If you’ve been looking for a decoupage formula that you can use outside – you’re going to love this post. Have you heard of Mod Podge Outdoor? If not, I’m excited to share everything I know about this super-amazing formula! Let’s start with the obvious:
Mod Podge Outdoor is made to be used on decoupage projects that will sit outdoors.
Simple, right? Well, there are a few things you should know about this formula. First of all, Mod Podge Outdoor is not waterproof. It is HIGHLY water resistant.
This means that if you want a decoupage item to sit on a covered porch where it is not exposed to weather 24 hours a day, you are fine using this formula by itself.
HOWEVER – if you live in Seattle and your project is constantly rained on or you live in Arizona and the sun is beating down on your craft all the time, I suggest another sealer that is waterpoof and/or UV resistant on top.
Having said that, for most of us, Outdoor Mod Podge is just perfect for our climate. We can make projects that will sit outside using this formula alone. Like other Mod Podge formulas, this bad boy is a glue, sealer, and finish in one.
So if you are doing an outdoor project, you don’t need any additional Mod Podges. All you need is this one green bottle!
There are a few characteristics of this formula you should know.
Outdoor Mod Podge
- It is thicker than the other formulas. This is normal.
- Because the formula is thicker, brushstrokes can be more obvious. To minimize them: use a soft bristled brush and sand between coats. To do this, apply the Mod Podge and let it dry an hour. Then use #0000 steel wool and lightly sand the entire surface. Do this between every coat.
- It has a glossy finish. Check out this chip to show you what the finish looks like in the light:
Now that I’ve shared the basics with you, let’s move onto the FAQ!
Questions About Mod Podge Outdoor
1. Will my Mod Podge outdoor project be waterproof? Outdoor Mod Podge is water resistant and is most durable when used on projects that are in a sheltered area. If your project is going to be constantly exposed to the elements like sun and rain, I recommend a brush on waterproof/UV sealer like this one.
2. Is this Mod Podge formula UV resistant? It is not. Your project will fade in the bright sun over time.
3. How long do I need to cure my Mod Podge Outdoor project before putting it outside? Let project cure completely in a dry room with 68 degree or higher temperature for 72 hours.
4. What type of brush should I use with Mod Podge Outdoor? A soft bristled brush is fine. You don’t need anything special.
5. Which surfaces can I use this formula on? Wood, glass, terra cotta, tin, and anything porous. So yes, you can decorate your clay pots with this awesome formula!
6. How do I use Outdoor Mod Podge with napkins? A light background works best. If you have a surface that is fairly dark, basecoat it first with your choice of FolkArt Outdoor or Multi-Surface acrylic paint.
Cut the design out of the napkin, separate the layers and discard the two bottom white layers. Using your brush, apply a coat of Mod Podge over the design, allowing 15 – 30 minutes between coats. Let project dry inside at least 3 – 7 days before placing outdoors.
NOTE: Reapplication of Outdoor Mod Podge every several months will help preserve your project.
7. When applying paper to clay pots, how can I prevent water from leaking through and ruining my design? Basecoat the inside of the pot with FolkArt Outdoor or MultiSurface acrylic paint and coat in outdoor sealer to prevent water from leaking through.
Honestly this is why I mostly use fabric on pots, because it doesn’t ruin like paper. If you do want to use paper on your pot, I highly recommend coating the inside with these instructions.
8. Can I use this formula on shoes? Absolutely! This is a formula that people frequently use to decoupage shoes since it’s highly water resistant. Just be sure to wipe your shoes off when you get home if you walk in puddles! You can also clean your shoes with a warm, wet cloth.
Are you ready for some project ideas using Mod Podge Outdoor? Click any of the images below.
Decoupage a Plant Stand for Spring
Learn how to decorate a simple wood plant stand from the craft store using paper, decoupage medium, and adhesive stencils – AND it's waterproof!
Coastal DIY Mailbox Makeover
Courtney moved into a new home and gave it a coastal DIY mailbox makeover with paint, Mod Podge Outdoor, and paper. It looks awesome!
Outdoor Drink Holder Tutorial
Learn how to make an outdoor drink holder with a tin can and your favorite fabric. This is such a cute recycled craft for summer.
Decoupage Table with Wrapping Paper
Learn how to make decoupage table with wrapping paper! It's easy to do with Mod Podge Outdoor and this tutorial. Such a unique project.
Easy Customized DIY Address Sign
Use simple materials from Home Depot to make a custom house number sign. It's easy with your favorite scrapbook papers, paints and Mod Podge!
Easy Flowery Shoes
Did you know that you can decorate an old pair of shoes with napkins? It's amazingly easy to do with Mod Podge.
Easy Mod Podge Terra Cotta Pots with Fabric
Use pretty fabric on these Mod Podge terra cotta pots for the perfect spring craft project! Makes a great container garden – or gift idea.
Turn a Wood Birdhouse Into a Gnome Birdhouse
Gnomes live outdoors – so it only makes sense that they would turn a regular birdhouse into a gnome birdhouse. Done with Mod Podge Outdoor!
Outdoor Games: DIY Bean Bag Toss
Inspired by my childhood, I created a DIY bean bag toss game using clay saucers and a printable. This bean bag game is easy to assemble and you’ll have a blast!
Dog's Chew Toy to Outdoor Chair
See how Vivienne revamped an old, chewed up chair with a little bit of paint, fabric, and Mod Podge.
DIY Garden Stakes from Mason Jar Lids
Learn to make cute DIY garden stakes using mason jar lids. Grab your Outdoor Mod Podge and my free printable . . . you'll have new markers in minutes!
How to Mod Podge on Rocks and Make Them Pretty
Decorate some pretty stones for your garden or desktop with a little bit of decoupage. It's easy to Mod Podge on rocks and the results are so pretty!
Three Unique Flower Pot Decoration Ideas
Are you looking for a fun way to decorate clay pots for your herb garden? Here are three flower pot decoration ideas using paint and some other simple craft supplies.
Make Garden Markers from Thrift Store Spoons
Use old thrift store spoons, Mod Podge and your favorite scrapbook papers to make garden markers your neighbors will be jealous of. These spoon plant markers are so inexpensive and look so cute!
Let me know if you have any questions about Mod Podge Outdoor in the comments. And before you go, don’t forget to check out the bonus video below. Learn how to make Outdoor bird art with Cathie and Steve. Simply press “PLAY” in the center of the video: