Mod Podge formula guide

Mod Podge formula guide - updated for 2015 with all the new formulas“WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MOD PODGE FORMULAS?”

You’ve asked it in a few different ways, but the basic question is the same. I’m ready to explain to you with my Mod Podge formula guide – so let’s do this thing. And in case you are wondering if you should make your own Mod Podge, the answer is no. Here’s why.

#1 thing to remember: All Mod Podge formulas are essentially the same in that they can all do three things. They are all good for gluing, sealing and finishing. The finish or use may be different, but they are all capable of those three things. Don’t forget that. Now read on.

Classic Mod PodgeThere are 2 formulas that fall under this umbrella: Gloss and Matte. When Mod Podge was developed over 40 years ago, it was started with these two. The only difference between these two is the finish that results when it’s dry. That’s it.
Gloss – Shiny finish.
Matte – Non-shiny finish.
With Gloss I typically hear, “after it’s dry, it’s sticky.” Sometimes I hear that about Matte too. It really depends on the climate you live in, but there’s a very simple solution: spray with several coats of a clear acrylic sealer and you’ll be fine. Stickiness be gone! Extra protection too.
Result: great for all types of projects and most surfaces. This is your all-around Mod Podge.

Okay. Now after the two classics were born, the Mod Podge people thought, “What if we developed Mod Podge in different formulas – for specific needs?” So they did. They kept the two classics around, so if you notice that some of these properties overlap with those two classic formulas, you are correct. But think about it – can you really get rid of the original formulas? No way.

Antique Mod PodgeThere are some who love the look of vintage, aged projects that have an antique feel. You can use acrylic paint to get this effect, but it takes a little skill. 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.
Result: Matte finish with a slightly brown, heirloom look. Ages your projects without the time.

Brushstroke Mod PodgeAre you looking to get the look of a hand painted image without the hefty price tag? Simply paint Brushstroke Mod Podge over the top for a highly textured finish for an artistic look. Comes in Gloss or Matte.
Result: Very textured and dimensional (yet clear) and gives you the look of hand painting.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge: You asked for it, and now you finally have it! This formula was released in January 2014. It does the glueing, sealing and finishing of regular Mod Podge – but now you can put those items in the top rack of the dishwasher! You should still keep this Mod Podge away from food and your mouth (3/4″ from the top of a glass), but now you can add items to cups, plates and more . . . and wash them! Gloss finish.
Result: Use to add paper or fabric to something you want to wash (top rack dishwasher or hand wash only).

Extreme Glitter Mod PodgeDo you want Sparkle Mod Podge on steroids? Because that’s what this is! This formula contains ultra fine glitter and LOTS of it . . . so you wouldn’t want to put it over a paper or fabric where you want to see fine detail. It looks great on all colors of surfaces but best on anything dark because the glitter really pops. I also love it on glass.
Result: Amazingly glittery finished surface that looks best on dark surfaces. Think “galaxy themed!”

Fabric Mod PodgeIt’s not just wood or paper that people like to decoupage – it’s fabric too! Not only that, you know I love to decoupage fabric TO other surfaces. This formula does both. You can decoupage things to fabric with it, and you can prepare fabric for decoupaging to surfaces by lightly brushing on and allowing to dry before cutting. It eliminates fraying. Here are 20 things you can do with Fabric Mod Podge.
Result: Use to prepare fabric for decoupaging to surfaces and for decoupaging things onto fabric.

Furniture Mod Podge: This formula is similar to Hard Coat, but developed just for furniture pieces – also just comes in 16 oz. . . because you’re probably going to need more than the standard 8 oz bottle! Comes in Gloss, Matte, or Satin depending on the finish you fancy.
Result: Use for any furniture re-dos that you take on . . . like one of these 15 unique decoupage furniture projects.

Glow-in-the-Dark Mod PodgeExactly what it sounds like. It’s the gloss Mod Podge with crushed fireflies! Kidding. Anyway, you’ll need to apply several coats for the best glowing effect. I love this stuff for kids’ project and my favoritest holiday in the world, Halloween.
Result: You can’t really see the finish when the lights are on, but it glows-in-the-dark! Expose to light to recharge.

Hard Coat Mod PodgeThis formula was specially developed to be super tough! Provides extra protection for projects that are frequently used and handled. It has a satin finish, which is somewhere between matte and gloss. It doesn’t show the scratches like the matte or gloss!
Result: perfect for furniture. It’s the ultimate durable Mod Podge finish.

Kids WashOut Mod PodgeThe standard Mod Podge formulas are pretty tough and not necessarily easy to get out of clothing and off of surfaces. They were meant to be that way! This formula was specially developed so that children can use it – they can spill it on their clothing or furniture without worry. Not that you want to dump it on your couch, but if it gets on there you won’t have a problem getting it off. Check out these 20 fun and easy decoupage kids’ crafts – these are perfect for the kids’ wash out formula.
Result: A typical glossy finish, but this will wash out of children’s clothing and furniture with ease.

Outdoor Mod Podgedecoupage + stuff that goes outdoors. . . . = Outdoor Mod Podge? Yes! Protects your decoupage project from moisture and the elements. Great for clay pots.
Result: Pretty simple: anything you decoupage that you want to sit outside. I recommend also sealing with an outdoor sealer for added durability.

Paper Mod PodgeA lot of people are confused by this one – can’t regular Mod Podge be used for paper. YES! Here’s the thing though: the Mod Podge people realized that there is a group out there that do more advanced paper projects; scrapbooking to be specific. These people like their projects to be archival, and that means they want their glues to be as well.
Result: Archival quality, keeps photos and papers from yellowing, and extends the life of scrapbooking projects. Comes in a gloss and matte finish.

Pearl Mod PodgeI’m imagining that your biggest use for this formula will be during the holidays. I mean, can you imagine a beautiful, shimmery topcoat on all of your handmade Christmas ornaments? But you can use it all year if you want to – there are no limits! It does dull the pattern slightly (it’s harder to see through the pearlescence) and I find that it looks best on darker colors, at least to me . . . . but you can even paint it on white for a more subtle finish.
Result: Shimmery finish that changes colors in the light.

Puzzle Saver Mod PodgeYou’re probably not going to need an entire 8 oz. bottle of Mod Podge to seal a puzzle – and it might be nice to have a brush included, especially if you aren’t a regular crafter. Great idea, right? Well, the makers of Mod Podge thought so too, so they put together a little 2 oz. bottle of Mod Podge with a brush on a card. You can use Classic Mod Podge to seal puzzles too; this was created for folks who aren’t regular decoupagers but still have a need for the good stuff.
Result: Basic formula with simple Gloss finish.

Satin Mod PodgeThis is the same as the two classic formulas, but the finish is satin. What is a satin finish, you ask? It gives 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.
Result: great for projects where you want a non-glossy, soft appearance that wears well.

Sheer Colors: These are brand new for 2014. This is regular Mod Podge, and can do everything that regular Mod Podge can do, but it’s TINTED in colors! This means it’s perfect for coloring mason jars and dyeing glass. Currently you can get this formula in Aqua, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, and Yellow.
Result: Use as regular Mod Podge, but it’s got a tint! Great for dyeing glass, too.

Sparkle Mod PodgeDid you know there is a Mod Podge with glitter already inside? Yes. Sparkle Mod Podge contains hologram glitter pieces (rainbow effect) in a gloss base. Use several coats for more sparkle and shine.
Result: Adds glitz to your project in a minimum of one coat. Note that this shows up great on dark surfaces.

Ultra Matte Chalk Mod PodgeYou know that chalk paint and finishes are all the rage right now. You can get that smooth, luxurious feel of a finish with this formula. It’s hard to explain how beautiful it is until you see it with your own eyes, and run your hand along it. I think it’s an amazing finish for furniture, especially a vintage item that you want to protect.
Result: VERY flat (no shine) and soft to the touch. No brushstrokes.

There are a few special Mod Podge formulas that don’t do the gluing, but they act as special finishes and are complimentary to all of the Mod Podge products above. Here they are.

Mod Podge Clear Chalkboard TopcoatYou won’t be decoupaging anything down with this one – you’ll want to use it on TOP of your decoupage to turn it into a chalkboard! I absolutely love that. Note: you can’t use chalk pens!! Only really chalk.
Result: Clear, matte finish that you’ll be able to write on with chalk (not pens, regular chalk sticks).

Mod Podge Crackle MediumAdd a crackled coat to the Mod Podge on the top of your project. You’ll need to add a contrasting paint color over the top to make it show up – but you’ll like the finished look.
Result: Ultra fine, eggshell crackle.

Mod Podge Dimensional MagicTraditional resins give you a hard, varnish finish but are toxic and require mixing – not Dimensional Magic! This product adds an epoxy-like finish to jewelry and paper crafts and dries clear. You can layer Dimensional Magic on top of itself (let it dry between layers). This formula comes in Clear, Gold Glitter and Silver Glitter.
Result: Get the look of resin or epoxy without the toxicity and mixing. Dries clear and dimensional.

Mod Podge Photo Transfer MediumYou can use this formula to create decals or appliques from any original photo. You can also transfer images to fabric or wood. Keep in mind this isn’t clear – so anything you transfer will have a white background. It takes some practice to use this formula, but once you get the hang of it, there are no limits to what you can transfer! See 30 Mod Podge photo transfer crafts here (most of them use this medium).
Result: A opaque photo transfer with a slick feel to the surface (you can Mod Podge over the top).

Mod Podge StiffyI get a lot of laughs about the name of this product, but stiffening is EXACTLY what it does! And I tell you, I love Stiffy. It’s not used for decoupaging or gluing anything down – not a top coat either. Instead, you simply dip items into Stiffy and it . . . stiffens them. Before you ask why you’d want to do that, check out my doily bowls. I have a lot of projects planned with Stiffy that I can’t wait to try.
Result: Not used for decoupage; instead, used to stiffen (primarily) fabrics into 3D shapes.

Mod Podge Super GlossYou can’t glue with the Super Gloss; the goal here is to get a smooth, epoxy-like finish over a large area. To use, Mod Podge your pieces down with another formula. Then use the Super Gloss over the top. it’s self-leveling and thicker than regular Mod Podge. So it gives you a very shiny, clear finish that looks like epoxy but isn’t (it’s not as thick as Dimensional Magic for those who are wondering).
Result: A super shiny, clear finish that is a little bit more thick than regular Mod Podge.

The Mod Podge brand encompasses more than just decoupage mediums and special formulas! Here are some additional products that you can find at the craft stores.

Acrylic Sealers: If you need a strong sealer to spray on top of your finished project, these come in Gloss, Matte, Pearlized (which has a bit of shimmer), and Super Gloss.

Acrylic & Chipboard Shapes: I actually love using these shapes in my Mod Podge projects. You can Mod Podge paper or fabric or on the back, and Dimensional Magic the front. Love the instant embellishments! They come in Basic and Designer.

Glues: There are basic glues used for crafting available such as Wonder Glue (very strong, for jewelry or similar applications).

Metal Blanks: For jewelry, rinks and other trinkets. I use these all the time.

Mod Melts and Molds: This product line was developed by my friends Cathie and Steve – and it’s genius! You can use these silicone molds and the melt sticks to make your own embellishments . . . which you can paint and then add to your decoupage projects.

Mod Podge Rocks StencilsI have a new line of stencils that released in January of 2014! These bad boys are designed to be used with Mod Podge and glitter for special effects. Learn more here.

Mod Podge Tools and Brushes: There are several Mod Podge branded tools and brushes that are specifically designed for decoupage projects: a 4″ brush applicator, 7 piece tool set, silicone mat, spouncers, finger caps, professional tool set and more.

Papers: If you are going to Mod Podge, you gotta have paper, right? These come in a variety of designs.

That should cover it! I want to let you know, as a final word, that ALL Mod Podge is self-sealing. You don’t have to hit with acrylic sealer. I sometimes recommend it, but that is only for added durability beyond what Mod Podge already offers. If something is going to get used frequently and beat up, then you should also spray or brush on seal with something additional.

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  1. says

    Great article. I had wondered about these formulas myself. Too many choices can lead to confusion sometimes!

  2. laura @ peacoat says

    i just came across your blog and i’m so glad i did, because i love mod podge, too!

    will be linking to you in my friday links next week, if you don’t mind.

    you’ve inspired me to get sticky again!

  3. says

    I do have one question. Can you recommend anything food safe? I’ve been told to just decoupage the back of plates or outside of bowls and cups, but I’d love to do the whole object and still have it usable. I’m thinking outdoor formula formula be perfect for being wash proof. I’ll be picking up some on my next trip to the craft store. Thank goodness I have to drive 45 minutes or I’d buy too much

  4. :::b r a n d i::: says

    Very helpful, tahnks! I hadn’t heard of some of these types of Mod Podge before.

  5. says

    Thanks everyone, for the great comments!

    Tina – Unfortunately no decoupage or paint is food safe. . . it’s always the recommendation to put something on top. One suggestion I can offer is if you decoupage a plate on the top (for decor purposes), you can put a glass plate over the top of it and put the food on that.

    Even the makers of Envirotex (the hard resin) recommend using a cutting board and not setting hot things on it.

    Even waterbase things have chemicals I guess!!! Let me know how the Outdoor washes for you –


  6. pam says

    Oh my goodness! WOW! I can’t believe I have missed all of these options! Thank you Amy for this very useful post. When I go to the craft store my eyes seek out the red and yellow bottles I have grown so accustomed to looking for and I totally have missed all these other options.

    But – good old fashioned original formula still has lots of fabulous applications! I’ll be sharing a really cool one in October that I discovered accidentally.

    Mod Podge totally ROCKS!

  7. says

    I am SO GLAD I found this!

    I go through about 5-6 cans of Mod Podge a month with my business. Always use matte finish since it’s less tacky, but I’ve always wished for a guide like this one.

  8. pam says

    Amy,I went shopping for fabric Mod Podge today and couldn’t find it at Michael’s Craft or Craft Warehouse. Found lots of standard Mod Podge as well as the shimmer, glitter and paper. Any suggestions as to where it would be normally found.

    Again, thank you for this information – it is a huge help.

  9. Mama Jenn says

    Thank you for sharing! I was in Michael’s a few months ago trying to figure out which Mod Podge to buy. Wish I would have had your descriptions then!!! {smile}

  10. collier says

    Geez, too bad PlaidOnline has nothing even CLOSE to this informative on their own site.

    One question — your descriptions of the “Glitter” and “Sparkle” mod podge formulas seem to disagree with their own descriptions. Their site says the “Glitter” type is holographic, your list says the “Sparkle” is the holographic one. Which is just plain ol’ silver glitter, with no multicolored effect?

    Oh, and Pam — try Hancock Fabrics or Joann Fabrics. Both chains sell the “fabric” Mod Podge online, so I imagine they’d have it in stores as well.

  11. says

    Hi Collier – Thank you!

    I have used both Sparkle and Silver Glitter – Sparkle looks rainbow-y and Silver Glitter is definitely plain Silver Glitter.

    Hancocks actually doesn’t carry Mod Podge in their stores – I asked once at the store and that online store is run by another company (for Hancocks), so much more is available online. I know it’s weird. . . but that’s what I was told!!

  12. collier says

    FAB. Thanks so much for the quick response! Now I know exactly what to order to use on my office cabinets. I just did my entire work surface with Sophisticated Finishes — which, in case you’ve never used it, is FANTASTIC — in silver metallic + two kinds of silver glitter + gloss Mod Podge. Getting glitter evenly distributed on the vertical cabinet surface would be pretty impossible, so Silver Glitter Mod Podge it is. WOO.

  13. says

    I’ve used several different varieties of Mod Podge and love them all! For some reason the Satin version is hard to find at my local craft stores. That’s my favorite. I might have to place an order online to stock up for holiday projects!

  14. Angie says

    I am using Classic Mod Podge for birdhouses will they be ok for outdoor use or will I need to seal with something else? I see Outdoor Mod Podge on your list but Walmart did not have it. Thanks, Angie

  15. Jukebox says

    Really appreciate these explanations! One question though – Does the Paper Mod Podge make acidic papers (newspaper) archival safe if they are sealed with it? I understand it won’t change the chemicals in the newspaper, but will the seal prevent it from doing long term damage to photos?

  16. Anonymous says

    I have a question…my kids are making trivets for Christmas presents by coloring on kitchen tiles with Sharpies. Would Mod podge work to seal the marker, or would the heat from the pots and pans melt the finish?

  17. says

    Jukebox – Yes, it will. Any yellowing that has already occurred can’t be reversed as you can imagine, but it will preserve the newspaper. Yay!

    Anonymous – Heat from pots and pans will definitely melt the finish. I would check at Home Depot to see if there is something heat resistant you could use!

  18. Angie says

    I am using Classic Mod Podge for birdhouses will they be ok for outdoor use or will I need to seal with something else? I see Outdoor Mod Podge on your list but Walmart did not have it. Thanks, Angie

  19. raquel says

    I would like to use paper modge podge to mount a laser photo copy onto mdf. I am wondering if there will be any problems with yellowing in the future. This is a product I am selling so I need to make sure the quality is good. If you want to see exactly what I’m talking about, I just set up Sorry, the site it is very basic right now as I am just getting things started :)

  20. Anonymous says

    Do you know (or does anyone) where you could view swatches with the various kinds of Mod Podge finishes on them? Your descriptions are so helpful, but it would be great to see the various finishes as well.

  21. says

    You should also spray a top coat of sealer (Varnish) if you plan to ship anything you make with Mod Podge. If you don’t and your item gets heated in transit, the Mod Podge gets sticky and whatever you wrapped it in, sticks to your projects.

  22. A COLLAGE A DAY says

    just discovered paper mod podge.
    glad it is archival! i’m a happy camper.

  23. MG says

    Not sure if you’re still answering questions on this or not but…I am covering the shelf part of a book shelf. I already put on several coats of the Original glossy MP….should I put the hard MP formula as a top coat do you think? Or spray/seal it with something? What do you recommend? Thanks…new to the MP world but my Grandma was an expert! She Mod Podged many a thing in her day…many a thing!

  24. says

    Hi MG! You can definitely put the Hard Coat over the top of the Glossy – or you can spray seal it with a spray sealer. It’s your choice. If the project is already done, I would recommend the spray sealer rather than Mod Podging the entire thing again. Hope this helps!

  25. Anonymous says

    Great info! I recently made birthday invitations using an invitation kit and wanted to add a dash of glitter to the front of the invitation. The paper is white and I am using Turquiose glitter. I want to add the glitter to the Mod Podge but am undecided which would be the best kind for this type of paper or if it’s even possible? I’m not trying to glue anything over it I just want to use a spray bottle and spray from a distance so that the glitter can be evenly distributed. Is this possible? If so, which Mod Podge would you recommend? I started to worry after I read that it can get sticky, help. Thank You -Liz

  26. Dan says

    hi! i’m new to using mod podge and i had a question. i used regular matte mod podge to glue and seal some drawings that i affixed to the surface of a painting, collage style. i love how it looks! but if i had known about the existence of the paper mod podge formula, i would have used that instead. i don’t want my drawings to yellow, and i want archival quality seal. can i apply a few coats of paper mod podge over the layers of regular? will that work?

  27. says

    Dan – thanks for the comment. Yes, you can do that. It should help! The reason things yellow is because of UV. There are also archival sprays you can get that are UV resistant – so it’s up to you! Either one would be great.

  28. Anonymous says

    Help! I need to know if Mod Podge can be used over acrylic sealer? I used MP to glue paper with copied images (it’s a rasterbation)onto canvas but did not cover the entire paper and now I can see where I dabbed the glue! EeeK! Those areas look like it’s been absorbed into the canvas. Can I make the rest of the paper look like that too? I already coated the entire thing with the sealer but was wondering if I could go over it with the MP and make it look better. Will the ink run? It’s to be displayed at a show to benefit our local Humane Society. Thank you.

  29. Rachel says

    Hi Amy!
    I was wondering if I can use the paper mod podge on gessoed wood, to glue the paper to the gessoed surface of the wood? Right now I’m using regular mod podge but if the paper mod podge is archival, I should be using that.


  30. Anonymous says

    Pontes Family, I am experimenting with glitter and mod podge right now, and it seems to be working. I’ll let you know for sure when the final layer is dry. Using glitter paper, glitter dimensional stickers, and loose glitter glued onto cardstock.


  31. Heather says

    I want to MP tissue paper (actually old clothing patterns) to a wood dresser. The dresser will be in a children’s playroom, so I need it to be fingerprint (and drool) resistent. Will the Hard Coat still get sticky when wet?

  32. Erin R says

    I want to Mod Podge 4×4 tiles with scrapbook paper to make coasters. What type of Mod Podge should I use, how many coats, and how long will it take to cure? I assume I should use a clear acrylic on top as well. I just don’t want sit something hot on them and they become tacky again. These are going to be Christmas gifts.

  33. Soozcat says

    Are there any formulations of Mod Podge which are flexible when dry? I’m thinking about coating a covered paperback sketchbook (you can see the project on my blog) and want to make sure the cover doesn’t crack when it’s handled.

  34. Speckled Kat says

    I absolutely love modge podge, but have not tried the cool ones, like the one for outdoors and fabric…I will purchase some at my next art store outing :)
    question: What brand of spray sealers do you use? I’ve used some in the past and the smell never went away. Please list all, I’d like them for indoor and outdoor projects. Thanks so much!

  35. huntressofnostalgia says

    Question. I bought the matte mp because hobby lobby didn’t have the fabric. Before they had the fabric mp did they not use the classic for fabric? Just wondering if I need to wait to do my projects with fabric.

  36. says

    Maya – You can definitely do those projects with fabric and Mod Podge! I would recommend fabric UNLESS the projects are going outside. I only use Outdoor if the projects are going to be exposed to the elements. Otherwise, Fabric Mod Podge is durable enough. Good luck – can’t wait to see the finished goodies!

  37. Paula says

    Thank you so much for all this info. I’m an artist setting up a children’s art class in my home while getting certified to teach in the schools, but mod podge is new to me. I’m now hooked. I was home sick yesterday and turned my basement into a giant mod podge project, redoing old stools, decorating boxes. I’m hooked.

    One question: You mentioned that paper mod podge is archival and will keep things from yellowing. That said, are other mod podge items prone to yellowing? Would it best to ALWAYS use paper mod podge?

  38. Sunny Day says

    I did not know there were so many formulas. Thanks for the explanation. I had to buy mine at Walmart and of course they had only the two classic ones.

    The project I plan to do will be an outside one so I will look at Michael’s when I finally get there for the outdoor formula.

  39. Anonymous says

    I MP photos to tiles to make coasters and I am about to spray them with sealer. Will this prevent anything sticking to it such as a hot mug?

  40. says

    Amy, so glad I found your blog! Didn’t realize mod podge had so many types to choose from. As a rubber stamper/scrapbooker I make mini books using different kinds of papers. I am SO excited to find the paper mod podge and try it out!! Thanks so much. Love your enthusiasm too! Bless ya~

  41. Mel Frank says

    I have plain matte mod podge. Can I use that to affix satiny type ribbon to a fabric covered bulletin board. The nearest place for me to get mod podge is 45 minutes away…and I don’t want to wait to finish my project!

  42. says

    Mel Frank – thanks for writing! Yes, you can use it, but the Mod Podge might make the ribbon darker where you apply it. It tends to do that to satin-y ribbon. Your best bet for that type of ribbon is a glue gun. 😀

  43. Anonymous says

    Thanks for the post! I am making a collage: print-out photos, magazine cutouts, fabric ribbons/bows, stickers, and text on a regular piece of paper. I was just wondering how i could keep the regular piece of paper from curling if I applied Mod Podge over my whole project. Also, what should I do if the project is sticky? Which MP would be the best for this project and would the magazine ink smear?


    P.S. This is my first time working with Mod Podge.

  44. says

    Hi Jan! The regular piece of paper shouldn’t curl if it’s flat and if you apply enough Mod Podge. I would apply a medium layer of Podge, put the paper down and then keep smoothing it until it’s flat. If the project is tacky when dry, spray seal it with clear acrylic sealer. No the magazine ink won’t smear, and you can use regular Mod Podge classic (Gloss or Matte) for this one. It should be fine!



  45. Throckmorton Jones says

    Amy, thanks for posting this list. The fireplace mantle project (how you found my blog the other day) is going to be my first mod podge project. I’ve always wanted to do it, but never had the right thing to take on. I’ll be watching the video tuts here once we get ready to actually get started for tips.

  46. lindsey@junkstyle says

    Thanks so much for breaking this down! It was exactly what I was looking for!

    P.S. I love your blog :)

  47. kellie says

    never knew there were so many mod podge’s out there. thanks for all the info.
    happy Crafting,

  48. Jennifer Pride says

    I’m new to the whole mod podge thing. I’m curious, I have some of the classic matte and some of the paper. The classic is relatively thin, like acrylic paint, but the paper is very thick, like paste, and it dries and get lumpy and unmanageable pretty quick. Is the paper mod podge supposed to be like that?

  49. L says

    Hello, I am mod podging a ton of paper labels to a wooden chair, I’m using the hard formula. When I am finished with all the labels, I plan to put a couple of coats of the hard (sanding between?). Do you recommend an additional sealer as the final finish? If so, what exactly would you recommend? I have enjoyed Min-Wax PolyAcrylic in the past..? Newbie!

  50. says

    Hi L! I do recommend an additional sealer to finish your project for added durability (esp. since it’s a chair). I use a clear acrylic spray sealer, but your Min-Wax will work just as well! Thanks for asking!

  51. Gail says

    I have recently re-discoverd MP, I remember 30 or so years ago, sitting at the kitchen table with my mom using MP to make festive wood boxes. I am wondering what type of MP I should use to re- surface my Nook’s fabric cover. I found some really lovely paper and would like to use it for a new cover. Thanks

  52. says

    Hi Gail! It’s a 44 year old product – isn’t that cool? I love that it’s been around for so long! Anyhoo, I would use fabric Mod Podge because it’s super durable and great with fabric (and adhering paper to fabric). You should spray it with a clear acrylic sealer when you are done re-surfacing it so that it isn’t tacky. Good luck!

  53. Angelica Suarez says

    I love this guide and intend to keep it bookmarked to share with friends when they ask “What’s the difference between….?” Great post! I LOVE MP and your blog! :)

  54. L says

    Mod Podge Amy, Thanks! I did add about 3 coats of PolyAcrylic to my chair, it was super shiny, loved it! For a charity fund-raiser, thanks for your advice!

  55. Amanda Hervey says

    This may be a stupid question but is there a formula that is food safe? I’d love to add monograms to some plates.

  56. says

    Hey Amanda, Unfortunately, there isn’t one that is food safe. BUT – you can add monograms to the backs of glass plates and then you are safe. 😀

  57. Anonymous says

    Hey! I just tried to do a tile with Mod Podge, and the MP was incredibly thick, and left ridges that ripped the paper I was applying. Can I thin MP down with a little water, or should I try something else? Thanks!

  58. says

    Hi Anonymous! I’m not sure what type it is – if it’s the Outdoor formula, that one is thicker than the regular formula. I would stir the jar well no matter what. It shouldn’t be that thick, so you might also want to consider an exchange. 😀

  59. Anonymous says

    Hi! I have a little strange question. How “useful” is the Mod Podge Puzzle Saver? I think it should be like the gloss or matte podge. Sorry for my english).

  60. says

    Hi Anonymous! Useful? I’m not sure what that means – but it’s great for sealing puzzles! For regular projects I would just buy good ol’ regular Mod Podge rather than use puzzle saver. 😀

  61. Anonymous says

    I would love to transform clear plates for a custom dinner set. To the backs, of course. But how durable will the be? Will careful hand washing be required? Will water eventually ruin the adhesion? Is there any chance of making them dishwasher safe?

  62. says

    Hi Anonymous! Unfortunately clear plates with Mod Podge will never been dishwasher safe. The product is waterbase – which makes it non-toxic – but also means that water ruins it (when it’s soaked). Careful handwashing and drying will be fine. I would spray the back with clear acrylic outdoor sealer, and then you’ll have a highly water resistant (but not waterproof) plate.

  63. T. Nelson says

    So, I started this chair yesterday with regular modge podge. It’s almost done, and I know it won’t hold up against the weather, but I seriously can’t redo it at this point. Will it be OK if I just seal the heck out of it with an outdoor acrylic sealer? It’s for an outdoor art display in our town. (fingers crossed!!!)

  64. Ashley says

    Amy, I would like to mod podge paper on the outside of a wine glass. Which formula should I use?

  65. says

    Hey Ashley! You can use any formula with paper on glass, but I recommend Original Gloss since glass is shiny. 😀 Just keep in mind that you will have to carefully handwash the wineglass – it cannot be washed in a dishwasher! Thanks!

  66. DeeDee says

    I love these products too. I have used a product from Plaid called Petal Porcelain. I is used to turn material or silk flowers into porcelain like finishes. I can’t find this product on the Plaid sights, but it is in many instuction books, and craft pages on sites. Can anyone help me please? DeeDee

  67. says

    Hey DeeDee! I know Plaid still makes Petal Porcelain . . . I would call or e-mail their customer service line to double check where it’s available. Here’s the information I pulled from the site: Customer Service: 1-800-842-4197 Mon – Fri. 8am – 5pm EST
    Good luck!!

  68. Drea says

    I’m trying to decoupage a large piece of fabric to cover an old Samsonite textured plastic suitcase (16.5″x23″). Im not quite sure if i should use the fabric Modge Podge or the outdoor. Also, should I paint each large piece of fabric, let it cure, and then apply it to the suitcase like you did in your fabric modge podge video?

  69. says

    Hi Drea! I would use the fabric Mod Podge – it will be durable. I would do exactly what I did in the fabric Mod Podge video. It will make it easier for you to cut the fabric to fit your suitcase without fraying, and it also makes it easier to apply without wrinkles. BIG TIP: When you are done, SPRAY your suitcase with several coats of clear acylic sealer to take away the tackiness and add extra durability. Yay!

  70. Anuja Krishnan says

    Hi I have been trying to send you an email with a question, unable to find your email.

    The problem I face with using “classic” modpodge is that it shows up all white in the freezer. I used it to repurpose glass jar lids that I was going to keep in the freezer. But unfortunately, a few minutes after I put it in the freezer (of course after coating, complete drying etc.) the modpodge starts to show up white (like immediately after you apply it). I have been asking a few experts for some tips but haven’t had any luck fixing this issue.

    Is there a solution to this? Thanks much.

  71. says

    Hey Anuja! Yes, Mod Podge is an acrylic product, so unfortunately it can’t be frozen without turning white. I’m not sure what using a clear acrylic sealer (over the top) would do, but I’m thinking it would still turn out white. :(

  72. Anonymous says

    Hi there, thank you for an informative post. It cleared up why my project of covering a storage trunk with paper was still ‘tacky’. Please can you tell me what will stick pvc to leather or leather to vinyl? My matte modpodge wasn’t strong enough, it peeled off. Donna

  73. says

    Hi Donna! I don’t use any glues that aren’t waterbased, so I’m not sure. Waterbased product doesn’t stick to those two items b/c of conflicting polymers :(

  74. K9 Instincts says

    I’m working on a project where I will be decoupaging (I hope) to a vinyl/plastic tablecloth. Are any of the MP types “Flexible” so I can roll up or fold the table cloth to store?

    Love your site! I’m so glad to be decoupaging after all of these years! :-)

  75. says

    Hi K9 Instincts! A few things:

    1) Mod Podge only works with some plastics. It may not work with your particular vinyl/plastic tablecloth. You should do a test on a small corner.
    2) If it does work, you can use regular Mod Podge. They are all flexible.
    3) You will DEFINITELY need to spray seal the table cloth with clear acrylic (you can get from a craft store) before storing. Mod Podge can get tacky, and if you roll the tablecloth up, it could stick on itself and get ruined if you don’t spray it.

    Good luck – that’s awesome that you have been decoupaging for so long!!

  76. Anonymous says

    I have a wooden toy that I want to decorate with some fabric. Modge Podge seems like the best option to adhere the fabric to the wood and to seal it on. My concern is that this is a child’s toy and will probably be drooled on, chewed on, licked, etc. You recommend coating with an acrylic spray–is there one you recommend that is nontoxic?

    Thank you so much!


  77. Anonymous says

    Hi Amy!
    You have no idea how excited your site has made me. I wanna decoupage EVERYTHING!!! Truth is, I’m a decoupage virgin and plan to start a project as soon as I get my Hard Coat Mod Podge in the mail (I live abroad).
    I wanna decoupage magazine pages or newspaper on my 2 year old’s table and chair. Opted for the hard coat after reading your descriptions.
    Our hand-me-down furniture has a Spiderman theme on it… Should I do something before applying MP to avoid having our superhero show thru?
    As for the sealer… the no VOC sealer you suggest above is my best bet, right? Although I’m sure my toddler will refrain from chewing on her new table, she’ll be drawing and doing projects on there :)
    Any suggestions for a newbie?
    Thanks again… Will be following you!!! And will surely have more questions in the future!


  78. Anonymous says

    HI! i just used the hardcoat…i followed the instructions on the jar with wet sanding and polishing with steel wool…i feel that it dulls the vibrancy of the colors by doing this..but of course makes a wonderful smooth finish…instead i was curious if modge podge can be used in a sprayer of some sort? similar to how paint could be sprayed…or is it too thick? thanks again!

  79. says

    Hi Siaingreece!

    So glad you are loving Mod Podge! It is fabulous. 😀

    As far as the dresser – yes, you should sand and then paint the whole thing white before Mod Podging it. It’s your best bet to make sure that it looks the best it can. 😀

    Yes, that VOC free sealer is perfect for items being handled by children. It is paint on and very easy to use.

    As far as newbie suggestions, visit my channel and then watch the videos. I think they will really help with the basics!!!

  80. says

    Hi Anonymous! You can’t really put Mod Podge into a sprayer because it’s too thick. If you don’t want to dull the color, I would put one layer of Mod Podge and build up coats of spray sealer – see if that works.

  81. Anonymous says

    Love your ideas! My special education students are helping me re-cover some file cabinets at school with fabric, and since it was applied a little thick in some places, the Mod Podge can really be seen through the fabric after it dried (darker splotches). Is there any way to fix this before we put a sealer over it? Or would a sealer help camoflauge the areas where it seeped through? My students and I appreciate your help!

  82. says

    Hi Anonymous! A sealer might help a little, but I think for the most part it’s going to look like that. I wouldn’t worry about it much though. My pieces are all imperfect. I think it adds character! 😀

  83. sukiwoon says

    Hi… TQ so much for the details on choosing the right mod podge. I have a steel finish watch, in rosegold tone, but some of the paint faded, I was thinking maybe i can use Sparkle & Glitter Mod Podge to give it a new look? Any tip or advice? Thanks!

  84. says

    Hi Sukiwoon! I’m not sure that Mod Podge is the right thing for your watch. I would need to see the watch and know what you are planning to do to give advice. It’s a possibility, but I don’t want to say for sure – if you want to send me a cell phone pic, I would be more than happy to give you further advice!

  85. Vikki Lynch says

    I am wondering if spray sealants create a glossy finish? I don’t want to use a sealant if something I intend to make matte will turn glossy…

  86. says

    Hi Vikki! Spray sealants come in Gloss, Matte and Satin finishes just like Mod Podge – yay! So just double check when you purchase that you have the right finish 😀

  87. Inzom Mama says

    I wanted to place thin fabric over a table. All I have is the classic Mod Podge. Will that work okay? My craft store said they don’t carry the “fabric” one, it seems to be the only one they don’t carry for some reason.

  88. says

    Hi Inzom Mama! You can use regular, but I would use several layers and then a clear acrylic spray. Fabric Mod Podge is more durable than regular Mod Podge – but you should still be okay. Good luck! 😀

  89. says

    OK, Amy, I really need your advice on this one…Remember the VW Bug you posted that looked like it was Mod Podge’d (or upholstered)? Well…I have a 1991 Honda Accord that has an ugly hood (paint faded & peeling), sooooooo…I was thinking it might be a good candidate for a MP MAKEOVER!

    I thought I would measure the size of the hood & cut out a piece of muslin or use an old bed sheet as the base. Then I could use Fabric Mod Podge to put on my “design elements. When my “canvas” is completed, then I could use the Fabric MP to “attach” it to the hood of the car? And should I seal it with the Hard Coat MP or the Outdoor MP. (And then I would follow it up with sealer.)
    Is this doable? Will there be issues that I need to address regarding the heat of the engine under the hood?
    But I would like your opinion on the formulas to use…

  90. cindy says

    I came up with the idea to MP my plywood Nativity scene. I plan to use a mixture of fabric, scrapbook papers, and paint. Thus far I have only found the outdoor formula in the 8 oz. size. Would regular MP with a good coat of sealer be adequate?

  91. Hordiner says

    Thank you for being an expert. I need help with a project I’m doing with kids. . .Honey dishes made from air dry clay, painted with good quality tempra. I want them to be able to use them with honey and wash them. What do you recommend I seal them with?

  92. says

    Hi Hordiner! You will not be able to use Mod Podge with this project. It isn’t waterproof – I would suggest checking into a medium that potters use to seal their items. Good luck!

  93. Anonymous says

    So I am planning on gluing paper cut outs to painted wood background or cut out letters (in my son’s name). Would I want to use Satin, Matte or paper?

  94. says

    Hi Anonymous – I would use either Satin or Matte. Satin is a soft finish, between Gloss and Matte. Matte is a flat finish. Paper isn’t necessary, as it’s mostly used for scrapbooking (archival safe).

  95. Anonymous says

    Do you have a favorite clear acrylic sealer you use with your mod podge projects? I am working on a project using Mod Podge Gloss and want it to have a hard (not tacky) coat. I have sprayed it with a clear sealer but after a week it still seems to be tacky and sticks together when stacked. Any ideas what I night have done wrong?

  96. says

    Hi Anonymous! I use either Mod Podge brand spray or Krylon. You have to give it several medium coats for it to work. Is that what you did? If it’s not working, I would try a clear Enamel sealer (Krylon has a great one).

  97. Anonymous says

    Thanks for your response Amy! I did give my project several meduim coats of acrylic spray and the surface is still tacky. I was not aware that Mod Podge made a spray sealer. I am going to try and find the Enamel sealer you are refering to and see if that works. Thank you again.

  98. Ashley says

    Hello! Love that you posted all this great info about MP…I’m pretty new to it and had a couple of questions…
    1st, how do you recommend applying the MP without leaving brush strokes? I tried sealing some pictures to a craft box and I don’t like the strokes it left on the pics.
    2nd, the color on the pics ran a little after applying the MP, any particular reason why that would happen? Thanks!

  99. says

    Hi Ashley!
    1. To remove brush strokes, sand with #0000 steel wool between coats with a *touch* of water (wet sanding). Then, after the last layer, sand and then spray seal with clear acrylic sealer.

    2. Were the pics printed with an inkjet printer? These will smear because of the type of ink. You can seal the pictures with clear acrylic sealer on both sides and you should be okay. Laserjet doesn’t smear (for future reference).

  100. Anonymous says

    Hi Amy, your blog and description of the different kinds of Mod Podge will no doubt be helpful in my first “newbie” projects! I am stoked to get Mod Podge’n ASAP. Thanks for the tips! Question-I’d like to MP fabric AND/or paper to a canvas. First, should I use fabric MP on the fabric, then adhere it using regular MP and on the top to seal? Second, is it necessary to MP the whole surface of the art project, such as a canvas? To seal it all and give overall look? Thanks in advance for your response! BTW, no, YOU rock!

  101. says

    Hi Brandi! For your purposes, you don’t need to use Fabric Mod Podge if you don’t already have it on hand. You can just use regular. The reason I use Fabric Mod Podge on fabric is because I’m typically doing a furniture piece and I need it to be *really* durable, which Fabric Mod Podge is. You don’t have to seal the entire surface of your canvas, but you will probably be able to tell where the Mod Podge is if you don’t (you will be able to see it), so I would just go ahead and do it. Good luck!

  102. Anonymous says

    Hi Amy! Do you know if any of the other versions of Mod Podge can be substituted for the Puzzle Saver version? One of my relatives glues a lot of puzzles and the 2 oz bottles don’t go very far.

    Thanks for all the great info and advice!

  103. says

    Hello! You can use regular Mod Podge (either Gloss or Matte) in place of Puzzle Saver, you’ll just have to spray seal the puzzle with clear acrylic sealer afterwards if there’s any tackiness.

  104. Natasha says

    Hi! I’m in the process of making photo coasters on 4×4 tiles, I got the Gloss Mod Podge to use, and for a sealer I bought the Mod Podge Gloss Acrylic Sealer. Will this work or should I exchange it for a different brand? Just wasn’t sure if it would hold up to the hot mugs/sweating glasses. Thanks :)

  105. ¡™ says

    We just used Mod Podge Matte Spray sealer on some salt dough ornaments… and we’re really concerned that the xylene makes them harmful to handle with your hands.

    Is this stuff any different from the “acrylic spray sealer” you mention so much, or have you ever used the Mod Podge spray?

  106. says

    Hi Natasha! You should go with an outdoor Enamel sealer for coasters. There are a few indoor/outdoor sealers you can buy – any of the clear ones will work!

  107. Anonymous says

    Yes I am wanting to put a photo on canvas…which mod podge would I use? I am guessing the paper mod podge? Is that correct? Thanks


  108. Anonymous says

    we just finished a puzzle that has a glow in the dark image when the lights are out….will podge ruin this aspect of the puzzle?? should we just podge the backside to ensure that the glow will happen

  109. Anonymous says

    I am curious what does the dimensional magic mod podge do differently from the others?

  110. Jolan says

    I love this blog!
    I’m learning so much!
    But I do have a question though..
    Do you have any idea where Mod Podge can be purchased in Europa, or more specific: in The Netherlands?
    would love to know that..

    I’ll keep reading your blog, you’re so crafty!

  111. KM says

    Hi Amy! I just mod-podged a picture to a piece of wood using the gloss version. Unfortunately, the mod podge looks very streaky. Any advice to get a clear, more polished look? Could it be the type of brush I used?
    Thanks so much – this blog is fabulous!

  112. says

    Hi KM!

    Thanks for loving MPR! I use a very soft bristled brush, first of all. If you would like the smoothest finish between coats, use a *slightly* damp piece of #0000 steel wool. Make sure it’s dry before you do it. Then after the last coat, use the steel wool and then spray with a clear acrylic sealer. Finished!!

  113. Anonymous says

    Hi Amy! Absolutely love your site :) Found it this morning and have been on it all day! One question for you though, I have been making cell phone covers, like gluing on rhinestones, etc to plastic phone covers bought at stores. Is it okay to put Mod Podge over the finished product? Would love to know, because i bought some Mod Podge yesterday. Hopefully so? :-/

  114. says

    Hi Anonymous! Mod Podge doesn’t adhere the well to plastic . . . plus, if you are using glue and it’s just rhinestones, I would just seal it all with clear acrylic sealer. Mod Podge isn’t going to protect it and make it more durable unless it’s paper or fabric. Items that are raised off of the surface are at risk of being knocked off, even with MP on there. If you want to cover a phone case with fabric or paper, that would be when you would use Mod Podge. But you’ll have to test it on the plastic first. MP works with some plastics and not others.

  115. Anonymous says

    Hi! I am trying to mod podge a printed paper on to a tile to make coasters. Everything looks great except when I spray the MP acrylic sealer, the paper on the tile has a bit of discoloration. Do you know why it does that? Also, after I spray the sealer and let it dry for two days, I stack all my tiles together but then when I try to take them apart, they are all stuck together because the sealer is sticky and then it rips the paper off the tile. So now I am back to square one. Shouldn’t the sealer have prevented that from happening? Any ideas how I would be able to stack all the coasters together after using the MP and acrylic sealer?

  116. says

    Hi there Anonymous! I’ve never had spray sealer discolor anything, so I’m thinking it’s the ink on the tile. I would spray sealer the paper on both sides before Mod Podging.

    In some climates, sealer isn’t enough to get rid of the tackiness. I’d use brush on sealer, such as Minwax Polycrylic. Good luck!

  117. Anonymous says

    So I would like to use Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer on my project. Is it safe for children or adults to handle the surface on a daily basis?… once it is dry?? On one web site it says certified AP non-toxic but on the can is says this product contains a chemical known to the state of california to cause cancer, birth defects etc… which makes me want to return it….help!

  118. says

    This is a great post, I’m new to Mod Podging and it’s answered more questions than I’d ever have thought to ask!
    Is it cool with you to share your post in my blog? TY :)

  119. says

    Hi Ephemeral gecko! You are welcome to share a link to the post on your blog, but I don’t allow reprints of my posts. Thank you!

    Anonymous – Yes, it is safe. As far as I know, the vapor is what’s toxic, and if you spray outside and let the vapor evaporate, you should be good (you are welcome to use a mask). If you are pregnant, however, you should not be spraying at all – and I wouldn’t let a child spray either. Good luck!

  120. says

    Thanks so much for this post! I am just getting into DIY projects and I was a little overwhelmed by the mod podge choices at Michaels.

  121. Anonymous says

    So I have a few questions. I have a formica table that I want to cover with pictures cut from a magazine.

    1. Will the MP stick to the paper to the formica?
    2. If yes, is it better to use the paper or furniture MP? (so many choices!)

  122. Anonymous says

    Wow! I’m so glad I found this post. I have learned a bunch about MP. I’m trying to transfer images to shale with gloss MP. The image ends up on top of the mod podge. The shale is so dark the image is barely visible though. There is no MP that dries white, right?

    • Anonymous says

      Thanks Amy. Now I’m wondering what I can mix with gloss mod podge to get anything but a clear base when it dries. Of course, I don’t want to affect the mod podge action in any way, and I don’t want a bumpy surface as a result. Any ideas? I’m willing to experiment.

  123. elizabeth says

    love love love your site and i’m so inspired to create my own MP projects! wondering if you’ve come across a process to be able to MP fabric to glass (such as a vase) without the fabric becoming “splotchy” and darkened in spots? i have so many beautiful fabrics that i’m finding i can’t use, i’ve only been able to get scrapbooking paper to achieve the look i want. any suggestions would be appreciated!

    • says

      Hi Elizabeth! The best way to reduce/remove splotches is to pre-wash the fabric and to apply as even of a layer as possible. But even then, sometimes it can be slightly splotchy. I’m not sure why it does that! :(

  124. Anonymous says

    The Nate Show recently had a segment on about making t-shirt serving bowls for snacks etc.(1-any size bowl wrapped in seran wrap placed upside down.2-cut a circular shape out of a t-shirt and lay over bowl.3-apply a good amount of MP over surface of the shirt.4-let dry for 24hrs,then remove it from bowl)Question-what type of MP should I use?Do I need to spray an acrylic to it afterwards?Will it hold up after washing it with soapy water to clean it?Thanks Amy!!

    • says

      Hi Anonymous! I did not see the show, but Mod Podge is not food safe. It is a non-toxic product, but it requires FDA approvals to say that food can touch something, and hardly any art supplies qualify for that – so please do not touch food directly to these bowls. Having said that, you can use them decoratively! You can use any Mod Podge – I would use Gloss, Matte or Satin depending on the finish that you want. Yes, I would use a sealer. And no, Mod Podge is acrylic (which makes it non-toxic and safe to use) so it cannot be washed.

  125. mieljolie says

    Love my Mod Podge! But, I have a question. Is there a Mod Podge best suited for using on leather? I’m transferring laser copy images to items and would like to do this on leather. It seems to stick alright for the transfer, but will it last on leather that bends?

    • says

      Hi there! You can try to do thin layers of any of the formulas. I know someone who did a leather bracelet and it has lasted a long time!

    • mieljolie says

      I tried the Mod Podge to transfer images onto leather! Worked fantastically! It truly is super flexible. A link to what I made can be found here. I also used it to make the 2x3ft banners here. LOVE this stuff!

  126. Anonymous says

    Hi, this mod podge sounds cool! I have wrapped a skateboard with my design/print. I was looking for a clear coating to put on top to protect it and came across this. I am only using the boards for display and not actual use. Do you suggest this this product as a sealer or should i use Minwax Polycrylic? Also, I tried using U-V clear acrylic coating spray but it doesnt give that thick finish layer.

    • says

      Hi Anonymous! If you are looking for a thicker finish, I would use EnviroText Lite. If you just need a glaze, I would use an enamel spray. Good luck!

    • says

      Hi Leila! It just depends. Some yes (I’ve had some personal success), others no. Acrylic products (MP is acrylic) don’t work great with plastics. You’ll need to do a test. If it doesn’t work you’ll know, and you’ll be able to peel the Mod Podge right off with no harm done. I’d choose an area that isn’t visible or the least visible area for your test. Thanks!

  127. Amber says

    I use a combo of gloss and outdoor modge podge for decorating shoes, it lasts well and is perfectly flexible

  128. Lisa says

    Until I stumbled upon this post, I never knew I needed it. Now I do! I had no idea there were so many types of this stuff! (I live in a very small town…) The confusion I now see was coming, has been scared off! Thank you!!!

    Anything to say about paints…?

  129. chaoticpi93 says

    I’ve been coloring sharpie on ping pong balls. LOL I tried nail polish but that chipped off the sharpie! So I guess I’m going to try one of these. if it works? I’m hoping so! I just don’t want the sharpie to rub off which is why I’m trying to seal it….

    • says

      Hi there! I would just use a spray acrylic sealer (Mod Podge makes one) to seal ping pong balls. Mod Podge formulas don’t work that well with plastic!

  130. Nancy says

    Hi. I had trouble with the mod podge being sticky after application. I sprayed it with polyurethane, and it was still sticky. Maybe it’s the humidity in Wisconsin. I made a box using paper mache. I ended up spraying the whole thing with poly and then sanding just the inside rim of the cover and it doesn’t stick anymore. So now I really like my box. Too bad I’m giving it to my Dad. :)

  131. Erica says

    I’m wanting to mod podge the cover of a book with either paper or fabric. Is there a formula that is flexible so that the book will still open and close after mod podging?

    Thanks for this resource. I’m bookmarking it. Soooooooo helpful! Here’s to happy Mod Podging :)

  132. says

    Hey Hun, thanks so much for the informative article I’ve been doing some research for a doll house for my daughter, and I found one I’m curious about but didn’t see any facts here (or anywhere else.) I’m wondering if you’ve had a chance to use the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic?

    I’m wondering if I can change its color easy or not. :)

  133. Kali says

    great post. im a mod podge virgin about to take the plunge. I have a backlog of projects in my brain and have kind of been a bit scared just because I havent been exactly sure how to use what for what. This post clears it all up. thanks.

  134. Jean says

    Amy, thanks for all the info. I hope you can help me as I am in the middle of a major project and I’m really in trouble. I tried mod podge but I found that it remained tacky forever. I read through your articles and decided to go with the hard coat mod podge turned out to be less tacky but still not dry. I then covered it with Minwax water based Polycryliic (acrylic sealer). This has made it less tacky but still not right. I am working with wood blocks and they need to be handled. At this point if I leave them sitting atop one another overnight they slightly stick together (without the minwax acrylic sealer it was awful, just the hard coat, the blocks were hard to pull apart). I live in NJ and it can be very humid here, but there has been relatively low humidity the last couple of weeks. I really need to solve this problem and hope you can offer some experience/wisdom. thank you in advance. Jean

    • says

      Hi Jean! How long did you let the Mod Podge dry before applying the polycrylic? Also, Mod Podge can take 4 – 6 weeks to completely cure in humid environments. So sometimes you have to leave projects for awhile before applying the sealer.

  135. Anonymous says

    Great blog! I’m wondering about the Glow in the Dark Mod Podge. I would like to use it on an outdoor project. If I use several coats of the Glow in the dark and then spray it with a outdoor sealer, will the glow in the dark still work the same?
    Thanks so much

  136. Lee Ann says

    I recently found your blog and now I’m addicted to Mod Podge projects; have never done anything like it before. I read the list of all the different kinds of Mod Podge, but I can’t find them anywhere. I’ve looked at Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and Kmart, but they just have the classic kinds. Where can I get all the other newer kinds? Thanks a lot, and continue inspiring me to Rock the Podge!

  137. Lee Ann says

    Thank you. I have yet to try Michaels. I was just thinking of going there this weekend. The closest one is an hour away.

  138. jeremy says

    Helpul…I am having some difficulty..My coasters did not handle a hot cup of coffee, leaving a slight ring. I printed a zombie print I made on card stock, used good amount of the MP to stick it to the ceramic, brushed 3 coats (waiting in between for each to dry), and then sprayed polyurethane protectant and let dry a few days to be safe. It looked great, smooth, glossy..but I got the ring after the cup, and also I heard the paper crackle a little as if the MP underneath was not taking the heat. Any ideas? Perhaps a different substance adhesive and maybe a different finish? Maybe new materials entirely?

    • says

      Hi Jeremy! You did everything right, but even with that, acrylic products aren’t going to be able to handle extreme temps. Really warm – yes. But hot like a coffee mug or hot pan? No. For something like that, I would go with EnviroTex Lite. It’s not acrylic (you’ll have to mix wearing gloves), but you’ll get the clear, thick finish that you want. I would check on what temps it’s resistant to as well. Probably the hot mug would be okay (I’m thinking the mug but not as hot as a stovepan). Good luck!

    • jeremy says

      Thanks, Amy. I asked some burly maintenance guy I worked with and he said the same thing. So off to True Value I go.

  139. Anonymous says

    I have been making glitter sneakers for my family in Texas using mod podge gloss and umm glitter lol. Anyway I live in Washington where it is considerably wetter, I was wondering if the fabric formula is washable or has any protection against moisture, or if the outdoor formula might be a better option?

  140. Anonymous says

    umm, i just got hard coat, and it say is has to “cure” for four weeks! what does that mean? do i have to do that?

    • says

      Hi there! You are fine to use the item before then, but that is how long it takes before it’s fully dry, all the way through. A lot of glues are like that. They just don’t say it on the package. Even *really* dry to the touch isn’t necessarily fully cured. But, you are fine to use it before 4 weeks.

  141. Anonymous says

    Hi Amy…thanks for all of this, you are awesome! I am new to MP and am using mixed materials for my art: paper, metals, nature items, etc. The pieces are keepsakes and I have been using the Gloss MP. If I don’t use the ‘Paper’ MP, will my pieces yellow? Also, I am using a non-yellowing sealeant. The other question is that the Krylon has a terribel odor that does not seem to go away! Any suggestions? Please help! Thank you so much!

  142. Anonymous says

    Over 40 years ago, I used Mod Podge ‘original’. I made a copy (not inkjet) of a photo, applied about 4 coats to the face of it and let it dry between coats. Then, put it into a basin of water for a few minutes, laid it flat and rubbed the back of the paper, rubbing the paper off leaving the picture encased in the mod podge. After that dried, I painted a piece of wood and pushed the picture down onto the wood (prev. paper side down) and pushed out all air bubbles. After it adhered, I applied more coatings of mod podge until it looked as if it was painted on the wood. I lightly took off the ‘shine’ with very fine steel wool, then, sprayed a sealer on it. After reading this blog, I am going to do the same thing again only using a stretched canvass and lap the picture sides down onto the sides of the canvass. Will post the outcome later.

  143. Leah says

    Ok here goes. I am not crafty at all but I am trying my hand at something and need advice. I went to the beach several weeks ago and brought back a fantastic collection of shells. I have canvas I have the shells placed exactly where I want them on the canvas and I have gloss mod podge. Where do I go from here? Or is it even possible?

  144. Anonymous says

    I was thinking of doing a wall in the game room with pictures of football players, what would you recommend?

  145. Anonymous says

    Yeh I’m confused about the same thing … Why do you need to put a sealer over mod podge sealer???
    Do things eventually lose the tackiness if they aren’t sprayed after mod podge application??

  146. says

    You don’t HAVE to apply a clear acrylic sealer to Mod Podge- it is already a sealer. The only times I do is when the Mod Podge remains slighly tacky (which it does in some climates, typically the Gloss formula) or when I need added durability because the piece will be used a lot.

  147. Anonymous says

    Hi Amy, This is amazing! I was wondering about MPing a piece pf painted wood and a transparency sheet. The sheet has lettering on it and I want to use the plywood on my bulletin board so I was thinking this would be the best way to get the fancy lettering on the board and seal it at the same time. Thoughts?

  148. Olivia says

    Does anyone know how hot mod podge can get before a project starts to “melt” apart? I’m thinking of mod podging a collage on a care package to my husband in Afghanistan but I dont want it to be a mess when he gets it lol

  149. Anonymous says

    I want to mp tissue paper to bonded leather (vinyl) sofa that has started peeling. I’m thinking the satin mp sounds the best.I thought I’d practice on a vinyl purse first.Any suggestions?

  150. Anonymous says


    I would appreciate if you let me know what mod podge to I have to use for an image transfered in a leather bracelet?

  151. Erin Kelly says

    Hey there, I have recently discovered
    Mod podge while trying to find something to preserve Already shed snake skin. I’m interested in trying to use it on bags and other hand made accessories. I’m curious to know how you think this might work and if it would be worth trying out Mod podge for this project?

  152. Anonymous says

    I was trying to pick a mod podge to apply glitter to some shoes. I saw one called high gloss, or super gloss, and I was wondering how if really at all it’s different from the other gloss formula.

    Thanks! I’ve just discovered this blog and it’s great!

  153. Lucy Ingels says

    Is it okay to use different versions of MP (paper MP,satin MP, original matte MP, etc) on one project? Will my project yellow if I don’t use the paper MP?

  154. Jill says

    Great Article! I am so glad that I ran across this article before I watered down my kids school glue…..was planning on doing that tonight for a photo project. Headed to get the real thing. Thanks for the informative blog!

  155. Anonymous says

    I’m trying to mod podge silk to a pair of shoes…it keeps turning the fabric darker. Is there a way to do it without turning the color of the fabric?

  156. Beth says

    For those doing coasters— if you let it cure for 4-6 weeks, then do the acrylic spray and let that dry, you can set a hot cup of coffee on it without issue. The MP WILL leave marks and melt without that time to cure if something warm is set on it.

  157. erin says

    I have a question about nature and mod podge. Can I spray my mod podge on my frame with dead bark trees?

  158. sandra says

    Thank you for such an awesome article! Are any of these formulations considered to be waterproof? I’m so psyched to try them out!

  159. Debbie says

    I need some help. I am decoupaging trivets for gifts. Is there anything I can coat them with that is heat resistant?
    I bought a sealer but they say it is not heat resistant. Do I need to put a sealer on it? Can they be used as hot plates with just the mod podge coating? Thanks for all the help…

    • Amy says

      Hi Debbie! You’ll need a heat resistant sealer in addition to Mod Podge for extreme temps. Mod Podge by itself can melt with extremely hot cookware. You could also try something like EnviroTex Lite.

  160. Cheryl Ellenburg says

    I am new to Mod Podge. I want to put a paper napkin design on to cloth chandelier lamp shades. Will this work?
    If so, which type to use and the best directions. Thanks for your help.

    • Amy says

      Hi Cheryl! It can be done, but napkins are thin and so if you are a first time Mod Podger you would have a hard time (you would get wrinkles). I recommend starting with paper to wood like here: Your best bet is going to be fabric to cloth, honestly. Use Fabric Mod Podge for that.

  161. Dana J says

    Ok, this article ROCKS! I’ve never mod podged before but want to try it and this will be so helpful! Thanks for taking the time to document your knowledge!

  162. Paprad says

    Hi. I just bought some Pebeo mortar mixes to give a craft project a textured look. Now i find that I need to use Pebeo Bindex Binder to mix with the mortar and I don’t have it. Can i mix modge-podge instead? The instructions say that the binder is meant to help with the adhesive quality of the mortar and I figure Modge-Podge could do that too. What do you think?

    • Amy says

      Hi Paprad! Unfortunately I have no idea if this would work. You’d have to run a test – I personally stick with the stuff I’m told to use 😀

  163. Lynn says

    I am new to mod podge. I am trying to put fabric on the back of plates. I applied the mod podge to the plates and then applied the fabric. I let this dry. I find I have streaks of the mod podge on the glass. How do I get rid of them before I apply any more coats. How many coats of mod podge do I apply to the fabric? Do I need to sand between layers?


  164. Rachael K says

    Hi, I just came across your blog and since I’m brand new to MP I thought maybe you could help. I’ve modpodge’d some paper cutouts onto frosted Christmas ornaments and now the ornament has lost some of the frost where the modpodge was. Any tips on how to fix this? Thanks!

      • Rachael K says

        Sure, as soon as my camera recharges (thanks kids!). Should be able to send a pic later today. Thanks for your quick reply!

    • Amy says

      You can use Mod Podge and either the Gloss or Matte would be fine – Mod Podge is non-toxic and technically a child can put it in their mouth and be fine, but it’s not recommended b/c MP isn’t food safe. Thanks!

  165. Jen says

    Hi Amy! I just finished a set of blocks for my two year old using modge podge. I grabbed the midge podge glossy sealant at Walmart today. Do you know if it is ok for kids? Non toxic?

    • Amy says

      Hi Jen – it is non-toxic and will be safe for them to handle, but they should not put the blocks in there mouth because it’s not food safe. Thanks!

  166. Marina says

    Thank you for this post! It’s such great and needed info. Question, if I modge podge a vase and want it to be waterproof when dumping/filling it (so durability is key also), what brand/type of sealant do you suggest? I’ve read the suggestions above but when I google “Clear Acrylic Sealant” modge podge comes up! Its very confusing. I have a can of Enviortex and Rustoleum Clear, would either of those work? I’d test it out but don’t want to waste the vase. Thank you so much

    • Amy says

      You can use the Rustoleum clear as a top coat, but you won’t be able to submerge the vase or put it in the dishwasher. But it’s enough protection to fill and dump it 😀

  167. Layla says

    I want to put stickers on a plastic water bottle. I would like to put something on top of the stickers so when the water bottle gets wet they won’t tear. Would you recommend I use Mod Podge, if so what kind? If not what should I use? Thanks for your help!

    • Amy says

      Hi Layla – I don’t recommend Mod Podge for this. I put stickers on a water bottle a long time ago and they have lasted – I printed them on a vinyl sticker material. That is what I would do (there are some online services that let you do this).

      • Layla says

        Thank you for your quick reply! I already collected my stickers. I was looking for something to protect them on the plastic water bottle.

  168. maureen greene says

    Hey Amy! I was at the Mod Podge anniversary and — though I’ve hit the site numerous times (and am now a veritable apostle for Mod Podge) — I never saw the link about it until now and the link doesn’t work. Any chance it can be fixed??

    When I was at the party, I missed the session on the Dimensional products. I may be freelancing but I have done some neat things with shrink plastic. My family used to roll their eyes at “more Sizzix!” but now they are amused by the (seemingly) endless white bottles all over! And the pink silicone products are awesome. We did a “girls craft day” and everyone was amazed — and after a few burned fingers, they all wanted them, too.

    Great stuff!!!

  169. gloria evans says

    why do i have brush streaks — i did a plate- a glass and an attempt to do a coffe cup/ wld not work what do i need to do- also why is there sponge brush streaks on the picture i have tried it 3 times still streaks i need to know very quickly what to do- i have orders waiting did not want to sell with streaks the picture is centered on tne plate /// streaks please help- love mod podge-

    • Amy says

      Hi Gloria – I address brush strokes here:

      “How can I minimize/eliminate brush strokes?

      Use a soft bristled brush and then sand between coats. To do this, apply the Mod Podge and let it dry an hour. Then use #0000 steel wood and lightly sand the entire surface. Do this between every coat. After the final coat, sand and then spray a clear acrylic sealer to finish.”

  170. Erin says

    I am trying to transfer a picture onto blank puzzle pieces using mod podge. I am having a very hard time doing so. Is one of the types of Mod Podge better for transferring an inkjet photo to a cardboard type substance?

    • Amy says

      Hi Erin – there is actually a Mod Podge photo transfer medium – you can get it here: The only thing is that a lot of puzzle pieces have a coating, and I’m wondering if that is the problem you’re having. Any type of smooth surface (b/c of a coating) needs to be sanded before you transfer an image, but I don’t know what kind of pieces you are dealing with so I don’t know if sanding will mess up the pieces :/

  171. Camilla Tinmark says

    Hi! I have never used Mod Podge before and I want to decoupage a leather braclet. Wich Mod Podge should I use and should I use a sealer? I live in Sweden and When I asked around in stores I got the answer “you can’t decoupage on leather”. So I’m so happy I found this page. Thank you

    • Amy says

      Hi Camilla – it really depends on the leather. You can use any Mod Podge you like (Gloss or Matte are fine), and I would use a spray sealer or brush on sealer. But I would test first!

  172. Debi Scott says

    Oh wow! I had no idea their was so many Mod Poges. I am excited because I do love the product. I have never seen anything except the classic at Hobby Lobby or JoAnns. those are the only craft stores we have in our little Hick town, and I have to drive close to an hour to them : ) Still I want to thank you for taking the time to explain all this. So much I didnt know.

  173. Megan says

    Great post!!! Hoping you can clear up something for me….I sell wood blocks modgepodged with paper/vinyl, and coated with matte MP, then Triple Thick to smooth, and a final ckear acrylic sealant spray. Main issue is the stick together!!!! Any advice? :(

    I would love to link to this post on my blog with your permission! :)

    • says

      Hi Megan! I would brush them with several coats of Minwax Polycrylic. That should help. Yes, you can link to the post on my blog – all I ask is that you don’t reproduce the text on your blog. Thank you!

  174. Linda Kazel says

    Hi Amy, I am making a “mug rug” for a swap. I will be drawing and stamping (permanent inks) on white muslin but would like to seal it so that it won’t get coffee/tea stained. Which, if any, Modpodge products are flexible and could just be wiped off with a wet cloth in case of drips. I don’t forsee the thing would ever go in the laundry. Thanks and love your product explanations!

  175. Lisa says

    Hi I don’t know if your still answering questions on here but… I want to restore an old leather trunk and I want to add fabric to cover the leather. Which mod podge do you recommend?

  176. Lisa says

    Thank you so much for responding so quickly. Do you think I would need to use a primer or base coat?

  177. Curiousgal says

    hi i was just curious to know if there is and what mod podge id use to stick paper pictures to fabrics (for like decorating shoes etc) or if i should use a different product all together?

    • says

      Hi Curiousgal! You can use Fabric Mod Podge, but you won’t be able to wash it like you would if you stuck fabric to fabric. If you want it washable, use the photo transfer medium!

  178. Michele says

    Hi! I want to decorate a flat leather (no padding) scrapbook album cover. I have never worked with Modge Podge before. I was thinking of using lettering and/or stickers and sealing with Modge Podge, or using it as a glue with stencils to adhere fine glitter…not sure. Any ideas that would be safe for and adhere to the leather? Thanks so much :)

    • says

      Michele, the Mod Podge would work to attach the fine glitter . . . I think it would work to attach paper and/or fabric to as well. BUT if it’s a dark leather, you won’t want to attach fabric unless that is also dark, b/c the background would show through.

  179. Trish says

    Hi, Amy, very informative post. I’m hoping you can help me with a question. I was considering Mod Podge as a sealant for glitter spray paint on fabric. I’ll be using Krylon glitter paints on tshirts but it seems some spray sealers wash off. Do you know if Mod Podge would work as a sealant, or do you know of a sealer, spray or brush-on, I can use for such a project? Your expertise would be greatly appreciated =0)

    • says

      Hi Trish! You are going to have a hard time finding something that doesn’t dull the glitter significantly and stays on the fabric. You could try Fabric Mod Podge – but I would do a test! If that doesn’t work, I’d get glitter fabric iron ons.

  180. stacey says

    Hi amy! I just mod-podged a fantastic looking pair of canvas wedge-heel shoes for summer. I used the fabric mod-podge and gave it an extra coat after I finished. Just a few questions. What kind of acrylic sealer should I use on top & how long do I need to wait before sealing it? Also, how long do I need to wait before wearing the shoes?


    • says

      Hi Stacey! I would use a brush on like Minwax polycrylic so the shoes are resistant to the elements. You can do it right away (well, when it’s dry). And you can wear the shoes after the sealer dries for 24 hours. Have fun!

      • stacey says

        Amy, thank you so much! I never would have thought about using the minwax. They’re still waiting to be sealed so I will go out and get some.


  181. says

    Hi Stacy. I just purchased a tub of paper mod podge. When I opened it there was oil floating on top and a huge white blob in the centre. I have tried stirring it but it has the consistency of putty. Could I fix it by heating it or mixing some water into it.
    Hope you can help. I live on a farm and its a long way for me to get back to the shop.

  182. Juanita says

    Hi, Amy,

    Thank you for your VERY informative blog. Not only is it helpful, but you’re personable and available to all of us with questions.

    My project is this: I’ve saved scraps of fabric from the sheer curtains we use to cover our sliding glass door because I want to decoupage the light-switch plates to match the sheers.
    Would you recommend that I use the Hard Coat or the Fabric Mod Podge? Or both? (Is it possible to use both?)

    I do plan on using a sealer after everything is dry and before I put the switch plate back on the wall.

    Thank you for your input.

    • says

      Hi Juanita! You can get away with just the fabric – or really, just the Hard Coat. Either is very durable. 😀 You can use both together, but they are different finishes, so make sure you completely cover with the last coat. Have fun, sounds like a great project!!

  183. stefanie says

    Hello! I’m a preschool teacher and wanted to have the kids mod podge photos of themselves and magazine clippings to cardstock for Fathers Day, but I want to place the finished product inside a coffee tumbler so I would need the paper to be flexible. Is there any mod podge that won’t harden ir crack when I roll it?

    • says

      Hi Stefanie! If you use several thin layers and the photos are not thick (printed on thinner printer paper) then it will work the way you want it to 😀

  184. aNNE says

    Amy, I just found your site (and I promise I’ll finish reading the “Learn How” section, but I keep getting sidetracked by the links to additional articles you’ve written!) and I’ve read through the comments on this page, so I have a question for you. I’ve never done any decoupage before, but then I saw this sewing machine and wanted to do something similar
    ( ). I’m a little worried that the Mod Podge will be sticky, but I’m hesitant to use any sort of spray sealant on a working machine. Can you recommend a sealer that would be good for this? My machine’s metal, if it matters. Thank you very much!

    • says

      Hi there! I’d use a brush on sealer then. You can get those from craft stores. That’s the best bet for something you don’t want to spray. Have fun and thanks for reading!

  185. RobinM says

    How long does Dimensional Magic need to dry/cure before it is “HARD”? I made a key chain project with it for my Mom for Mother’s Day and when I looked at it 2 weeks later it had a bunch of little divets in it and I’m wondering if I should try and redo it and let it dry longer to harden or if that is as hard as it will get. It still feels a little “soft” on the top all these weeks later.

  186. aNNE says

    Hi again, Amy. I’ve watched the videos you posted and I have new questions. For rounded surfaces, or surfaces with multiple curves, are there any tools you can use? In your videos, you use paper on the flat surfaces with the brayer or squeegee (and fabric on the slightly curved one) and you don’t add any Mod Podge to the top until after the project’s had some time to dry. In the videos and tutorials I’ve seen with curved surfaces and paper, it seems to be all fingers and Mod Podge on everything at once . Please, do you have any advice or suggestions for paper on curved (but not cylindrical) surfaces?

  187. Jenn says

    I have never used Mod Podge before. I want to make a pencil holder using a glass jar and letter stickers. I am thinking I can put the stickers on the glass, and cover in mod podge. Will this work?? Will I have to coat the entire jar or will it look fine if I only cover where the letters are? It is a present for my daughters teacher, so I want it to last
    Thank you for your time,
    Jenn M

    • says

      Hi Jenn! Yes, you can use Mod Podge. I recommend gloss and you should paint the whole thing, so that you don’t see the Mod Podge where you go over the stickers. Have fun!

    • says

      Hi there Wendy – Paper I’m not sure about. I think you’d have to put a lot of Mod Podge on top. I’d say try it but at your own risk 😀

  188. jenny says

    I’m trying to decoupage a vinyl type makeup train case. Its thick kinda lile car vinyl. Any suggestions on what the final top coat should be? Sould it be the super gloss or dementional magic? Help!!!

    • says

      Hi Jenny! You are going to have a hard time Mod Podging vinyl – it’s a polymer, like a plastic, so it’s likely not going to work. You can try it with Original Gloss, but it’s at your own risk 😀

  189. Cassidy says

    Hi! I was wondering about the difference between the Puzzle Saver and original. I have some leftover Puzzle Saver and I’m wondering if I can use it for normal Mod Podge crafts. Thanks!!

  190. says

    Hi Amy! Quick question for you! I have about 100 small, handcrafted Paper containers. They were used for Wedding Favor Boxes. I’ve been tasked with re-purposing them. I’m currently planning to make some All Natural, Organic Solid Perfume (Beeswax, Carrier Oil, Essential Oils for scent) and pour that into them.

    Is there a version of Mod Podge that would work to seal the inside of the Paper Containers so that the Beeswax wouldn’t seep through, when poured in? Would the heat from the melted Beeswax be enough that it would melt a Mod Podge finish?

    I was trying to find something Non-Toxic to use, as I really don’t want the chemicals from a “Toxic” Sealant to get pulled into the Beeswax and tarnish the quality of my finished product.

    • says

      Hi Jessica! Unfortunately this wouldn’t work – the heat would melt the Mod Podge too :(

      I’m wondering if you couldn’t use petroleum jelly? Although that might melt as well.

  191. Suzy says

    Just got a new job at Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately, they don’t pay me quite enough to buy everything in the store, especially the things I’m not *SUPER* interested in, but I’m so glad people like you make guides like this on the internet so I can answer questions about things I otherwise might not get a chance to experiment with myself :)

    This has been really helpful :)

  192. says

    I am so glad to have found this! I work at a craft store and am always asked why there are so many different Mod Podges. Now I feel like I have enough information about all the of them! Thanks so much!!!

  193. beu says

    hi there. have you had good luck with outdoor mod podge on top of paint? i spray-painted a wooden pallet planter i’d made using rust-oleum outdoor paints, then hand-painted fine detail using folk art outdoor acrylics. i let the paint dry several days (spray paint took fantastically, acrylic was less fingernail-proof but as good as i’d expect), gave it a very light coat of outdoor UV acrylic sealant spray, and bought some outdoor mod podge after reading your guide & consulting the craft store folks. i applied the same amount/thickness of the outdoor variety that i’ve used on similar mod podge projects in the past. the painted/sprayed wood surface was clean & dry.

    24 hours after application, i’m worried i may have ruined my project. i do need to wait the full 72 hours of drying time recommended on the label before jumping to any conclusions, but i’m concerned not to see the product looking clearer or being more tenacious by now. today when i went to add a second coat, i was surprised to find a cloudy-white layer of mod podge that peeled off easily.

    am i just watching the pot too much? if this is a normal stage of drying for outdoor mod podge, i’ll re-coat the area i peeled off (& repaint some acrylic detail lost in the peeling – boo). if you wouldn’t expect to see a translucent, gummy layer of mod podge this far into the drying process, though, i’ll trust your experience…& might try to peel it all off. thanks for any advice!

    • says

      Hi there! Hmm – this definitely doesn’t sound right. I’m wondering what was in that UV spray sealer you used, or the spray paint. The Outdoor Mod Podge is acrylic, as is the FolkArt, and they work fine together for sure. I’ve used them many times. If it still has not dried correctly, I would call Plaid to ask them: I think they may need to refer to the scientists for more information.

  194. Stacy says

    Hey Amy!

    I need some serious help. I have my wedding shoes from David’s Bridal and I’m wanting to glitter just the heels on them. They’re some type of silk. Not sure if they’re real silk or if it matters. Which modpodge would I use, and how would I go about doing this?

    Thanks in advance!

    • says

      Hi Stacy! Honestly I would paint the heels with a fabric paint in the matching glitter color first. Because, for instance if you put turquoise glitter on white shoes, you’ll see the white through the glitter. So *carefully* paint the heels, then use Mod Podge Gloss (it’s fine) and a chunkier glitter. Paint the heel with the Mod Podge, sprinkle the glitter over the heel, let dry. Tap off excess glitter and touch up any patchy areas. Have fun!

  195. Stacy says

    I was wondering, what would happen if I mixed the glitter into the modpodge? Also, do I have to rough up the parts I plan to glue?

  196. ED says

    Great blog post. This was really helpful. I have been using Mod Podge puzzle saver for puzzles and decided to switch to standard Mod Podge as it is way cheaper. I was wondering if you have noticed if Matte will cause any cloudiness? I will be using a matte acrylic spray over the Mod Podge anyway so it made me wonder if Gloss Mod Podge is a better choice as it will might be more “clear”, since I will be doing a matte spray anyway? Basically would Gloss MP + Matte spray give the best desired final matte finish, or should I go matte all the way? Thanks for the advice!

    • says

      Hi Ed! Mod Podge dries completely clear – the way to do it is build up several thin layers and let them dry between (on a puzzle at least). Thank you!

  197. Gina says

    I am trying to decoupage on glass dried flowers. I’m using mod podge and a foam brush… I am getting lines from the brush in the mod podge… I am desiring a smooth finish. Is there a mod podge I can use to get the desired smooth finish with no lines, or can you recommend me some other product? Thanks

    • says

      Hi Gina! I recommend a soft bristled brush, and VERY lightly sanding with #0000 steel wool between layers. If you sand with the steel wool it will not hurt the dried flowers (remember to keep the sanding light!).

  198. LINDA says

    Hi, I make and sell jewelries.
    Does Mod Podge get hard enough to polish?
    I have tried several resins and 3D lacquers, they come out shiny but not as shiny as I want. And I could sand them smooth but they are not hard enough to polish.
    So I am looking for something super clear and hard that I can sand and polish for the extreme shine.

    Please let me know if any of the Mod Podge work.
    Thank you :)

      • LINDA says

        Thank you for the quick response.
        I have used EnviroTex Jewelry Resin before, and it turned yellow after awhile…
        Do you know any resin, lacquer…or anything I don’t have to mix and they get hard enough to polish?
        Thank you :)

  199. amy s says

    i am making wallets from cotton fabric, and i was wanting to give them some strength and protection, would your fabric mod podge be good for that, they will have alot of bending in them, please let me know thank you.

    a smith

  200. Kat says

    Hi Amy & friends,
    I am glad I found this blog because it is very helpful, & I am new to to Mod Podge & this type of crafting. I do have a couple of questions if anyone could please help out. First, I am interested in getting the Mod Podge Satin. It says in the first couple of paragraphs that I should spray with a clear acrylic sealer after I have used the Modge Podge. Because the glue might come out sticky. Do I understand right? Doesn’t the Mod Podge come in spray form already? Where would I get a clear acrylic sealer? How then would I apply the glue to my project? One last question & I will leave you alone: Is the Mod Podge Satin also known as “Plaid Mod Podge Satin”? Thank you all for your help, & Happy Holidays.

    • says

      Hi Kat! So the Gloss version is typically the one that is tacky – but it’s not sticky all the time, just in some climates. You can have any clear acrylic sealer on hand for this. Yes, there is a Mod Podge version and you can get it at the craft store in the Mod Podge section. You can also get it at the hardware store. Plaid makes Mod Podge, so yes, Plaid Mod Podge is the same thing 😀

      If you want to glue embellishments onto a Mod Podged project, you can use Mod Podge if they are lightweight. If they are larger, I’d use a craft glue or hot glue gun. The primary use of Mod Podge is to decoupage items to surfaces (but you can use it as glue too).

      • Kat says

        hi amy, very kind of you for getting back to me & thank you! i am looking for some kind of finish for my project to make sure things stayed in place, had a sheen to it, otherwise looked nice. i googled some words & was led to this informative blog. reading the descriptions, the satin mod podge sounded most like what i wanted. i am gluing yarn, fabric, (beads, pearls, quartz,–fake), charms, & ribbon to an embossed cardboard box with other types of craft glues. do you think i should use the mod podge satin or the clear acrylic as finishers? amy, i would be so appreciative for your help because i have a deadline to meet (yikes!)

  201. Maia says

    Hello, I’m soooo glad I ran across this. I really need some advice!!! I tried scrolling through the comments above but may have overlooked what I’m looking for. I did a small project which included paper mache boxes covered in the regular matte Mod Podge and then lastly, I sprayed with a few coats of clear satin polyurethane. But….. I hadn’t taken the smell issue into account prior to starting the project. Is there anything at all that I can do to get rid of or at least lessen the odor??? This is a gift and I’m putting body soaps inside of the boxes – I really don’t feel comfortable doing that with the strong polyurethane smell. Also, I had one more box to do. Is there a different sort of sealer spray I can use that wouldn’t have such a strong smell? Thanks so much for any advice on this. Truly appreciated…

    • says

      Hi Maia – it takes awhile for the smell to go away from sprays of any kind. I’d put it in the garage (if you can). Otherwise you’ll just have to wait. Next time, use a clear brush on sealer – those don’t smell 😀

      • Maia says

        Thanks so much for the quick response! Thanks, very good to know. I sure wish I would have known this before starting the project, hahah. I did put in the garage though so I hope that helps a bit. It’s been about 7 or 8 days already so I guess I’m just playing the waiting game. Will the smell ever eventually go away all together or no?

  202. Maia says

    Oh! And one last question (although my first question above is my major concern at this point). For some reason, when I sprayed the polyurethane (third coat), right before my eyes I sadly watched some areas crackle/crinkle up. All that work and then at the very end I ruined it. I debated tossing it out or trying to salvage and then finally decided to leave it as is. There are random spots that cracked up like this and even turned a tiny bit yellow in those spots. Do you know why? And mainly, do you know if there is any way to fix it or should I just leave it alone? Again, thanks so much.

    • says

      Hi Maia, I don’t know what brand you used so unfortunately I can’t say what the poly did :( I’d contact the manufacturer of the poly spray. If it’s acrylic it shouldn’t have done that.

  203. Kiyyah says

    I am trying to Mod Podge shoes withglitter. I am going to mix fine glitter into the Mod Podge and apply several layers to make sure the original shoe pattern is covered. The texture of the shoe is fabricish sort of like Suede. Approximately how long should I wait for the shoes to dry before spraying the acrylic finish so it is not tacky? How long should I wait before wearing the shoes? Will the glitter still sparkle if i use a matte Mod Podge?

    • says

      Hi Kiyyah – I’d wait 24 hours before spraying the finish and then 24 hours before wearing. I’ll be honest – the Mod Podge will dull the sparkle and Matte is the worst to do that. I recommend either doing Gloss (which will still dull it, but not as much) or doing a small test to make sure that you are okay with the result. Good luck!

  204. Venessa says

    I have made a burlap flag with an outdoor vinyl monogram I was wondering what is best to seal the vinyl to the burlap so it want peel off. Thanks

    • says

      Hi Venessa – you could use Outdoor Mod Podge – just keep in mind that it will change the texture of the burlap and darken it a little (as any sealer will). Another option is a clear spray sealer from Home Depot.

  205. Heather says

    Hi I’ve never worked w mod podge and I got an old bottle from a second hand store in a box of craft items. I wanted to try it out but it’s so thick I can barely spread it. It was sealed so well I could barely open the jar and it’s wet and flexible. Is this how it should be? Can I thin it out w water? Or ??? It’s the plain ol mod podge mat. Has it gone bad? Ideas?

    • says

      Hi Heather – sounds like it’s gone bad. Even sealed, the shelf life isn’t but like a year. I’d get a new jar! You can use your coupons at the craft store and get 40% off 😀

  206. Rhonda says

    Hi there. So very glad to have found you! I’m applying fine glitter to the stem and base of wine glasses. I’ve used the Original Gloss… one coat of MP… one coat of glitter… wait one hour… repeat. So far, so good. Now, I would like to apply a “top coat” that will allow me to hand-wash the glasses without losing the glitter, and preferably without turning yellow. Would the Outdoor or Hard Coat MP work? Is there something that would be better? How long should I wait after the final coat of glitter before applying the top coat? Then, after applying the top coat, how long before using / washing the glasses? Thank you bunches!! Mod Podge does rock!

    • says

      Hi Rhonda! So regular Mod Podge doesn’t work to wash – HOWEVER, there is a new dishwasher safe Mod Podge you can get at Michaels! You would be fine to apply the dishwasher safe Mod Podge right away, and then follow the instructions on the jar before washing. Good luck!

  207. eleni says

    Hiya, I’m planning on putting glitter on wine glasses and I’m not sure which product is best to use. Can you advise me please? Also where can I buy mod podge in the uk?

  208. shortstuff says

    Hi! I am about to use Mod Podge for the first time, but am concerned about my use. I need layer some scrapbook paper, but the bottom layer is a solid glitter paper. It is usually hard to get something to stick to a solid glitter surface. Should original Mod Podge work when I use it to glue regular paper on top of glitter paper?

    • says

      Hi there! It should work but you will probably have you use quite a bit – I would MP the paper down, wipe away the excess and then maybe set something heavy on top of the layers so that they are smashed together. Do a test first if you can (with a small scrap). Also put Mod Podge on the glitter paper AND the back of the scrapbook paper.

  209. says

    I used MP for the first time today, and didn’t realize how much it caused scrapbook paper to bubble up/wrinkle. The goal was to apply the scrapbook paper to some poster board, and am now confused on what to do next. Should I use acrylic sealer or spray adhesive to prep the paper? Also should I MP over the paper after doing the prep? I’m so confused so please help!!


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