Reported by Jen Geigley
Everyone has heard of (and most likely used) Mod Podge by Plaid. But have you ever tried their decoupage tools? I chose four different projects to test out a Mod Podge brush set (which included a #8 flat brush, textile brush, glue brush and foam spouncer) and a professional decoupage tool set (which included a rubber brayer and squeegee).
Along with these tool sets, I used two kinds of Mod Podge: Gloss and Matte.
For my first project, I decided to cover a small ceramic pot with fabric using the brush tool set (using Matte Mod Podge).
I cut my fabric to fit the small pot I wanted to cover…
and applied a generous amount of Mod Podge onto my pot using the large brush from the tool set.
The fabric adhered very smoothly and nicely on my first try, and the air bubbles and creases were easily smoothed out with the rubber brayer.
I cut notches in the fabric overlapping the top of my pot…
and used more Mod Podge to adhere the fabric over the top edge.
I folded the fabric on the bottom until it was as flat and smooth as possible and then sealed it using the brush.
And finally, painted a coat of Matte Mod Podge over the entire fabric-covered pot to give it a stronger finish.
In no time, my project was dry and ready to go! And it turned out super cute!
Next up – a fabric covered Moleskine notebook.
I cut a piece of fabric to the size of my small notebook (so that the edges overlapped by about 1/4″).
I used the flat brush to apply a solid coat of Matte Mod Podge to the notebook cover.
Then put my fabric on top and smoothed with the brayer. (The brayer works like a charm on fabric! But the roller itself did get a little bit sticky, and stayed sticky, even after washing).
I let everything dry for about 15 minutes, and then trimmed off the excess fabric around the edges of the cover.
I could have left it as-is after the last step, but I chose to give my new fabric cover another coat of Matte for extra durability.
Another fast, successful project!
My next project was re-finishing this wooden tray. I had saved a sheet of this Sassafras scrapbooking paper, thinking it might make a cool kids’ party or Halloween tray.
I painted the inner and outer edges using Plaid’s FolkArt acrylic paint and the #8 flat brush from the tool set.
This paint goes on super smooth and dries fast!
Next, I used a brush to apply a thin layer of the Gloss Mod Podge to the bottom of the tray.
And then I placed my trimmed piece of paper directly on top.
The brayer worked great to smooth out the air bubbles and provided smooth, even adhesion.
Next, I used the Mod Podge squeegee to clean up and smooth the corners, ensuring that my paper was stuck down to the surface right up to the very edge.
After letting everything dry for about a half an hour, I applied a coat of Gloss to the top of the paper. And then I applied two more coats to the entire tray.
Last, but not least, I wanted to use some fabric, paint and trim to cover a boring cork board. I started by painting the frame with two coats of Plaid’s FolkArt acrylic paint. After the paint dried, I sealed it with two coats of Gloss Mod Podge.
I chose fabric to cover the cork and ironed it before adhering.
Then I used Gloss Mod Podge and a brush to cover the entire cork surface.
Starting with one edge, I smoothed the fabric across the cork board, using the brayer as I went to get even coverage.
Again, the squeegee came in handy to press the fabric into the corners and edges.
After the fabric had been stretched and stuck down to the whole board, I went over the entire surface again with the brayer.
After the fabric had dried, I used a hot glue gun to apply some twill tape to hide the fabric edges along the frame.
And my fabric-covered cork board is complete.
One more look at these Mod Podge projects proves the versatility of this product and the variety of things that the tools help you accomplish with fantastic, professional results.
- The variety of shapes/sizes of brushes included in the tool set was great for both painting and applying Mod Podge
- Brushes washed clean
- The brayer and squeegee are the perfect tools to use in any Mod Podge project and I can see myself using them on lots of projects in the future
- The roller on the rubber brayer did get sticky after a couple of uses (even after washing) and I couldn’t quite get all of the Mod Podge off of it
- Not sure I’d buy a whole set of brushes solely for Mod Podge purposes (since regular sponge brush applicators are so cheap) but the brushes worked great for painting as well as Mod Podging
Both Mod Podge tool sets are available for purchase at Wal-Mart, Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, Hobby Lobby and most other craft stores.
$4.95 per kit
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