Introduction: Decopodge

Have you ever needed a pencil holder, but wanted it to be a little more personalized?  Or maybe you needed something to help you organize your little trinkets.  An easy way to customize these items is to decopodge the jars, pringle cans, and anything else you have scattered around the house.

Step 1: Materials

● Something to decorate: jars, pringle cans, glass bottles, etc.   
● Scissors
● Foam Brush
● Mod Podge: Gloss- Lustre
● Magazines

Step 2: Find a Jar, Coffee Tin, Box, Ect.

Find something to decorate.
This can be anything from a coffee tin to an old clip board.   

Step 3: Choose a Picture

Choose a picture you like from the magazine.  This will help to determine the color palette/theme of your jar, or box
This could be a person, an object, or even a pattern.

Step 4: Cut Out Pictures

Cut or rip out the piece you like and anything else that compliments it. 
This process could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours depending on your resources and the pictures you choose.

Step 5: Play With Placement

Place your selections on the object to see how they will fit together. 
DO NOT glue until you know exactly where you want the pieces.
This is the hardest part of the project because you have to constantly rearrange the pieces until you find the best fit. 
When putting the pieces together, you want to layer, not just place edges together.   This will help create depth in your collage.

Step 6: Glue

Spread the glue using the foam brush.
When dipping the brush in the mod podge, try not to dunk the entire brush inside the jar; only the tip of the brush should be covered in mod podge.  
This limits the amount of waste and mess.
At times, it does work better to use your fingers.  This technique helps when you have small items to glue down.

Step 7: Cover Everything With Mod Podge

Brush the mod podge over everything when you have placed and glued the pieces where you want them to go.

Step 8: Dry

Let it sit until dry.
It is dry when the mod podge goes from white to clear.
This will probably  take about 30 minutes.

Step 9: Wash

Don’t forget to clean your brush right after you’re done.
It's best if you use hot water and squeeze the mod podge out. 
Otherwise the foam will harden and have to be thrown out.

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