Tried it: Homemade mod podge

Hello sweet friends! Another Tried It post. In case you missed it before, my Tried It series is all about what actually works from Pinterest. And, hopefully I can add tips to make it better. So, this time I tried out homemade Mod Podge. What’s Mod Podge? Well, it’s a brand of glue that helps you decoupage. What’s decoupage? You’ll just have to google. Hee.

The recipe is simple… in fact, I don’t even know if I should call it a recipe…. Anyway…

Ingredients and supplies:

– White school glue (like Elmer’s… you know, the stuff that weird kid would drink in your first grade class).

– Water

– Jar with a lid


– Add equal parts white school glue and water to your jar. Put the lid on the jar, and shake it! Shake it real good.

– You’re done! You have your own homemade Podge. And, it really does work.

My tips:

– This homemade podge is not waterproof. If you want it waterproof, you can spray it with with a sealant (especially if your craft will be coming into contact with moisture).

– If you want a thicker podge, add less water. Do a couple tests, maybe don’t add all the water right away.


– Well, ok. I’m guessing I made close to 16 oz (I compared it to a mayo jar… ha). So, a 16 oz jar of Mod Podge is around $12. My jar was .70 cents (found while thrifting), the glue was $3.50, and the water was free. I saved about $7 – $8. It took no time, seriously.

This is definitely a great recipe to have. I tested it out to add pretty vintage paper to my Fridge Work Station chalkboard (see the photo below). If you need directions on how to use your podge, here’s a link.

– Chelsey

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  • Christine on said:

    Hello. I am currently making some string eggs for an Easter garland. You know, wrapping the ballon with string. Applying pudge. I’m finding that the dried yarn sticks to balloon inside and collapses the eff shape when you try to pull it off ( or push). I don’t measure the mixture. Just try to make as much as I need. Thanks. Chris

  • me1976 on said:

    I wonder if Wallpaper Glue will work as well. Mod Podge Reminds me of good old Paper Maché craft from the old days πŸ™‚ Spray acryl Spray for protection. And tadaa..

  • Janet on said:

    How does this hold up in humid / wet environments? I believe Hodge Podge is waterproof or resistant but from my experience with white glue – it is not. Still awesome if your project is short-term (like a pinata) or you know it will never come in contact with moisture.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I would most definitely seal it. Mod Podge is mostly waterproof, but still needs a bit of sealing for heavy duty stuff. You're right, I think the homemade stuff is best for short term projects.

  • Heidi on said:

    I used this same mixture two years ago when I made an Angry Birds Pinata for my boys' birthday. works great but you have to make sure you allow enough time for it to dry completely

  • Erika on said:

    I. Love. Your. Tablecloth. Are you willing to share more info about it? Where you bought it or, if you made it, where you got the fabric? I'd be so grateful!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Thank you! I love it too. BUT, it's not a tablecloth. It's an old sheet. I see this print very often at the thrift shop. πŸ™‚

  • northern cottage on said:

    yay – cool new (to me) recipe! plus your jar is stinkin CUTE!!

  • mylovelyfrench on said:

    Great idea ! thank you for the tip !

  • Ariel on said:

    Sweet! Although I don't think I could do it. I just love my podge. πŸ™‚

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Hee, I love mod podge too. I'll still use it for serious/big projects.

  • naptimemomtog on said:

    So cool and I really love your fridge work station! So cute!!

  • Karen on said:

    I'd consider reading this piece before using this mix for any big projects:

    It talks about why Mod Podge is superior and the damage you can do to furniture and projects if you're using this glue mix. Think about it- when I clean up dried glue at work, I add water and it reconstitutes the glue so it can be wiped up. Mod Podge doesn't do that! If you decoupage a table with water and glue, you're inviting damage, fading, discoloration, and a projects that may not actually work!

    There's also this post from Pinstrocity about their attempts at DIY Mod Podge along with why it didn't work:

    Check these pieces out and proceed with caution before using this mix! Just a heads up!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Thanks Karen. I agree with some of what they said. But, I don't always agree with Pintrosity. I think trying the podge on plastic will probably not be successful, but for small paper/wood projects it should work well. πŸ™‚

  • Tish on said:

    Thanks for trying this out!! I've never worked with Modge podge but there have been times I wish I had some! Definitely going to try this and I love how you transformed your chalkboard!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Mod Podge is definitely awesome, but for simple crafts… this recipe works. πŸ™‚

  • April @RedDirtMama on said:

    I was wondering if this worked! I've been torn over making this because while I'm lazy, I'm also incredibly cheap! HA! Looks like my cheapskate ways will win out! πŸ™‚

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Ha ha! Well, I'm super cheap too. I think next time I'll buy the dollar store white glue. πŸ˜‰

      • detrimentalbeauty on said:

        Using the dollar store glue works fine BUT, i found it to be watery from the start. Just a heads up!

        danielle @

  • Sadie Dear on said:

    Awesome! I should try this sometime: thinking of doing some crafty stuff for the holidays.

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