Friday, February 1, 2013

(Product Review) Mod Podge Satin Finish Decoupage Glue

Mod Podge Satin Finish Decoupage Glue Review

Mod Podge Satin Finish 8 Oz.

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-01-31

Product Rating: 4

Community Rating: Very Helpful

Pros: Glues, seals, protects, non-toxic, dries clear, easy cleanup, versatile product works on most surfaces.

Cons: None

Summary: Great for gluing, sealing and protecting. This versatile product is non-toxic, easy to clean up, and can be used on many surfaces.

As I have mentioned in previous reviews, I have always enjoyed crafting. I loved it as a child, and throughout the years have enjoyed creating various projects with my children, and more recently my grandchildren.

I keep a good variety of craft supplies on hand, and try to always be prepared for whatever craft project we decide to make. One of the items we used recently was Mod Podge Satin Finish. I like the satin finish for some projects, although there are also other finishes available such as a glossy finish if you wish to give your project a bit more shine or a matte finish if you want to eliminate the shine.

The kids enjoyed helping make handmade Christmas ornaments by decorating styrofoam balls. One type of ornaments was made by attaching various materials onto the balls using Mod Podge. They enjoyed making them, and they looked beautiful on our Christmas tree.

Mod Podge comes in an 8 ounce bottle. It looks similar to Elmer's glue, but not only works well for gluing things together but also acts as a sealant for the finished product. You can dip a paintbrush directly into the bottle of Mod Podge, or you can do as we did and pour a little into small paper cups so everyone can have their own small container. This works much better when working with young children because even though you may have a few small spills, it won't be as bad as if the entire bottle were spilled.

I like to put down newspaper to catch the worst of the mess when making this type of project. Then, I put a variety of styrofoam balls on the table and let each child choose which size and shape they want to work with. We started out by poking a small hole in the ball and adding a hanger made of their choice of a pipe cleaner or a yarn loop. They also got to choose from assorted holiday napkins, and wrapping paper. They can basically design their balls any way they like by either cutting or tearing designs from the gift wrap or napkins, then gluing it to the balls. The Mod Podge dries clear and once painted a light sprinkling of glitter works well to add a bit of sparkle to the ornament. These make beautiful handmade ornaments once the Mod Podge dries completely.

There are many ways to vary this project, but I think you get the idea. This is a great group project for children or adults because the Mod Podge is easy to work with and there really is no wrong or right way to make these ornaments. They were all different, and they all looked beautiful.

In addition to our Christmas ornaments though, there are many other uses for Mod Podge Decoupage Glue. This 40 year old product still works great for most any decoupage project, and can be used on a variety of surfaces including wood, paper, foam, fabric, candles and more. We have used it on flower pots, plaques, jewelry, picture frames, wreaths, and many other projects. Because it dries clear in around 15-20 minutes, it can be used to glue things together or as a top coat or sealer. You can even use this in multiple layers to apply texture or added dimension to your project. This is non-toxic, so I don't have to worry about the kids using it, and it cleans up with soap and water, so I don't worry much about spills and messes. Just be sure to clean up spills while they are still wet because once it dries, you won't be able to remove it.

I have been using Mod Podge for around 30 years, and find it a very useful to be something no crafter should be without. 

Originally published on Epinions.

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