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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.

 
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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.
ParuShah1 month ago

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

reader514023 months ago

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

susan_k made it!4 months ago

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 :)

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atrumbell2 years ago
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 atrumbell5 months ago

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

Tebaldi5 months ago

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.

lhenry97 months ago
does it wreck the pan
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!
-J

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

I was wondering about this myself, did you find an answer elsewhere?
All of these homemade Mod Podge recipes are inferior to the real product since they eventually turn yellow. Mod Podge does not yellow.
It's "Mod Podge", not "Modge Podge"..
jirfan1 year ago
i tried this recipe it was veeery thick didnt work!
PaganRaven2 years ago
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.
I haven't used anything other than Mod Podge. What do you recommend as a non-waterbased varnish?
amelia1232 years ago
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
steelnix2 years ago
Can this be used on a jigsaw puzzle???
Yes but you would need to use a varnish finish as this will probably take in moisture.
taluntain2 years ago
does anyone know the drying times for this yet????????? please reply quickly
eogle12 years ago
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.
Eogle,

To thin the consistency, I replaced the oil with 1/2 Tbs of Vinegar.
It works just perfectly! =D
gemgh3 years ago
Has anyone ever used this recipe for glass? I found a glass site that had mod podge used in the formula and it is suppose to work on fabric and glass.
Thanks bunches,
Glenda
Just made this, and Im going to use it to decorate some boring pencils for school
Im not sure about the consistency though.
cokecola3 years ago
alexsolex you must young enough that you didn't experience the decoupage fad of the 70's. Mod Podge is for decoupage, it is a varnish / glue.
sorry for that but I'm French.
Concidering your explanations, I think I have an idea of what it is. I think it is like the glue used to stick wood with wood.

If not, I never used it at school, but while travelling in australia. We used such a thing, a milky thing that becomes transparent, used to varnish the didgeridoo we made.
dchall83 years ago
This is a recipe for paper mâché paste.  Besides this stuff, I have also used white glue when I could not find Mod Podge.  After using both Mod Podge and white glue, I think they are the same adhesive in different containers.

Mod Podge is not a varnish but it is used like one.  I suppose you could call it a water based varnish.  It goes on milky and dries clear.  I never tried more than one coat to know whether it can build up thickness and still look okay.  One issue with it is that it will become cloudy if it gets wet.  As I recall it will dry out and become clear again. 
alexsolex3 years ago
hello
what is mod podge ?
nkeda14 (author)  alexsolex3 years ago
Its like decopodge. You use it to layer items onto paper or other surfaces like wood. Its really fun to use in colleges in water color sketchbooks and such.
cokecola3 years ago
Does it make a nice thick clear covering?
nkeda14 (author)  cokecola3 years ago
Yeah it turns out looking like a pale cream color but it dries clear.