Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday: How to Make DIY Mod-Podge Decoupage

Mod-Podge decoupage. Crazy useful in numberless home projects and crafts, but it can cost you a pretty penny! I figured out an awesome plan for my plain, boring black coffee table that required a huge amount of mod-podge and I was not prepared to pay for it. Due to my general cheapness, of course. My table will be amazing (pictures to follow), but for now, here is DIY mod-podge. (I cannot lie- once you know how easy it is to make, you will NEVER buy it. Again. Ever.)

Materials
*multi-purpose white glue
*water
(the end!)

1. Heat your glue in the microwave until warm and mix it together with boiling water. (ex. two bottles of glue to one bottles worth of water) Stir together until it is an even consistency and pour it into any sealable container (plastic containers, freezer-jam jar, glass jar, etc.). (Extra note: It can be difficult to get the glue out of the bottle, so one thing that can help is to pour half of the glue into your mixing bowl and then add some of your boiling water into the half-full bottle, put the lid back on it, shake it vigorously, and then pour the contents out.)
Look! All done. So easy.
2. The end! Did I tell it was easy? Store it at room temperature and keep a foam paintbrush next to the jar and you'll be ready to apply it to all of your many craft projects. Hooray!

Not satisfied with just this DIY? Try out DIY Oxyclean! (also two ingredients.)




35 comments:

  1. thanks! Works great :) AND saves money- that crap is so expensive!

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    1. Let me know how it goes for you!

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    2. OOOOOOOOMMMMMGGGGGGG i did NOT know this was sooo simple!!! i have been putting off such things thinking......modge podge....{groan} wooo hooo, i will be dangerous now
      the end.

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  3. You just saved my life. When I have a weekly DIY budget this helps a lot!

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    1. Glad to hear it! I definitely shave off a few bucks anytime I can on DIY projects

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  4. is this still water proof

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    1. Although there are water-proof versions of decoupage, this is an imitation of the original, non-waterproof version, sorry!

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  5. hey, fantastic idea!
    I'm wondering wheter this dries white or clear though.

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  6. If the glue you use says it dries clear, then it should dry clear. Unless you have reeeeeeally bad water...

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  7. I always wait until after school sales are over and then buy bottles of glue for just pennies....easy peasy..

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  8. but what about pictures? glue says not for use with them, and thats what i need it for

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  9. what about pictures? glue says not to use with pics

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  10. Always test one first to make sure it will work well, but the watered down glue (ie decoupage) works just fine on my photos.

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  11. what size water? half and half?

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    1. Two parts glue, one part water, so 2/3 cup of glue and 1/3 cup of water.

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  12. water amount to glue, half and half?

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  13. This works for gluing things down, but it's just decoupage. The mod podge most people know has a sealing agent added to it. It's worth it to buy the mod podge if that's what you want to do.

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  14. The problem with this is that it's not for lasting. Yes, it will glue things down and do that great, but after time, it will not keep your projects together (kinda reiterating what Amy Baits was saying). It will also turn your projects color over time due to the combination. If you want just something to glue something down, this is great, but to make projects, use Mod Podge. In the grand scheme of things, it really isn't that expensive. I have my same jar for the past 4 years. If you do more than me, it's still going to cost less.

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  15. I tried this and it does work, but I don't think it seals like Mod Podge. I think their is some kind of sealer in the Mod Podge mixture. Going to try and figure out one day. The glue mixture takes longer to dry, your project is wetter, and if it get hot, it gets sticky. Maybe I did something wrong but I followed the directions.

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  16. Really interested in trying this diy version for putting decorative paper lining in dresser drawers but Mod podge is kinda expensive and I have a large dresser. After a little research, I found that if you use the diy podge to adhere the paper, once it dries, you can spray w/ polyurethane spray and get the glossy finish and it'll still cost less than buying authentic Mod Podge

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  17. Yes - a water based sealer like polycrylic on top of your project makes it waterproof and seals everything.

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  18. Thanks, but can i use this ''DIY mod podge" for transfer photo to wood, or something like that?

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    1. You can use it to adhere photos to wood.

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    2. Hi, thank's for the recipe!
      can i use it to transfer a photo to canvas as well?

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    3. hi, thank's for the recipe!
      can i use it to transfer photos to canvas as well?

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  19. can i use this for transfer photo to wood??

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  20. can i use this "DIY mod podge" for transfer photo to wood?

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  21. Is modge podge the same as Decou page?

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    1. Yes; but there are variations in them at the store- glossy finish, matte finish, etc. This glue and water version will give you a matte finish.

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  22. I use the glue version for the initial application then use modgpodge for the rest

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  23. You can use wood glue. Is white but after dries it gets transparent. We called a WIKOL /dictionary translates as PVA GLUE/. It is very cheap. I use it for gluing and painting and secure transfer and dequpage.

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  24. I was doing decoupage here in Australia about twenty years ago -before modge podge arrived on our shores - and traditionally decoupage was done prior to the invention of these kind of glues. Basically you glue your images down - with glue - I used a mixture of paste and pva giving a good amount of slip and slide for positioning and a good bond. then for waterproofing you add layers of varnish. Traditional decoupage for furniture and boxes etc had upwards of twenty layers of varnish with sanding in between wor a waterproof glasslike finish. But a couple of coats of varnish will do. Plus there is exterior grade pva which is waterproof

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  25. Oh my goodness!i am so thankful to have seen this Pin!! As a photographer, I have been trying to master the perfect photo to wood transers. I tried several different gel mediums and mod podge among everything else, ended up being the best product thus far! (Which I tried first and didn't work cause I discovered it was the color of wood that was my biggest problem) So after many attempts and lots of money later, I am going through mod poge like crazy!! So this is PERFECT!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE IDEA!!!

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