THE 7 STEPS TO PERFECT MOD PODGING – EVERY TIME!
Do you want to be a perfect Mod Podger? Who doesn’t want to be great at decoupage, I ask! I’ve been decoupaging for a long time, and I’ve got a tried-and-true method that I wanted to share with you. Here are the seven steps I always take to get perfect Mod Podging, every time. If you want to learn how to decoupage correctly, keep reading . . .
STEP ONE: Prepare your surface. Almost any surface can be used to create a decoupage project. Suitable surfaces include wood, papier mache, terra cotta, tin, cardboard and glass. Only SOME plastics are okay for decoupage – I recommend testing a small area before completing your entire project to make sure that the Mod Podge will adhere.
STEP TWO: Pick your Mod Podge formula. If you aren’t sure what to pick, that’s totally understandable – that’s why I’ve written this Mod Podge formula guide that you should visit. It explains everything.
STEP FOUR: Cut your items to fit your surface. Measure as necessary, with a ruler and a pencil, and trim your items to fit. You’ll be much happier if you cut everything to fit before Mod Podging as opposed to after.
STEP FIVE: Adhere each element with your Mod Podge. Always start with the underlying design elements and work your way upward (when layering). Apply a medium coat of Mod Podge to the surface. Too little Mod Podge and you will get wrinkles – and you can always wipe away excess Mod Podge. Place your item(s) to be decoupaged on top of the Mod Podge and move onto step six.
Tip for working with large pieces: smooth from the center outward. Air bubbles can be removed with the Mod Podge Tool Set. Use the squeegee with smaller items such as trays – it was developed specifically for getting into corners. Use a brayer for larger items such as furniture.
STEP SEVEN: Add a protective coat of Mod Podge to your project using a sponge or flat brush. Allow to dry and then repeat. The number of coats you finish with is up to you, but we recommend at least two. When you finish, if you experience any tackiness or just want to add durability, add a clear spray or brush-on sealer to the top. Let dry and you’re done!