It’s easy to create a stand mixer cover to protect your mixer and to match your decor.
I’ve actually been meaning to make a stand mixer cover for quite some time, but it’s one of those small things that just kept getting put off. I even looked online to see what I could purchase, and while fabric covers aren’t really that expensive, I couldn’t find anything to fit in with my aqua, red and yellow kitchen.
I love my red KitchenAid stand mixer and while I don’t use it every day, when I do need it I find it invaluable. It’s quite heavy so it sits in an open corner of my kitchen counter all the time, which means it needs to be cleaned and dusted regularly. It’s amazing how things get dusty just sitting around. Dust even gets in the stainless steel bowl that I keep with the mixer, and that has always bothered me.
I don’t have an appliance garage, and I’m not going to haul my mixer in and out of a cupboard every time I need it. It’s just too heavy for that, and honestly that would probably stop me from using it. So some kind of cover is the perfect solution for me.
It really didn’t feel like an immediate issue until the other day when I was dusting it yet again, and I just thought it was time.
Since I am so not a sewer, I decided to come up with my own version of an easy and inexpensive stand mixer cover.
Supplies needed for this DIY stand mixer cover
- cardboard box (size depends on stand mixer)
- decoupage medium (I’m using Mod Podge, regular matte, and Mod Podge Hard Coat)
- sanding block
- utility knife (not in picture)
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- fabric (in a later photo)
Creating a stand mixer cover from a cardboard box
To create my stand mixer cover I started with a plain cardboard box. This one is 9 1/2″ wide, by 15″ long, by 12″ inches high. The width and length were perfect, but the height was 2″ short.
I decided to add the extra height by using the cardboard flaps. I measured 2″ all around the flaps, marked with a pencil, and cut them with a utility knife.
You can see here that there is a gap where the corner flaps meet.
To take care of that I bent the cardboard pieces that I cut off and glued them around the corners with my hot glue gun.
I did that around all four corners and that did the trick.
To cover my box I’m using a tablecloth that I thrifted a few years ago for $2. I’m not sure what it’s made out of, but it’s kind of a medium weight fabric. I purchased it because I loved the colors and pattern. I knew I would use it in my kitchen somehow someday, but I didn’t know when or for what. It’s perfect for this project. It’s quite large so I’ll have plenty left over for other projects.
TIPS: It’s a good idea to wash your fabric first if you’re not sure if it’s been washed before. If it has any sizing in it that can sometimes cause discoloration after decoupaging. I was pretty sure this fabric had been washed, probably more than once, so I didn’t worry about it. Also, if you use a lightweight or light colored fabric you might want to use a white box. You don’t want the brownish cardboard color to be seen through the fabric.
Covering the cardboard box with fabric
I measured and cut my fabric piece (56″ x 18″) to go all around the sides of the box. Then I generously applied the Mod Podge matte medium and made my way around the box slowly. You want to do this in sections to make sure the fabric gets applied correctly, smoothing it out as you go.
I cut in at the corners and glued the bottom pieces of fabric inside the bottom of the box with the decoupage medium.
At the top I cut the corners at a bit of an angle and glued them in place. Then I gave the entire thing a top coat of the matte Mod Podge, which at this point I ran out of. For the additional coats after the top piece is applied I used Mod Podge Hard Coat, which worked great. It’s meant for pieces that will get a lot of handling so that’s a good thing.
To make my top piece I simply lay a piece of fabric on the top of the box how I wanted it to sit and I marked where to cut with a pencil. My top piece was 14 1/2″ x 9 1/2″.
Then I glued it on top using the Mod Podge Hard Coat, giving it a top coat immediately.
I left it to sit overnight, and then I gave it a light sanding all over with a fine grit sanding block. And when I say light sanding I really mean light. The sanding is just to take away any fabric fibers that were raised up by the glue. It’s not meant to smooth the whole thing down.
Applying top coats of decoupage medium
Then I gave the whole thing two more coats, sanding, and letting it dry in between with the hard coat medium
And here it all covered and ready to go. Or is it? You could certainly leave it like this, but I thought it needed a little extra something. And even though you really don’t notice the edged of the top piece unless you look really closely, I really wanted to cover that up.
Adding decorative rick rack trim
I went into my trim stash and found some yellow rick rack. I love rick rack, so I went with it. Now I have to say that red would have been my first choice, but I didn’t have any and these days I’m all about using what I already have.
It covered up the edge of the top fabric piece beautifully, but then I decided the front looked a little bare. Sometimes a project idea goes like dominoes, one thing just leads to another.
And of course, I couldn’t stop with the front.
I had to do the sides as well. Then it looked finished to me.
And I gave the whole thing one last coat of the hard coat, right over the rick rack. I did a light sanding before I added the rick rack.
DIY stand mixer cover from a cardboard box
And here it is in the corner of my kitchen counter.
It covers and protects my KitchenAid stand mixer perfectly, and the cover will be easy to dust. And it looks pretty too.
To me it looks like a present waiting to be opened. The fabric has an aged faded look to it that I love, and for me the rick rack gives it a vintage, sort of akin to sewing, vibe.
I like how it looks sitting on my decoupaged cookbook recipe pages countertop. Now my mixer is ready to use at any time, and dust free all the time.
I hope I’ve inspired you to create a stand mixer cover of your own. It was such a fun project and cost me next to nothing because I used what I already had and the box was free. This is a project that could easily be customized to match your own kitchen decor.
It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time,