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Mod Podge Dimensional Magic: the Ultimate Guide

What is Mod Podge Dimensional Magic? This acrylic epoxy-like product is great for making jewelry, gifts and more. Learn more about it here!

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a video all about this fantastic product. You’ll get to see it in action as well.

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this Mod Podge formula, so I thought I would utilize a blog entry to give you all of the information.

Even if you don’t think you need to know about this amazing product, I promise you – you do. Dimensional Magic is just plain wonderful. Like everything Mod Podge.

What is Dimensional Magic?

First of all, it creates an resin-like finish on a project surface. It is not a decoupage medium. So you aren’t using it to do any actual gluing. You’re creating a glassy finish.

Secondly, it’s a waterbased product, and it’s non-toxic. It’s a great way to get a resin look on a much smaller, less-toxic scale.

You can see it in the sample projects or video in this post; it’s glassy and three-dimensional, and it adds interest to the surface of your project. It goes on cloudy but dries completely clear.

What projects do you recommend it for?

Anything really, but it works very well on jewelry, accessories, and cards. Your best bet is to use it to accent small areas. It looks very sharp on bracelets, rings, brooches, belt buckles, necklaces, etc.

I also like it on handmade cards. I’m a big fan of Mod Podging stuff down and then using Dimensional Magic on top of my decoupaged surface.

What surfaces can I use it on?

Just about anything – wood, tin, glass, plastic/acrylic, paper . . . it will dry crystal clear on all of them.

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic vs Resin which one do you choose

What is the difference between Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and resin?

DM is a waterbase, acrylic product as I said before. This means that you can get it on your fingers and wash it off – and it’s not going to hurt you. You don’t need to wear a mask or gloves to apply it and the fumes aren’t toxic.

There’s also no mixing required – the formula can be applied as-is. Dimensional Magic is used for small projects. You wouldn’t use it to cover a table.

Resin is a “reactive polymer compound” and typically a two part process. For example, Mod Podge Resin. It’s MUCH thicker than Dimensional Magic, and creates a much thicker finish (the box says one coat is equivalent to 50 coats of varnish).

I’m not an expert in reactive polymer compounds, but I can tell you this stuff is toxic. Not that you shouldn’t use it, because you should – but you have to wear gloves and protective equipment when you do. You mix two parts together, apply immediately, and it hardens into a VERY thick coat.

Resin is waterproof, heatproof, and hard to mark. It’s perfectly appropriate for larger projects such as countertops, tables, large trays, etc. For more reading, I wrote an entire guide all about the differences (and when you use each) here.

Do you have any tips for usage?

Why yes! Thank you for asking. Sometimes when Mod Podge Dimensional Magic dries, because it’s waterbase, there’s a dip in the middle. When that happens, just layer it! Yes, you can layer it on top of itself and it dries crystal clear.

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Bottles

Why is my Dimensional Magic cloudy?

Typically it’s because there is moisture below the Dimensional Magic. If you decoupage below your Dimensional Magic, make sure the surface is completely dry for several hours before applying the DM.

If there is moisture below the DM, it can get cloudy when dry.

If your Dimensional Magic gets cloudy, you’ll just have to wait and see if it clears up. If it doesn’t, you’re going to need to re-do the project; there’s no way to fix it. That’s why it’s very important that you let your project dry before application.

Where can I buy Dimensional Magic?

This is probably the question I’ve been asked most often. You can get it online at Amazon, and it’s also sold at most craft stores including Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, A.C. Moore and Michaels (find out where to buy Mod Podge here).

I hope this information helps. Complete instructions for usage are on the back of the package, and I’m telling you that it’s just about as easy as Mod Podging. I’m off to DM a fake eyeball! Or something. . .

Before you go, don’t forget to watch the video in this post that tells you everything you need to know about this fantastic project. Simply press “PLAY” in the middle of the video!

Do you want some other guides for Mod Podge? Take a peek at these posts:

Brushstroke • Dishwasher Safe • Extreme Glitter • Fabric • Furniture • Glow in the Dark • Gloss • Hard Coat • Matte • Outdoor • Satin • Sparkle • Super Matte • Photo Transfer Medium • Puzzle Saver • Stiffy • Ultra


Sunday 10th of March 2024

Hi! Is it possible to apply Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on Jesmonite/Aqua Resin/etc and Air Dry Clay pieces?


Sunday 10th of March 2024

Hello! I've done it on resin and air dry clay just fine. Jesmonite I'm not sure what that is - but I'd give it a try! Use a sample piece. It's an acrylic product, however, so it shouldn't do anything bad.


Wednesday 31st of January 2024

I recently bought a bottle of DM and most of the demos I’ve seen use it on a flat surface. I have a convex curved indented spot on a glass bottle I painted. Do you think it would set up on the bottle or does it have to be used on a level surface?


Thursday 14th of September 2023

I just got DM at Jo Ann.

Elizabeth Santana

Monday 11th of September 2023

Could I use this for feathers (from my bird) without them clumping up and losing the visual texture? Some are very delicate.


Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

If you are putting them in a pendant or something, yes. There would have to be a substrate underneath, it's not for just stiffening feathers without anything behind them.


Monday 24th of April 2023

I actually have a question, can you use a UV lamp to dry the Mod Podge dimensional Magic? I have looked everywhere and can't seem to find an answer to this question.


Monday 24th of April 2023

I don't think so. It's just a waterbased product, so it doesn't have the same hardeners in it that other acrylic products and resins have. Plus you don't want it to dry too fast because it cracks, that's why you shouldn't hair dry it. So I would just recommend letting it air dry.