Make Your Own Mod Podge

Anyone who likes to decoupage or do crafts that involve sealing images onto furniture, bottles, and other objects, you’ve most likely come across Mod Podge. It’s a great glue/sealant and can be used on all kinds of projects.

The only problem with it is that at around $8.00 for a small jar, it can get expensive if you use it a lot or have a larger project.

I’d heard of making your own and thought I would give it a try.

DSC05550

All you need is:
1 clean, dry jar with a lid
1 bottle of white glue
Water

DSC05539

Pour your glue into your jar and add water. Many of the recipes out there called for a 50/50 mixture of glue to water but I found that to be a little too runny. I preferred a ratio more like 2 parts glue to 1 part water.

Shake Well.

DSC05542

That’s it!

Apply just as you would your Mod Podge.

I wanted to test my new concoction out on a simple project. For this decorative jar, I just put a layer of glue right on the jar and then placed a strip of pretty paper over it. Then I just applied more glue on top of the paper and along the edges to seal it down.

DSC05543

I wiped off any excess glue left on the glass and let it dry.

DSC05545

This formula makes a matte finish, which I really love.

DSC05547

I’m used to the glossy look of Mod Podge, but I thought the matte looked great. You can’t even tell there is a sealant there.

DSC05548

If you want to try this and get started right away, here are some ideas of different ways to use your new mixture.

knobs

personalized wine bottlesdoily wall

DSC04025 summer sippers 4th of july bowl final-veggie-jars-inside-with-logo

I’d probably stick with real Mod Podge if you’re doing a special project that might involve family photos or sentimental items. I’m sure it has ingredients that produce a longer lasting finish. But for fun little projects like the jar above, this DIY alternative is great!

*

For a new, free DIY idea to come right to you each week, click the Follow button (in the right sidebar) now and enter your email address. Don’t worry, your email address will never be shared with anyone!

Decorative Container Ideas

I can’t seem to stop myself from saving these yogurt containers. They are a great size and are so sturdy.

DSC03817

Because we go through so many of them, the growing stack was making me eligible to appear on Hoarders, so I needed to do something with them- and quick.

I didn’t know exactly what to do so I decided to decorate them and then go from there. Since fall is here, I went with a jute wrap.

DSC03858

I also used white yarn for contrast.

DSC03859

I just covered the container with glue (as I went, not all at once) and then just wrapped around.

This is a pretty simple project but I thought I would share. There are actually a lot of things you can do with these containers.

I used a couple to store picnic items.

DSC03913

And filled some with fall mums.

DSC03921

I used some for small random toys. The plastic lids are great, if you remember to save them.

DSC04098

DSC04099

I might still be eligible for Hoarders, I’m not sure. Is it still considered hoarding trash if it’s decorated?

If you enjoy practical and DIY ideas, click the Follow button now so you don’t miss any!

Embellishments To Give One Shirt Many Looks

Back to school time is here so that means clothes shopping!

Here is a fun way to make one shirt have many different looks, saving you money and closet space.

To begin, take a shirt or tank top in a solid color. We are going to be adding removable embellishments on it.

???????????????????????????????

You will want to buy strips of Velcro from a craft store. They come with a strip of the scratchy hook side and a strip of the hairy loop side that go together to hold your pieces together.

???????????????????????????????

For this tank top I wanted my embellishments to go in the upper left corner of the shirt. Once I picked my spot, I sewed a small (about 1″ ) strip of Velcro. I’m not sure if it matters which side of Velcro goes on the shirt. I used a small strip of the scratchy loop side because I feel it is better in the washer and dryer. Just sew it on with a sewing machine or by hand.

???????????????????????????????

For your embellishment pieces, I will show you the ones I made and will explain in detail how to make them in another post. Otherwise, this post will turn into a novel! Don’t worry, you will get the idea, though.

Using ribbon, buttons, felt, and anything else, create decorative pieces for your shirt.

If the back of your piece is flat enough, just glue your opposing piece of Velcro to the back of your embellishment like this:

???????????????????????????????

If your embellishment is not flat in the back (like with a bow) then glue the embellishment to a small piece of felt and then glue your Velcro to the felt.

???????????????????????????????

Now you have removable pieces to change the look of one single shirt. The nice thing is your embellishments can be made of anything without worry of the washing machine. Because they are removable, just take them off before washing to keep them clean and nice.

Here are a couple ideas.

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????

Keep in mind you can do more grown up looking embellishments to change up your own shirts and tank tops too!

Have fun!

Love note board

I recently saw this adorable idea on The DIY Wannabe’s blog page. I loved the concept of it and it seemed like a fun way to share little love notes. I wanted to share my version.

All you need is a picture frame. I found this old frame for $4.00.

Make a Love Note Board

I wanted one that was kind of big so it wouldn’t look awkward on the wall. I just removed the print and the glass and painted the frame white.

paint frame

In place of the print (or if your frame is new), just line the back with pretty paper, gift wrap, fabric, or decorative tissue paper like I used. Glue a cut out of a typed “I love you because” toward the top.

Make a Love Note Board

Put the backing and glass back into the frame and hang on the wall.

Make a Love Note Board

All you need are some white board markers and an eraser.

You can make a little holder for them by trimming an old box that is the right size. I used a toaster pastry box 🙂

Make a Love Note Board

Cover it in the paper you used on the frame and wrap it in clear packing tape for support. Fold up a small section of tape on the back to create a hook to hang the box.

Make a Love Note Board

Hang the box of markers and eraser next to the frame for easy access.

Make a Love Note Board

It’s been fun checking the board to see if the love fairy has left a new note. I give it two weeks until it turns into a grocery list board, but for now we’re enjoying acting like newlyweds again 🙂

Make a Love Note Board

Make a Love Note Board

If you enjoy these posts and don’t want to miss any, click the “follow” button!

Kitchen Table fort for kids

Who didn’t love hanging out in forts and play houses when they were little?
With just a table and some quilts or fabric, you can create an instant play space.

Dining Room TableStack of sheets

I highly recommend using a king sized quilt or heavy fabric that is large enough to cover the entire table. That way, all you have to do is make the door and windows.

I was set on using only what I had, which meant cutting and sewing the fabric to make it fit. This was a lot more work and since I am clumsy at sewing large pieces, it came out sloppy. But that is okay, especially since kids don’t judge your work, they just enjoy playing with it.

I didn’t take pictures along the way but it’s pretty simple once you’ve got your fabric in place.

Here is the house once it’s all done.

front of house with logo ???????????????????????????????

Since I had to cut and sew, I used the top edge of my sheet to make an awning.

For the door, just make a slit and sew ribbon on the inside of the slits and another piece of ribbon on the outside of the house. This will allow you to pull back the fabric and tie a bow to create this opening.

???????????????????????????????

For the windows, just cut a square out of the fabric and sew two equal sizes of fabric on the top of the square. Then you can sew the center of a piece of ribbon to the side of the window. This allows you to pull the curtain back and tie it in a bow.

???????????????????????????????

You can do whatever you want with these houses. You can make a mailbox, more windows, a patio door…whatever. I experimented with tie-up shades 🙂

close up blinds use this

Now, fill your house with pillows and toys and let your kids have fun!

kids in house with logo

If you enjoy these posts and want them to come directly to your email, click the Follow button.

Knit cell phone case (that you don’t have to knit)

I don’t know about you, but the idea of putting my $600 lifeline into a pile of mints, pencils, coins and lotions makes me a little nervous.

make your own cell phone case

Even with a protective cover and case, I still wanted just one more layer of protection on my phone, something that was soft and easy to take on and off.

I thought a knit case would be nice but since I didn’t want to actually knit one, I just used the cuff of a sweater. My smart phone fit (almost) perfectly inside.

If you want to try this, just find an old sweater that you no longer want and cut the cuff off so you have a piece that is about one inch longer than your phone.

make your own cell phone casemake your own cell phone case

This will leave you with a tube of sweater. If your phone fits perfectly in the tube, great! If not, just cut along the seam to open it up. (don’t mind how crooked I cut it)

make your own cell phone case

If you want to add embellishment to your case, I suggest doing it while your cuff is opened up. It’s much easier to sew when it’s open like this. Just figure out how wide you need the case to be for your case to fit snugly and trim it so you know where the center of your case is for your artwork. Remember, a lot of these knit cuffs will have some stretch to it.

make your own cell phone case

You can use fabric, felt, buttons…anything you want to make it fun. Sew it on the front of one of the sides and you’re ready to finish.

Now fold your cuff in half (long ways) to sew the seam back up. It will be inside out at this point.  You’ll also need to sew across the bottom to close it up, leaving only the one opening at the top.

Now just turn it right-side out and you’re done!

make your own cell phone case

I also found this pair of my daughter’s mittens that she never wore, but I hung onto to use for something, someday.

make your own cell phone case

They actually fit my phone perfectly, so there was no cutting or sewing needed.

make your own cell phone case

I just got off the cord and decorated it and it was ready to go!

make your own cell phone case

Now I can just throw my phone into my bottomless pit of a purse and not have to worry!

make your own cell phone case

make your own cell phone case

Fun Summer Sippers

Summer is finally here so it’s time for a fun way to drink our cold drinks.

This project started because I bought these cucumber melon waters thinking they were just flavored sparkling water, but after I got them home I realized they were filled with sugar and they were too sweet. Anyway, as I was pouring them down the drain (sad, I know) I noticed that the bottles were nice because they were all clear.

???????????????????????????????

I recently bought Crackle Medium to try on a wood piece I have so I thought I would experiment to see if it works on glass, too. Crackle Medium is a liquid you paint on between coats of paint that causes the paint to crackle, giving it an aged look. It’s pretty cool stuff.

The first thing I did was run the bottles through the dishwasher and then soaked them in hot water to get the labels off. Then I used painters tape to tape off sections and patterns for the bottles.

???????????????????????????????

For the crackle effect to work, you need contrasting colors of paint. Since I wanted white as my final paint, I used a darker paint for my first coat. I just painted it right onto the bottle.

???????????????????????????????

After that dried, I painted a coat of the Crackle Medium. With this stuff, just paint it in one direction and immediately move to the next section. You don’t want to stroke up and down in the same spot.

After that coat dries completely, you can paint your top coat.

???????????????????????????????

With the top coat, it is the same thing…you don’t want to stroke up and down in the same spot. Just one brushstroke in one direction and move over to the next section. You’ll notice the crackle effect starts to take place almost immediately.

After your top coat dries completely, you can add fun decorations. I cut out circles of fabric to put on the bottle. So for those bottles, I painted a coat of Mod Podge on the bottle first, put my fabric pieces in place and then painted another coat on top to seal in all in.

???????????????????????????????

You could also just dab dots of paint as decoration.

???????????????????????????????

Let everything dry completely and paint a final coat of Mod Podge over it to seal it in. You don’t need to seal the whole bottle, just the part that is painted.

And, then you are done. Time to fill it with a fun drink and make it a party!

???????????????????????????????

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

If you enjoy easy, DIY ideas, click the Follow button now so you don’t miss any!