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Best Mod Podge Craft Ideas

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What Is Mod Podge

Mod Podge is a brand of decoupage medium created by Plaid. It is an acid free glue medium. It is a sealer, glue and finish medium.for craft and art projects. It is non toxic, water based and made in the USA

While it is a decoupage medium, it is a lot more than that. It can seal acrylic paint projects. It can be used as a glue. sealant and finish medium, It can be used with paint to create a tint medium.

It is used to attach paper or fabric to a surface.. It will work on paper, wood, ceramic, glass, terra cotta and tin. It will even work on some plastics.

Types Of Mod Podge

ProductTypes Of FinishNotes

Regular Gloss

Shiny Finish

Regular Matte

Non Shiny Matte Finish

Antique Mod Podge

Matte Finish with an antique finish

Has a brown tint that gives an antique look

Black Light

Clear

Glows when exposed to black light

Brush Stroke

Comes In Gloss Or Matte

Gives a hand painted look

Clear Image Transfer

Transparent

Transparent finish for any color or black and white photocopy to any decoupaged surface

Crackle

Crackle

Apply a contrasting topcoat and then the crackle medium. The crackling effect will show through after the paint has dried.

Dishwasher Safe

Gloss Finish

Can be washed on the top rack of the disheasher. Not for anything that will come in contact with food.

Extreme Glitter

Contains ultra fine glitter

Looks best on dark backgrounds. Not for paper or fabric where you want to see the pattern detail

Fabric

Clear

Eliminates Fabric fraying. Used to prepare fabric for decoupaging

Fabric Embellish

Clear

Fabric to fabric decoupage. Permanent when dry. Hand wash only

Furniture

Comes in gloss, matte or satin

Extra durable finish for all furniture projects

Glow In The Dark

Gloss

Needs several coats for the best flow in the dark effect

Hard Coat

Satin

Hard durable finish for things that are handled a lot. Perfect for furniture

Kids Wash Out

Glossy

Kid friendly formula,Will wash out of clothes and off furniture

Mega Glitter

Sparkle and glitter finish

Adds extra glitz and glamour

Outdoor

Clear

Protects prjects from moisture and the elements.Use an outdoor sealer for added durability

Paper

Gloss and Matte

Used for advanced paper projects like scrapbooking.Archival quality.Keeps photos and paper from yellowing

Pearl

Shimmery Finish that changes in light

Great on projects like Christmas ornaments. Looks best on darker colors

Photo

Clear

Decoupages any color or black and white photocopy to any surface

Puzzle

Gloss

Created to seal puzzles.Includes a brush

Satin

Soft appearence somewhere between a matte and a gloss

Soft appearence that wears well

Sheer Colors

Clear

Just like the regular formula but tinted in colors. Perfect for tinting glass

Sparkle

Gloss with hologram glitter pieces

Use several coats for the ultimate shine

Spray Ons

Matte and gloss finish

Scratch and water resistant. Use for indoor/outdoor projects.

Super Gloss Top Coat

Gloss

Extra thick glass like finish

Ultra Matte Chalk

Very flat and soft to the touch

Vintage finish especially nice on furniture

Ultra Matte

Matte

Perfect for adding dimensional design embellishments to your projects. Comes in a spray bottle

Ultra Satin

Gloss, matte, and satin finish

All-in-one glue and sealer with a high adhesion level.

Wash Out For Kids

A craft medium that is easy to clean off surfaces and clothes

Water Resistant

Clear

easy-to-use formula that adds a protective layer to guard against water for a beautiful and functional finish to your DIY projects. This high-performance glue, sealer, and finish dries clear, leaving a smooth finish to your arts and crafts.

What Is Decoupage

Decoupage simply put is the art of adhering paper images to a surface. While we often think of things to decoupage as being hard surfaces, you can also apply this art to paper too. A glue or mixed medium is used to glue the paper to the surface and or coat over it.

If you can cut and paste, you already have the basic function to get started with this craft. All you are doing is cutting out images and glue them onto an object. Then you coat the project with several coats of glue or decoupage medium and the project is done.

What Is Decoupage Medium

This product is an all-in-one glue and sealing medium. While Mod Podge is one of the most popular decoupage mediums, there are other brands to choose This medium often comes in different textures like matte, gloss and satin. There are often different finishes for different types of surfaces. So, it is important to choose the right medium for the project you are working on.

Each of these mediums have what is called a cure time. That refers to the amount of time the project needs to dry and become hardened before use.

Learning about different decoupage mediums will help you become a better crafter. So, take the time to understand the products offered. Choose the right one for your specific surface and you will have better results.

Helpful Decoupage Tools

There are a few tools that you will find helpful while using mod podge on different projects.

  • Matte Acrylic Spray sealer-An easy-to-use spray that protects paint, lacquer, varnish, stain, glue, wood and other porous surface, This is a non-yellowing acrylic sealer that prevents the tackiness that sometimes occurs with Mod Podge
  • Brayer and a squeegee-The brayer is used to smooth paper or fabric over a surface, It gives the right amount of pressure to eliminate air bubbles. The squeegee helps to get the paper or fabric bonded into corners and other non flat surfaces.
  • Silicone Craft Mat-Protects your work surface. The glue will peel right off, making an easy clean up
  • Decoupage Brush-The short bristles of this brush makes it easy to get fabric or paper into creases and tight corners.Fewer brush strokes are visible with this tool, especially with high gloss and matte finishes
  • Foam Brushes-The perfect tool to apply your Mod Podge. You will want different sizes, depending on the size if your surface. You can often find these in economical sets
  • A Water Container
  • Paper Towels
  • Foam Bowl or Dish
  • Waxed Paper
  • Low Tack Tape
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • Sand Paper
  • Self Healing Cutting Mat

Basic Mod Podge Application

Supplies

  • Mod Podge
  • Clean Foam brush
  • Cardstock-either colored or printed (if you use a patterned paper, use a small print)
  • Old Credit Card or pan scraper
  • Item to be covered
  • Pencil
  1. With your pencil, on the back side of the paper, trace the surface of the item that you want to cover.
  2. Cut out your traced pattern
  3. With the foam brush, paint a thin layer of mod podge on the surface of the item
  4. Place the paper that you have cut out and firm it on the covered surface
  5. Use the credit card or pan scraper, Start in the center of the item. Rub all the bubbles out. A brayer will also work
  6. Let it dry for about a minute, then sand the edges
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Tips To Use Mod Podge With Napkins

There is so many projects that you can do with Mod Podge and decorative napkins. There are so many places where you can get decorative napkins. They are fun to use.Try to buy your seasonal napkins right after the holiday. You can often get them at very reasonable prices

Here are some tips to get the best experience with these products

  1. Cut the section of the napkin that you want to use before separating the plies. It will be much easier to cut.
  2. Separate the plies. Use double sided tape to help separate the layers. Place a piece of double-sided tape to your work surface. Place the layer of napkin on the tape and gently pull it apart.
  3. Do not apply the Mod Podge directly to the napkin. Apply the Mod Podge to the surface of your project and then apply the napkin to the surface. Otherwise, the napkin piece will fall apart.
  4. Always use a brush that has been wet with Mod Podge to adhere the napkin to the surface of the project. To not use fingers or any other tool. You may get wrinkles
  5. You can sand your projects after the project is dried. Be gentle. It will give your project a distressed antique look.
Tips To maximize your Mod Podge results

Tips To maximize your Mod Podge results

Mod Podge Napkin Projects

How To Get The Best Mod Podge Results

If you are using Mod Podge, you want to get the best results possible. Using these tips will get the best results on your projects:

  1. If you are decoupaging a decorative piece, make sure to seal it with Mod Podge on both the front and back. Applying Mod Podge in this way ensures the decoupaged pieces are securely attached to prevent them from lifting up in the finished project.
  2. Smooth the bubbles right away with a brayer or a squeegee. Bubbles may be inevitable when you are adhering two surfaces, but you can minimize them with this one step. Always do it while the Mod Podge is still wet. Work from the center outwards to get the best results.
  3. When applying Mod Podge over a design, apply one layer of the Mod Podge with side-to-side brush strokes. Allow that coat to dry for 20 minutes or so before applying another even layer of Mod Podge in up-and-down strokes.
  4. Always allow the project and the Mod Podge time to cure before using the project. The cure time is always listed on the Mod Podge bottle.

Mod Podge Tips

Here are some of my favorite Mod Podge tips to make your decoupage experience easier and better

  • Prep your project surface. Wash it and sand it down to help the adhesive work better. If you sand the surface, make sure to wipe down any dust. Allow it to dry.
  • Use a paper or foam plate as a palette. You can dispose and clean up quickly.
  • If you are planning to paint your project, do this before adding any Mod Podge.
  • Let the Mod Podge set before you try to sand it. Remove any layers if dust after sanding.
  • Allow layers to dry entirely between coats. Otherwise your project will get sticky and may have bubbles.
  • You can allow a couple of hours between coats, but it is best to allow the final coat to dry for 24 hours.
  • If it is an older tin surface, clean with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. A wire brush can be used on stubborn rust spots.
  • If doing a project with tin, especially if it is older tin, clean the surface with a mixture of 50/50 water and white vinegar. You can use a wire brush to clean any remaining rust.
  • When using your Mod Podge as a sealant and finish, be sure to cover the entire surface of your chosen project using thin, even strokes.
  • Prep a glass surface by washing and drying with a lint free cloth
  • Except for napkin and photo projects, always apply an even layer of Mod Podge to the surface you are covering as well as the piece that is being applied to the surface. This will assure that you get the best end result.
  • To get the smoothest finish on your surfaces, apply the Mod Podge with side strokes across the project. Allow it to dry for 20 minutes. Then cover the project with another coat of Mod Podge with the strokes going up and down
  • Always follow the bottle directions on how long to let the product cure. That is the time that you should allow the product to dry
  • If you are using brushes on your projects, make sure that they are smooth, soft bristled brushes. You get the best resuts with the Mod Podge brushes.

Mod Podge Projects

More Mod Podge Tips And Ideas

  • How to Remove Mod Podge and Other Tips | FaveCrafts.com
    Depending on the surface, it can be easy or difficult to learn how to remove mod podge. If the glue is completely dry when you want to get rid of it, use the steps below to remove the mod podge from your DIY decoupage projects.

Mod Podge Furniture Tips

  • If you are doing an unfinished wood project, sand with a fine grit sandpaper till smooth. Fill any holes with wood putty, and sand again. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any debris. Allow to dry.
  • Did you know that a layer of Mod Podge prevents paint seeping under your stencil when you’re stencilling? That’s a nifty Podge hack to have up your sleeve!
  • You can use fabric and wallpaper on your furniture projects with Mod Podge
  • You can also use newspaper on furniture with Mod Podge

Mod Podge Furniture Projects

Photo Transfer Tips

Photo transfer is so much fun with Photo Mod Podge. There are a few things to consider when using this medium.

  • Always use a silicone mat on your surface when using photo Med Podge.
  • Use laser printer photos whenever possible instead on inkjet printer photos. If you don't have a laser printer, simply spray the surface of the printed photo or design with acrylic spray sealer and allow to dry before Mod Podging
  • Use a foam brush to apply the medium to avoid brush strokes.
  • Before starting, cut the photo down to size before starting the project
  • Do not use photo paper if you are going to transfer an image. Use white photocopy paper (standard computer paper). The Mod Podge is supposed to soak through the paper. The photo paper is too thick. The computer paper will work. Copy your image onto the computer paper.
  • Use enough medium to cover the photo until you cannot see the photo anymore.
  • Use a tweezers to left the covered photo, flip it over onto the surface of the project you are working on. ( the image where the Mod Podge was placed on will go face down onto the surface.
  • Allow the project to dry for overnight or 24 hours. This is the hardest and most important part of the project.
  • Once the project has cured for the recommended time, wet a cellulose sponge. Wring out any excess water.
  • Apply the sponge to the surface of your project. Allow the water to set for a few minutes.
  • Start rubbing the back of your copied photo to get the excess paper off, Use can use the wet sponge or your finger. Use a light touch when rubbing the paper off. Make sure to get all the paper off.
  • Cover the project with a coat of Mod Podge matte to complete the project. Allow it to dry.
  • Keep repeating the wet and rubbing steps until all the paper is off.

Mod Podge Photo Projects

Mod Podge Fabric Projects

We Would Love To Hear About Your Mod Podge Tips, Ideas And Experiences

Linda F Correa (author) from Spring Hill Florida on July 30, 2019:

Thank you for your comment. I am a huge fan of Mod Podge. So I wanted to share a little about how you can use it. Hope your mosiac turns out well !

RTalloni on July 29, 2019:

Such a great tutorial on Mod Podge and I enjoyed seeing the products available now as well as the projects. A tissue paper mosaic is very appealing to me at the moment. :)

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