Mod Podge, made by Plaid, is a waterbase substance used as glue, sealer and finish in découpage projects. Mod Podge can be brushed on a variety of surfaces, is easy to clean up and non-toxic which makes it ideal for kids. There are many varieties of Mod Podge available for a variety of projects.
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Use leaves from your backyard for some inexpensive, cute crafts. Apply Mod Podge to the back of two pressed and dried leaves. Apply the leaves to a piece of colourful scrapbook paper and then brush Mod Podge over the whole sheet. Put waxed paper over the top of the leaves and lay a heavy book on top until everything is dry. Frame the paper in a beautiful frame.
For another project, apply Mod Podge to the back of several dried leaves in brilliant colours. Paste the leaves to the outside of a glass jelly jar, overlapping them in some places. When the leaves are dry, put a votive in the jar and light it for a beautiful effect.
Apply Mod Podge to the back of colourful, bright fabric and cover an inexpensive frame. Use a utility knife to carefully cut out the middle. Match the fabric to the picture being frame: use Hawaiian fabric for a vacation picture or fabric in your school colours for a graduation picture. Using Mod Podge on fabric makes it stiff and easy to cut and eliminates any fraying.
Buy an unfinished, wooden stool at a craft or furniture store. Trace the top of your stool on the back of a piece of washed and ironed fabric. Apply Mod Podge to the fabric and let it dry. Cut the pattern out of the fabric. If you want to paint the stool, this is the next step. When it's dry, lay the piece of fabric on the top and apply with Mod Podge.
Let your child decorate a piece of foam to make a very personal mouse pad. Cut the foam to the desired size. Apply Mod Podge to the back of your child's artwork. Place it on the foam and smooth out any wrinkles. For the final step, apply a couple more coats of Mod Podge on the top to seal the artwork securely. With pictures cut out of her favourite magazine, help your daughter use Mod Podge to apply them to the cover of her diary or journal. She can also do this on inexpensive school folders to give them her own personal touch.
Mod Podge is an effective way to decorate dull or bland items in your home. Apply pieces of coloured tissue paper or travel pictures with Mod Podge to a white lampshade for a more interesting look. Decorate your terra-cotta pots with pictures from a magazine or cute cutouts of chickens or vegetables. Cover a child's wooden chair and table with their own artwork. Add ribbons and lace to your daughter's closet door or headboard. Découpage a plain binder holding recipes with pictures of delicious food.
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