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Frugal Tip: Homemade Mod Podge

By Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt @frugalfreebies
Image: DIY: Decoupage
I have posted a few craft ideas lately that used Mod Podge - but Mod Podge isn't cheap!
Now I am going to save you even more money by telling you how to make your own!
If you use regular Elmer's Glue-All, it will be waterproof when your project is dry.
The other bonus to making your own Mod Podge there is no smell!
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Homemade Mod Podge Mix
Simply mix 50% Elmer's glue (white glue) and 50% water in a jar. Shake well. And you are done!

NOTE: Some use less water - 2/3 glue and 1/3 water. You will have to experiment with small batches to see what works best for you.
TIP: If you use markers to make your picture, label, etc. - spray first with hairspray, let it dry then us your homemade Mod Podge.
TIP: Add 2 TBSP of varnish for a glossy finish.
TIP: If you wanted Glitter Mod Podge, just add some glitter to your homemade mixture!
From our Facebook fan page:
Tonya Bradley Philbrick posted: Wow! Thanks for sharing! :)
Megan Norris posted: If you have any left over add a little borax, and it makes a fun flubber for the kids to play with
Regina Greene-Pinckert posted: Thanks, now I have a use for the jar I emptied out last night at dinner time! I love upcycling!
Amber Faires posted: Honestly I've never even used Modge Podge on my own, so I wasn't sure what it was used for exactly and I was like how could something so simple be so expensive? So I decided to Google to see what projects it's used for and then I Googled the ingredients for the homemade mix and this link came up: Why You Shouldn't make Your Own Mod Podge
Sounds like a good idea to use it for things for things like kids crafts that will end up being thrown away or whatever and not sentimental heirlooms or something hehe. My 18 month old would just eat it though!
Regina Greene-Pinckert posted: Thanks for that informative post Amber. I will definitely keep that in mind. I think I want to make my own more for my kids to do projects that I know will end up in the trash before too long. But for serious projects, I will definitely buy the real stuff!

Image: Elmer's All Multipurpose White Glue, 4 oz. (E372) America's favorite all-purpose glue. Perfect for school projects, arts and crafts, and light home repair.Image: Mod Podge CS11202 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Gloss Finish - Quick-drying for multiple coat build up
Shopping Suggestions:
• Elmer's All Multipurpose White Glue
Sulyn Extra Fine Glitter
• Mod Podge
Mod Podge Sparkle

NOTE - If any of the above links are not working or the freebies or coupons no longer available, please post a blog comment below and I'll edit it!

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