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What Is Mod Podge?

Updated on April 18, 2014

Mod Podge Mystery

What the heck is Mod Podge I wondered again and again. I keep reading about it whenever I Pin something wonderful on Pinterest and the DIY blog says "apply Mod Podge"....

From arts and crafts to home décor and yes even, furniture renovation that is amazing, there it is again - Mod Podge. I have never heard of this. I have definitely never used it. My friends and family have never said "Wow that Mod Podge is great". Is it a glue I wondered? A protective finishing coat? Is it like decoupage? So many questions, so many projects that came out beautiful by fabulous people writing and sharing online.

I love DIY. I love designing new artsy creations for home. That's why when I was in the Crafts store recently and saw Mod Podge in containers big and small and even giant size my heart skipped a beat! There it is. It's calling me. But the question is....

What the heck is Mod Podge!?

Mod Podge Is Amazing

Mod Podge Project Time
Mod Podge Project Time

Mod Podge, I have discovered is amazing. As much as I have learned about it, I still know so little. It is diverse and opens a universe to imagination. This fantastic product is a reliable glue that goes on smoothly whether it is applied in a small area or over a large area with a paint brush. It dries quickly and firmly so you have to be prepared before you start.

It is also a wonderful finish coat over your project that somehow makes whatever your creativity has designed more and more beautiful as it dries. The finish pulls everything together within a short time. The appearance of the finish depends on the Mod Podge you used. There is a beautiful matte, shiny and satin finishes. Now Mod Podge is also available in an antique finish, a whimsical crackle type, glitters of gold and silver, glow in the dark and many other amazing sealing finishes.

Oh did I mention Mod Podge is now also available in dishwasher safe variety, outdoor finishes for patio and backyard décor oh, and a fabric safe Mod Podge you can use on clothing, etc and actually put in the wash. Amazing.

Mod Podge Buffet

Amazing Mod Podge is available in many different finishes, sizes and sheens. You can get it to finish a project with a shiny gloss, matte and even satin smooth. It comes in lots of sizes and there is even a beginner sample pack so you can take it home and try it out to see how it works and how it will look before you start some serious diy design projects.

Mod Podge Project Ideas

Amazingly the amount of projects you can create with Mod Podge is endless. So far I am just a beginner and have made some wonderful decorative accessories, an adorable vase and assorted odds and ends just so I could get the "feel" of how Mod Podge works on wood, plastic, glass and even fabric. I have everything I need to begin the big renovations I have in mind though which will include covering a plain wood mirror with matching damask fabric to hang over my couch, a serving platter that seriously needs a makeover and so many other great ideas waiting for me to bring them to life.

Amazing projects I have seen on blogs that you may love are:

  • Decoupage Art
  • Home Accents
  • Furniture Makeovers
  • Storage Boxes and Containers
  • Frames
  • Glass Vases
  • Art Canvases
  • Planters
  • Sneakers and Shoes
  • T-Shirts
  • Boxes Like Cigar Boxes or Old Jewelry Boxes

Brushing Up On Mod Podge

Brushes To Apply Mod Podge
Brushes To Apply Mod Podge

I like to keep a good supply of brushes in my DIY stock because you never know what size you might need. Paint brushes both arts and craft size and regular wall paint size work great with mod podge projects and very often so do foam paint brushes. If you are just starting out on this crazy Podge of an adventure you can pick brushes up that are inexpensive at Walmart or Dollar Stores or Home Depot just to get a feel of which brushes you like and how they work with different materials.

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Paper Art

Scrapbook papers are awesome to use with Mod Podge. They don't have to be expensive, come in all different colors and themes and you can mix and match papers on the same project to get some really unique patterns for every style home and occasion.

They adhere great, are pretty strong and the Mod Podge makes a great finish over them too.

Echo Park Paper Everyday Eclectic Collection Scrapbooking Kit
Echo Park Paper Everyday Eclectic Collection Scrapbooking Kit

Scrapbooking papers work amazing with Mod Podge

"Sn@p! Color Vibe Collection Paper Pad 6""X6"" 36 Sheets-"
"Sn@p! Color Vibe Collection Paper Pad 6""X6"" 36 Sheets-"

Mod Podge different patterns and colors to create some truly unique home decor

Echo Park Paper for The Record 2 Tailored Collection Scrapbooking Kit
Echo Park Paper for The Record 2 Tailored Collection Scrapbooking Kit

Papers do not have to be expensive and a lot of them come in collections that contrast each other.

Echo Park Paper BJG45016 Bundle of Joy Girl Collection Scrapbooking Kit
Echo Park Paper BJG45016 Bundle of Joy Girl Collection Scrapbooking Kit

Design some DIY baby shower and birthday party favors with Mod Podge for a fraction of the cost and some great compliments

Die Cuts With A View 12-inches by 12-inches Tattered Time Paper Stack with Gloss
Die Cuts With A View 12-inches by 12-inches Tattered Time Paper Stack with Gloss

Papers and material for Mod Podge projects can be dramatic and bold or just match and accessorize.


Slow and Steady Projects

Mod Podge Small Projects
Mod Podge Small Projects

Honestly, Mod Podge projects can be so simple. It isn't really hard to use but some projects can be more complex than others. Plus it is sticky stuff that dries pretty quickly so I found it really helpful to start slow and give myself a chance to kind of practice. So far I am really loving it, and out of dollar store items I have adorable vases, q-tip holders, an awesome old metal can that is a great looking change holder now.

My daughter made unbelievably beautiful and useful projects for her bathroom that rival the expensive stores, I think Elyse is just a natural, so creative and talented. Me I'm still learning but having a great time and really looking forward to going for some bigger renovation make overs with Mod Podge.

DIY Do It Yourself Mod Podge Links

You can check out some great Mod Podge and Crafty project ideas on my Pinterest Board - most of them are not my projects but they are great inspiration from some amazing bloggers and DIYers.

Mod Podge Madness

Ready, Set, Let's Mod Podge!
Ready, Set, Let's Mod Podge!

Have you made any Mod Podge Projects big or small to share with us? If you have we would love to know some other great applications for this amazing creativity tool.

Have You Made Any Mod Podge Projects To Share?

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      5 years ago

      You can mod podge so much! Create works of art with a brush and gluey-shiny stuff. My favorite :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      Mod Podge is truly a wonderful product! I love all of your featured creations and suggestions.

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      Bonfire Designs 

      5 years ago

      @PAINTDRIPS: Thanks Denise that's the way we rock and roll with mod podge love your 50's stuff!

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      Bonfire Designs 

      5 years ago

      @AcornOakForest: Mod Podge fun - I need more fun time mod podging things and less time doing grown up stuff like working and paying bills!

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      Monica Lobenstein 

      5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Fun lens! I have been thinking about a Mod Podge project so I was interested in reading more about it. So thanks for sharing what you discovered.

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      I love this. Great question and answer! I'm the Rock Around the Clock 50's contributor and there are so many things 50's style that can be done with this. Now I have to get to work. Thanks.

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      Bonfire Designs 

      5 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: Hi Mickie! Thank you so much I have pinned you too because you truly are the Glue Gun Slinger awesome lenses, can't wait to get a chance to read more of them!

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      Mickie Gee 

      5 years ago

      I love your lens about ModPodge. Will be putting in my Glue Gun Slinger Corral on Pinterest. Why? You have identified one use of this crafty stuff as glue. BTW, I am the Glue Gun Slinger Contributor on Squidoo and I am happy to have found you.


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