No need to throw an old tin out. Give it a facelift with this easy step-by-step guide and store your delicious homemade rusks in a tin that’s uniquely yours.
You will need:
- A cake tin
- Checked fabric (area = the circumference times the height of tin, plus the area of the top of the lid)
- Fabric containing words
- Ribbon (circumference of the lid)
- Felt ribbon (three times the circumference)
- Modge podge
- Clear adhesive
- Soft, flat paintbrush and thin paintbrush
- Fabric scissors and small, sharp-point scissors
1. Cut a strip of checked fabric to fit around the outside of the tin, as well as a square to fit onto the lid – this square will be trimmed later. (Check that the fabric works well because it can be cut exactly along the pattern lines.)
2. Use the flat paintbrush to apply a strip of modge podge along the seam of the tin. Starting at the seam, paste the fabric onto the tin. Smooth down the fabric and repeat with the next strip. (If you paste the entire piece of fabric at once instead of covering only small areas at a time, the podge that was applied first may already be dry by the time the fabric is smoothed down.) Continue until the tin has been covered completely, allowing a 1-cm overlap at the end. Allow the podge to dry.
3. Coat the entire top surface of the lid with podge and paste the square piece of fabric onto it. Smooth down the fabric with your fingertips, working from the middle toward the sides. Take care not to distort the checked pattern. Allow the podge to dry.
4. Trim the excess fabric around the lid. Cut out the words or letters that you want to paste onto the lid, arrange them, and use the pencil to mark their positions.
5. Apply podge to these spots and press the words or letters into it. Smooth them down. (It doesn’t matter if the podge leaks out – you are going to apply another coat.)
6. Using the thin paintbrush, apply a little podge to the rim of the lid. Attach the ribbon and smooth it down. Repeat this until the rim is covered, and allow it to dry.
7. Coat the entire tin and lid with another two layers of podge. Allow each layer to dry.
8. Use the clear adhesive to paste the felt ribbon onto the top edge of the lid, as well as onto the top and bottom edge of the tin. Paste it along the edge of the fabric to hide any loose threads, thus providing a neat finish.
9. Use liner to define the words or letters. Outline each word or letter lightly and allow the liner to dry for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Extract from Fabric Decoupage – transform your home with fabulous fabric! by Alet Gens (R185, Metz Press)