- Arts and Design
Mod Podge Material Ideas
This article provides you with a list of materials that can work for various modge podge projects.
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.
Check out this article for furniture ideas!
- Modge Podge Furniture- A Fun Project
Turn a leftover piece of furniture into a work of art. Use images, letters, magazine clippings, and a bit of paint to create a one of a kind decoration in your home.