how to make mod podge

How To Make Mod Podge | 2 Easy Methods Cost $1 And Saves $5

Want to know how to make mod podge for your decoupage and crafting projects? Keep reading the post and learn 2 easy and fast methods with step-by-step guidelines. 

Generally, I’m a DIY enthusiast and like to try

something new with unused materials to decorate my personal belongings. 

But, these crafting projects require a batch of glue to adhere them with each other. Mod podge is excellent for gluing tasks, but it requires a good amount of money to purchase. 

I have tried to make my own homemade mod podge to save my bucks. Interestingly, it works great to attach everything.

Here I’ll share my own experience and two methods of making mod podge with simple instructions and photos. Hopefully, by following the instructions and photos, you can easily make your mod podge. So without further ado, let’s get started.

Mod Podge Recipe?

mod podge

I have used clear and white glue for the first method and flour for the other. And the rest of the things that I used to make the mod podge, you have all the things at your home. So I can assure you that making mod podge won’t cut your pocket like purchasing.

Method 1 – How To Make Mod Podge With Glue

It’s better to check the easier and faster method to make mod podge. So, first, I’ll tell you the DIY mod podge recipe that only requires two ingredients and 2 minutes to complete the process. 

The things you need

  • Two teaspoons of clear glue
  • Two teaspoons of water
  • One small bowl
  • One airtight container

Step 1: Mix The Glue And Water

Pick one small bowl and pour the clear glue and water into the bowl. You can use Elmer’s glue as clear glue, but if you don’t have it, any kind of clear glue will be ok. So, no worries about this! Here I have used sticky glue as I don’t have Elmer’s glue right now.

Step 2: Stir The Glue And Water For Proper Mixing

Now, with the help of a teaspoon, continuously stir them until both of them mix and form a water-based glue consistency.

Step 3: Store The Mod Podge

If you don’t use the glue right now, you can store them in an air-sealed container. You can store the glue for many days by protecting it from the air.

Method 2: How To prepare Mod Podge Without Glue

Once I didn’t have clear glue at home, I also didn’t want to buy one. So that time, I made a homemade mod podge without glue. I made the homemade decoupage with flour and sugar. It is also a simple process, but it took more time than the first method. 

The things you need 

mod Podge Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup  sugar
  • ⅓  cup water
  • 2-3 drops of olive oil
  • 2-3 drops of vinegar

Cooking utensils

Measurement cup




An air container

Step 1: Prepare The Ingredients

First, measure the flour and sugar with a measuring cup. Besides the flour and sugar, keep olive oil and vinegar bottles. When you prepare the ingredients, half of your task will be complete and lessens the chance of making mistakes using inappropriate ingredients. Because using inappropriate ingredients will make the glue less effective. 

prepare the ingredients

Step 2: Mix The Dry Flour And Sugar

Take a saucepan and pour the measured flour and granulated sugar into it. Now, mix them before adding water. The better you mix, the better and more durable glue you’ll get. 

mix the dy flour and sugar

Step 3: Add Water And Make The Batter

Now, it’s time to slowly add ⅓  cup of water with the flour and sugar mixture. When adding water, stir continuously and rapidly to avoid building lumps and bumps. 

Stop stirring when you notice the mixture turn into a smooth consistency like a pancake batter mixture. Finally, add the olive oil to make the glue glossier after cooking. 

add water and make batter

Step 4: Cook The Batter

Fire the stove and set the flame in medium heat. Next, put the saucepan over the stove to cook the batter. 

When cooking the glue, stir the mixture from the saucepan surrounding and middle. Otherwise, the mixture will turn into lumps. After cooking the mixture for 2-3 minutes, you will get a glue-like thick texture. If the mixture is too thick, you can add 2-3 teaspoons of water to maintain the perfect thickness of the glue. 

cook the batter

Step 5: Add Vinegar

Turn off and remove the saucepan from the stove. Now, you can add 2-3 drops of white vinegar and mix it with the DIY mod podge. The vinegar will help you avoid fungus and mold development in the glue while storing it. 

add vinegar

Step 6: Rest The Mod Podge

Rest the decoupage mod podge for 20-30 minutes to cool down completely. Otherwise, the mod podge will start to ferment. During this time, prepare your glue storing container. 

rest the mod podge

Step 7: Store The Mod Podge

Open the container’s lid and carefully pour the mod podge into it. If you find pouring the thick mod podge difficult, you can use a spoon to do it. At last, close the container’s lid and store it in a refrigerator to maintain a cool temperature. 

store the mod podge

Where You Can Use This Mod Podge Substitute 

No matter which method you follow to make your mod podge for your crafting works. Both of them are good enough to bond your desired things strongly. 

Here’s a list of crafting works where you can use homemade mod podge

  • You can confidently use this mod podge glue to make butterflies, birds, babydoll homes, trees, etc., with colorful paper for your kid’s school crafting projects. I can guarantee you; you’ll get the most durable bond. 
  • This mod podge will excellently wrap a gift item and add a wish card to it. 
  • With this glue, you can adhere to balloons, flower sticks, etc. 
  • You can decouple a paper napkin on a glass jar with this glue. 
  • You can use homemade mod podge paper to the wood attachment.
  • You can use it for decorating boxes with colorful ribbons, glitter, and laces.
  • By adding acrylic color with mod podge, you can make it colorful. Then you can easily use this glue for your colorful projects.

Some Valuable Tips For Using Homemade Mod Podge

The DIY mod podge is not as exact as the store-bought mod podge. Basically, you can use it as the mod podge alternative. That’s why you should follow basic guidelines to get the maximum results. 

Always keep your things clean, dust-free, and dry to using the glue. At first, apply one thin layer of mod podge on both surfaces that you want to bond. Place one thing over the other and gently press both of them for a few seconds. And Keep the things resting to dry the glue and completely cure. 

Try to store the mod podge in a cool and dry space to free it from fungus and rot. Use it within 1-2 weeks from your making time. If the mod podge doesn’t finish within this timeframe, that will be rotten. So please don’t use it and throw it into the waste bin.

Where You Shouldn’t Use Homemade Mod Podge

Your own mod podge isn’t as durable and robust as a real mod podge. So you shouldn’t use it for your crafting business. 

If you need a permanent bond, I suggest avoiding this mod podge. It’ll be better to use the store-bought mod podge to serve your needs.


Is Homemade Mod Podge as good as store-bought?

No, the homemade mod podge is a water-based adhesive that doesn’t have all the essential properties of the real Mod Podge. So it can be slightly similar but not as good as store-bought mod podge. 

You can use the real mod podge as glue and sealer that is more durable, exclusive, and effective than homemade mod podge. The homemade mod podge is less intense, durable, and permanent than a sealer. 

Does homemade Mod Podge dry clear?

Yes, the homemade mod podge dries clear and offers you a glossy finish. The glue’s olive oil will help curing the bond without any white film after drying.  

What can I put over Mod Podge to make it waterproof?

Though the mod podge isn’t waterproof, you can make it. You have to use a layer of Varnish over your Decoupage Project, and the bondage will be water-resistant.


So now you have learned 2 easy methods on how to Make Mod Podge. It is super fast to make the Mod Podge with glue, but flour Mod Podge is also effective to use on your DIY crafting projects. 

I love to hear your mod podge-making experience, as it’ll inspire me to share my other DIY experiences with you. Heat the comment section to let us know your experience. 

But, I’ll recommend using real and authentic mod podge for your projects requiring a long-lasting and permanent bond. 

Happy crafting!

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