The editors at HGTV Magazine are bringing back Mod Podge in a big way. Take a look at the projects from our May issue, and read on for tips and tricks to make the most of your own ideas
- Any kind of paper is fine for decoupaging, but if you’re using computer printouts or photos, first spray them with a clear acrylic sealer (like Krylon Crystal Clear, $5.50, dickblick.com) to keep the ink from bleeding.
- You can find all types of Mod Podge: matte, glossy, sparkly, fabric, outdoor, even glow-in-the-dark. Crafter’s choice!
- Use a cheap bristle or sponge brush, since you’ll probably toss it when you’re done.
- For curvy items, like these drawer knobs, use thinner paper, such as paper cocktail napkins or a map, which will be easier to mold.
- After gluing on the paper, smooth out air bubbles with your fingers (for curvy items) or an old credit card (for flat surfaces).
- Once you Mod Podge the paper on your item, you can immediately add a layer of it on top. Let that layer dry before adding more topcoats. The more layers you brush on, the glossier it will look.
Originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of HGTV Magazine.