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Home Made Mod Podge Recipe- Don’t be hoodwinked!

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In lots of ways I am a hand clapping optimist. I find it really hard to imagine the worst case scenario and always think everything is going to work out, which is often to my detriment. In other ways I am a doubting cynic. When it comes to brands and their promises I am more dubious then Scooby doo smoking doobies in dubiousville.  When a grand claim is made of a product my mind screams “LIES, ALL DAMN LIES!” like some kind of crossed witch.

There are some exceptions:

  • Helmans mayonnaise (no other will do. I can eat this with a spoon for lunch.)

Ummmm.

Okay, actually, I think that is it on my list.

So when I first heard about crafting super power that is Mod Podge I tried to ignore the screamy witch and find out exactly what it is that makes Mod Podge such a delight. First of all I began by trying to find out what Mod Podge is.Wanna know what it is, basically?

Watered down PVA glue.

That’s:  PVA glue with water in it.

PVA (that you can by from Poundland) with water (free)

But people are paying heaps for this crafting Must Have, to do things like decoupage and scrapbooking, that people have done for years with watered down PVA.

I kind of think the people of Mod Podge are trying to fox us all a little bit.

Oh well. Now we know, eh?

Home Made Mod Podge Recipe

To make a jar of fake Mod Podge you need 1 cup of glue and 1/3 cup of water. Shake really well  and use as you would Mod Podge. To make it gloss add 2 table spoons of water based varnish or to make the sparkly add super fine glitter.

I wanted to try making some decorated pegs. I made some Christmas pegs  with ribbon and scrabble tiles in this way but found cutting the fabric and getting it to not fray really tricky. When I read on Sew Scrumptious’s lovely site that she used Mod Podge to make the fabric paper-like I gave it a crack with my fake Mod Podge. It really works.

Just give the little scraps of fabric a good soaking then leave them to dry as flat as you can. Then snip them up. It is truly ace and made making these pegs so easy. And if you are like me and keep every snippet of beautiful material than this is the PERFECT use!

I used some navy polka dots and even a bit of lace, so simple and quick:


What do you think? Are you a Mod Podge Die Hard? Or are you generally happy with the fake/ home made versions of things?

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  1. I do still have some mod podge, but indeed it is just PVA and water, and I have that too! Cute pegs – my smallest is particularly in love with pretending to be washing. I have to put pegs on him and pretend I think he’s a sock or old pair of pants!

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  2. Have read about people using it on so many blogs, wondered what it was. Thank you for clearing that up. I shall not be going out of my way to get any. Home made it is for us!

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  3. I’ve never used the actual modge podge and just mix up my own batch of the PVA and water as needed – it’s fab and something we always have around the house! Thanks so much for linking up lovely! xx

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  4. Homemade wins every time for me, (i will even admit to being happy with Aldi mayo ) I would love to tell you i’m your newest follower, but i cannot find out how to follow you other than by e-mail. If you have time could you guide me in the right direction. Much obliged.

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    • Ah ummm.
      Maybe the RSS feed on the right hand side, just below the Twitter bit?
      Also, Bloglovin? It is host neutral and I’m learning to love it.

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  5. There was me thinking Modge Podge was some amazing stand alone product! Now I know if I ever need some what to do, so thanks for that!
    The pegs look adorable x

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  6. Thanks for the lovely mention. I feel cheated by Modge Podge!! I didn’t realise it really was JUST PVA glue and water. Its really expensive!! Will be making my own from now on. LOvely pegs by the way. Loving the lace ones! x

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  7. I just searched the other day for the ingredients of MP, after which I happily watered down my glue! Great fabric stiffener & all purpose magic thing!
    Ps. My Lulastic inspired resin things have turned out beautifully……thanks

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  8. I’ve just done my first decopage (which my husband insists is a word I’ve just made up) and I’ve used PVA, worked just fine.

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  9. I do have a pot of it knocking about, but I bought it several years ago. I’m definitely a fan of using DIY versions of such things if they work.

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    • I am the worst- I ALWAYS think there is a DIY option. And google doesn’t tend to tell you otherwise haha. Somewhere out there there is a recipe for DIY gaffa tape!

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  10. I was getting really grumpy that I couldn’t find anywhere to buy mod podge because so many American blogs use it for everything and I couldn’t find it over here. PVA and water, that I can do. Thanks for de-mystifying. Yay.

    P.S. Like the pegs. 🙂

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  11. Doh! Why am I only discovering what Mod Podge is now?! Bought it last month, ha ha! At least when it runs out I know to just replace it with PVA glue & water!

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  12. Mod Podge is all over so many crafty blogs right now. I haven’t seen much of it here in Aus, only once in an art store recently. I distinctly remember seeing the price and thinking “ummm yeah, i’m sure PVA would work just fine!”

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  13. I have some as my friend brought it back from the us for me, but since ready how to make my own on A Place of my own, I have been just watering down PVA.

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  14. i have been using watered down pva for various collages and seen it used wet to wrap materials around chairs, old phones (presumably decorative only) lamps etc to amazing effect using bright patterned cotton. Recently did a collage using an old embroidered torn cushion and including paper torn from magazines

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  15. Aha, I see Sue Harding has left comment. She is my mad arty Aunt who put me onto your blog (which I lurve). Anyhoo, I need blogging advice, would like to set one up but am a bit of a technotwit. If poss, could give me a way of contacting you without using your comments bit? Thanks, Saffron (safftaylor@yahoo.com.au or freddyandviolet on Facebook)

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  16. nice pegs! good tip on the PVA, I got some recently to try out decoupage but had read about Mod Podge and was wondering if I was missing out on some secret ingredient.

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  17. Nope, not missing out even a dash. Consider yourself wisened to the unmystical ways of Mod Posge 🙂

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  19. Love. I guess will work for making kids fabric covered hairclips etc? On the ‘to do’ list!

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  20. I have always been very suspicious of Modge Podge, mainly because I had only seen it on American blogs and thought that it might be something that has a different name in the UK. Turns out it does – PVA and water. Thanks very much, very useful!

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  21. Aha! I had a feeling it was just PVA with a fancy label. Great tip about applying it to the fabric before cutting it, love the little pegs 🙂

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  22. Haha we just made some papier mache-decoupage thingies today using…guess what…PVA and water!

    I only started diluting it when I was once too short of glue to finish a project. This moment of extreme tightness made me realise that watering it down just a little bit, makes it go much further and doesn’t diminish it’s magic sticking powers. Then I just watered it down some more for laquering stuff etc. x

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    • Cool cannae wait to see ’em! I am ready to devoupage something big and bad, like a whole table.
      Mind you, I’d well get bored about a tenth through
      x

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  23. I used to do heaps of decopage on anything and everything as a kid using none other than PVA glue! Was debating whether to get some mod podge to do a few projects, thinking it must have some miracle secret ingredient, but ill just stick with what I know now! Thanks heaps!

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  24. Podge has a sealer in it….will this recipe hold up over time?

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    • Hello. I think for craft projects this stuff will be fine – it has been used for decades after all.
      Mod podge is only a sealer to a certain extent anyway- it isn’t waterproof so you need to use varnish over the top to really make any thing modpodged or pva and water last – i.e decoupaged furniture.

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  27. Wish I’d seen your site two weeks ago, have just been on a weekend workshop to make an antique book and Mod Podge was on the requirements list, I’d not come across this before so stumped up several £’s to the workshop organiser to order some. The moment I opened the jar the smell made me think ‘PVA’ and I have to admit I felt somewhat cheated. Thanks for confirming my suspicion, I now know what to use in future

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  28. I’m so glad I found this post! I have recently started blogging, as well as following your blog and just the other day I had searched for Mod Podge, figuring there might be a homemade version recipe out there. I have never used it before – the real thing or homemade – but saw this cute idea: http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2011/04/cereal-box-crafts-notepads.html and just have to have some to make them as Christmas gifts for some kids I know!

    Do you think the homemade will hold up on something like that?

    Thanks for a wonderful blog – I love it here!

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    • AHHH thanks! Sorry for late response! I love those 🙂 and your own version. I would make it more glue than water, I d tend to tweak the rations depending on the materials I work with.

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  30. Oh…just like others, I wish I had read this two days ago. I have been using Golden Acrylic Medium and ran out of it for a collage project. The closest store doesn’t carry Golden products so I looked online to see if Mod Podge was the same thing. Page after page of scrapbooking forums said it was the same thing. So I bought it. And the minute I opened it I could smell the PVA and new instantly that I had just wasted my time, my money, and and sadly, my project. Mod Podge is PVA glue. Elmer’s Glue-All. Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Same darned thing. I want my $5 back.

    And I agree with you about the Hellman’s. Nothing else comes close.

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    • Ah good, I am so glad we are clear on that! (Hellmans)
      I would love to hear your feedback , once you have been through a jar of it. I truly haven’t found anything where this stuff hasn’t sorted me out.

      That $5 could just be part of your Craft Trials fund 🙂

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