Make Your Own Mod Podge for Decoupage Crafts


For over 40 years, crafters have loved a product named Mod Podge which calls itself the “original all-in-one sealer, glue, and finish”.  Mod Podge is most often used for decoupage crafts, which is the art of decorating surfaces with paper cutouts that are sealed, glued, and finished (which is why we need the Mod Podge!)

But did you know you can make your own Mod Podge?  It’s a super simple combination of equal parts water and white craft glue that can be a real money saver.  I bought a 2-pack of glue at the dollar store (and only needed to use one) so my my 8 oz batch only cost me 50 cents!

Here’s how you can make a batch too:

Homemade Mod Podge


Homemade Mod Podge

You Will Need:

  • White Craft Glue (like Elmers)

  • Water

Empty the bottle of glue into a small bowl.  Then fill the empty glue bottle with water (which is the easiest way to measure out an equal amount of water) and then add that amount of water to the glue in the bowl.  Stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid so you can store it.  I used a recycled bottle that once contained sweet & sour sauce.

Of course you can make a smaller batch if you want.  Just remember it’s equal amounts of glue to water (For instance you could combine 2 tablespoons of glue with 2 tablespoons of water).

And now we come to the important part – does it work?  Can this homemade mixture do the same thing as the real Mod Podge?

Click here to read about my results: DIY Tile Coasters Made With Homemade Mod Podge

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  1. says

    Decoupage glues are more than just watered-down cheap white glue. If they weren’t, they’d cost a lot less than cheap white glue because there’d be less actual glue in it. They contain sealers and varnishes and have better adhering qualities than school glue, which is why they are so expensive. If you want something similar, you might want to experiment with white glue to which you’ve added a water-based varnish/sealer and NO water. That would be far closer to decoupage glue than a mix of water and Elmer’s, and might last longer. I plan to try it with the artists’ varnishes that I already have, that are designed for use on acrylic paints.

    • BeverlyBeverly says

      I would say that’s true that the store bought formulas have more in them, and yet I’ve had good results with using watered down glue so I believe it’s still a worthwhile alternative that can work for many types of projects.