If you’re new to the world of crafting, and you’re wondering what all the fuss about Mod Podge is – or perhaps you’ve just bought your very first tub and now you want inspiration – you’ve come to the right place! We’re here to share with you exactly how to use Mod Podge to create some stunning projects, to answer the most common Mod Podge FAQs, and to share a few crafty ideas you hadn’t thought of before!
Read on to discover exactly how to use Mod Podge, and share your own Mod Podge ideas with other crafties at the bottom of this post!
In short… no! Mod Podge is glue with benefits – and they’re benefits worth having! Yes, you can use Mod Podge to stick stuff down, but that’s not all this fantastic little pot of sauce has to offer. Mod Podge is also a sealer and a finish; it’s much stronger than PVA glue, and includes special ingredients that will give your project the strength and longevity that standard glue won’t!
A coat of Mod Podge will feel touch-dry within an hour, but your best bet is to give a project a full 24 hours before you deem it completely dry.
Whilst Mod Podge doesn’t have an expiry date as such, it will typically last anywhere from 6 months to a year once opened. If left unopened and well-stored, your Mod Podge could last for years and be perfectly usable when you do finally start crafting with it!
Yes you can use Mod Podge on Plastic! Mod Podge is designed to enable you to decoupage any porous material onto almost any surface – so as long as the material you are using is porous (e.g. paper, fabric, etc.) then it should work no problem! If there are any non-porous embellishments you want to add to your plastic surface (such as buttons, beads or gems) then simply attach them using adhesive, allow this to dry fully, and then apply a layer of Mod Podge over the whole project to finish.
Oh yes – in fact, we recommend it! If you like sparkle as much as we do, then you’ll just love how effective Mod Podge is at adding instant (and durable!) sparkle to all manner of craft projects, and household objects! Simply apply a layer of Mod Podge to your chosen object then, whilst it is still wet, sprinkle glitter all over it so that the Mod Podge is well and truly covered, and SPARKLING! Allow the Mod Podge to dry, then tap off any excess glitter. Next, apply another layer of Mod Podge over the top of this to seal in the glitter and give a smooth finish! If you want to achieve a super glittery effect, you can sprinkle glitter over this second layer of Mod Podge, leave to dry, and then add a THIRD layer of Mod Podge to seal… it depends what level of sparkle you want to achieve!
So many people want to know how to use Mod Podge when it comes to working with different surfaces, across a broad range of projects. The fantastic thing about Mod Podge is that it can be used on almost any surface! You can use it to decorate tin, cardboard, glass, wood, craft foam, some plastics, paper mache, and more! If in doubt, test a small area of the surface first before you jump straight into your project, just to make sure the Mod Podge will adhere fully.
Prepare wood surfaces by lightly sanding, wiping down with a damp cloth, and drying fully before use. Clean tin surfaces using a 50:50 water:vinegar solution.
How to use Mod Podge is to some extent up to the individual, and can depend upon the project at hand, but generally speaking, it’s easiest to apply using either a soft bristle paintbrush or a sponge applicator brush. Always start at the base of your project and work ‘upwards’ – so apply a generous coat of Mod Podge to your project surface (too little and you will end up with wrinkled papers!) then place your papers on top of this. Next, smooth out the papers using a brayer or credit card, until all the bubbles/wrinkles are gone, then wait 10-20 minutes before applying a top coat of Mod Podge. It’s up to you how many top coats you apply, but we recommend at least a couple.
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