My Mod Podged Life & Podging Tips!

Before I started this blog, I did a lot of crafts just for the fun of it. Believe it or not, I never took a single picture of my hands painting or sewing or modeling any crafting technique until very recently, even though I have loved to craft my whole life. Since I started this blog, I’ve been doing a lot of crafts just so I can blog about doing the crafts. I know, I’m awesome, right?
Anyway…. I have had requests for more “Mod Podge Crafts”.
Since I love mod podge so much, I already have  ton of things around my house that I created using Mod Podge… So, here are some of them I did before I ever started this whole crazy blogging thing.
Sorry there aren’t any step-by-step instructions for these. Most of you probably can figure it out on your own. If you want step-by-step instructions, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.
P.S. I feel cooler calling Mod Podge, “podge”, so let’s just go with that from now on, shall we?
UTENSIL HOLDER
This was on old glass jar that The Mr. got from someone at work as a Christmas gift. We used to use it to collect coins, but I wanted to make it into a utensil holder for my kitchen because I saw this tutorial from Keeping it Simple. I made this utensil holder using the same fabric as the new valances I made for the kitchen. Basically, you just slap some podge and some fabric around a jar, add some ribbon, and call it good! I really love it! I also made a teeny version of this for my little girl’s play kitchen, using a pint jar and bright green fabric with pretty pink ribbon. It’s perfect for her tiny little spatulas.

FAMILY BLOCKS
My sisters and I made these Family blocks together. My dad cut out the letters on his trusty saw and then we podged them with cute scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. I stuck them on this shelf, which came unfinished from Hobby Lobby. I arranged the shelf and blocks on the wall with some black & white photos. LOVE them!

BOW HOLDER
This is a bow holder for my baby girl’s bows. I used fabric from Hobby Lobby and podged it onto a very inexpensive, unfinished (12×12) frame, also from Hobby Lobby. Then I stuck a few rows of ribbon inside the frame, added some hooks on the bottom, and it’s perfect for all those pesky hairbows.

INITIAL LETTERS
So, Hobby Lobby is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE STORE!!! In case you haven’t noticed by now.
Every time we went to Hobby Lobby, My little boy (Benson), would see these wooden letters and point out “my B!!!”. So I one time, I got him and Molly both a letter for their door and podged them with scrapbook paper. Not my favorite thing ever, but Benson loves “my B and Molly’s M”.

FANCIED UP FRAMES
I got these frames for $1 at Michael’s (not my favorite store) and podged them with matching scrapbook paper that I had. Add a few buttons, ribbon, and flowers, and they turned out pretty cute for a buck!

Same thing. His and Hers. Still need a picture for the middle one.

LAMP & TV CABINET
You might remember these from when I shared them on Mod Podge Rocks.  I just took an old lamp  and TV cabinet and podged some fabric onto them. Definitely a couple of statement pieces.

SOME MOD PODGE TIPS:
I’ve been getting some questions on techniques for podging. We all know I am no “expert”, however, I have had my fair share of podge experience, so I want to share with you a few tips I’ve learned along the way.
  • Here’s the basic technique: For most things, you’ll spread a thin layer on your board or whatever, then slap on the fabric or paper, SMOOTH it out, let it dry, and then spread another thin layer on top. That’s it!
  • LESS IS MORE. I used to totally SOAK my projects with podge. I would almost always end up with bubbles, and it would take FOREVER to dry. As I’ve gone along, I’ve realized that you don’t need a lot to do the job.
  • Be a SMOOTH operator. The more you stretch and smooth out your paper or fabric while you’re putting it on, the better off you’ll be. I use a brayer like the one below, and once I have my paper on, but before I put the top layer of podge on, I smooth everything out with my brayer. I haven’t noticed it’s made that much of a difference, so if you don’t have a brayer, use a credit card or popsicle stick to smooth it out before you put on your top layer.
  • Use the right stuff. I’ve found that it’s easier to podge thicker paper. When you use the thin stuff, it gets all soggy and hard to smooth out. The thicker your paper, the easier it’ll be to smooth. And, if you haven’t tried it, try using fabric! I LOVE using fabric! It stretches and smooths so much better than paper.
  • Make sure you let it dry. Obvious to most people. Tough for impatient people like me.

 

 

Hope these tips help someone. If you have any questions or tips you’d like to share with me, leave a comment on this post or email me mycorduroydreams{at}gmail.com

 

And, of course, I want to see what you crafty ladies have been working on, so send me an email with some of your favorite podged creations.

 

 

Ok, now I’ll stop using the word “podge”…

Felt hip for a few minutes.

6 Responses to My Mod Podged Life & Podging Tips!

  • Yay! I love this roundup. It rocks – and your projects are so cute!!

  • I LOVE the fabric that you used for the jar!!!!! So cute! Love all everything!

  • I {heart} MP * (and HobLob)! Thanks for the tips. I’ve never used a brayer, but upcycled a kitchen scraper in my craft room for that very purpose. Also – I used to douse, too…went through tons of MP (AND managed to basically ruin my kitchen table). :-)

    I love your blog!

  • Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the tips! I recently “podged” (:-) ) a paper mache easter egg and it didn’t turn out so hot because of the round shape. :-(

    • Andrea says:

      For something like this, I use small pieces of tissue paper. Usually triangles that I cut prior to starting my projects. You can see an example on my blog. http:ablcreations.blogspot.com

  • Margaret says:

    Very cool to see your ‘earlier’ projects. It gives me a great idea to make my current blah brown ceramic utensil holder match my kitchen colors. I just need to find some cool red fabric and some podge, and I’ll be ready to rock and roll! I see a weekend project forming…=-)

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