10 Steps to perfect Mod Podging

posted on October 19, 2009 by  |  posted under Crafting, Decorating  |  40 Comments

10 simple Steps to perfect Mod Podging

I get asked all the time about fun new easy ways to decorate and I tell them  mod podging!


This is a fun new way to decorate your decorations!  It is super easy too.  Leave the paint to stink in your garage…(you are going to be smelling glue:) Really don’t smell it…

1.  Buy your mod podge.

I buy the matte kind (to be specific…Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish)

2.  Use a foam brush.  The kind you throw away!

3.  Pick out your scrapbook paper.  I like to use the thicker paper (it bubbles less).  Choose a small print (this helps to keep your focus on the project, not over whelm it).

4.  Place your item on the paper and trace around it.

5.  Cut it out.  It does not have to be perfect!Block1

6.  Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the item you want covered.

7.  Place your paper on the item and squish it down.Block2

8.  Take a credit card or plastic pan scraper (that’s the blue thing in the picture) and start in the middle to rub all the bubbles out.

9.  Let it dry for about 1 minute (yep 1 minute) and then sand the paper edges off.


10.  For an additional step you can stain the edges. Giving it a shabby chic look.  You can use a distressing stamp pad (found at craft stores) or stain (from the hardware store).

10 Steps to perfect Mod Podging


    1. March 22nd, 2010 at 2:03 pm
      Marsha Stevens says:
      I have mod podged a candle with real autumn leaves. I am going to try mod podge on frames next when I get a chance.
    2. April 26th, 2010 at 9:50 pm
      Nancy says:
      so simple - and CUTE!
    3. May 12th, 2010 at 11:46 pm
      Amanda @ Looking Glass Jewels says:
      This is a great tutorial! I am using mod podge tonight and will keep your tips in mind! (I almost typed "tits" instead of "tips" - THAT would have been embarrassing! Yikes!)

      ~Amanda @Looking Glass Jewels

      .-= Amanda @ Looking Glass Jewels´s last blog ..Wednesday is Tip Day: How to Make Perfect Boiled Eggs! =-.
    4. May 28th, 2010 at 7:27 pm
      AZ Momma says:
      Anyone have any pointers for Mod Podging larger areas with fabric? I have an idea festering in my brain and I wanna make sure I do it right the first time!! Thanks!
      • February 7th, 2011 at 11:56 pm
        Lissa says:
        I would follow the tips given above, except maybe do it just a small section at a time. Since fabric is more bendy and pliable than paper, you can do a small section (make sure NOT to skip the scraping/smoothing out part) and then when it dries, do the next section.
        • September 13th, 2011 at 9:20 pm
          Angelina says:
          I have heard that if you spread the fabric out (right side down) and cover the back with Modge Podge that it handles better and won't fray when you cut it! Hope this helps!
      • October 20th, 2011 at 6:36 pm
        Krista says:
        Make sure you use Mod podge fabric instead of the matte type above! I ruined 1 or 2 projects before I figured this out!
    5. June 18th, 2010 at 8:31 am
      ColleenwithMurals&More says:
      Love these tips! I included them in my ModPodge post today. If you get a chance, drop by!

      Have a great weekend!
      .-= ColleenwithMurals&More´s last blog ..Feature Friday – ModPodge =-.
    6. November 8th, 2010 at 10:38 pm
      Rene' says:
      Do you have photos or tips on how to do the staining on the edges?
      I am am afraid I'm going to overdo it!
      • November 14th, 2010 at 5:43 pm
        Alison says:
        Make sure to wipe it off with a paper towel when you are finished...and just do the edges:)
      • November 11th, 2011 at 7:32 am
        Vanessa W says:
        Swipe an ink pad or distress inks from Tim Holtz. Get this at Michael's! Fast, easy peasy!

        ~Vanessa W
    7. May 30th, 2011 at 8:31 am
      Linds says:
      blowdrying is a BIG help! Thanks for the tips!
    8. November 23rd, 2011 at 8:45 am
      Emily says:
      why the matte. What affect does it have?
    9. February 2nd, 2012 at 5:16 pm
      Sandra says:
      When I tried to mod podge computer black and white pictures to wood they turned green....even later when I tried again after spraying the computer paper with sealer on the back and front, a few still had a green on them....scared to do the whole thing with MP.
    10. March 27th, 2012 at 1:57 pm
      Cheech says:
      I want to Modge Podge a TRAY TABLE set. They are wooden. I was told by home depot that I can sand the tables & spray paint them with a spay paint that has a gloss. I came home & had the idea i could personalize the tops as a family project (photos, newspaper, magazine pages, scrap booking pages, etc.) Any ideas on how I could do this? would I just do the Modge Podge on the painted surface, smooth & let dry?
    11. May 24th, 2012 at 9:16 pm
      Olivia says:
      THANKS FOR THE ADVICE! I needed this for a project I'm working on for Father's day and included the link for these instructions on my blog!:) check it out at imadethisyoucantoo.blogspot.com and shoot me some comments/critiques!!!:)

    12. June 8th, 2012 at 9:12 pm
      Vicky says:
      OMG I'm IN LOVE!!!!!!!!!! lol!! I have never used Mod Podge until now!!! I came across the Laundry Sign on the site and was thinking "Ugh How the heck do I use Mod Podge, it's gonna be difficult!" It is literally the easiest and coolest thing ever! I was going to paint wooden letters for my son's room, but with all the awesome scrapbook paper they make, I will Mod Podge them so I can use a variety of designs on the letters instead of me painting them, hoping and praying they turn out cute LOL. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! :)
    13. September 12th, 2012 at 11:24 am
      Maureenq says:
      Use a foam brush. The kind you throw away! - Can't afford to throw anything away - lol
    14. October 14th, 2012 at 7:12 am
      Kristin says:
      What type of sandpaper do you use to sand the paper and stuff down? Fine or coarse?
    15. October 23rd, 2012 at 12:05 am
      Stacy Marie Stranzl says:
      That's because only toner will transfer properly. Any tutorial that says regular inkjet prints will transfer, are wrong. Only transfer PHOTOCOPIES. The toner will transfer as dark black instead of green.
    16. September 30th, 2013 at 7:03 pm
      mantoos.com says:
      I like it when folks get together and share ideas. Great site,
      continue the good work!
    17. May 5th, 2014 at 10:15 pm
      Betty819 says:
      Would any type of wrapping paper be suitable for a mod podge project?
    18. October 4th, 2014 at 10:57 pm
      Rhonda Dorst says:
      HELP I want to mob Podge a piece of wood furniture. I have many questions. First would I put something on the paper I want to use for the piece of wood furniture to stop the paper from bleeding? Second what would I put over the paper after I've Mob Podged it onto the wood, for protection and cleaning purposes?
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