Modge Podge Bins

Jennifer —  April 6, 2012 — 8 Comments

When I rehabbed my hallway I needed some large storage for blankets and other odds and ends.  Large baskets are pricey plus with my bamboo shade I wanted to not be overwhelmed with wicker.  So, I decided to modge podge two large plastic bins.

Here is how it turned out:

Two years later with lots of pulling in and out, the bins are still look like I just modge podged them.  I realized that I never showed you guys how to do this.  I needed some storage above my fridge for our endless supply of water bottles so…I decided to modge podge a bin.

This project is “easy peasy” and is a very inexpensive way to add some cute storage to your home.

Material List:

  • Modge Podge
  • Plastic Storage Bin.  I like the clear ones because you don’t have to spray paint.  The top reflects the color of fabric underneath the lip.  I also try to find one with the least amount of curves.  (Although the edges will always be curved)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (how much depends on your bin.  This one only required 1/4 yard.)
  • Foam Paint Brushes.  (Regular paint brushes usually leave bristles behind)  Beware, the foam ones can leave little chunks behind too.  To avoid this, I use two brushes for one bin.
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch (optional…I just had it so it made the pieces wrinkle free)
Total Cost:  $6.00.  I had everything but the bin.

How To:

1.)  Take off the handles (if you have them)  This is optional.  I did because my handles were “el cheapo” looking.

2.)  Cut the fabric for the sides shorter sides of the bin.  You want the fabric to fold over  the side just a tad bit so cut your fabric a little bigger.

3.)  Figure out how your pattern is going to line up and trim fabric accordingly.

4.)  I had plastic edges that stuck out where the handles were.  I placed the fabric where it would go, tucked it under the top lip and drew lines where the plastic was.

5.)  I cut slits in the fabric to fit around the plastic.

6.)  Iron your fabric.  You can spray starch it to make it crisp. (optional)

7.)  Apply modge podge to plastic bin and smooth fabric over the side having about an 1/2 inch curve around to the adjoining side.  I also used a plastic knife to tuck the fabric under the lip.

8.)   Cut the excess fabric with about 1 inch to fold to the bottom

9.)  Repeat steps 3-8 on opposite side.  If you trim your fabric exactly how you did on the other side the pattern should line up.  Here is what the narrow sides will look like when it’s all said and done.   This picture is not the final.  I took it after I put a coat of modge podge on it. You can see that this side is tucked underneath the folds of the other side.

10.)  Cut the fabric for the larger side of the bin and trim it to match the pattern.

Note:  I knew the larger side would be the side that would be seen.  That is why I choose to do the narrow sides with overlap and the large sides with creased folds (explained in the next few steps.)  If you want the ends to be what is seen then do steps 3-8 on the larger sides and steps 11-18 on the narrow side.

11.)  Line up the pattern on one side and fold the side of your fabric under so it matches all the way down the edge.   I folded so the fold went along the edge of the bin.  The excess from the other side is now covered.  Pin it if you need to keep it in place.  (I did on the large ones but not the small)

12.)  Iron the fold and cut the excess of the fabric folded under to about 1/4 inch. 

13.)  Repeat steps 11-12 for the other edge.

14.)  Iron and spray starch the fabric.

15.)  Apply Modge Podge to the bin.

16.)  Attach fabric and smooth over.  You will have to put a little extra modge podge on the edges (where the fold meets the edge).  I used my fingers to press it down.  Here is what the folded sides look like.  (this pic was taken right after the first modge podge layer)

17.)  Cut the excess fabric to about 1 inch extra to fold down on the bottom.

18.)  Repeat Steps 10-17 for the last side.

19.)  Modge Podge the bottom excess down.

20.)  Apply fabric to bottom.  (This was not needed for me. so I skipped this step.)  I did make sure the bottom was good and modge podged so it would hold up.  I might even border mine with some black duck tape.  The bottom won’t be seen on mine, plus I ran out of fabric.

21.)  Apply  three coats of modge podge to the entire bin.  ( I let mine dry about and hour in between each coat)

Here is how it turns out!

We don’t have enough room in our fridge for our water bottles so I filled this bin with the extra.

I spray painted a piece of cardboard with chalkboard paint and glued it to the side.

Here is the look that I was going for.  This is a bin you can buy at The Container Store.  This is actually an affordable option, but I don’t have a Container Store near me.  I think I pulled off the look.

Source: Container Store

Here it is on my fridge.


I am going to add a pop of color on the wall above it.  Why the fan?  Because this fan is about to go “bye- bye.”

Here are some other ideas that you could do with your modge podge bin:

Kids room Storage under beds:  You could do this with a large bin, and then drill two holes through one of the sides, attach rope (knotted from the inside) to form a handle.  You could also add castors so it could roll out easily.  This would be super cheap toy storage!

It could be colorful storage in a wall of bookshelves.  A great and decorative way to hide clutter in your living room.

I hope everyone is having a happy Friday!  I pray you all have a Happy Easter!

Thanks for reading,



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8 responses to Modge Podge Bins

  1. What a great idea! I’m so glad I stopped by. Have you seen the posts on Pinterest how to make your own Mod Podge Glue? Fabulous!

    • Thanks! I am glad that you stopped by! I need to pin “Make your own Modge Podge” on Pinterest! I am heading over there to find it! I buy modge podge all the time so if its cheaper, I am in!

  2. This is a great idea, thanks for sharing :)

  3. I agree. This is a great and affordable idea, plus it would be so much easier to wipe out than a fully canvas bin.

  4. Wow! What a GREAT idea!! I want some pretty bins…maybe for our summer cabin… Thanks for a fun idea!

  5. Absolutely brilliant – found you via Pinterest….very impressed:)

    • Thanks Libby. I appreciate the encouragement. I just check out your blog. I Love your color scheme, your use of vintage. I LOVE IT! Love that Light fixture in your dining room!

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