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Home Made Mod Podge Recipe- Don’t be hoodwinked!

12 June, 2012

In lots of ways I am a hand clapping optimist. I find it really hard to imagine the worst case scenario and always think everything is going to work out, which is often to my detriment. In other ways I am a doubting cynic. When it comes to brands and their promises I am more dubious then Scooby doo smoking doobies in dubiousville.  When a grand claim is made of a product my mind screams “LIES, ALL DAMN LIES!” like some kind of crossed witch.

There are some exceptions:

  • Helmans mayonnaise (no other will do. I can eat this with a spoon for lunch.)


Okay, actually, I think that is it on my list.

So when I first heard about crafting super power that is Mod Podge I tried to ignore the screamy witch and find out exactly what it is that makes Mod Podge such a delight. First of all I began by trying to find out what Mod Podge is.Wanna know what it is, basically?

Watered down PVA glue.

That’s:  PVA glue with water in it.

PVA (that you can by from Poundland) with water (free)

But people are paying heaps for this crafting Must Have, to do things like decoupage and scrapbooking, that people have done for years with watered down PVA.

I kind of think the people of Mod Podge are trying to fox us all a little bit.

Oh well. Now we know, eh?

Home Made Mod Podge Recipe

To make a jar of fake Mod Podge you need 1 cup of glue and 1/3 cup of water. Shake really well  and use as you would Mod Podge. To make it gloss add 2 table spoons of water based varnish or to make the sparkly add super fine glitter.

I wanted to try making some decorated pegs. I made some Christmas pegs  with ribbon and scrabble tiles in this way but found cutting the fabric and getting it to not fray really tricky. When I read on Sew Scrumptious’s lovely site that she used Mod Podge to make the fabric paper-like I gave it a crack with my fake Mod Podge. It really works.

Just give the little scraps of fabric a good soaking then leave them to dry as flat as you can. Then snip them up. It is truly ace and made making these pegs so easy. And if you are like me and keep every snippet of beautiful material than this is the PERFECT use!

I used some navy polka dots and even a bit of lace, so simple and quick:

What do you think? Are you a Mod Podge Die Hard? Or are you generally happy with the fake/ home made versions of things?

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  • Reply Lakota [Faith hope and Charity Shopping] 12 June, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I do still have some mod podge, but indeed it is just PVA and water, and I have that too! Cute pegs – my smallest is particularly in love with pretending to be washing. I have to put pegs on him and pretend I think he’s a sock or old pair of pants!

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Hehehehe that is SO adorable! Ramona loves helping me with the pegs, but mostly she just gets her tongue/lips pinched in them and cries.

  • Reply Patch 12 June, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Have read about people using it on so many blogs, wondered what it was. Thank you for clearing that up. I shall not be going out of my way to get any. Home made it is for us!

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Yes, it seems to be going wild at the moment hey?

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Also, I just commented on your blog but WP seems to be dropping my comments at the mo? Maybe in spam?

      • Reply Patch 12 June, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        It was in spam, so I have moved it.

  • Reply Kerry 12 June, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve never used the actual modge podge and just mix up my own batch of the PVA and water as needed – it’s fab and something we always have around the house! Thanks so much for linking up lovely! xx

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Yeah, I don’t actually make up a whole jar, just little bits as I need it.
      Thanks for hosting! xx

  • Reply Thrift Bee 12 June, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Homemade wins every time for me, (i will even admit to being happy with Aldi mayo ) I would love to tell you i’m your newest follower, but i cannot find out how to follow you other than by e-mail. If you have time could you guide me in the right direction. Much obliged.

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Ah ummm.
      Maybe the RSS feed on the right hand side, just below the Twitter bit?
      Also, Bloglovin? It is host neutral and I’m learning to love it.

    • Reply Sarah 25 September, 2014 at 2:02 am

      Home made Mayo is the best!

  • Reply Melksham Mum 12 June, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    There was me thinking Modge Podge was some amazing stand alone product! Now I know if I ever need some what to do, so thanks for that!
    The pegs look adorable x

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks MM.
      I’d be interested to see how Mod Podge lovers get along with it xx

  • Reply Sew Scrumptious 12 June, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for the lovely mention. I feel cheated by Modge Podge!! I didn’t realise it really was JUST PVA glue and water. Its really expensive!! Will be making my own from now on. LOvely pegs by the way. Loving the lace ones! x

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      It is quite dear isn’t it. They are on to a winner I think!
      Hope people check out your site, its lush x

  • Reply Saffron 12 June, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I just searched the other day for the ingredients of MP, after which I happily watered down my glue! Great fabric stiffener & all purpose magic thing!
    Ps. My Lulastic inspired resin things have turned out beautifully……thanks

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Oh Hurrrahhhh for your resin crafts! So glad you did it!

  • Reply knittymummy 12 June, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I’ve just done my first decopage (which my husband insists is a word I’ve just made up) and I’ve used PVA, worked just fine.

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Lol. Do you say it in a a very French accent? You kind of have to eh.

  • Reply Liz 12 June, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I do have a pot of it knocking about, but I bought it several years ago. I’m definitely a fan of using DIY versions of such things if they work.

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      I am the worst- I ALWAYS think there is a DIY option. And google doesn’t tend to tell you otherwise haha. Somewhere out there there is a recipe for DIY gaffa tape!

  • Reply Bek @ WeAreWildThings 12 June, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I was getting really grumpy that I couldn’t find anywhere to buy mod podge because so many American blogs use it for everything and I couldn’t find it over here. PVA and water, that I can do. Thanks for de-mystifying. Yay.

    P.S. Like the pegs. :)

    • Reply lulastic 12 June, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      I have totally de-mystified it’s ass HA take that MODGE

  • Reply Charis 12 June, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Doh! Why am I only discovering what Mod Podge is now?! Bought it last month, ha ha! At least when it runs out I know to just replace it with PVA glue & water!

    • Reply lulastic 14 June, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Well, you should totally let me know your conclusion, whether it was worth all the extra dosh! x

  • Reply hellkatdesigns 13 June, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Mod Podge is all over so many crafty blogs right now. I haven’t seen much of it here in Aus, only once in an art store recently. I distinctly remember seeing the price and thinking “ummm yeah, i’m sure PVA would work just fine!”

    • Reply lulastic 14 June, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Yup, it is everywhere. I can see why though, with crafting it is sometimes a bit of a treat having a new little product eh. x

  • Reply TheMadHouse 13 June, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I have some as my friend brought it back from the us for me, but since ready how to make my own on A Place of my own, I have been just watering down PVA.

    • Reply lulastic 14 June, 2012 at 11:01 am

      *searches for A place of My Own* – sounds cool! x

  • Reply sue harding 13 June, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    i have been using watered down pva for various collages and seen it used wet to wrap materials around chairs, old phones (presumably decorative only) lamps etc to amazing effect using bright patterned cotton. Recently did a collage using an old embroidered torn cushion and including paper torn from magazines

    • Reply lulastic 14 June, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Wooah, I love the idea of covering random defunct objectives with fabric! Amazing! Loving your art on your blog by the way :)

  • Reply Saffron 13 June, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Aha, I see Sue Harding has left comment. She is my mad arty Aunt who put me onto your blog (which I lurve). Anyhoo, I need blogging advice, would like to set one up but am a bit of a technotwit. If poss, could give me a way of contacting you without using your comments bit? Thanks, Saffron ( or freddyandviolet on Facebook)

    • Reply lulastic 14 June, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Hehe, thanks and thanks mad Aunt Sue!
      I’ll email you,m although don’t see myself as an expert!

  • Reply The Kiwi Nomad 14 June, 2012 at 7:46 am

    nice pegs! good tip on the PVA, I got some recently to try out decoupage but had read about Mod Podge and was wondering if I was missing out on some secret ingredient.

  • Reply lulastic 14 June, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Nope, not missing out even a dash. Consider yourself wisened to the unmystical ways of Mod Posge :)

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  • Reply freddyandviolet 19 June, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Love. I guess will work for making kids fabric covered hairclips etc? On the ‘to do’ list!

    • Reply lulastic 25 November, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      It’d be perfect!

  • Reply Hazel 21 June, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I have always been very suspicious of Modge Podge, mainly because I had only seen it on American blogs and thought that it might be something that has a different name in the UK. Turns out it does – PVA and water. Thanks very much, very useful!

    • Reply lulastic 21 June, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Hehe yup. Those clever stateside marketeers eh! (Love your blog btw)

  • Reply Make do mum 29 June, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Aha! I had a feeling it was just PVA with a fancy label. Great tip about applying it to the fabric before cutting it, love the little pegs :)

    • Reply lulastic 30 June, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      I know- the apply before crafting tip makes such a difference!! X

  • Reply Liz Burton 1 July, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Haha we just made some papier mache-decoupage thingies today using…guess what…PVA and water!

    I only started diluting it when I was once too short of glue to finish a project. This moment of extreme tightness made me realise that watering it down just a little bit, makes it go much further and doesn’t diminish it’s magic sticking powers. Then I just watered it down some more for laquering stuff etc. x

    • Reply lulastic 1 July, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Cool cannae wait to see ‘em! I am ready to devoupage something big and bad, like a whole table.
      Mind you, I’d well get bored about a tenth through

  • Reply Erica 8 July, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I used to do heaps of decopage on anything and everything as a kid using none other than PVA glue! Was debating whether to get some mod podge to do a few projects, thinking it must have some miracle secret ingredient, but ill just stick with what I know now! Thanks heaps!

    • Reply lulastic 9 July, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Totally, of course if you need something to last forever a layer of varnish would help but you’d need to do that with MP anyway x

  • Reply YankeeCat 14 July, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Podge has a sealer in it….will this recipe hold up over time?

    • Reply lulastic 15 July, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Hello. I think for craft projects this stuff will be fine – it has been used for decades after all.
      Mod podge is only a sealer to a certain extent anyway- it isn’t waterproof so you need to use varnish over the top to really make any thing modpodged or pva and water last – i.e decoupaged furniture.

      • Reply stephen-walker 13 December, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        there are 2 types of pva external (waterproof when dry) and internal will go misty white when damp for long time hope this helps have been using it for years without realizing this is whot the crafters where talking about

      • Reply Esther 20 February, 2014 at 7:36 am

        I actually painted several jars for a candle/potpourri project six years ago or so. I put a couple of layers of Mod Podge over the paint. I tried reclaiming the jars not long ago and that stuff wasn’t budging. At. All.

        I finally gave up. Whatever is in Mod Podge definitely isn’t in the glue I’m currently using for a glass bottle arrangement for my sideboard. I thought it was just watered down glue, but it isn’t shiny and it mocks me with its unstickiness. Thankfully the paint and glue come off easily with hot water. It must be the varnish that’s missing.

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  • Reply Norma Hasham 23 September, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Wish I’d seen your site two weeks ago, have just been on a weekend workshop to make an antique book and Mod Podge was on the requirements list, I’d not come across this before so stumped up several £’s to the workshop organiser to order some. The moment I opened the jar the smell made me think ‘PVA’ and I have to admit I felt somewhat cheated. Thanks for confirming my suspicion, I now know what to use in future

    • Reply lulastic 23 September, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Smells are such a giveaway! :D Look forward to hearing how you get on. Workshop sounds brilliant!

  • Reply mainegreengirl 26 September, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I’m so glad I found this post! I have recently started blogging, as well as following your blog and just the other day I had searched for Mod Podge, figuring there might be a homemade version recipe out there. I have never used it before – the real thing or homemade – but saw this cute idea: and just have to have some to make them as Christmas gifts for some kids I know!

    Do you think the homemade will hold up on something like that?

    Thanks for a wonderful blog – I love it here!

    • Reply lulastic 25 November, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      AHHH thanks! Sorry for late response! I love those :) and your own version. I would make it more glue than water, I d tend to tweak the rations depending on the materials I work with.

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  • Reply Ginger Davis Allman 15 November, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Oh…just like others, I wish I had read this two days ago. I have been using Golden Acrylic Medium and ran out of it for a collage project. The closest store doesn’t carry Golden products so I looked online to see if Mod Podge was the same thing. Page after page of scrapbooking forums said it was the same thing. So I bought it. And the minute I opened it I could smell the PVA and new instantly that I had just wasted my time, my money, and and sadly, my project. Mod Podge is PVA glue. Elmer’s Glue-All. Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Same darned thing. I want my $5 back.

    And I agree with you about the Hellman’s. Nothing else comes close.

    • Reply lulastic 25 November, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Ah good, I am so glad we are clear on that! (Hellmans)
      I would love to hear your feedback , once you have been through a jar of it. I truly haven’t found anything where this stuff hasn’t sorted me out.

      That $5 could just be part of your Craft Trials fund :)

  • Reply Teri 19 December, 2012 at 12:55 am

    A load of blogs I follow use mod podge for just about everything. As a lot of them are American. I thought i’d be unable to get it in the UK. I found it online but its way out of my pocket and here you are giving me an affordable version! I can’t believe its just PVA and water. I will be making lots of this up!! Thanks so much! :-)

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 19 December, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Wahey! *high fives*

  • Reply Kathy 4 June, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    What the heck is PVA glue?

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 5 June, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      It is the glue we use in England, white craft glue, basically.

  • Reply Rachael 19 July, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Tysm im going to doing your version off it, ty for sharing xxxx

  • Reply Kristina 27 August, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    What kind of glue do I use? I don’t know what PVA is and I don’t have a pound land here.

  • Reply Vix 19 October, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Home made all the way for me!! I got very lucky and found some 1950’s Times Supplements on freecycle and used them to decoupage a boring bookcase! I used good old pva and water and it looks fab :)

    Also, I found your blog quite by accident but I love it x

  • Reply Fabric lover 19 November, 2013 at 7:50 am

    So the matte mod podge would just be the PVA and water? I want to make a book purse for my friend and don’t want to splash out on mod podge :)

  • Reply earthy 10 December, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I made some up and ive tried to transfer graphics on a shabbied table and its not as good as mod :( any tips?

  • Reply jan evans 4 January, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Hi I saw an item on Pinterest about making plain glass look like coloured frosted glass using something called Elmers glue [we don’t have it in England] and food colouring would that work with your recipe ? ps Glad to know I am not the only one with the Helmans, i make most savoury sandwiches with it and always lick the spoon clean !

    • Reply jan evans 4 January, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      PPS Just been mooching around your blog [came to it via mod podge] to find out that you were in England now in NZ so you probably don’t know what elmers glue is either !

  • Reply Jacinta 5 February, 2014 at 4:13 am

    I am a massive mod podge fan but you are right it is a very expensive product and I always figured it must be pva glue and something else. Was heading out today to buy some but I will give the homemade version a go :) there are plenty of different brands doing the same thing and mod podge has released another 20+ different types, from glitter to 3D! Would love some info on how to make all the different types one day :) thanks heaps Xx

  • Reply Kim 18 March, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Hey, I was just wondering if this would make it as waterproof as Modge Podge claims to be. I have a few projects up my sleeve, one being some ceramic photo tiles but I read somewhere that the homemade modgepodge doesn’t work as well on this type of thing although I am really quite reluctant to spend nearly £10 on the stuff if the home made stuff will work just as well?

    In anticipation of your response.

    Great site by the way, glad I stumbled upon it

    Kim x

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 19 March, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I would add a layer of polyurethane varnish if I want it totally waterproof :)

  • Reply Kay 30 March, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Thank you so much for the tip. You’ve just saved me a small fortunes worth : )
    So glad i came across your blog and will be checking in for more tips and thrifty ideas soon xxx

  • Reply Kristina 9 April, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I was just wondering if anyone has tried this on glass? or if anyone could recommend an alternative for gluing glitter to glass?
    Many thanks :)

  • Reply Corrine 16 April, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Hi lovey, Thank you for your post about alternative mod podge! Just one question, does the finished project go yellow after time, as this happened to a tray I place photographs on, using PVA glue, which spoilt the effect? Modge Podge claims not to go yellow?

    Whats you opinon in this matter.

  • Reply MARY 3 May, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Does this also work the same for the photo transfer onto other materials? ie. wood? Thanks

  • Reply Jojo 10 May, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Hi there

    Phew was just about to order mode podge so glad I found you cause I’m pregnant and need to keep hold of out money and I have pva glue xxx

    So my question is I’ve just seen a few youtube clips of photo transfer using mode podge is the Receipe different for photo transfer? Xxx

    Jo :) xxx

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 11 May, 2014 at 8:36 am

      So sorry, I haven’t tried it. Do a version that doesn’t matter if it goes wrong and let us know!

    • Reply dany 20 May, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Jo
      Just wonder if you have found out about the Pva and MP yet ? I am also would like to transfer photo to canvas but not sure about pva turning yellow after sometimes I was told ? Can you post once you find out please.
      Thank you

  • Reply Jon 11 May, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Great blog!

    Can anyone recommend a place to get polyurethane as a paint-on? As opposed to a spray. Something in me says it would be easier to paint on – but perhaps I should give the spray a go.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 11 May, 2014 at 8:35 am

      I get my poly from the hardware store… Does that help?

      • Reply Jon 11 May, 2014 at 9:07 am

        Sorry, was that here in the uk? If so, could you tell me the name of it and I’ll google it. All I can find is poly in a spray can :-(

        Perhaps it has another name?

        Many thanks

  • Reply Jennifer 15 May, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    That’s the same recipe I use for the “starch” I use to stiffen my crochet ornaments. It’s amazing what manufacturers try to make us believe we can’t live without.

  • Reply dany 20 May, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I am glad to find your website.
    I would like to transfer picture to canvas and was told that pva will go yellow after a few years ….MP won’t !
    Have you experienced that ? Please let me know ….much appreciated!!!!

  • Reply Julie Penson 21 May, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I too was scouring the web looking for the miracle that was modge podge – It now turns out that i’ve already modge podged the whole of my bedroom without realising! I bought some old books from a charity store and used the pages to paper my whole room…it looks fantastic and the cost was absolutely minimal. I just brushed the wall with my pva/water mix, applied the book page (I did batches of 6, so that it didn’t dry out) then brushed the same mix over the top. It’s stood the test of time for 12 months so far – I also covered 2 mismatched tables so that the whole room matched. I’m so glad i’ve finally solved the mystery :)

  • Reply heather groundwater 30 June, 2014 at 9:54 am

    thanks for the tip i always wondered what modge pod was so i googled it and up pops your site thanks for all your advice super person

  • Reply Tigsuk 16 July, 2014 at 9:34 am

    How waterproof would this be? I wanted to use it on shoes

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 16 July, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Hmm, I wouldn’t – I’d use shoe gu…

  • Reply Claire Harvey 19 July, 2014 at 12:47 am


    Just a quick question, I normally use Liquidex.. I use it to transfer images onto wood etc.. Can I do this with Modge Podge.. well watered down PVA ? I have a dresser that I was to up-cycle.. I live in the UK, and I usually have to get the stuff online as it’s so super pricey round here.. If modge podge does the same sort of thing, you will be saving me about £20 a month…


    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 19 July, 2014 at 11:34 am

      I tried to do this with Mod Podge last week and it didn’t work.It is MEANT to – I wonder if my photo paper didn;t work the same way as an actual photo, you know? I think gesso is pretty reasonably priced though and this definitely works. Good Luck!

  • Reply Briana Kay 2 August, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Hey there! So glad there is a DIY for this. I was looking at buying some for a project I have in mind, but I’ve heard it’s really expensive. I was wondering if you might be able to advise me on this though. The project I have in mind is to transfer photos onto three glass panes that I have from an old coffee table of ours. I read something in another blog (I think) about how to use Mod Podge to do it. Will the DIY stuff do the trick or is it a special kind of Podge that is used for transferring? Please advise? Thanks!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 2 August, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      I am so sorry, I haven’t tried transferring with this- only with gesso…

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    You know what? I was just about to Amazon and splash out on some of that sorcery. Looked at this and literally screamed at my computer: “MY LIFE IS A LIE!” Before promptly rushing over to my desk, grabbing a tube of PVA glue and my half empty glass of water and rushing downstairs. So thank you, anonymous person, for saving me three whole English pounds.

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  • Reply Kala Taylor 4 September, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you for this recipe. I don’t know how they can charge so much for it. I will definitely try this.

    Once again thank you.


  • Reply Carrie 5 October, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Oh you fabulous woman! I’ve been putting off doing loads of stuff because I don’t know what Modge Podge is and I have two bottles of PVA sitting in my box of goodies – doh.

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  • Reply alex 21 October, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Has anyone tried a project years ago and seen if it has discoloured to yellow using this method?
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  • Reply Amanda 22 October, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Like many of you I’ve just ordered the mod podge and then found your site, I have several PVA’s too grrrrr.
    I’m guessing your recipe will be what they call “satin” finished,
    Any idea how to make a matt finish?
    I’ve also ordered the “hard” finish do you think that would just be less water?

    Thanks for the tips

  • Reply Cathy 26 October, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Is it possible if you could make this with a glue stick? I can’t seem to find PVA glue…

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 27 October, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Oh no, that won’t work at all. Every art/ craft store has huge bottles of PVA and you can buy from almost every online craft supplier :D

  • Reply Lauren 2 November, 2014 at 8:40 am

    This is brilliant, and i was just about to spend £10 for a pot, pound shop it is

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  • Reply Jayne Gallagher 10 November, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Hello I am wanting to have a go at covering some wine glasses in glitter do you think this would work for that and what would you recommend to set the glitter mixture on some kind of varnish?
    I can remember using this mixture years ago for papier mache balloons!!

  • Reply Helen stocks 13 November, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Anyone seen mr maker on childrens tv he calls it gloppy glue ….. Still just pva and water

  • Reply Emma Carraro 17 November, 2014 at 4:25 am

    I like multimedia art projects and have always used PVA to stick tissude paper to a stretched canvas, it works just fine and gives it a nice glossy finish. I don’t spend a fortune on decoupage glue and paper I’ve used thin card, tin foil paper, old sweet foils in my art projects and the PVA has worked just fine in every case.

  • Reply Gianne 2 December, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Hi! What kind of glue did ypu put?? Can i put a clear glue?

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 3 December, 2014 at 11:11 am

      It is PVA – a thick white glue. Clear glue won’t work. :D

  • Reply Tanya 5 December, 2014 at 1:28 am

    I am making a Wedding Fund jar for my son & his fiancee so was looking for glitter etc to decorate it. Came across MP on a craft website & it sounded brilliant for sealing glitter. Decided to look it up to see what it actually is and found your blog. I couldn’t believe it was the same stuff I made up, about 15 years ago, to seal decorations onto my son’s project folder in primary school! I missed a trick there didn’t I? I should have marketed it! I shall be doing the same again. Thanks Lulastic.
    PS. I love Helmand too!

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  • Reply Moira McCullough 15 December, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Brilliant, thank you. I too thought that it was a special glue that could only be purchased in the US, yes, I remember pva glue, can be nasty stuff if you get it on your clothes

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