That’s a Wrap: Painted Drop Cloth

Where do you find your inspiration?  I find mine just about everywhere… TV, magazines, mailers, surroundings, stores, billboards, people, etc.  I’m excited to say that today’s project was inspired by Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine!  I tucked the idea away and recently tackled this fun DIY project.  I went with my favorite style — rustic/vintage.  I {love} it and I hope you will too.

The primary supplies needed for this project are paint (samples or leftovers, the ones hiding out in your garage) and a drop cloth!   We’ll be wrapping soap, so you might need some soap too!  I wanted square bars of soap, so I kept my eyes peeled for some that wouldn’t break the bank. Guess what?  Picked these up at the local Dollar General!  Yup, and they smell purdy too {smile}.  You can’t beat that, can ya?  You’ll also want to grab some twine/string and buttons.  A few other (optional) supplies will be mentioned later.

Step One:  Cut your drop cloth into strips. My strips measured  2-1/2″ x 8-9″

Step Two:  Create your dye.  Mix 1-2 tablespoons of paint with a 16 oz. of water in a small container.  Stir well.

Step Three:  Submerge the drop cloth strips into the paint mixture.  Remove the strip and lay flat to dry.  Do not wring the drop cloth out.   After the strips are dry, iron.

The paint colors I chose were from samples we had purchased when trying to decide on some paints for the house.  We bought new construction a few years ago, so LOTS of painting had to be done {giggle}.  The colors were:

Valspar: Rustic Oak
Valspar: Bungalow Gold
Olympic: Mesa Verde

You could be done here if you’re wanting solid soap wraps, or you could add a little extra TLC. Grab some acrylic pain, a sponge brush, a paper doily and/or painters tape.  Let’s do a little stenciling.

On one I chose to pain a light colored stripe using painters tape for the stenciling.

On the other I used a paper doily as the stencil.

The last strip of cloth, I left as a solid.  Now you’ll wrap the strip of painted drop cloth around the soap and tie with twine, using a button as an accessory.  That’s it!  Super easy.  I think these would make great gifts, stocking stuffers, favors and the list goes on.  So many fabulous uses!  The possibilities are endless!  Another twist to this fabulous tutorial is that you could make HOMEMADE SOAP to for an even more personal touch.  Visit with Martha Stewart for some ideas and how-to’s.

That’s it!  Feeling inspired?
Happy Crafting!

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  1. says

    Oh I LOVE this idea and the colors you used are Beautiful .. I do believe you would be missing some soap bars from your bathroom, if I came over for a visit.. :)

    • says

      Angelina, your comments just make me SMILE :) You can come over and take some of those lovely soaps anytime you’d like {giggle}. Have a super fantastic week! Hugs.

  2. says

    So pretty. You know, I always thought a drop cloth was made of plastic and used to keep paint off floors when painting indoors. Is that what it is? Pardon my dumb question, but what IS a drop cloth? Nevermind the answer, your soaps look lovely all wrapped up and ready to gift/decorate the home.

    • says

      Jelli… your comment made me chuckle. There are different types of drop cloths — the one I used is canvas. The plastic ones are more disposable is all. LOL. Thanks for loving on my project. Have a lovely week. HUGS!

    • says

      Welcome to LLR, Mel :) I’m tickled silly that Dani sent you my way. She is the sweetest! Thanks for stopping by… don’t be a stranger, okay? HUGS!

    • says

      Hi Gina! So happy to hear you found some inspiration. Thanks so much for stopping by too! Have a fantastic end to your week. Hugs!

    • says

      Welcome to LLR! Thanks so much for visiting with me today. So glad you found some inspiration too. Have a lovely week! Hugs

  3. says

    Your styling is gorgeous, as well as your photos. I came over from NapTime creations link up, I’m excited to see more of your creations.

    • says

      Hi Nicole!! Nothing like using some extras you have on hand, right? Thanks so much for loving on my project. Have a great day. xo

  4. Kristine says

    What a GREAT DIY!! uh,hum….that first picture makes me smile as a photographer! LOVE-LOVE-LOVE! I keep scrolling to to the top of the post. (hee, hee)

  5. says

    Oh wow Kelly!!!!!! AMAZING!!! I want some!! The photography is soooo GREAT too!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Christine! I had a blast working on this one. Sometimes I enjoy styling the photos more than anything 😉 Have a fabulous afternoon! Hugs.

  6. says

    These are so sweet, Kelly! (as always!) What a clever idea! Pinning and including a link back in tomorrow’s highlights. Thanks for sharing in the DIY Project Parade.

    • says

      Thanks so much, Roeshel! I {love} partying with you and I’m so appreciate that you’ll be featuring my project. Super excited. Thank you! Hugs!

    • says

      Hi Diane! Thanks so much for stopping by and loving on my project… and tickled silly to hear you found inspiration. Have a fabulous weekend. xo

  7. says

    So I”m pretty sure this is my second comment on this. What can I say, I love it! Stop by the blog later today, you are being featured, my friend.

    Thanks for sharing Kelly!

  8. says

    Congratulations, Kelly, on being published in Somerset! When I saw the photo and read the credit, I was so excited, I turned to the lady sitting next to me and said I read this blogger’s posts! She wasn’t as excited. Did you know a small photo of the wrapped soaps appear in their ads in other publications?


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