Monday, October 24, 2011

Cutesy Tools: How to Decoupage a Screwdriver

I work in a field where I occasionally need a screwdriver, and I bought a new one last weekend.  It is a perfectly functional tool so, rationally, I know that it is just as good as the one I was replacing, but the one I was replacing was pink.  This one is not.  Clearly, the only remedy for this situation was a craft project.

These are the things you will need to decoupage a screwdriver:
  1. A screwdriver
  2. A metal file
  3. Scissors
  4. Magazines (or another source of pictures)
  5. Mod Podge or other decoupage glue
  6. A brush for the glue (I used an old toothbrush)

And here is how you do it:

First, you will need to scuff up the hard plastic handle in order to create a porous surface for the glue to adhere to.  If you skip this step, your pictures will end up peeling right off the hard plastic as soon as the glue dries.

Then cut out some fun pictures from magazines.  An example is this hilarious selection of animals that I found in Martha Stewart Living:

Now you are finally ready for the decoupaging!  Make sure you cover your workspace with something like newspaper (or in my case, a paper bag) because this project gets very messy very fast.

Use your brush to coat the handle of the screwdriver in glue, then stick the photos all over it.

The reason why I love using Mod Podge glue is because it doubles as the glue and the sealant in one.  This way, once you finish sticking on all the photos, all you have to do is cover the whole thing in one more coat of the Mod Podge and leave the project to dry.

I did this project in the morning, left it out to dry while I was gone all day, and when I came home it looked like this:

I absolutely love it and I hope you do to!


  1. This idea is really cool. I have some old screwdrivers that have good blades but the handles look like they've been run over by a truck. Well, perhaps they were driven over by a truck. I'm going to try this. Thanks.

  2. Haha, that's awesome. Send a picture my way when you do it!

  3. That's awesome!! It looks great. Perfect for you.

  4. yay, Doty! I love your craftiness! we should do a long distance craft project!?!

  5. Nice job Laura!! Kate told me of your blog...will be following now!
    Leslie ( on Denver)

  6. Wow, thanks Leslie! That's so cool! I hope you and Mark are doing great.

  7. I used mod podge to make my laptop skin and I loved it. This is very creative.

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