For those of you who don’t already know, I’ve had to leave sunny Florida and come to Maine to help out my son and daughter-in-law. She is going through some medical problems and needs my help with the children.
A few days before I left home in early April, I had been swimming in the pool and enjoying the sunshine. The day I got to Maine, there were snow flurries! Since then, there has only been 2 sunny days that were warm enough to get outside…until today! Today was gorgeous and I even got a tiny bit of red on my face. My son grilled some chicken and we had a great day. So, needless to say I did not make anything to share with you.
I do have something great to share with you, though!! I just love Pinterest! I became a member when it first started, but until I came to Maine, I didn’t spend a lot of time on it. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve pinned a lot! There are some fabulous ideas, tips, patterns, crafts, etc. on there. Well, I came across a pin for homemade Mod Podge. Let me tell you, I use a lot of Mod Podge and it is kind of expensive when you use a lot of it! So, I tried this recipe and it WORKS! It works just as well Mod Podge!
All you need is a bottle of Elmer’s Glue (I will be buying lots of them when the school supplies go on sale in August!), a jar with a lid, and some water.
Pour equal parts of the Elmer’s Glue and water in the jar, screw the lid on and shake it up good. You need to shake it quite a bit to get it mixed up well. Then decoupage or do one of the many other things you can do with Mod Podge, to your hearts content!
One of the things I use it for is to make wall art. I buy canvas frames, cover them with scrapbooking paper or cloth and design them like some of my favorite cards and scrapbook pages. I use stamps, chipboard, fabric, die-cuts, ephemera, etc.
Another thing I use it for is to alter clipboards! You can decorate them and use them as picture frames, decorative wall hangings, or just as you would clipboards. They are a lot of fun to make. Here is one of the ones I’ve made and kept for myself. It is about me and things that mean a lot to me and is called, “The Story”. I have it hanging in my craft room above my desk.
I also cover a lot of boxes with paper and cloth…It works great on those, too!
Have fun with your homemade Mod Podge and let me know what you make! I’d love to see your projects.
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