Discover the DIY Secret Weapon of Decoupage Glue
With this liquid glue and sealant in your crafting arsenal, you can tackle a variety of home DIY projects in a single bound
If you're a crafter, it is important to stock your creative space with basics: scissors, rulers, paper, pencils. Decoupage glue should be on that list of materials as well, because its versatility is an asset in completing a variety of projects large and small. Mod Podge is a widely known brand, but other common varieties are DecoArt Decoupage Glue, Plaid Royal Coat Finish and Beacon Decoupage Sealer. They are useful in scrapbooking and paper crafting but are able to do heavy lifting as well. Those tackling home DIYs and larger decor projects can also rely on this simple material. It acts not only as a glue but also as a sealant and finish. From your walls to your furniture, this helpful product could be just what you need for DIY success.
The glues come in a variety of formulas to meet the specific needs of different projects. Mod Podge has the largest selection, with formulas like paper, matte, glossy, outdoor, hard coat and glitter. Regardless of brand, the glue is meant for use on an assortment of materials, including paper, fabric and wood. But consider your project's specific needs when selecting the glue.
You can use these glues to create a collage of wallpaper scraps on a closet door.
Here is something similar. This time it has been used to adhere paper maps like wallpaper to a child's bedroom. To create this wallpaper effect, adhere paper or fabric in a similar fashion. Apply a layer of decoupage glue to your wall, position the paper or fabric on the wall and firmly press down. Then add a second layer of the glue on top as a sealant top coat. This will ensure wearability over time, preventing frayed edges and discoloring.
Make your own unique piece of artwork for your home. All you need are a canvas, die-cut paper and decoupage glue. For this DIY, circle cutouts in various colors were arranged over a canvas to make a pixelated and graphic statement piece. A dab of glue on the back of each circle is all you need to adhere the paper to the canvas.
Decoupage liquid can also function as a clear sealant. This particularly comes in handy when working with burlap. Burlap is messy, and the jute fibers stick to fabrics and clothing. Eliminate some of the mess by coating burlap with the glue after finishing a project. It will dry clear and help lock in the burlap's fuzz. This headboard was covered in burlap. With a top coat of sealant, the bed linens will remain soft and free of burlap fibers.
Here is quick weekend DIY and an easy way to revamp your drawers. As an alternative to contact paper, line drawers with scrapbook paper or vintage wallpaper. When applying the decoupage glue to paper, a little bit goes a long way. Start with a small amount and add more if necessary. Fabric, being a thicker material, will generally need more for an even coat.
Decoupage liquid can adhere well to wood and other porous materials. If you're making something like this art bench created from salvaged wood and painted pieces, the sealant can act as a protective top layer. (See how an artist created this bench.)
You can make your own decoupage glue from regular craft glue and water in 50-50 mix. But this substance will not endure as well as the real thing, which has strong bonding properties and varnishes that make it more durable. Premade decoupage glue is ideal for tough projects.
Inexpensive sponge brushes are ideal applicators for most projects. A bone folder, a brayer or a a wallpaper smoothing tool is useful as well. Run it over the surface of the paper or fabric after you apply the glue.
This technique helps eliminate air bubbles, which can cause warping, tearing or fraying later on. It also keeps the surface smooth and flat.
These are just a few ideas on how to incorporate this amazing glue and sealant into home decor projects. There are limitless possibilities for using it to craft unique pieces or rethink something old. Be sure to stock a bottle of it in your craft kit.
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