Introduction: Create Cheap Homemade Modge Podge!

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Run out of modge podge? Don't want to spend the money to get a bottle from the craft store? Use stuff around your kitchen to make your own! Make it as thick or watery as you'd like with the added advantage of deciding how much varnish you want.

Step 1: Gather It

You will need the following to make your own modge Podge:

1. Stove
2. Sauce Pan
3. 1 1/2 cups Flour
4. 1/4 of a cup of granula sugar
5.1/4 tsp oil (Veggie or olive)
6. Spoon
7. Mason Jar or air tight container
8. 1 cupWater

Step 2: Mix It

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Take the Saucepan and put it on Medium to Low heat on the stove top (3 or 4)
add the 1 and 1/2 cups flour 1/4 a cup of sugar, 1 cup water, and 1/4 a tsp oil.

You should add flour and water until you get your desired consistancy as these measurements are just ideas of what you may want.

If you'd like a higher varnish you should add more oil.

Step 3: Stir It

Stir up all your ingredients over medium to low heat ( depending on how hot your stove top gets) for 5 to 10 minutes but make sure NOT TO BOIL  the mixture. 

Stir constatnly until well mixed

Step 4: Store It

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Take your Mason jar or other air tight container and pour the mixture in, let it cool to room temperature and seal.


EmilyH134 (author)2016-12-23

just created this! was worried that it wouldn't work or the gritty would be too noticeable for my taste, but it works well.

jaymik made it! (author)2016-08-16

Ive made this stuff before and the first time it turned out wonderful!! The shelf life for it was only two days though which is okay for me. This time i made it the first time it turned out really lumpy and just didnt work so i tried it again and it came out alot better!! I had to use about 3 an a half cups of water and quite a bit of oil but it worked. Im using it for puzzle gluing and so far the amount that i made is barely enough for one 1500 piece puzzle but its working awesomely. For that one puzzle its taking about 35 mins for one coat to dry completely with a fan on it to dry faster. Ive read all the comments and tried to include everything that ive seen missing in other comments so i hope everyone find this useful

kakungulu (author)jaymik2016-11-13

How about adding some cream of tartar as a preservative? I read somewhere that's how you make longer lasting playdough, which is basically a thicker version of this recipe. Or would that ruin the texture of the paste?

noob447 (author)2016-04-05

Because this is made with food products, will it have a short shelf life?

jaymik (author)noob4472016-08-16

In my experience it only lasted two days

RicaC1 (author)2016-03-30

Does this work on fabric?

Glorsnop made it! (author)2016-03-22

Just made it, waiting for it to cool ? I hope it works!

susan_k made it! (author)2014-05-21

Thank you for your recipe! I tried it in a smaller batch, mixing 1 tbsp sugar with 6 tbsps flour (since 1/4 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups flour are basically a 1:6 ratio). After reading some of the other comments on here, I decided to first boil a kettle of water and then use the hot water so the flour and sugar would dissolve more easily. After it was mixed so that large lumps were gone, and then added oil like you suggested (also added a splash of vinegar, to see if it would help to preserve longer). It was only at this point that I turned the burner on to medium-low heat and used a whisk to continue stirring in water from the kettle until I got a nice, smooth paste. I got about a cup of paste with these proportions, and i'm very happy with the results :)

MoniqueG12 (author)susan_k2016-03-16

How much oil and water did you use? I like the idea of making a smaller batch. We are thinking of using this to modge podge napkin paper to plastic eggs for Easter...

Phoenix DanC (author)2016-01-29

How much oz/ ml does it roughly make? Thanks

TavinairB (author)2015-12-28

I just made it letting it cool now im hoping it works and if it does ill post a photo of my finished peice.

suzykish (author)TavinairB2016-01-28

did it work well?

brin1956 (author)2015-11-21

When I was younger with 6 siblings we only used flour and water for gluing projects together. I see no reason why this recipe won't work.

whiteboysmamma (author)2015-11-19

i need a waterproof sealant that won't stickthings together.

ForTheLoveOfFood (author)2015-10-01

awsom! =P

patrique15 (author)2015-09-23

I ran out of olive oil so I just used sunflower seed oil from Trader Joes and it worked out great and for a bit of a nicer smell I addad some vanilla extract

patrique15 (author)2015-09-23

VivienneM (author)2015-08-26

Looks like this would be a good glue for children, as it's edible and will probably wash out of their clothing, but no way would I use it on my craft projects that I want to last a long time, or on anything I'd want to sell. Decoupage glue has superior adhering qualities and contains sealers and varnishes that regular glue does not. That is why it's more expensive.

nitnat27 made it! (author)2015-06-03

I tried the method that @susan_k suggested below and it worked! I was a little skeptical due to the thickness of it at first ,but after adding additional boiling water to the mixture it was staring to look more like a glue and less like cookie dough. :o)

pokerella (author)2015-03-01

i just bought a new bottle of modge podge and it was grainy.iam hoping this will cover the grainy finish.thanks.

christi.shepherd (author)2015-02-19

EPIC FAIL!!!!! What a waste of ingredients!!!!! DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE!!!!

tamara.kruger (author)2014-11-30

Nobody ever really stated if they used it and how the piece turned out. I've currentyl made the recipe and am waiting for it to cool before I attach scrap paper to wood for a monogram plaque. Hope it works because I have no white glue or mod podge available. Cheers!

how did it turn.out? I.just ..hoping it thins out with a.quick.mix

geckojessie made it! (author)2015-02-13

super thick... I hope a quick mix usable

KarenF3 (author)2015-02-01

the photo you use is it a foto that you print on your printer or a real photo that you are develop by a photo shop

KarenF3 (author)2015-02-01

the photo you use is it a foto that you print on your printer or a real photo that you are develop by a photo shop

amy.feldmancytron (author)2014-12-14

Don't use this recipe. Way too thick and even if you double the water it still doesn't give you a good consistency.

smorales11 (author)2014-12-14

Does anyone know if it does in fact turn yellow? Can it be used on fabric? I have a lot of Christmas projects to do and don't want to spend all the money on Mod Podge if I don't have to.

life_uncommon101 (author)2011-04-09

I was wondering about the sugar that is added to this recipe. Will it attract bugs? What properties doe the sugar give the finished product?

Thank you!

iti (author)life_uncommon1012014-01-20

Sugar makes it stiffer and sticky. Sugar is the main ingredient in hair sprays too.

Addie Elsheimer (author)iti2014-11-08

I have seen this kind of homemade Mod Podge (the one above) and also another one that only consisted of white glue (like Elmer's) and water. Which version do you think works better?

lshiny (author)life_uncommon1012012-08-16

I was wondering about this myself, did you find an answer elsewhere?

Addie Elsheimer (author)2014-11-08

okay, I have seen this kind of Mod Podge and also another version that was just glue and water. Which one do you think works better?


Addie :)

MaryAnnC (author)2014-10-22

I want to DIY my glass kitchen table, mod podge and fabric.

Will this work? Or should I stick to the Glass Mod Podge? And seal it.

ParuShah (author)2014-08-23

Which Flour is used? The name of the Flour, can use different flours?

reader51402 (author)2014-06-18

Hi! I used this project on my website,, because it was really cool! Thanks for the great idea!

atrumbell (author)2011-11-12

one part flour to two parts water works wonderful for paper sculpting. i tear news paper and old books and cover random things using this recipe. you can also add more white glue, as well if you need it "stickier" for yor project. try adding a little cinnamon or coffee ground for a cool effect. Many a homemaker wallpapered her walls with this whitewash method....happy crafting

Tebaldi (author)atrumbell2014-04-20

Does it dry clear? I only use Elmers glue and water. didn't think to add flour.... thanks.

Tebaldi (author)2014-04-20

Thanks for the idea. I might just try it. In the meantime, I use a mixture of Elmers glue and water to decoupage a project at school. I haven't tried it on any other surface but used that idea to decopage a "Burnt Matchstick Cross" for a project; It dried clear. It worked well. It might give you a matte finish or even glossy finish if you spray it with a glossy acrylic finish. I didn't have to do that because I wasn't looking for a matte or gloss finish. I only want to matchsticks to stick to the 90lbs weight watercolor paper.

lhenry9 (author)2014-02-20

does it wreck the pan

tgonzalez11 (author)2013-02-22

All of these homemade Mod Podge recipes are inferior to the real product since they eventually turn yellow. Mod Podge does not yellow.

tgonzalez11 (author)2013-02-22

It's "Mod Podge", not "Modge Podge"..

jirfan (author)2013-01-28

i tried this recipe it was veeery thick didnt work!

PaganRaven (author)2012-06-27

The actual Mod Podge is not a true varnish. You will need to seal whatever you are making with a non-waterbased varnish, if there is a chance of your project coming in contact with water.
Also, there is no Mod Podge product that is 100% waterproof.
Meaning, you can't use this or the actual mod podge to make dishes, bowls..anything you would be putting drink or food in.
But! This mix and 'podge can be used for tons of things -- including furniture and walls.

lshiny (author)PaganRaven2012-08-16

I haven't used anything other than Mod Podge. What do you recommend as a non-waterbased varnish?

amelia123 (author)2012-05-03

hi there iv'e just joined the site, i was wondering if you could use your own home made modge podge to stick paper to ceral boxes, and thankyou for showing us how to make our own, Amelia x

steelnix (author)2012-03-07

Can this be used on a jigsaw puzzle???

mimthing (author)steelnix2012-04-14

Yes but you would need to use a varnish finish as this will probably take in moisture.

taluntain (author)2011-11-08

does anyone know the drying times for this yet????????? please reply quickly

eogle1 (author)2011-10-22

So I definitely just made it but the consistency is very very thick. After adding water consistently, it just wouldn't liquify! Letting it cool now. Hopefully it will be more like a liquid, and less like a bread after a while.

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