If you’ve done any amount of crafting, you’ve probably heard of Mod Podge, a product that’s been around since the 1960’s and calls itself an all-in-one glue, sealer, and finish. It’s most often used for decoupage crafts which is the art of decorating surfaces with paper cutouts that are sealed, glued and finished. But did you know you can make your own Mod Podge? I’ve been doing this for some time now and love it!
Now I know there’s some debate on if homemade Mod Podge is as good as the real thing, but I’m here to tell you that I’ve been using my homemade version for several years and I have always had good results and success using it on my projects – AND – I love that it’s a great money saver too.
So yes, my feeling and experience is that you can definitely make your own decoupage glue and it’s a very easy process too. It’s simply a matter of combining white craft glue and water.
Glue To Water Ratio For Mod Podge
I always use equal parts of water and glue when I make my own Mod Podge. A very easy way to use equal parts is to just use the empty glue bottle for measuring the water.
First, I empty my bottle of glue into a mixing bowl. Now that the glue bottle is empty, I can then fill it with water, (which I think is the easiest way to measure out an equal amount of water), and add that water to the mixing bowl. Then I stir the glue and water together until the mixture is well combined, and that’s it!
I made my most recent batch of homemade Mod Podge with Elmers Glue, but I have also made my homemade Mod Podge with inexpensive glue from the Dollar Store, and it worked great. So my experience has also been that you don’t have to worry about any specific brand, and that any ordinary white craft glue should work.
And of course if you would rather make a smaller sized batch of DIY Mod Podge rather than using the full bottle of glue, that’s simple to do as well. Just remember to measure out the same amount of glue and water (for instance 2 tablespoons of each), and mix them together.
Storing Your Homemade Mod Podge
Once you’re done making your own Mod Podge, you can store it in a jar with a lid. I usually just use some type of recycled jar such as a jelly jar or something. (I love to save little recycled jars that I clean with my homemade goo gone). The jar in these photos is a recycled 8 oz Better Than Bouillon jar which was the perfect size for my most recent batch made with a 4 oz bottle of glue with the equal amount (4 oz) of water added.
I’ve also been really pleased that I’ve been able to keep a batch of homemade Mod Podge for a long time without any problems. In fact I’ve been able to keep it for months and months (and years!) at a time and it doesn’t go bad in any way.
And if you’d like an idea to get you started using your homemade Mod Podge, I love, love, love to make these DIY tile coasters. I look for excuses to make more tile coasters (#truth). They’re fun and easy to make and they’re practical and useful too.
Here’s the complete printable instructions for DIY Mod Podge:
Homemade Mod Podge
- 1 Bottle White Craft Glue
- Water (measure by refilling empty glue bottle)
- Empty the bottle of glue into a small bowl.
- Next, fill your empty glue bottle with water and add it to the glue in the bowl.
- Stir until things are combined together well.
- Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid for storage.
- Use in the same way as you would use store bought Mod Podge for crafting.
This post was first written February, 2013 and was updated November, 2019. Here’s the original picture you may have seen floating around Pinterest.