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FRUGAL TIP: Homemade Mod Podge

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 1 comments
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Image: DIY: Decoupage | Also known as DIY Mod Podge
Photo credit: DoItYourselfDivas.com - All rights reserved
I have posted a few craft ideas lately using Mod Podge - but Mod Podge isn't cheap!

Now I am going to save you even more money by telling you how to make your own!

If you use regular Elmer's Glue-All, it will be waterproof when your project is dry.

The other bonus to making your own Mod Podge there is no smell!

Homemade Mod Podge Mix

Simply mix 50% Elmer's glue (white glue) and 50% water in a jar. Shake well. And you are done!

From: DoItYourselfDivas.com

NOTE: Some use less water - 2/3 glue and 1/3 water. You will have to experiment with small batches to see what works best for you.

TIP: If you use markers to make your picture, label, etc. - spray first with hairspray, let it dry then use your homemade Mod Podge.

TIP: Add 2 TBSP of varnish for a glossy finish.

TIP: If you wanted Glitter Mod Podge, just add some glitter to your homemade mixture!

From our Facebook fan page:

Tonya Bradley Philbrick posted: Wow! Thanks for sharing! :)

Megan Norris posted: If you have any left over add a little borax, and it makes a fun flubber for the kids to play with

Regina Greene-Pinckert posted: Thanks, now I have a use for the jar I emptied out last night at dinner time! I love upcycling!

Amber Faires posted: Honestly I've never even used Modge Podge on my own, so I wasn't sure what it was used for exactly and I was like, how could something so simple be so expensive? So I decided to Google to see what projects it's used for and then I Googled the ingredients for the homemade mix and this link came up: Why You Shouldn't Make Your Own Mod Podge

Sounds like a good idea to use it for things like kids crafts that will end up being thrown away or whatever and not sentimental heirlooms or something hehe. My 18 month old would just eat it though!

Regina Greene-Pinckert posted: Thanks for that informative post Amber. I will definitely keep that in mind. I think I want to make my own more for my kids to do projects I know will end up in the trash before too long. But for serious projects, I will definitely buy the real stuff!

Image: Elmer's All Multipurpose White Glue | America's favorite all-purpose glue | Perfect for school projects, arts and crafts, and light home repair
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Elmer's All Multipurpose White Glue
Glitter Shake Jars
Mod Podge
Mod Podge Sparkle

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About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up - and re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and Bella, the cat.

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  1. Having taught art for 20 years I can tell you that Liquid Laundry Starch is SO much faster/cheaper/easier and dries hard as iron--just pour some in a bowl and use as is. I think it costs about $3.29 a jug. At first, we used the scented kind, but the smell became overpowering in the artroom so we switched to 'fragrance-free'. Dried glue is too hard to get off of tables/fingers for us! Anyway, you can also buy powdered laundry starch and boil some up--looks like clear pudding--but it is very hard to find anymore...

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