Glitter And Shimmer Mod Podge

Reported by Erin Payne

Since I was about 8, I have known about Mod Podge. My first introduction with it was using it to put tissue paper onto balloons, and then turning them into Jack-o-Lanterns. Since then, a lot has happened to Mod Podge. It comes in a whole bunch of different finishes…I had no idea! When I had the opportunity to review a kind of shimmery and glittery Mod Podge, I jumped at the chance.

Mod Podge is well known in the crafting world. It is an all-in-one glue, sealer, and finisher, and now it has an extra bonus of having shimmer and glitter in it!? Hello! Sign me up! You can use Mod Podge on so many surfaces, and it works well, and dries fast and evenly clear. It is non-toxic, and also comes off really easily with soap and water. Nice!

I started out my project with these basics. A large piece of wood; Folk Art Acrylic paint in Wicker White and metallic Inca Gold; a brayer and squeegee kit; and of course the shimmer and glitter Mod Podge in both silver and gold. You can buy any of these products easily on line, or at a local craft store. The shimmer and glitter Mod Podge are sold for $7.49 for a big 8 oz. bottle.
I decided to make a little sign to hang on my front stoop, so I needed something that would match my door. I went to may favorite line of scrapbook papers and found just the thing. A line from My Little Shoebox called “Lil’ Critter.”

The first thing I did was take my paper, and then push along the edge of the wood to make an impression on the paper. I had to do this before I could paint the sides of my wood.

I had picked out the Inca Gold paint, since it matched my papers perfectly. I put some on, but to my surprise it was so sheer, almost see through. Isn’t that a corker? No problem, I had a bottle of white, so I just went ahead and put a coat of that all around the edge of the wood first.

The wicker white acrylic paint went on perfectly. Very good consistency, easy to smoosh around and get into the little ridges in the wood. I decided to put on another coat, so I had to let it dry for one hour. I also got it on my fingers, but it is water-based, so it came off easily with soap and water.

The paint went on nice and smooth, and then dries with a nice little shine to it as well.

After the Wicker White was done drying, I then painted another coat of the Inca Gold paint over the white. It really looked good, and matched with my papers, so I wanted to use it. It went on great, with a little shimmer to it. Think putting shimmery sparkle over your nail polish base color to add a little flash. Yes! Looks perfect!

Now comes the hard part. Listen up, I admit it. I am kind of nervous to use the Mod Podge.

I read the directions over again, and I did exactly what it said.

Okay, so I have one bad thing to say right here. Don’t hate me.

This Mod Podge was sealed up tighter than Alcatraz. It was incredibly hard to rip off the little silver lining. First, I busted one of my nails…gosh dang it! Then, I thought about ripping it off with the edge of my teeth, but I am much too lady like for such behavior, so I took my best pair of Fiskar scissor’s and popped a hole in the darn thing! Such a shame, since I shoved my blade way down in there, and got Mod Podge on the shiny blades! Oh dear, had to run and wash those quick like a bunny.

Once I busted through the child and adult proof lid, I was on my way! I stirred it up with a straw, really well. The smell immediatly brought me back to Mrs. Harrie’s grade three class, were we made those Halloweenie pumpkin heads. Isn’t that funny how a smell can do that to ya? It smelled fine, nothing strong, or yucky. Just a nice crafty smell.

I dipped in my brush, and started coating the backside of my paper, which I had already cut. It went on nice and smooth, but it did make my paper start to curl a bit. This made me rush, for some reason, so I quickly painted the entire thing, and then flipped it over, and popped it onto the wood.

As I quickly was painting, I was noticing all the pretty flecks of gold in the Mod Podge. It was indeed shimmer Mod Podge.

In my haste, I neglected the edges of the paper. Then I just peeled up the sides a wee, tiny bit, and poked the tip of my brush under, and next thing, I was good to go again! Once I had the sides of the paper down on the wood, I started smoothing it out. I could tell right away, that fingers weren’t a good idea. I am sure that is why Plaid included the brayer, and the squeegee.

I quickly busted open this package of handiness to help flatten out my paper before it dried all wonky, and bumpy.

I used the black squeegee tool and smoothed out all the paper. It worked like a charm! Who knew decopaging was so fun and easy? I have to say I am a beginner for sure, and this was pretty simple, considering the hardest part was opening up the bottle.

After I had my first layer of paper smooth, I had to let it dry, so I set it aside for 15-20 minutes. I then cut out some large images from my scrapbooking paper. Really cute little hedgehogs, and some fruit trees.

After my main piece had dried, I painted the shimmer Mod Podge onto my hand cut pieces, and then placed them where I wanted them. I then re-painted the entire surface, giving the whole thing a second coat. Wow! It was really shimmery!

Again I had to let it all dry for another 15-20 minutes. This time I turned on the ceiling fan, to help it dry, and then I grabbed a nice, tall glass of lemonade. I put in 3 ice cubes. This was not included on the instructions, but I had been crafting pretty hard, so I think I deserved it.


Now I was ready to get into the Glitter Mod Podge. I had some really cute dark brown chipboard letters, so I thought they would be perfect. I noticed on the Hologram Gold Glitter Mod Podge, it said to use dark colors. I knew it was because it would help the glitter show up.

I went ahead and started painting each one of them. Yes indeed, glitter is in this stuff too! More chunky, bigger pieces than the shimmer. By now you know me though, the more glitter, the better. So I went ahead, and added a second coat, and really got it all over the letters!

See that? You can hardly see the glitter. I need more than that! There we go, the second coat, made the letters look just right. I just put them to the side to dry, I didn’t have to use the brayer or anything at all.

Then I went ahead and painted the little die-cut photo corners as well. I wanted to turn them into a little banner. I put on two coats of the glitter Mod Podge, and then set them aside.

Once the letters, and the corners were dry, I went ahead and adhered the corners with the shimmer Mod Podge. I loved how they turned out! The banner looks darling!

Now I am almost done. I had to go into my husbands tool box, and pull out the big guns. Cross your fingers, and say your prayers, lets hope I don’t staple my fingers to the wood! Eeek!

Phew! I made it! One staple on each side on the back of the wood, and I was super excited to see my creation!

Are you ready!? Check out this Mod Podge happiness!

Is that cute or what? I love how it looks! Super darling, ready to greet friends at the stoop, when they come knocking for a glass of tall, cool, ice-y lemonade!

Just a close up picture here, for you to see some of the small details.

Look at all the glittery goodness! I have loved working on this project, and think that it was really easy for a beginner like me.

  • Both the shimmer, and glitter Mod Podge are really affordable, and a little goes a heck of a long way. I have enough left to Mod Podge my way to Canada and back.
  • They are very easy to use, and have super simple instructions on the side of the bottle.
  • You can use them on all kinds of projects, and surfaces too. I was thinking they would both be super fun to use for Christmas, projects, or even some wedding projects.
  • They come in gold and silver.
  • Very kid friendly. I would let my kiddos use this- nothing harsh or dangerous about it, and the clean up was a breeze.


  • It is really hard to open the silver lining on the top of the bottle.


That is the only negative thing I have to tell you about. I love this stuff. If you need something crafty to do, run to the store and buy something wood and grab a bottle of this stuff. It is great!
Thank you so much for reading my review. I had a ball doing it for you. I would love to hear what you think!

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21 Responses to Glitter And Shimmer Mod Podge

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    Linda August 15, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Great project. I am about to Mod Podge SU blocks I am recycling. I don’t have the glitter. Too bad that would be cool. Your project looks great.
    Thanks for the tips!

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    Tona August 15, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    I love your project!

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    Sherry of 3 Bears Designs August 15, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Just so you will know. To get gold paint to show up. You can paint red first. Try it some time it is awesome. I learned that tip in a painting class I when to. Love the project. I think I will make one for fall. I have a lot of papers I am just saving… Yea, saving for what right??

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    Amy K August 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    This is adorable! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial & review.
    I’ve already added these to the list for my trip to Michael’s tomorrow!

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    janine August 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    So stinkin cute!! I love it!!

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    Chris Wooten August 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    love mod podge. i have a gallon, lol

    must go buy me some wood now.

    thank you for reminding me i have a gallon in my craft closet. i craft with 10 yr old granddaughter in the past with the stuff. Now we need to pull that stuff out and get to crafting with it

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    Susan August 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    I LOVE MOD PODGE and have been using it forever…in the past 5 years I have found Hi-gloss Mod Podge and SPARKLE Mod Podge (which looks like it has glitter in it, and GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MOD PODGE!!

    It is nice to know there are now others…your project is darling! Great job 🙂


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    Mary August 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    What an adorable welcome sign. I will have to try this if and when a store near to me gets the new Modge Podge products in. 🙂


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    Anonymous August 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    You have lots of give-aways on your blog, but I never EVER see who any of the winners are – even tho I follow your blog regularly. So, are the products not actually given away by the various companies?

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    PinkPug,INK. August 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    This came out so cute!!

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    Mod Podge Amy August 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    Love this review! And that plaque is AWESOME!

    Anonymous – the product actually does get given away, I know because I sent some out to winners myself. Cheers!

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    Carol August 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    Great project! Great idea!

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    Tiffany August 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    Excellent review! Fun to read, great photos, cute project… thanks!

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    cgl1539 August 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    First off, adore your sign, that is the cutest thing! Secondly I cannot wait to run out and buy me some of this stuff. I love mod podge. Okay now I think the most important thing you did for me was give me an idea for the photo corners making them into a banner. I have tons and tons of those things and I don’t use them. Now I know I can make an adorable banner with them. Thank you so much!

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    Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama August 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    What a cute door sign! Love all the glitter. Will definitely have to look for some next time I’m at the craft store. Great review!

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    Ruth August 16, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    LOVE that project and thanks for the info on both the Shimmer and Glitter Mod Podge. I’ve been debating for a long time whether or not to get either or both of them. Now I’m definitely gonna put both on my list!!

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    Patchi August 16, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    I love the glitter Mod Podge I got in the sample kit. I use a drop in the center of my paper flowers and to add sparkles to chipboard letters like you did.

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    Lisa Mala6 August 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Love the project! Mod Podge and glitter great ideas!

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    Chris C August 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    It looks lovely Erin – thanks for your entertaining critique.

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    Auntie Em August 17, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    Adorable and, as you know, you can never have too much shine and glitter!!! Thanks for sharing your cute project! :o)

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    dianne August 22, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    Great project. Thanks a bunch for the tutorial & all the helpful tips.
    Two more adhesives that I want for my craft room. Oops! I meant NEED ;). Me and my 14 grandbabies(ages 1-12 years old) will enjoy making something pretty with it.