AFTER:Well, I didn’t make the stool itself. I bought it forever ago, I think at Target, for under $10. But it was plain white, so after the fun I had with the DIY Matryoshka and Owl Coasters I decided to spruce it up with some mod podge and pretty paper to match the bathroom!
Make your own kid’s step stool personalized or give a gift stool that will be the hit of the shower by using their name, their favorite words, or just some pretty paper. It’s SO EASY and has such fun results!
1. Acquire one wooden stool and some paper you like. Here’s a cute one from amazonKidKraft Flip Stool – White
2. Trace the stool onto your paper. I used a cute wrapping paper that had been lying around forever.
Cut it down with an exacto knife so you have a little border around your paper on the stool. Mod Podge doesn’t look great when the paper goes right to the edge:
To cut the rounded corner I put my stool upside down on the paper, on my self-healing cutting mat (a great tool, get one here: Self-healing cutting mat) and cut around it with my exacto knife:
3. Apply a coat of mod podge to the top of the stool. I used matte mod podge this time just to be different. Also, I learned that to avoid bubbles with mod podge a good rule of thumb is to apply a layer under the paper as thick as the layers you will put above it.
Then place your paper on it and center it. Center it by kind of sliding it around, don’t lift it or it will rip. Push the bubbles out by smoothing from the inside out with your hand.
Let it dry all the way. 20-30 minutes at least, depending on the thickness of your mod podge layer. Don’t get impatient and put another layer on top before it’s dry or you will get bubbles.
4. Apply another coat this time on top of your paper. I learned that you might want to make sure your mod podge was covered while you wait or a bug might fly into it and die and you might not notice and then smear the dead bug carcass on your paper. Gross.
Let it dry, then repeat until you are satisfied. Another note is to maybe apply it a little thicker then usual so you get a nice texture, this will help keep little feet from slipping on the stool.
Easy-peasy mod podge children’s step stool! Place in bathroom, marvel at how bright and cheery it is. Secretly congratulate self when child is extra-eager to use stool to brush teeth!