Published on April 22nd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Asker Patchwork

Materials: Asker hanging containers, pretty Japanese paper, Mod Podge, paint brush

Description: Once upon a time these containers looked nice and white. However, after a few months of hanging above our kitchen bench for cutlery storage they became scratched and well, not so nice looking.

Mod Podge and Japanese paper to the rescue!

I love this stuff! Now I’m searching the apartment for more Mod Podge candidates. Mod Podge is an all in one glue, sealer and finisher that can be applied to just about anything.

Step 1: Gather your Asker containers and wipe clean.
Step 2: Cut your pretty Japanese paper into small square pieces, or any shape you like. Smaller 1″ pieces bend easier around the container’s curves.
Step 3: Using the paint brush spread a layer of Mod Podge on the container. Work in small sections so the glue does not dry out.
Step 4: Stick the paper to the container and spread another layer of Mod Podge over the top, and so on until the whole container is covered (I didn’t cover the back to save on paper).
Step 5: Once this first coat is dry, I waited until the next day, spread another layer of Mod Podge over the whole container. Just to make sure all the crevices are covered and sealed. Wait another day to dry.

Voila! Pretty Japanese paper patchwork Asker containers!

Sorry, I didn’t take before and after photos, but with this hack it’s fairly easy to imagine the before.

~ Cindy, Toronto, Canada

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

11 Responses to Asker Patchwork

  1. sara says:

    Wow that looks so good! I’ll have to add that to my to-do list. Isn’t mod podge just the greatest?

  2. HI Cindy,

    What a fun project and I love the colours of your paper… I never tried mod podge over the project if I wanted to seal I varnish it…But now I triedit like you…
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  3. pinksnowme says:

    I love Mod Podge! Those are really pretty. I was into oragami 10 yrs ago and still have quite a stash. Now I know what to do with it! TY for the great idea.

  4. I love the strips you used. They look great!

  5. Those are just too cute!

  6. Anonymous says:

    super cute!

  7. lej619 says:

    FYI it is Aster not Asker. hehe I only know cause i have been looking for them

  8. lej619 says:

    could do this with any jar??? yes???

  9. Alison says:

    Looks great! I’m definitely going to try this, I have a giant jar of modge podge at home! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Cindy says:

    LOL! Rocky Mountain Oysters, just learnt what that means!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nice work. These look like Rocky Mountain Oysters.

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