Lately I have come across a lot of creative projects that include the use of Mod Podge, and I just had no idea what this was, so I set out to find out, and what I found was that it is basically the same as the white glue/water mixture that I use for lanterns and such, except it has an added water based sealer included in the mix, which add a shine or not depending on the kind you get, as well as gives your project a more protective finish. I wanted to make my own and found different suggestions, one is to mix wood glue with water until you have the desired consistency, and another says to mix white glue with water and then add a water based sealer to that. Well looking around at the different options in the craft store I went with a bottle of actual Mod Podge, just to try, this way I know what my homemade one should look and feel like. As for a project to use this with, I have seen on both Gardenmama and Earthboys this past week beautiful flower vases, made in the same way we make our lanterns, and thought that that might be just the project to try out this Mod Podge.
We found some old glass jars, removed the labels, and added with a paint brush, the Mod Podge to the glass, then added the tissue paper, and then covered the paper with Mod Podge, up until this point it seemed much like the good old white glue/water mixture, if perhaps a bit more sticky.
Once dry we gathered flowers to add to our little vases, Keenan chose colorful flowers, I choose to fill mine with herbs, and Kaleena wanted hers to hold a candle and be a lantern.
For extra decorations we added some beads. A few weeks ago Kaleena very much enjoyed to sit and play with beads and she made these beautiful little loops in different colors, and they added beautiful details to these sweet vases. Also a few weeks ago I had laid a few Queen Ann's lace flowers to dry between some books, and thought that a couple of them might look pretty added onto my vase. The Mod Podge worked great for this, I am really happy with the result. As I look at the creations all finished, I really like the shiny addition of the Mod Podge, and it seems like these will indeed last longer than similar lanterns or vases we have made on different occasions, where now the paper is pealing off.
All in all I really enjoyed my first Mod Podge experience:)
~have a wonderful day~