Hobbies: Organizing-accessory makeovers

Cathie Filian

Getting organized doesn't mean you have to have boring-looking storage bins and organizers. With a little Mod Podge and decorative paper or fabric, you can create a custom look for your home or office. The process is so simple and the results are outstanding.

I like to look for basic storage items at big discount retailers like Target and Ikea. When selecting items to Mod Podge on, look for items that have a smooth surface. You can do this technique on plastic, tin, wood terra-cotta pots and glass.

Mod Podge acts as a glue and a sealer. So you can glue decorative papers, labels or art to a basic storage item and then seal over the paper with the same glue to create a more permanent design.

You can use paper or fabric for this technique. If you need large pieces of paper, try checking out the designer wrapping papers at your local art-supply or stationery shop. For smaller sheets of decorative paper, scrapbooking paper works really well. You can always use recycled papers and magazine cutouts. Teens really love making magazine collages onto anything from a storage tub to a cork message board.

For large storage tubs, you can add labels to the sides with a quick brushstroke of Mod Podge. You can also add decorative touches to the lids. Fabric hatboxes look sharp when Mod Podged with cutout fabric motifs. Small pencil cups and organizers are perfect for adding a piece of decorative scrapbook paper.

You can also layer designs. Just allow for dry time in between.

For the design featured here, I used a plain wood magazine holder and three sheets of scrapbooking paper. The whole project took less than an hour to complete.

You won't need much to get started.

    The basic supplies:

    Mod Podge Matte

    Wood magazine holder

    Craft knife and cutting mat

    Hot-glue gun


    Rhinestones -- coordinating assortment

    Scrapbooking paper -- minimum of three coordinating sheets


1. Use the pencil to trace the shapes of the sides of the magazine holder onto the back of your scrapbooking paper sheets.

2. Use the craft knife to cut the shapes out of the scrapbooking paper sheets.

3. Apply Mod Podge Matte to the back of the papers and affix to the magazine holder. Allow to dry for at least two hours and then coat the entire project surface with Mod Podge. You may allow to dry for 15 minutes and apply another coat if desired.

4. Use glue gun to apply rhinestones to your project where desired.

Cathie Filian is a lifestyle expert, Emmy-nominated television host, author and designer. Learn more about Cathie by visiting her blog at www.cathiefilian.com.