One of my new years resolutions for 2015 was to finally get back into doing more DIY projects. When I first started this blog I thought it would give me the motivation I needed to work through the (seemingly endless) list of projects I wanted to do, but instead I focused all my energy on learning to cook. And while that’s not a bad thing by any means, it doesn’t get me any closer gets me no closer to fixing up this house or filling all our blank walls. Actually, all this cooking I’ve been doing has made an old problem worse – my cabinets an absolute wreck from trying to hold all the cooking ingredients I now own. Boxes of Tuna Helper were so much easier to store.
My cabinet woes brings me to my first DIY project since my self-imposed hiatus: making my own Homemade Mod Podge. On the surface those two might not seem related, but I plan to use a lot of Mod Podge for the custom storage boxes I’m creating to organize the terror that is my “baking shelf.” I’ll be posting about how to make those as well as I get everything together.
But for now, back to the Mod Podge. For those that don’t know, Mod Podge is decoupage, and decoupage is used to adhere paper or fabric to just about any surface. In some cases it’s even used as a finish. In a nutshell, Mod Podge makes upcycling possible by allowing us to decorate and cover our crafts in the stylish designs we’d prefer.
There are a couple of homemade recipes for decoupage out there, but I opted to go with this one. I already had all of the ingredients and I liked the fact that it was completely nontoxic. This means that if my dogs somehow got their paws on the decoupage (or something I’ve used the decoupage on) I don’t need to worry about it making them sick. For the same reason, this homemade decoupage would be great for doing craft projects with kids.
However, it’s important to note that the same person who published this homemade recipe also did a side-by-side comparison of the brand name Mod Podge, her recipe, and another DIY decoupage that is frequently on Pinterest. In her tests, the brand name Mod Podge still came out on top, but if you’re interested in saving a few dollars (and like the idea of nontoxic) then this hommeade recipe should be sufficient for most projects.
- 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 tsp oil (any kind)
- 1 and 1/4 cups water
- empty jar (with an air tight lid)
Measure out all of your ingredients and add them to a large saucepan. Turn the heat on low and slowly whisk them together, working out all of the clumps in the flour.
The trick is not to let the mixture boil. It just needs to be heated enough to dissolve the sugar. If the ingredients get too thick, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until it’s the consistency you’d like. If you’d like a shinier finish, add a little more oil (1 tsp at a time, checking consistency).
I cooked mine for a total of 5 minutes, stirring occassionally. When the texture was smooth, I poured it into a spare canning jar I had. The recipe makes about 2 cups of decoupage.
Storage & Useage
Wait for the decoupage to cool down before using, and then store in a cool place without direct sunlight. The ingredients may separate inbetween uses – just give the bottle a good shake to combine them again.
Try to use the mod podge within 1-2 days of making it, then throw out any that’s left over. There are no preservatives in the ingredients, so sadly it won’t last forever in liquid form. Thankfully it’s cheap to make!