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Guide to Mod Podge

Guide to Mod Podge

Photo by Steve Carrell

Mod Podge is one of the most well known craft supplies in existence (you might recognize it from its retro label). But if you aren’t familiar with Mod Podge, it’s a decoupage medium — an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish used to attach paper and fabric to various surfaces.

READ: Project Mod Podge: Taking Decoupage Above and Beyond

Crafters use it for all sorts of projects, ranging from home décor to jewelry to gifts to budget crafting.

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One thing that most people don’t know about Mod Podge is that there are several formulas — which are all good for gluing and sealing — but have different finishes. The following is a list of formulas you can use to achieve various looks on your projects:
 

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Formula Guide

Classic Mod Podge: This is your all-around Mod Podge that comes in either a gloss or matte finish. Great for all types of projects and most surfaces. To eliminate any stickiness after drying, simply spray with a clear acrylic sealer. (Project Idea: Decorating Mason Jars)

Satin Mod Podge: Will give projects a lustrous, soft appearance somewhere between a matte and gloss. Because it is oh-so-slightly frosted, it shows scratches less than matte or gloss. Great for projects where you want a non-glossy, soft appearance that wears well. (Project Idea: Customize Your Sunglasses)

Hard Coat Mod Podge: Perfect for furniture because it has the ultimate durable Mod Podge finish! It provides extra protection for projects that are frequently used and handled. Because it has a satin finish, it doesn't show the scratches like the matte or gloss! (Project Idea: IKEA Drawer Makeover)

Fabric Mod Podge: It's not just wood or paper that people like to decoupage — it's fabric too! Not only that, you can decoupage fabric to other surfaces. This formula does both. For best results, lightly brush this formula onto the fabric and allow it to dry before cutting. It eliminates fraying. (Project Idea: No Sew Tote Bags)

Paper Mod Podge: Not to be confused with regular Mod Podge, this formula was created for more advanced paper projects, like scrapbooking. People who scrapbook like their projects to be archival, and that means they want their glues to be as well. Archival quality keeps photos and papers from yellowing and extends the life of scrapbooking projects. Comes in a gloss and matte finish.

Outdoor Mod Podge: This formula protects your decoupage project from moisture and the elements. Great for clay pots. I also recommend sealing with an outdoor sealer for added durability. (Project Idea: Pretty Terra Cotta Pots)

Sparkle Mod Podge: Sparkle Mod Podge contains hologram glitter pieces (rainbow effect) in a gloss base. Using a minimum of one coat shows up great on dark surfaces, but add several coats for more sparkle and shine. (Project Idea: Sparkle Up a Skeleton)

Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge: You'll need to apply several coats for the best glowing effect. I love this stuff for kids projects, as well as my favoritest holiday in the world, Halloween.

Brushstroke Mod Podge: It's very textured and dimensional (yet clear) and gives you the look of hand painting without the hefty price tag. Comes in gloss or matte.

Kids Wash Out Mod Podge: This formula was specially developed so that children can use it. It has a typical glossy finish, but will wash out of children’s clothing and furniture with ease.

Antique Mod Podge: There are some who love the look of vintage, aged projects that have an antique feel. Antique Mod Podge enables you to get that aged look simply by brushing it on. A slight brown tint is how it works. This formula comes in a matte finish. (Project Idea: Vintage Food Labels)

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