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Mod Podge Basics + 18 Mod Podge Crafts


Updated March 17, 2016
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Learn how to get a perfect decoupage project every time. If you're new to Mod Podge, read these instructions thoroughly for hassle-free Mod Podging. Wrinkles are a common problem for many Mod Podge beginners. Please read these instructions thoroughly for hassle-free Mod Podging.

We promise that if you follow these instructions, you will have success and be a very happy Mod Podger! Gather up your Mod Podge, paper towels, pens, paper and more to get started. This is a great excuse to get a little dirty while creating something amazing.

Mod Podge Basics

Mod Podge Basics +
Mod Podge Crafts
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Quick and Easy Decoupage: 12 Fabulous Mod Podge Projects

Our fabulous free eBook from Plaid, Quick & Easy Decoupage: 12 Fabulous Mod Podge Projects for your Home, is filled with more Mod Podge ideas, crafts, tips and so much more. This free downloadable eBook also featured five photo-rich pages on how to use Mod Podge, so you won't have any questions about how to get started. Learn how to make Mod Podge crafts you can hang or display with pride - it's so much easier than you might think.



Before You Get Started

Gather These Supplies: You will ALWAYS need these items on hand for any project. It is assumed with all of the instructions in this book that you have the following items at your disposal: Mod Podge, paper towels, foam plates or palette, scissors, craft knife and mat, water basin, craft glue, ruler and tape measure, pencil or pen, sandpaper.

Basics - Prepare Surface

Prepare surface: Almost any surface can be used to create a decoupage project. Appropriate surfaces include wood, papier mache, terra cotta, tin, cardboard, glass and craft foam. Only SOME plastics are suitable for decoupage – we recommend testing a small area before completing your entire project to make sure that the Mod Podge will adhere.

Here are some surfaces that may need some extra attention in their preparation. All other surfaces can be decoupaged without any preparation, although you should always make sure that the surface you are working with is clean and dirt free.

  • Glass: Wash and dry with a lint free cloth to remove surface oils.
  • Tin: 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.
  • Wood: Sand unfinished wood surfaces with fine grit sandpaper until smooth. Fill any holes with wood putty and sand again. Wipe clean with a damp paper towel.

Note: You don’t have to, but you will want to paint many items before decoupaging if your surface is unfinished. We recommend FolkArt or Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints for basecoating.


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How To Use Mod Podge

Most items, especially thicker papers, are ready to be Mod Podged as is.

Fabric – Wash and dry the fabric (do not use fabric softener). Iron and then lay out on a covered work surface. Wax paper is preferable for covering your table. Using a brush, paint a light coat of Fabric Mod Podge onto your fabric. Allow to dry. This will allow you to cut the fabric like paper without frayed edges.

Basics - Preparing Fabric

Basics- Cut Fabric

Paper – If you are working with thinner sheets of scrapbook paper, it may help to spray your paper with a clear acrylic sealer before Mod Podging. Spray both sides and allow to dry before using.

Tissue Paper – There is nothing that you need to do to prepare tissue paper, but just be advised that because it is so thin, it is very difficult to Mod Podge without wrinkles. The good news is that wrinkles are typically part of the charm of using tissue paper and add a little character to your surface. Mod Podge tissue paper carefully so that it doesn’t tear.


Plan Your Design

Cut out your paper or whatever it is that you are planning to decoupage. Experiment with design elements to determine the layout of your piece. Add interest to your design by using large and small pieces, layering and overlapping elements and coordinating colors.

Basics - Plan your design


Adhere Your Design

Adhere each element with the Mod Podge finish of your choice. Always start with the underlying design elements and work your way upward. Apply a medium coat of Mod Podge to the surface. Too little Mod Podge and you will get wrinkles – you can always wipe away excess Mod Podge. Place your item(s) to be decoupaged on top of the Mod Podge and smooth thoroughly.

Basics - Adhere your design

Basics - Keep Smoothing

Keep smoothing until all of the bubbles are removed.

Basics - Using Squeegee

When working with large pieces, smooth from the center outward. Air bubbles can be removed with the Mod Podge Tool Set. Use the squeegee with smaller items such as trays – it was developed specifically for getting into corners.

Basics - Use a brayer

Use the brayer for larger items such as furniture. Wipe away excess Mod Podge with your brush. For very small elements, brush adhesive onto the project surface and apply each element with tweezers.

Note: Once you have adhered all your elements to your surface, allow the design to dry for NO LESS than 15 minutes before moving to step 4.


Seal Your Project

Add a protective coat of Mod Podge to your project using a sponge or flat brush. Allow to dry and then repeat. The number of coats you finish with is up to you, but we recommend at least two.

Basics - Seal your Project

Basics - Sand to smooth

For a very smooth finish, wet a piece of #400 grit sandpaper with water and sand lightly between coats. Wipe dry and polish with #0000 steel wool on the final coat.

To avoid tackiness, use a clear acrylic spray.

Add Embellishments

Once your project is dry, add embellishments as desired. Adhere them with a suitable adhesive such as hot glue, craft glue or epoxy.

Basics - Add Embellishments

Basics - Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic can also be used as an embellishment. Dimensional Magic creates a raised surface similar to an epoxy sticker. It can be used on top of a Mod Podged surface, on top of a painted surface and works especially well with jewelry. Your project is now complete! Allow it to dry for 24 – 48 hours before using.


12 Fun and Fabulous Mod Podge Projects


If you're looking for more Mod Podge projects that will be useful, pretty, and loads of fun to make, 12 Fun & Fabulous Mod Podge Projects- Jewelry, Gifts & Decorations for the Holidays is exactly what you need. This free downloadable PDF eBook is perfect for crafters who think they've seen it all. Decorate your walls, desk and even your kitchen counters with homemade Mod Podge crafts - it's a great way to breathe new life into old items.


Mod Podge Crafts

Mod podge crafts are some of the most versatile craft project ideas out there. Not only can you use mod podge to create brand new creations, but you can easily upgrade just about anything with a few layers of mod podge and intricate designs. Check out these stunning mod podge crafts for just a few ideas.

Easy Decoupage Frames

  1. Easy Decoupage Frames
  2. Decoupage Dresser
  3. Awesome Comic Wrapped Decorative Balls
  4. Decoupage Pendant Necklace
  5. Upcycled Containers
  6. Yarn Storage Box 
  7. Decoupage Sewing Storage Box 
  8. Decoupage Storage Bin 
  9. Easy Fabric Ornaments
  10. Decoupaged Flower Pot Crafts NEW!
  11. DIY Colorful Paperweights NEW!
  12. DIY Mod Podge Necklace and Ring NEW!
  13. Lovely Mod Podge Tray NEW!
  14. Beautiful Birdcage T-Shirt Craft NEW!
  15. Instagram DIY Coasters VIDEO!
  16. Angel DIY Glitter Ornaments VIDEO!
  17. Comic Book Page Coaster NEW!
  18. Adorable DIY Onesies NEW!


Fabric Trinket Box

Find our favorite decoupage projects in this collection of 40+ Fabulous Decoupage Ideas. You won't believe how many creative options there are for Mod Podge crafts and will want to get started right. From storage boxes to magazine holders, there are plenty of great Mod Podge ideas to keep you busy for days. Cover every surface in Mod Podge and change the look of your entire space. You can also give your Mod Podge crafts away as gifts, so there's no need to spend money on generic presents people won't use.


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