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Best Mod Podge Craft Ideas

Updated on December 19, 2020
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

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.

Foam Brushes can be washed after use and used again. The bristles of a flat brush can sometimes leave brush marks in your application, no matter how skilled you are at applying that Podge

Types Of Mod Podge

Types Of Finish
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
Brush Stroke
Comes In Gloss Or Matte
Gives a hand painted look
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
Eliminates Fabric fraying. Used to prepare fabric for decoupaging
Comes in gloss, matte or satin
Glow In The Dark
Needs several coats for the best flow in the dark effect
Hard Coat
Hard durable finish for things that are handled a lot. Perfect for furniture
Kids Wash Out
Kid friendly formula,Will wash out of clothes and off furniture
Protects prjects from moisture and the elements.Use an outdoor sealer for added durability
Gloss and Matte
Used for advanced paper projects like scrapbooking.Archival quality.Keeps photos and paper from yellowing
Shimmery Finish that changes in light
Great on projects like Christmas ornaments. Looks best on darker colors
Created to seal puzzles.Includes a brush
Soft appearence somewhere between a matte and a gloss
Soft appearence that wears well
Sheer Colors
Just like the regular formula but tinted in colors. Perfect for tinting glass
Gloss with hologram glitter pieces
Use several coats for the ultimate shine
Ultra Matte Chalk
Very flat and soft to the touch
Vintage finish especially nice on furniture
Ultra Matte
perfect for adding dimensional design embellishments to your projects. Comes in a spray bottleP

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


  • 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

Mod Podge Tip One

Always apply an even coat of Mod Podge to the decorative piece that you are decorating. as well as the material you are applying. That will assure that the material will stay on the surface of the piece without lifting.

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.

Mod Podge Tip Two

Always smooth out bubbles right away with a squeegee or a brayer. Bubbles are common when trying to adhere two surfaces together. So, while the decoupage medium is wet, run the brayer (or squeegee) over the surface of the piece. Work from the center of the piece outward.

Use Foam Brushes

Foam brushes are another alternative to apply Mod Podge to the surfaces. It applies an even coat and you can wash the brush for future uses.

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 Glitter

Mod Podge Glitter can be used on greeting cards and scrapbook pages to highlight areas and decor

Mod Podge Tip Three

When you apply Mod Podge to a project, make sure to use side to side brush strokes. Allow the coat to dry for 20 minutes. When you apply the next coat, uuse an up to down stroke. This will result in the smoothest application.

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

Which Photos To Use

Never use an actual photo for your photo image transfers. Instead use a cope of the photo printed on a dry toner printer

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 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 tansfer an image. Use white photo copy paper (standard computer paper). The Mod Podge is supposed to soak through the paper. The photo paper is too thick. The computer paper will wok. Copy your image onto the computer paper.
  • Use enough medium to cover the photo until you cannot see the photo any more.
  • 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 Modge 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.

If you are going to use an image that has any words or text on it, always remember to print the copy in a mirror image ( a reverse image) so that the text will appear correctly after you apply it to your surface

How To Prep Your Fabric

If you are planning to apply fabric to a surface with mod podge, wash it and dry it first. Do not use fabric softener. Iron the fabric. Lay it out on a covered surface (wax paper is a good choice to cover the surface) Use a light coat of fabric Mod Podge and allow to dry. This is the perfect way to prep your fabric

Mod Podge Tip Four

Always allow the project to cure for the amount of time as recommended by the formula. Cure times are always stated on the jar.

Mod Podge Tip Five

Use a disposable paper plate as a palette for your project. Picking up the medium off the paper plate is much less messy and you can throw the plate away when you are done.

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

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  • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda F Correa 

    22 months ago from Spring Hill Florida

    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 !

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    22 months ago

    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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