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.)




20 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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