Always wanted to do some craft project, but end up giving up because of material prices? Or maybe the decoupage glue ran out in the middle of a job, but you need a little more? Mod Podge, as it is also known, is not cheap. However, it is possible to make a homemade version using few ingredients. This article will teach you two recipes.
Glue-based Mod Podge
- 225 g of white glue.
- 112 ml of water.
- 2 tablespoons of water-based varnish (optional).
- 2 tablespoons of very small glitter (optional).
Flour-based Mod Podge
- 1 1/2 cup (210 g) of flour.
- 1/4 cup (56 g) of granulated sugar.
- 1 cup (225 ml) of cold water.
- 1/4 teaspoon of oil (optional).
- 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar (optional).
Method 1 of 4: Making Flour-Based Mod Podge
Step 1. Think about the project requirements
Since the Mod Podge taught in this section uses flour and sugar, the final texture is a little gritty. Take this into consideration.
Step 2. Choose a container with a lid and wash thoroughly
You will need a pot with a capacity of at least 340 ml. It can be glass or plastic.
Step 3. Into a pan, sift 1 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 cup granulated sugar
Don't put the pan on the fire yet.
Step 4. Add 1 cup of cold water and stir quickly with a wire whisk to dissolve any pellets
Add 1/4 teaspoon of oil to make the final result more lustrous
Step 5. Light the fire and stir all the ingredients
Use a medium heat and don't let the mixture boil. In the end, the consistency will be very thick - similar to glue. If it gets too thick, add a little more water and keep stirring.
How about some vinegar? Adding 1/4 teaspoon of the ingredient will control any fungal reaction and prevent the Mod Podge from molding. However, remember to add it only after taking the pan off the heat
Step 6. After the mixture has thickened, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool completely
Otherwise the Mod Podge might start to ferment.
Step 7. Pour the Mod Podge into the previously chosen pot
You can use a spoon or spatula to make it easier. If necessary, give it another stir once the glue is inside the pot.
Step 8. Cover and store in a cool place
Don't forget to let Mod Podge cool down completely first. As this recipe is made from natural ingredients, it is best to keep it in the fridge. Use the glue within a week or two. If it starts to rot or mold, throw it away.
Method 2 of 4: Making Glue-Based Mod Podge
Step 1. Choose a container with a lid and wash thoroughly
For this recipe, you will need a pot with a capacity of at least 340 ml. It can be glass or plastic.
When making a Mod Podge with glitter, use a slightly larger glass
Step 2. Buy a bottle of white glue
You will need 225g. If the package is already about that size, you don't need to measure it. However, if the glass is very large, pour the glue into a measuring cup until you reach the required amount.
Preferably use a scrapbook glue. These products are acid free and therefore more durable and do not yellow over time
Step 3. Pour the white glue into the pot chosen for the Mod Podge
If you encounter difficulties, put some hot water inside the glue bottle, cover and shake well. This will make it much easier. Try pouring the glue back into the pot.
Another tip is to heat the package in the microwave for 30 seconds (depending on the power of the device)
Step 4. After glue, add 112 ml of water into the pot and mix well
Step 5. To make the Mod Podge shiny, add 2 tablespoons of water-based nail polish
Otherwise, the result will be a matte glue. There's no secret! Just add and mix.
Step 6. If you want a Mod Podge with glitter, add 2 tbsp
In this case, also add the varnish to make the result even better.
Step 7. After adding everything into the pot, cover and shake well
If the Mod Podge leaks a little, wipe it off with a damp cloth.
Method 3 of 4: Using Mod Podge
Step 1. After pouring the glue into the pot and shaking it well, it's time to label it
You can print the label yourself on a sticky paper. Another tip is to do it from scratch, without using a computer or printer. Here are the instructions for this:
- Write "Mod Podge" or "Decoupage" on a small piece of paper.
- Cut out a piece of transparent tape; it must be larger than the paper.
- Place the label, written side down, over the piece of tape.
- Wrap the tape around the glass jar and flatten it well to remove any air bubbles.
Step 2. Use Mod Podge to decorate boxes and other items
Apply a thin coat of glue to the area to be decorated with a bristle brush or foam. Place the fabric or paper on top and flatten it well to remove any creases or bubbles. Then run some more Mod Podge over the top to seal. If you like, you can apply another coat after the first one is dry.
Step 3. How about coloring the Mod Podge?
If you made the first recipe, with white glue and water, you can add a few drops of food coloring. Then, just paint glass jars, for example. This craft will create colorful and beautiful objects. In that case, don't forget to add 2 tablespoons of varnish to the Mod Podge recipe so that the final result is shinier.
If the intention is to create sea glass-like jars, forget about varnish
Step 4. As the homemade Mod Podge is not as durable as the one purchased, the tip is to wait for the piece to dry completely (several hours) and then apply an acrylic sealant spray
- Hold the can 15 or 20 cm away from the surface and spray with light, even strokes. If desired, after the sealant dries, apply a second coat.
- If you have varnished in the Mod Podge recipe, use a satin finish sealant.
Method 4 of 4: Considering Home Mod Podge Advantages and Disadvantages
Step 1. When making and using the recipes taught above, be aware that the Mod Podge purchased ready-made is very different
Step 2. Homemade decoupage glue costs a lot less
The original Mod Podge is very expensive, so many professionals try to replicate the recipe at home.
Step 3. The quality of the two is also distinct
Homemade Mod Podge is usually a white glue diluted in water, so it ends up not having the same properties as the product found in stores. The original variant can be used as an adhesive and, as it is durable, also as a sealant. The homemade version glues less and does not have the same sealing characteristics.
To make the glue more durable, finish the project with an acrylic sealant spray
Step 4. The finish is also different
The Mod Podge found in stores has several options: satin, gloss or matte. There are even versions with glitter or glow in the dark. Unless you add nail polish or glitter to the recipe, homemade glue will be matte.
A recipe made with flour may leave residues or a sandy texture on the surface
Step 5. Remember that the wheat flour recipe is perishable, although the ingredients used are all edible and non-toxic
In that case, store the Mod Podge in the refrigerator and use it within a week or two before it starts to rot.
- The homemade Mod Podge is not as durable or resistant as the ready-made one. For objects that will be handled a lot, it is best to use the original product.
- Keep the Mod Podge out of reach of children and pets. Also, close the container tightly so that it does not dry out over time.
- Heating the white glue in the microwave for 30 seconds (depending on the power of the appliance) makes it easier and faster to come out of the package.
- Using boiling water for the first recipe helps to mix faster with the glue.