5 Minutes or Less: Make Your Own Decoupage Glue

April 11, 2012 | by Jocie (email) |

“5 Minutes or Less”  is an on-going series dedicated to quick and fun crafts and DIY projects that you can do in five minutes or less. This segment came to being because in our busy life it was difficult making the time for the involved and time-consuming projects that I love. We would love to feature your ideas too, so don’t forget to take lots of pictures of your next “5 Minutes or Less” DIY and send ‘em our way!

Decoupage Glue is one of the best crafting supplies to have on hand, and it is non-toxic and easy to clean up, so its great for using with the kids too. Mod Podge (name brand) is expensive at the store and you can go through it pretty quickly, especially if kids are involved. Here is the quickest, easiest, and cheapest project I will probably ever share with you (but don’t hold me to it) and all for $1. Lol!


  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Water
  • Ball jar
  • Measuring cup

Step 1: Measure

Measure 1 part Emer’s glue and 1 part water. Hint: you can get glue for cheap at the Dollar store!

Step 2: Combine

Place glue and water in Ball jar, or any container you wish to use. Ball jars are wonderful because I have a ton of them, they are pretty, and they seal up nicely so the glue won’t dry out. You also want a container with somewhat of a wide opening so you can fit your brush or sponge into it.

Step 3: Shake

Shake, shake, and shake some more! This would be a great way for your toddlers to get our their wiggles for sure, because you need to do a whole lot of shakin’!

Apply using a paint brush or sponge brush. It works best to apply multiple, thin coats, allowing it to dry in between coats.

I recently used my homemade Decooupage for making wooden owls but its also great for putting decals and pictures on pretty much any craft project.

And that’s it!  What do you use your Decoupage for?

7 Responses
  1. naomipsalm77 says:

    I love it! We used to do this all the time when making crafts! How did I not make the connection? We used it to make collages on just about anything – a jar/can (for holding pens and pencils), bedroom trash cans… I love that you used it for the owls.

  2. paintergal says:

    I used to Mod Podge jigsaw puzzles to save them. Haven’t Podged anything in ages.

  3. Paul&Aundrea says:

    I’d heard of homemade Modge Podge, but never taken the time to look up a recipe. If I had known it was this simple I would have been doing it a long time ago!

  4. frazzled5 says:

    I am a huge MP fan! So pinning this recipe!

  5. liz says:

    I feel so swindled! I had no idea it would be so easy to make mod podge. Do you feel like it’s as durable and easy to spread evenly? If so, I will never buy another bottle of mod podge again!

  6. katieQ says:

    I always seem to have lots of Elmer’s glue in the house, but never seem to have Modge Podge when I need it. Thanks for finding a perfect solution.

  7. I almost never (actually, NEVER) buy mod podge because it’s so expensive. Now, I don’t have that excuse! Thanks so much for this!

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