How to Dress Up a Galvanized Tub with Mod Podge and Napkins

Use decoupage and napkins to transform a plain galvanized tub and satisfy your craving for flowers.

You’ll find craft inspiration and creative ideas from 16 other bloggers too.

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Happy Thursday!

July is always a challenging month in the garden

when the flowers (and I!) struggle in our 90+ degree temperatures.

I’m dashing out the door in the early morning to water and do a few garden chores

and back inside by mid-morning, before the mercury and humidity are in the sweltering range.

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This decoupaged tub is an easy project that satisfies my craving for flowers,

and one that can be done in the comfort of the air conditioning!

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I had a plain galvanized tub that I decided could benefit from some butterflies and blooms!

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I loved the shape when I spied this tub at Hobby Lobby and thought

it could function as a magazine holder, planter or even a beverage tub.

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In addition to a galvanized tub or bucket, you’ll need some Mod Podge,

which will act as a glue and sealer, and some pretty napkins.

I found my napkins at Tuesday Morning several months ago.

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 I used a Matte Mod Podge as a gloss Mod Podge tends to highlight

the wrinkles and my decoupaging imperfections.

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 To begin your decoupage project, separate your napkin layers, discarding the white layers.

Some napkins are 2-ply and others are 3-ply.

 If you have trouble separating the plys, cut or tear your napkins first

which will make them easier to separate.

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Once your napkins are separated, cut or tear your designs into pieces. To create a collage

with the torn pieces of napkin, layout your design on the surface of your project beforehand

so you have an idea where you want them to go before applying the Mod Podge.

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Brush a thin layer of the Mod Podge onto the area of your tub or bucket and then

place your torn napkin pieces onto the Mod Podged area, smoothing them out gently as as you go

to avoid wrinkling your napkins. Smaller pieces are easier to work with and keep wrinkle-free.

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Smooth your torn pieces of napkin out from the center to help reduce wrinkles.

Allow the undercoat of the Mod Podge to dry at least 15 minutes before applying a top coat.

While I like disposable foam brushes for most craft projects,

I find a flat, smooth bristle brush reduces tearing

and doesn’t ‘grab’ the napkin like the a foam brush does.

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After your design is complete, apply a top coat of Mod Podge to the entire surface and allow to dry.

Brush it on using thin, even strokes and allow it to dry completely (about an hour)

before applying a second coat. For additional durability, spray your finished project

with an acrylic sealer and to reduce any tackiness.

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You can use your decoupaged tub to hold your magazine stash, for a planter. . .

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Or as a beverage tub / wine chiller for entertaining.

Natura Rosé

While I know you shouldn’t judge a wine by its label,

I have to admit I’m a sucker for a pretty label.

Rosé is my summer ‘go-to’ wine and I spied this Natura Rosé at Publix.

It’s very drinkable and food-friendly too. 🍷

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I’m joining my blogging friends for a Creative Craft Blog Hop today.

A special “thank you” to our hosts, Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate

 and Andrea of Design Morsels for organizing this hop!

You’ll find 16 more craft projects at the links below:

Celebrate And Decorate | Design Morsels | Calypso in the Country

Zucchini Sisters | My Hubbard Home | Birdz of a Feather

Decorate & More with Tip | Our Crafty Mom | The Painted Apron

Home Is Where The Boat Is | Purple Hues And Me | Sustain My Craft Habit

Chas’ Crazy Creations | Bluesky At Home | Create With Cynthia

B4 and Afters | My Thrift Store Addiction

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The winner of my Everything Mary Craft Bag Organizer Tote Giveaway

is Lanita Anderson!

Thanks to all who entered.

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  53 comments for “How to Dress Up a Galvanized Tub with Mod Podge and Napkins

  1. Kathy Menold
    July 23, 2020 at 6:55 am

    I haven’t done decoupage in years but you ,Mary make it look so easy I may give it a try. Certainly need an inside project with this recent heat wave. The only time I am outside is early morning to water and evening to enjoy the fireflies and aerial displays of the bats while I enjoy a cold beverage. Thankyou for your lovely pictures and great ideas for entertaining , gardening and recipes.

  2. Amy Kaminski
    July 23, 2020 at 7:02 am

    This is so pretty Mary can’t wait to try it!

  3. July 23, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Gorgeous! Those napkins are perfect. So many great uses too.

    • Brenda Downey
      July 27, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      Hello Mary .
      Your bichons are lovely.
      I am wondering where you got them ,
      It is hard to find purebred bichons that are pretty .
      Thanks if you could let me know .
      Your bucket was beautiful too .
      I just love looking at your puppies though .
      I have one that is 16.
      Thanks Brenda

  4. Robyn Smith
    July 23, 2020 at 7:31 am

    I love this project especially with that galvanized tub!
    I noticed in the picture collage at the top of this post the blue cupcakes. What did you use for your “fishing line”?
    Thanks for the inspirations!

    • July 23, 2020 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Robyn, Baker’s twine :) You can see all the detail in this ‘Gone Fishin’ Picnic, here.

  5. Nancy Thompson
    July 23, 2020 at 7:33 am

    I love this project ! Can’t wait to try it !

  6. Gail
    July 23, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Pretty, nicely done

  7. July 23, 2020 at 8:22 am


  8. July 23, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Your galvanized tub transformed into something so beautiful, Mary! I haven’t mod podged anything in quite awhile, and I need to change that. Thank you for all your tips! 💕

  9. July 23, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Hi Mary, this looks amazing and I love the different uses! laura in Colorado

    • Clara
      July 23, 2020 at 9:54 am

      Love this idea Mary. The tub is so cute as well as versatile and you gave it some personality. Great job! Clara♥️

  10. July 23, 2020 at 8:55 am

    First of all, that galvanized tub is the cutest ever!! And your floral decoupage really makes it a beauty queen Mary!! Oh how I miss Hobby Lobby!! You are going to have such fun with that wonderful handy tub, using it for all kinds of things! The napkins you found are great too…I love to decoupage, I am going to have to look around and see what I can find for a makeover, I wish I had a stash of watering cans like you do 😂

  11. Linda
    July 23, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I absolutely love this!! Thank you for including all of the detailed steps. I can’t wait to try this!!! Have a wonderful day.

  12. Susan B
    July 23, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Beautiful Mary. You always inspire me to try something new. I have never decoupaged, but am going to try this. Thank you.

    • July 23, 2020 at 9:25 am

      That is so cute! I have scads of galvanized buckets, loads of napkins but never thought to combine them for a fun project! I hear you on heat, I think it’s 6 weeks of 95 plus into our past and future. Love the shape of your basket, with an orchard I can never have too many of a good thing 😉 perhaps this afternoon I can create a little magic in the a/c too, i started a major new garden project in the full sun and I am already late to the garden now if i don’t expect to wilt by ten!

  13. Brenda
    July 23, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Oh you have the most clever and creative ideas, Mary! Your project came out so lovely.

  14. Gail Griffin
    July 23, 2020 at 9:39 am

    I love decoupage and you’ve created the prettiest galvanized tub ever, Mary! I love that you left it in its’ natural state. So many choose to paint the items instead. And the beautiful napkins that you used makes it quite adorable and colorful, too!

  15. July 23, 2020 at 10:18 am

    The napkin choice for your tub works perfect. Love the versability of the tub. Looks so pretty.

  16. July 23, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Decoupage is a therapy worthy of University study! Calming and instantly rewarding! Your tub is a beauty.

  17. Chas
    July 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

    This is stunning and I love the color. Mod Podge is the best right?!!! Looks amazing, great tutorial, thanks for sharing, and wonderful crafting with you friend.

  18. Donna C
    July 23, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Congratulations to Lanita for winning the Everything Mary Craft Bag!! Thank you, Mary, for sharing this decoupage project. Realllly like it and have myriad ideas rushing through my mind to enhance other metal containers. Have a wonderful day! It is hot/humid/stifling here in Nashville, too!

  19. July 23, 2020 at 11:18 am

    This is so lovely, Mary! You chose the perfect napkins, too–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  20. July 23, 2020 at 11:36 am

    wow! That come out beautiful!!! I love the way you filled it with such beautiful things as well – perfect bottle of wine!!

  21. Chloe
    July 23, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    You are so clever and always make projects and recipes accessible to those of us who have less developed cooking and crafting skills. Thank you for continuing to blog. Yours is the only one to which I still subscribe.

  22. Virginia
    July 23, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Congratulations to Lanita, I am sure she will enjoy her Mary Bag. Mary I just love this project. As you know I did something similar with napkins and modge podge on three terra-cotta pots. I enjoyed the project and the time spent doing something creative thanks to you. I recently received a dish garden in a large basket and have now repotted the plants and would like your advice if modge podge and napkins would work to decorate the basket. I wrap them in plastic wrap and found a bee sticker on Etsy to place on the back to hold the wrap together. You are definitely my go to source for creative projects, gardening, recipes and floral arrangement ideas. Yesterday I made 46 bars of soap following your tips and began giving them away this morning. Thank you 😊

  23. Elizabeth Manning
    July 23, 2020 at 12:54 pm


  24. July 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Mary, you have convinced me with your decoupaged tub to once again try this craft. I was all into decoupage in the 70’s. I am staring at a magazine holder that needs a facelift. Your tub is gorgeous!

  25. July 23, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Wow! This looks amazing! I love the napkins you used….they look like they’re painted on! What a fun project with so many uses. Great to hop with you again!

  26. Rita C.
    July 23, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    That’s really cute!

  27. July 23, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    What a beautiful way to add character to a galvanized piece. I can’t wait to give this a try on my galvanized bucket. Great hopping with you.

  28. Bonnie Morgan
    July 23, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Your bucket is so versatile and pretty for all the uses. Very creative.
    Yes, it is very hot and humid here too.

  29. July 23, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    This turned out so cute. I’m amazed at what people do with Modge Podge. I love how many different ways that you use it. It makes such a cute cooler. Thanks for being in the hop.

  30. Cyndi Raines
    July 23, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Oh MY! How cute is that! I think I may have to try my hand at this project, but only if I can find napkins as cute as yours. I have an oval galvanized tub with rings on the side for handles. The last time I decoupaged was in 8th grade, I decoupaged an octagon wooden purse and lined it with courdoroy, I still have it, hehe. Thanks for another great, fun project Mary. Congratulations to Lanita on her great win! P.s. Yesterday while out in the garage straightening some shelves, I found some of the accent tiles left over from our kitchen update. I thought of your recent flower pot project and now I want to dress up a terra cotta pot, too! Love ya girl! Keep these great, fun project coming! ♥️

  31. Marie in AZ
    July 24, 2020 at 7:30 am

    So charming and adorable! You made it look easy and fun.

  32. July 24, 2020 at 8:20 am

    I can’t believe how beautifully this turned out, it’s hard to believe that it’s all individual napkin patterns. The pretty designs all look effortlessly put together, as if it was always intended to be that way.

  33. Chloe Crabtree
    July 24, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Mary, I think I am going to have to crown you the Queen of decoupage! This is so lovely. Your choices of napkins to use are so beautiful, and your instructions are clear and easy to follow. I have a couple of decoupage projects coming up myself! Thank you for hopping with us again!

  34. Sami's Aunt Nancy
    July 24, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I’m not much of a crafter so this looks just about right for me! Thanks for the clear instructions and tips, Mary!

  35. Sue
    July 24, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    This is lovely – your napkins are beautiful! Thanks for the crafting tips.

  36. July 24, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    What a unique galvanized pail. The decoupage treatment and the napkin you chose were perfect choices. Love how this turned out.

  37. July 25, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Mary, your galvanized tub looks so lovely! I love mod podge, but I haven’t tried using napkins yet. I definitely need to try it. Those napkins are so pretty! I love how you can use the tub in different ways…the wine chiller is my favorite, and I would’ve bought that bottle of Rose for the beautiful label, too! It’s always fun hopping with you!

  38. Cynthia Nessel
    July 25, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Your galvanized tub came out so beautiful. So fun hopping with you.

  39. July 29, 2020 at 11:13 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!….I’ve decoupaged many things but this galvanized tub is the best and I see so many purposes for it…
    Have a great week Mary!

    • Maureen
      July 30, 2020 at 12:55 pm

      I love your project!! Looked for that particular galvanized bucket with the handle all one piece and couldn’t find it on Amazon… can you help?

  40. Ann Rue
    August 1, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    i really like this

  41. Ann Rue
    August 2, 2020 at 8:50 am

    I have not been home for a month, so it is nice to get back to see you dogs, they are so cute.

  42. emily
    August 16, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Love the tub…I haven’t decoupaged in years….A new pandemic project!

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