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Mod Podge Project: Decoupaged Step Stool For The Classroom

Decoupaged Step Stool

Today I’m channeling my inner child with Mod Podge® and the Minions. The decoupaged step stool will make any kid want to step up and wash their hands. I pulled out two almost empty gallon jugs of Mod Podge from my craft shelf and went to town on the stool.

Sofi standing on the decoupaged step stool made for the classroom using Matte Mod Podge and Gloss Mod Podge 1

Mod Podge Project

I made a colorful step stool for Sofi’s daycare. This might just be my favorite Mod Podge project to date.

step stool classroom project to Mod Podge

I started with an unfinished wood step stool from the local hobby store. I selected this specific stool because it’s very stable.

blue paint

I brushed on one coat of blue paint.

FolkArt Multi Surface Acrylic paint color Daffodil Yellow

Then I grabbed a few number stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint in Daffodil.

stenciling yellow numbers on a step stool

The bright yellow color pops against the blue. If you’re making something for a classroom why not use it as a learning tool too. Easy as 1, 2, 3. I pounced the paint on using a stencil brush wiped free of most of the paint. A very dry stencil brush works the best.

Gloss Mod Podge and Matte Mod Podge Gallon size

You guys thought I was teasing about Mod Podge by the gallon didn’t you. Nope.

Mod Podge tools

Mod Podge Tools

Mod Podge turns 50 this year. I remember using it in school……. for everything. Plaid has a new online educators content hub for parents, teachers, or anyone who loves Mod Podge. You can find project ideas, instructional videos, downloadable calendars, and other helpful info on the hub.

Minions Fabric for decoupage project

These are just the guys to add pizazz to my Mod Podge project. My first plan was to decoupage the sides of the stool with the Minion themed fabric but then the plan changed. I’m just glad I thought of the new plan before I started on the original plan. It doesn’t work that way most times.

brushing Mod Podge onto fabric cut out

Plan number two was to cut out the little guys and Mod Podge them to the top of the stool. I cut out one Minion for the first slat, two Minions for the second slat, and three Minions for the third slat.

applying Mod Podge to fabric for classroom decoupage project

I used a small brush to  apply Mod Podge Matte to the back of Minion number one. I placed him on the stool and then applied a coat of  Matte over the top of the Minion.removing the bubbles from decoupage project using Mod Podge toolThe Mod Podge squeegee works great for removing bubbles from underneath the decoupaged fabric.brush on two or three layers of Gloss Mod Podge to protect decoupage project

Once the decoupaged Minions were dry I coated the whole stool with Mod Podge Gloss. Shiny is always better.

Mod Podge Project Decoupaged Step Stool For The Classroom 1

The stool can be used at the water fountain in the classroom and the coating of Mod Podge protects the paint and fabric from water droplets.

minions fabric decoupage project

Just cute as  can be.

Decoupaged Step Stool For The Classroom Mod Podge project

Sofi’s classroom teacher will receive a gallon of Mod Podge from Plaid along with the cute little step stool from me.

Sofi and the decoupaged step stool made for the classroom

Sofi was delighted to be a foot model and the first to try out the step stool. She gave it two thumbs up.

Mod Podge and Minions decoupaged step stool

Decoupaged Step Stool – Mod Podge Project

Check out the Mod Podge 50th Anniversary page for free resources and E books by clicking here. And don’t forget to visit my fellow Plaid Creators for more class room project inspiration. The photo links are below. Just give them a click!

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Disclosure: I partnered with Plaid Crafts to bring you this project. All words, project ideas and photographs are 100% my own.

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. This is such a cute project for the classroom or for home (or grandma’s house). Kids would love using this step-stool with the lively colors and graphics. Hooray for mod lodge!

  2. Perfect for the classroom or really any room. What kid wouldn’t want to step up to wash their hands with the Minions? Thanks for sharing this fun project on Share Your Style.

  3. This stool is so cute. I am sure the kids loved it and the teacher was thrilled. And yes I did think you were kidding about gallons of Mod Podge. 🙂

  4. This is so adorable. You are giving me a lot of good ideas. I like how you showed the step by step (no pun intended) instructions. Thank you again. Susan @craftingafamily.com

  5. Great job Kathy the stool is precious!! You are right the colors do pop!! That was very thoughtful of you to make such a special stool for her class & the gallon of Mod Podge was an extra bonus for sure!! I know they will love it ?

  6. Hey Dixie, You know how I am. I love bright colors and this fabric spoke to me when making my selection!

  7. It’s cute, but, why do children have to be barraged with Hollywood characters in school? Why not something from say, a real book?

  8. That’s adorable! My son LOVES minions. We cannot wait for the new Despicable Me movie this summer. What a great idea.