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Make your own Mod Podge for decoupage. I just covered the lid of a jewelry box I got for $.50. The inside was a lovely red satin and velvet, but the top was down to the cardboard. It was white leatherette, and I found a 50s vintage fashion photo in Bazaar, just the right size, and used my homemade mod podge (which is just white glue thinned with water) to decoupage the top. Now it looks as if it's always been that way and is quite stylish, all for $.50, a magazine photo, and some white glue!
Source: me and a craft activity I saw at a fair years ago where they used this white glue solution.
By pam munro from Los Angeles, CA
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I want to decoupage a picture onto a piece of painted wood with puzzle glue or regular Elmer's glue. Can this be done?
It can be done. Instructions are here. www.craftystaci.com/
You can do this (I used Elmer's), but when I did this it got all wonky after a few years (it got all bubbly and peely). It also attracted bugs (silver fish).
Sad because it looked really pretty! Wishing you much better luck with your project than I had with mine. Maybe the new puzzle glues are better than when I did this in the late 1980s.
I do not believe there is a glue made that will not attract bugs (of some kind) but if you do not have a bug problem then your project will probably be safe for a long time.
I still have decoupaged pictures (paper to wood) from the 70's but we did seal ours so that probably made a difference.
I believe that Elmer's and puzzle glue are low quality glues that work but do not have the staying power that better glues have. So you should think about how long you would like to have this masterpiece around (in good condition).
Here are some links that have a lot of information on gluing paper to wood and also information on types of glue. It never hurts to research something before you gather your tools.
Yes, it is possible.
Example on the Elmer's site: elmers.com/
Can you use fabric glue for decoupage?
They are different and personally I would not use a fabric glue for decoupage. I am not always one to experiment when there are tried and true products for a purpose. One of the experts here may have better advice! This is just me as I hate wasting money if things don't work out the way I want them to. This article sums it up:
Modge Podge is the usual glue for this.
How do I make Mod Podge with South African products?
By Anne Marie from South Africa
Take Ponal wood glue (NOT the water proof variety)and ad water, 3 parts Ponal to 1 part water.
What is the water to glue ratio to make decoupage glue, and can I use this recipe on fabric to tin and plastic?
By Kathy Roszak from Frankfort, IL
I have used equal parts of water and regular white glue to decoupage paper to something else. For a recent project where I was adhering cloth letters to wood, I used the decoupage glue and did not water it down. I "painted" 2 layers to make sure they stuck!
Tin and plastic should work. I did cancelled stamps on tin plates once. I would be careful to wash the plastic in Dawn to be sure there is no grease on the surface.
I want to place decals on a painted wood surface. Will the mod podge recipe work and be clear when dry so the decal will not show cloudiness?
By Tom C.
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I am looking for the best recipe to make Mod Podge that is clear when it hardens and is easy to rub down with a 220 grit sand paper. Thank you.
By ANT STEFFEN from South Africa
I buy wood glue at my local hardware shop. It is white, just like Mod Podge, but comes in a large 1kilo bucket and is very cheap. It is thick so it must be thinned down and I use the 3:1 ratio as the person above suggests. I have been using this for years and it has worked out very well for me and saved me so much money! (03/14/2010)
By Lisa Austin
How do I make decoupage out of white glue?
By carla from Garland, TX
I have used the regular Elmer's Glue-All mixed with equal parts of water with great success. Just be sure to allow your work to dry thoroughly between layers and after you've completed your piece. Then you can add a coat of clear varnish (water type) or shellac to protect your finished object. Do not use the school glue for these projects as I don't think it's really thick enough to begin with.
My husband bought a gallon of Elmer's Glue-All to use in his own work, and it's the most economical way to go if you're going to be doing a lot of decoupage work.
I've covered entire bookshelves in decoupage and it worked great. I wouldn't hesitate to use it on large items that were not going to be getting damp or treated roughly.
Good luck and take a picture when you're done to share with us. We'd love to see it.
You can use school glue just with about half water to amount of glue. Check it out for yourself on a small piece, let completely dry and see for yourself if its going to hold well. (09/15/2010)
Does anyone have a recipe for decoupage glue like mod podge? It is so expensive.
Dameemag from Rothbury, MI
You can add a little bit of water to white school glue and use it the same as Mod Podge. (11/30/2006)
It is possible to make a type of Mod Podge by mixing equal parts of white Elmer's glue and water.
It isn't as shiny as Mod Podge, but does work. The other solution I found is a product called "Miracle Podge" at my local dollar store.
Mixing 3 parts glue to 1 part water is closer to actual Mod Podge, both in texture and shine. (12/26/2007)