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Mod Podge Material Ideas

Updated on October 6, 2012

This article provides you with a list of materials that can work for various modge podge projects.

Tissue paper modge podge
Tissue paper modge podge | Source
Using quotes
Using quotes | Source
Using sheet music
Using sheet music | Source
Use leaves
Use leaves | Source

Papers and materials to decoupage a surface

  • Magazines: Clip pictures, designs, or photos from your favorite issue (not the doctor's office copy though).
  • Old calendars: Many calendars have gorgeous pictures that can be re-used. Even the actual calendar page (with the scribbled dates) can be a nostalgic piece to add. Rip the edges for a worn look. For example, if your child loves dogs, use an old puppy photo calendar for the main images. Choose other accent materials to work around the main pictures.
  • Old birthday or holiday cards: Use Hallmark to your advantage and keep every card you get for future modge podge projects.
  • Love letters: This is described more in depth in the modge podge furniture article, but can be a sentimental way to highlight your lover's poems.
  • Photos: Make a copy and use photos from a trip or memorable event.
  • Writings or Quotes: These can be either quotes you found or poems you wrote. Print them out on funky paper and use for a covering.
  • Wallpaper samples: There are great gorgeous patterns that you can choose from.
  • Newspapers: A black and white theme would look great with some newspaper clippings.
  • Old schoolwork: Why not modge podge a piece of children's furniture with dittos from her years in school?
  • Postcards: These will work best on a flat surface as the paper is thicker. Perfect for highlighting past travels.
  • Books with broken bindings: You can use children's books with fun drawings or a novel that is tattered and worn for an antique look.
  • Take a photo of a painting or piece of artwork: That way you preserve the piece while using the image to decorate a surface.
  • Catalogs: You can find great photos of the products you love (i.e clothes, jewelry, furniture, etc.)
  • Candy wrappers: This might sound like a strange idea but candy wrappers usually have a glittery foil look that pops on a modge podge project.
  • Soup labels: Classic labels like Campbell's soup would work well for a project in the kitchen.
  • Cereal boxes: Have you seen the back of a cereal box lately? They are full of color! Try one on a whimsical kid's project.
  • Pressed leaves or flowers: These can be a bit trickier, but if the leaf is sturdy, you may be able to pull it off.
  • Stickers: These are easy to use because they are already sticky. Place them randomly along your project.
  • Old game board covers: Cut out the tops of boardgames you don't use anymore.
  • Tissue paper: Some of the see through papers provide a texture and backdrop for bolder photos. A layered effect is fun.
  • Craft gems: These are 3D so use sparingly, but as an accent, they are fun.
  • Sheet music: Tear up old scores you don't use and create a dramatic effect with musical symbols.
  • Maps: Find a map of your favorite vacation spot or hometown and use it to modge podge a table or treasure chest.
  • Wrapping paper: You have scraps laying around from the holidays. Use it up!
  • Doilies: They work well to add background texture.

You are only limited by your imagination! Next time you have a funky colored gum wrapper or packaging, save it for your next DIY project. Get a big rubbermaid box to store all your favorite papers and the next time you are inspired, your materials will be ready and waiting.

-Julie DeNeen


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    • RTalloni profile image


      6 years ago from the short journey

      Looking over these Mod Podge ideas was fun stuff and I'm going to be thinking up projects for some old calendars that were too pretty to part with…thanks!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This looks like fun! Thank you.

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I have yet to use modge podge but let me tell you, the more I am on pinterest the more I might check into this modge podge stuff! And with all the stuff that you can do with it - why not! Great hub - thanks for the suggestions!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      So neat Julie. You make me think I could make a craft project from anything I have here laying around - very creative ideas! I vote up, interesting, and sharing as well.

    • Julie DeNeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      @TTombs08- You sound like my sister!

      @Carly- Thanks for the info :)

      @silva- That sounds so cool!

      @sunshine- I never heard of it either until I started hanging out with artists!

      @Lord and Josh- I appreciate the support :) LOL

      @modern lady- thank you for reading!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Love this! And, I have modge podge in my crafting box...along with a HUUUUUUGE selection of patterned papers in a multitude of colors. Ya just never know when you might need modge podge and paper. :) Excellent hub, Julie, thank you for this! :) VUMS.

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      Carly Sullens 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      .... and the smell just takes me away into creative land...

      Jules you can get different types of Mod Podge...

      Glossy Mod Podge

      Matt Mod Podge

      Satin Mod Podge

      Paper Mod Podge

      Outdoor Mod Podge

      Sparkle or Glitter Mod Podge

      Shimmer Mod Podge

      Glow In The Dark Mod Podge

    • Silva Hayes profile image

      Silva Hayes 

      6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I'm a mosaic artist and I use Mod Podge to affix either patterned paper or fabric to the back of clear pieces of glass to make my own tess. Nothing else works quite as well as Mod Podge. It's been around since the 60s.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've never heard of or used Modge Podge. I probably willl now since I know it exists. Excellent, useful hub!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Julie, what can I tell ya. Like Bill and Josh, just stopped to show support. Modge Podge sounds like a refreshing SEO rush! Now I know how people feel when I write hubs about Calculus and Trigo. Sharing and UP! The last time I used modge podge projects was back in 98, with my Prek-4 son.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Awesome hub again on Modge Podge! I agree with Bill, I probably won't ever do this, but hey, at least I came by! :) The crafts do look sweet. Hey, maybe I will try it some day, but I am not making any promises. LOL

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I think just the words modge podge are definitely key words in themselves, Julie. My artsy-crafty Hubs, few that I have do better than most others. People love that sort of thing. And anything that catches attention and gets pinned is sure to bring in the traffic. Keep up the good work!

    • Julie DeNeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      @billy- ROTFLMAO - Somehow the mental picture of you modge podging had me CRACKING up. Consider this your random act of kindness for commenting on such a hub! :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay Julie, this is when you know someone really cares about following you....there is no way I'm doing this.....but.....I wanted to show you here I am.....saying.....very informative and useful did I do?

    • Julie DeNeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      Well let me know if you think of any other ideas. I'll add it to the list!

    • CarlySullens profile image

      Carly Sullens 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      You had me at 'modge podge!'

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      Modern Lady 

      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I love mod podge! It's so useful for so many different things. Love these ideas. I'm going to have to start a craft project!

    • Julie DeNeen profile imageAUTHOR

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      I'm stumped....My modge podge furniture hub isn't too popular with hubbers...but is pulling in google traffic! Yeah! So despite my lack of enthusiasm over the theme, I went ahead and added a linking hub. We'll see. I notice the stuff I like (and the stuff hubbers like) doesn't always rank well with google. Then the opposite can happen too. SEO is quite the acquired skill I am learning.


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