HomeReviews What is Mod Podge Used For? Review

What is Mod Podge Used For? Review

Posted in : Reviews on by : Carrie Wente

Mod Podge is a multi-purpose adhesive that is sold just about anywhere. It has multiple uses, mainly for gluing paper and fabric. Its main claim to fame would be decoupage. It has the consistency of honey, is white, dries clear and is often compared to a white glue. But it doesn’t stop there, it is also a sealer.

Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing paper cut out onto it in combination with special effects, goldleaf and other decorative elements – Wikipedia.

What is Mod Podge?

It comes in many forms and finishes. Most of us are familiar with the orange and yellow label, but maybe have never paid too much attention to the many uses of Mod Podge.  It’s acid free so it can be used to ‘paint’ over the items you are adhering to in order to make a smooth finish. You can lightly sand it after it’s dry do remove the brush strokes. Recently a aerosol version has been on shelves to that once the brush strokes are sanded off, a final smooth coat can be added. It comes in a matte or gloss finish, depending on your preference. There is also a dishwasher safe version that you can use on your special glassware that you want to adorn.

Pros and Cons

The overall reviews for Mod Podge are 5 star. The only really bad reviews were given on the Amazon.com site were not related to the product itself. One and two star ratings were mainly concerning damaged products and the wrong amount of items in the order. The only complaint found was the smell. A couple of reviews complained of the odor that the product gave off, with one complaining of a headache. I can’t imagine that it would really give them any side effects unless they were paint an entire room with this product. It dries fast and I found that there is no lingering odor.

This product is as easy to use as any other adhesive/glue. It, as I said before, dries fast and is acid free so it can be used on just about anything. It’s a very thick liquid so a good brush is needed to limit brush strokes. Sanding after its dry is your best option if you don’t want to see any brush strokes at all and then apply an acrylic spray sealer or the spray version of Mod Podge. Being a water based product it washes up well before drying with soap and water.

This product would work good with gluing a puzzle together after assembly. Being a glue as well as a lacquer it would adhere well to both the glossy face of the puzzle and attach itself to the cardboard edges of the pieces. After placing the puzzle on a non-stick surface such as wax paper you can pour the Mod Podge right onto the puzzle and start spreading.


There are a lot of other product on the shelves that are less expensive and they probably work just fine. Many people have recipes to make their own version. Depending on what you are going to do with it, these versions can work out, or they can be a disaster. Mod Podge isn’t just a fancy name for glue. The ingredients are a lot different from your everyday glue or paste. It’s a much more superior product than ordinary glue and therefor, it costs more.

I believe that when you cut corners you are going to make an inferior product. When your product falls apart a few months down the road due to corner cutting, you are going to lose return customers. If you have to re-make the item, what was the purpose of going the cheap route in the first place?

My Resulting Opinion

Some of those recipes I see online of people making their own Mod Podge is by just adding water to their glue. First of all they are taking an already inferior product and then watering it down and making it even worse. The only time I water down glue is when I want a thin coat of glitter on something like my pinecones. If I want to seal something than I’m going to use a product that I can trust to stay where I put it after it’s dry.

When painting my wine bottles, I first put a coat of Mod Podge. If you don’t have a good base coat of it, the paint will quickly chip and peel off the bottle, even if you spray on a sealer coat to the top. The Mod Podge gives the paint something to adhere to, where it can’t stick to the non-porous glass.

Using Mod Podge isn’t for everyone, but if you want to craft a well made piece, I don’t really think you can go wrong. It’s meant for everything (like duct tape). For instance it’s not meant to repair broken things like glue. It’s made for creating your works of art.

Disclosure: Some of the above links are affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you,I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *