How to substitute for Mod Podge

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How to substitute for Mod Podge
Use white glue to make a craft adhesive. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Mod Podge is a brand name for a gel medium used in découpage craft projects. The sticky substance acts as a glue, sealer and finish. With Mod Podge, you only need one product to affix cutouts to a surface, cover the cutouts with another coat, seal and finish. Not all crafters use Mod Podge; some alter common products to produce a similar result.

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Things you need

  • White glue
  • 284 g (10 oz) container
  • Ice cream stick

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  1. 1

    Squeeze 240 ml (3/4 cup) white glue (like Elmer's Glue) into a container.

  2. 2

    Add 60 ml (1/4 cup) water.

  3. 3

    Stir with a wooden ice cream stick until the mixture is smooth and well blended. Store in an airtight container.

Tips and warnings

  • Adjust the thickness of the mixture by adding or reducing the amount of water added to the white glue.
  • The mixture will last for weeks, providing it is stored in an airtight container. Discard if it dries out or turns a different colour.

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