How to Decorate a Clawfoot Tub With Floral Accents

Pansies Pretty Up a Clawfoot Tub

Decoupaged flowers pretty up a vintage bathtub.
Decoupaged flowers pretty up a vintage bathtub. | Source

I am fortunate to live in a Victorian house with two clawfoot tubs. And I have always wanted to add flowers to pretty them up.

In this hub, I will describe how I did this--an easy DIY project for anyone who has a vintage tub that they would like to give a face-lift to.

For this project, I used what I had on hand, cloth flowers. I had a pillow cover that I had never actually gotten around to placing a pillow in and when I looked at the pansies, I thought they just might do for what I had in mind.

I cut out each flower and then experimented placing them "free hand" on my tub until I was satisfied as to how I wanted to display them.

DIY Tub Decorating Materials

This project takes minutes and you can produce outstanding results using simple materials.

  • Cloth of your choosing. You can cut out flowers from extra fabric you have on hand or buy the sticky-backed fabric that is used for drawer liners.
  • Scissors
  • Sparkle Mod Podge
  • Small brush
  • Damp cloth

Clawfoot Tub Decorated With Flowers


Suggestions for Floral Accents

Which flowers are best for tub decorating? That depends on personal preference; however some flowers, because of their compact shape, might be preferable.

It's a good idea to think in terms of contrast, which sets off your flowers, such as, for example, blood red roses on a white background or white roses on a red background.

As can be seen in this hub, a while background provides a good contrast to the deeply-colored pansies.

  • Bachelors buttons
  • Bluebells
  • Forget-me-nots
  • Pansies
  • Popies
  • Morning glories
  • Roses or rose buds
  • Violets

While you can choose any flower, it is best to stick to flower shapes that are round, for easier cutting out. Unless you have lots of patience, trying to cut out something like say, a daisy, would be much harder going than a flower that is compact.

You can also add other embellishments, such as trailing vines or leaves or even butterflies.

Stick to a cotton fabric or any cloth that has a slight stiffness to it. Flimsy material is not suited, for obvious reasons.

Blue Pansies Decorate Mid-Section of Tub

Image: Panies Decorate Mid-Section of Tub
Image: Panies Decorate Mid-Section of Tub | Source

Flower cut-Outs Dress Up Front Edge of Vintage Tub


Adding Flowers to Your Tub

Once you've cut out your flowers, it is a simple matter to affix them to your tub. And Mod Podge is the perfect decoupaging sealant for the job. Your flowers will stick to the tub with no problem. Mod Podge isn't overly sticky on the fingers either.

I used Sparkle Mod Podge but any type of Mod Podge can be used. I thought the sparkle added a nice visual element to the flowers.

Once you've decided where you want to place your flowers, brush the surface of the tub and/or the back of each flower with Mod Podge then stick them to your tub. Don't worry--If you need to move your flowers around you can. Mod Podge doesn't dry immediately, so you have that latitude. Experiment until you are happy with how your flowers look.

It's a good idea to view your floral accents from all angles to ensure you are happy with your placement. Stand back from the tub and check from that angle, too.

When you have all your flowers arranged, brush over each one with your Mod Podge. At this stage, I used my fingers to ensure all flowers were spread out flat. Make sure that sealant covers all outside edges of each flower.

Mod Podge will go on cloudy but dries clear.

Use your damp cloth to remove excess Mod Podge around each flower and on tub surface and any drips that have found their way onto the floor.

The Finished Project

Image: DIYTub Decorating
Image: DIYTub Decorating | Source

This was such an easy and enjoyable project. And what a difference to the tub!

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The "Iron Lady" With Floral Accents

Image: Decorated Clawfoot Tub
Image: Decorated Clawfoot Tub | Source

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© 2013 Athlyn Green

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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love this idea! What a way to pretty-up a tub! I would not have thought on a tub. Thanks for the idea!

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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Very interesting hub. Good idea I would have never thought of using fabric....Voted up.

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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

This looks interesting and lovely. Its a good idea to decorate the claw foot tub.

Thanks for suggestions and instructions!

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