each bow is tied (or glued or stitched), hot glue your skinny piece around the middle of each bow, hiding the ends in the back.

After you’re done, you’ll have a group of these pretties….

Next up-you’ll need to connect the bows together. My original thought was to use embroidery thread to stitch them together. I knew, though, that I did not want the thread to show, and, because each bow is a different color, that would be difficult with embroidery thread. So, my solution was this…

Using a small piece of felt and hot glue, I had a simple and invisible solution. Lastly, take two skinny pieces of felt to create loops for hanging. Attach to each end of your garland.

And you’re done!

So tell me, what color combinations would you create this in? Personally, I’d love to see all white, or maybe one with shades of gray and white!

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