Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I Am A Mod Podge Natural.

If someone tells me that something is difficult to do, I have to try it.  I'm sure it's an ego thing, but I need to conquer whatever impossible task they are talking about and strut away, victorious.

I really do strut.

Someone told me that using Mod Podge was hard.  I heard that your first Mod Podge project always turned out awful.  I heard that you would be found clutching the Mod Podge bottle, in tears, babbling about wrinkles.  I heard that some crafters never recover from it.

I had to try it.

I bought some wood letters, paper, foam brushes and Mod Podge.  It's on now, Mod Podge!
 I was nervous.  I was expecting the worst.  I started slow, tracing the letters out on the back of the paper.
I don't have photos of the next few steps.  I was still nervous and also, I didn't want to Mod Podge my camera.  Yes, it totally needs to be replaced, but it deserves a better death than one by Mod Podge.  Here's the without photos version of what happened next:

I put a layer of Mod Podge on the back of the paper letters and then a layer on the wood letters.  I carefully placed the paper on top of the letter, making sure it was lined up correctly.  I took an old rolling pin and rolled over the top, squeezing out the excess Mod Podge.  This step was the one I most feared, because I heard that if it's not done properly you will get wrinkles worse than you'd find at a 100-year high school reunion.  So I rolled it out and brushed off the excess as I went.  I set the kitchen timer for 20 minutes.  I may have had a bowl of ice cream while waiting for the timer.  I may have had two bowls.  20 minutes is a long time.  After the timer went off, I brushed a layer of Mod Podge on top of the letters.  You are supposed to wait the 20 minutes.  If you don't, I think a hole gets ripped into the fabric of space and time, sucking us into a parallel universe.  Scary.  After that layer is applied, set the timer for another 20 minutes and do it again.  Including the ice cream.  My pants are snug.

Anyway, after you put on as many layers as your little heart desires, you let it dry.  It actually does not take that long to dry.  And if I can pat myself on the back here, there are ZERO wrinkles in my project.  That's right... I'm a Mod Podge natural.  And let me just say that now, I'm trying to Mod Podge EVERYTHING.  It's a good thing the kids are so quick or they would have scrapbook paper all over their sweet little faces by now.  I've already done another project with Mod Podge and it turned out awesome too.  Love this stuff.  Here's the finished project:
I put it in the dining room... in case anyone was wondering what we do in that room.  We eat.  I also craft there, but I thought 'Eat' was the better option.  Have any of you worked with Mod Podge? I'd love to hear how you did!


  1. Great job Priscilla! I always get wrinkles!! I'm going to follow your direction next time :)

  2. Looks great! My first experience with Modge Podge was a good one, but not completely wrinkle-free. Here's my project: http://thriftstorejunkie-cayce.blogspot.com/2011/08/modge-podge-collage.html

  3. hahaha. "20 minutes is a long time." i couldn't agree more! i've never worked with mod podge before, but now i'm officially freaked out. i love your finished project!

  4. Woo Hoo! Great job. I'm convinced....there is nothing you can't do! :) I've never worked with Mod Podge, but I've always wanted to try.

  5. I consider myself somewhat 'crafty' but have been hesitant to try mod podge. I am a sore loser and don't want to be defeated by a bottle of liquid. (unless it's wine!) After googling and finding your blog, I now have the courage (the wine has nothing to do with it, I swear!) to give it a try. I'm really excited and am hoping I'm a natural like you! Thanks for sharing!


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