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Mod Podge 101 - Your How-to Guide to Mod Podge!

Mod Podge 101 - Your How-to Guide to Mod Podge!

Happy National Mod Podge Month

May is National Mod Podge Month which means we are celebrating all things Mod Podge all month long! Mod Podge Day is May 20!

For over 55 years, Mod Podge has been a favorite among crafters. Matte and Gloss, the original Mod Podge formulas were just the beginning of an entire suite of formulas. Over time, Mod Podge has branched out into a variety of formulas and finishes that can be used on many different surfaces like wood, canvas, paper, glass, ceramics, terra cotta, fabric and so much more. From mugs to furniture to paper crafts Mod Podge is THE glue, sealer, and finish to complete your project. 

Celebrate with us all month long as we share your Mod Podge projects, host crafting livestreams, and give away some great product all to commemorate 55 years of a qualtiy product. 

Did you know that last year Mod Podge was inducted into the AFCI's Product Hall of Fame? Check out the video below to learn about our induction and history from our President, Mike McCooey.

Let's dive into learning about the Mod Podge family of brands!

If you want a quick guide to the Mod Podge formulas, check out our most recent YouTube Livestream!


What's new in 2022?

Before we dive into all our Mod Podge formulas we want to introduce the new formulas for 2022 including Mod Podge Water Resistant, Mod Podge Crackle, Mod Podge Ultra Satin, and a new size of Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe. 


The Original Formulas

Preserve the beauty of your decoupage projects and more with these multi-purpose, all-in-one glue, sealer, and finishes. Mod Podge Matte, Gloss,& Satin are the original, quick-drying formulas that dry clear, leaving a smooth durable finish. Use this decoupage glue to create so many decoupage projects on a variety of  surfaces including wood, fabric, plastic, and canvas! Clean up is easy with Mod Podge! When you’re finished with your decoupage project, simply clean up any extra with soap and water. Let your creativity come alive with the limitless possibilities of Mod Podge!

Here are some of our favorite projects using these two great original formulas. 




The Specialty Formulas

Add a unique touch to your decoupage projects with these extraodinary speciatly formulas of Mod Podge. From glitter to dishwasher safe formulas we've got a formula for every project! Click each of the photos below to shop the different formulas of Mod Podge.

Some of our most popular formulas in the specialty line of Mod Podge are the outdoor, dishwasher safe, fabric, and sparkle formulas. 

Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe is quick-drying and dries clear, leaving a smooth finish, perfect for projects that go in the dishwasher. Use this unique decoupage glue to decoupage paper napkins to your coffee mugs, wine glasses, tumblers, and more. Your projects are easy to clean with this top-rack dishwasher-safe formula. 

Mod Podge Outdoor dries clear, leaving a smooth, glossy finish. This formula is intended for use in sheltered outdoor environments and is not waterproof. Spice up your outdoor home decor with the versatility of this unique formula as part of your decoupage supplies. 

Mod Podge Fabric dries clear, leaving a smooth, glossy finish. Use Mod Podge Fabric to apply paper prints or fabric swatches to clothes, totes, banners, and more! When applied to your fabric surface, this handy decoupage glue is permanent and is machine washable in cold water. Use this decoupage glue to add scraps of fabric to your favorite shirts, blankets, pillows, and so much more. 

Mod Podge Sparkle is quick-drying and dries clear, leaving a smooth, sparkling finish. Use this shimmering decoupage glue to seal and protect your DIY porject with an extra touch of shine as your topcoat. 

Click the below photo to see ALL the Mod Podge specialty formulas. 

Preserve the beauty of your puzzle projects and more with this multi-purpose decoupage glue. This all-in-one sealant, glue, and finish is a great way to make sure your hard work stays together in order to display. 

Check out some of the projects we created with the Mod Podge Specialty formulas.

Mod Podge Fabric                              Mod Podge Hard Coat

Mod Podge Outdoor                    Mod Podge Photo Transfer

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic              Mod Podge Fabric

                           Mod Podge Kid's Washout              Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe                  

Mod Podge Extreme Glitter                 Mod Podge Hard Coat

The Sprays

Preserve your hard work with any of the Mod Podge Acrylic Sealers. Ensure all your arts and crafts stand up to the test of time with a layer of these innovative sealers. These quick-drying formulas will not run, drip, or yellow. Protect everything from paint to wood to stain with this easy-to-use decoupage spray. Equip your craft closet with this iconic brand of clear acrylic sealer for a sleek finish every time. Seal your acrylic paint projects, your home decor pieces, and your decoupage paper creations with this versatile sealant. Add Mod Podge Acrylic Sealers to your art supplies for durable protection and shine to all your DIY projects.

The Photo Transfer Mediums

Photo transfer is one of the most popular uses for Mod Podge and we have 3 unique ways to photo transfer! Get a brief overview of each technique below or read our entire 101 guide for Mod Podge Photo Transfer.

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium is the perfect way to personalized gifts, home decor, and more! Use this unique decoupage formula for creating decals, appliques, and more from a photo copy of your favorite photos. Make sure your image is printed on a dry toner printer. Transfer color and black-and-white photocopies to any decoupage project surface such as wood, fabric, canvas, and more. Use this formula on hard surfaces to create personalized pieces like coasters and plaques or use on fabric to make a memorable blanket and pillow. 

Use Mod Podge Clear Image Transfer Medium to personalize all your DIY projects. Use photocopies of your favorite photos and artwork to create unique arts and crafts on wood, glass, metal, canvas and more with Mod Podge Clear Image Transfer Medium. Photos must be printed on a laser, dry toner printer. This formula is a water-based, non-toxic medium that provides the ability to transfer any photocopied image onto a variety of surfaces without creating a paper halo around the transferred image. For best results, use on hard surfaces. Once your image is transferred, you will be able to clearly see your surface, compared to Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium that transfers everything, including the background color. This formula works great on light colored surfaces. Mod Podge Clear Image Transfer Medium dries to a clear, matte finish - perfect for all your arts and crafts.

Try a new way to transfer your images with the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Tool! This handy photo transfer tool is a must-have in your collection of art supplies. This unique tool easily transfers color or black and white images quickly and easily. Make sure your image is printed on a dry toner printer. This easy-to-use, lightweight tool has variable temperature control and pen-like grip. Each set includes the photo transfer tool, 1 disc transfer tip, and stand. Transfer images in no time with the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Tool. 

Check out this video from our new product showcase last year where our Content Creator, Emma, shows you all the things you can do with Photo Transfer.


The Mod Podge Resin 2-Part resin system is a fun way to create beautiful resin projects. This versatile epoxy resin includes a clear hardener and resin system that is easy to use and fun to craft with. Add glitter, alcohol inks, and other embellishments to create unique, custom epoxy resin pieces. Simply mix an equal 1:1 ratio of each formula to make your projects come to life. Use this multi-faceted resin to seal, protect, or preserve your artwork or create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, home decor, and so much more. Mod Podge Resin dries to a beautiful hard, clear, high-gloss finish - perfect for embedding flowers or photos. For more resin fun, pair this system with the Mod Podge Resin Silicone Molds for more creative options for your resin supplies. Be sure to always follow all safety guidelines listed on the packaging and wear the proper PPE. 

Watch the playlist below to get familar with Mod Podge Resin and get some awesome inspiration for your next project. 

Download our Mod Podge Resin 101 Guide to get started!

These are some of our favorite Mod Podge Resin projects! Which one inspires you?





Mod Podge Ultra

Mod Podge Ultra is a super-strong, spray formula that works as an all-in-one glue and sealer with a high adhesion level. Mod Podge Ultra is a part of the Mod Podge family of brands but is different compared to any other Mod Podge formula. Though this is a thinner formula, it has the same strong durability as Mod Podge. This versatile water-based, non-toxic decoupage formula comes in a gloss, matte, and satin finish that naturally self-levels, and leaves no brush marks. Use this spray decoupage glue to apply decorative and 3D elements to your projects. You can spray, pour, or brush on this unique formula of Mod Podge. Before using Mod Podge Ultra shake the bottle well. Prime the nozzle with a few pumps and spray away from your project to test the spray strength, as the nozzle may sputter. To prevent excess application and prevent drips, apply thin coats rather than one thick coat to your project. For best results elevate your project off of your work surface so Ultra can flow over the edge. While your surface is wet with Mod Podge Ultra, feel free to add any design elements. Allow your project to dry for 4 to 24 hours. Immediately clean the Mod Podge Ultra spray nozzle after each use so that it remains open and clog-free for future use. Make Mod Podge Ultra an essential part of how you protect your arts and crafts!


The Tools

What would a craft project be without the tools to make it easier? Mod Podge has several tools specially designed to work with all our Mod Podge formulas. Easily brush on Mod Podge with a brush or roller for every size project. Click the image below to shop all the Mod Podge tools. 

Want more Mod Podge? Check out our weekly episodes of Make it with Mod Podge with Cathie Filian and Steve Piachenza. They will should you all the awesome things you can make with Mod Podge and give you tips and tricks to help along the way, like this high level overview of all the Mod Podge formulas. Check out the entire playlist of episodes HERE

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How do you use Mod Podge?

We know you love Mod Podge just as much as we do, share your decoupage creations with us all month long using # PlaidCrafts!

Make sure to stock your craft supplies and take advantage of our sales all month long! Pick up all the Mod Podge formulas for every DIY project for you and your family.

Happy crafting!
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