How to make your own Mod Podge ?

Seriously. Why make your own Mod Podge when it is readily available !

In Chennai, until sometime back, Pidilite’s Hobby Ideas Glue ‘n’ Gloss was the only decoupage glue (that I am aware of) available in crafts stores. But recently, when my search for Glue 'n' Gloss hit a roadblock, I was given to understand they have decided to stop its production. And hence the need to make my own Mod Podge from easily available resources.
A decoupage on wine bottle using Hobby Ideas Glue n Gloss
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After a bit of research on the net, here’s what I found. This is a quick DIY using Fevicol. I tested it on a piece of wood using news paper bits and it did work. However, be aware that this is only a cheap alternative (not in cost but in quality) to Mod Podge.

Quick tutorial on how to make your own Mod Podge

  • Get Fevicol MR from your near by hardware / crafts store
  • Mix equal parts of water to it (50-50 mixture). You can also use Camel’s acrylic gloss medium instead of water
  • Shake / stir well until the glue and water form a dilute homogeneous mixture
  • Use it the way you would use Mod Podge 
  • Apply few layers of clear varnish to protect your work. Fevicol + Water cannot provide the same kind of protection Mod Podge can 
Make your own Mod Podge
How to make Mod Podge at home

Some Caveats

  • The classy effect of Glue ‘n’ Gloss is blatantly missing. 
  • And to play the devil's advocate, here's a blog post on why this method is not recommended for long lasting effect
  • So, use your discretion. Make this DIY decoupage glue only because Mod Podge is not available in your locality. 
I wrote to Pidilite about this and they were kind enough to call back. Glue ‘n’ Gloss is officially going out of production and their Hobbyideas ModPodge is available in select stores (Chennai unfortunately is not in that list). Here’s the address of two stores, besides many others, that are stocking the Mod Podge

HOBBY IDEAS
Kemps Corner,
Noah's Art,Ground Flr,
Kwality House,Kemps Corner,
Mumbai – 400036
912223825621/ 912222937776
HOBBY IDEAS (STAPLES)
East Land Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
Muncipal No. 102, Hosur Road,
Opp. Big Bazaar, Koramangala,
Bangalore – 560001
080 - 40928005


The next time I am in Bangalore, I know where I am going to be shopping. Meanwhile, if you are in Chennai, do you know places where I can get Mod Podge. Until then I am going to try this home made Mod Podge recipe.

Update : Click here for the complete list of stores in India where Mod Podge is available.

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- Somu

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60 comments :

  1. I suppose what we really lack is a good DIY online store where one can purchase things all over India...

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    1. There is a good DIY online store in India. In fact, there are two. Itsybitsy.com and craftadda.com. I use both.

      ModgePodge is available on itsybitsy.com.

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  2. Hi Vinay, i really do not know... because am not much of an online shopper :) I always prefer walking into a store and picking the stuff I need.

    Am sure the online stores would have tools and other essential DIY kits... but they may just not be ready to ship a single order glue pack... Again I haven't researched this, so I might be wrong.

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    1. they do ship, but will charge u extra for courier charges if u do not fulfil a minimum amount. it is rs 1500/- for itsy bitsy. u cud also try craft gully which has a minimum purchase of rs 600/- for free shipping.

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    2. Hi...Modgepodge is available at Anandha stationary, which is at LB road adyar. Their new shop after the adyar depot signal. Try it out friends.

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    1. Hi Notyet, you are most welcome... Glad you found it useful.

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  4. Mod Podge is even available in staples in Bangalore it seems but in chennai people give a blank look when I ask for Mod podge...has anyone tried Hindustan paper mart?

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    1. Hi Divya, yeah I did try Hindustan traders... When I asked for Mod Podge, he gave me acrylic gloss medium... This was two years ago... Luckily the guy at Ananda stores understood and gave me Glue and Gloss... Since it is going out of production, I didn't bother to check this time around for GnG at Hindustan this time. I received an official mail from Pidilite Mumbai stating that ModPodge is not available in Chennai... Do let me know if you find it somewhere. Would really appreciate it.

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    2. It's available online at itsybitsy.com. Delivery all over India. Reliable site. I've used it many times. Finally modgepodge is available!

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  5. thank you very much for the bangalore's address...

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  6. wow this is such a great post..I was almost about to order mod podge on ebay and now thankully I saw this :)

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    1. Hi Anandi, glad you found it useful ! :)

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  7. You can get it here. Its out of stock at the moment but will be available soon hopefully. http://lulupu.com/product/mod-podge-gloss-lustre-finish

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  8. hey! i can courier it to you from Bangalore :) drop me an email if you are interested.

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    1. Thanks a lot Shruti. Am so glad you asked. But I don't want to use this up on something as small as Mod Podge. I shall save it probably for a much bigger need in the future. :)

      Incidentally my sister who is in Bangalore got me extra supply of Mod Podge when she bought some for herself. Hopefully I should get it when she comes here this Aug.

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  9. Thanks i am going to try this-nafisa

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  10. great writeup! can u also tell me what is a gel medium ?

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    1. Hi, Gel medium ? Am really not sure. Can you let me know the context ?

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  11. thanks for the tip! will definitely give it a try!

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    1. Hi Lia, you are most welcome... Try this only if sourcing Mod Podge is impossible. Otherwise, I would not recommend it.

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  12. Hi,

    Gel medium is used here and even I was wondering what it is... any clue?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NjYbAAQ4vw

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  13. Hi!
    What brand of clear varnish would you use to coat a Fevicol-water mod podge project?
    Could you name a brand I could locate in a hardware if not stationery shop? Thanks!

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  14. thnxxxx a lotttt buddy....
    after tonnes of google-ing , i found ur page..
    n guess wat..
    i got to d place dat u hve suggested in mumbai n they said they gonna import mopodge.. waiting lke crazy to hve one... thnx a lots..

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    1. Hi Aneri,

      Incidentally I was in the Inorbit mall in Vashi couple of days back and I checked with the Hobby Ideas store for Mod Podge. No stock, but expected to arrive in a week's time :)

      You sure sound so much excited about the arrival... Do remember to send me a picture of the work you do :)

      Cheers.

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  15. Heya,

    I am spray painting my garden plastic chair & shall decoupage the seat. I want to varnish it in the end to increase durability.

    Could you suggest a water based varnish that can be used on spray painted back & the decoupaged seat?

    Thanks,
    Chetna

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    1. Hi Chetna,

      Clear varnish is a good option. Though it is not water based it has been tried and tested on Decoupage. Water based varnishes are available, however not able to comment as I have not worked with them earlier.

      Good luck with your garden chair project. Would luuuv to have a sneak preview once you are done with it :)

      Cheers.

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    2. Does above recipe work as glue and gloss?

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    3. Hi Leena,

      Yeah much like glue and gloss, except that it will not give a good glossy finish. You may want to use a layer of clear varnish to protect. Try this only and only if you are not able to source Glue and Gloss (which is out of production now) or Modpodge.

      Do check out list of stores where you can get Modpodge.

      Cheers.

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  16. hi
    Your blog really interested me. I love creative work but am very lazy when it comes to actually doing them. I only gather ideas and use them to help my children in their project work. But I enjoy other peoples DIY work very much. So all the best for both of you.

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  17. Hi Somu
    Just came across this blog while I was searching for the (MODGE PODGE GLUE) availability in India. I live in Bangalore & would like to know if this glue is definitely available here as many a time one goes into a craft/hobby store asking for certain products or items & people working there give you a blank look. I have even taken printouts of the items & show it to them they first look at it shake their heads one does not know if they are saying yes or no. So if you are sure you got it from here plz do reply to this message

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    1. Hi, The original Mod Podge am not sure if it is available in B'lore. But you can find Modge Podge, an equivalent, in Bangalore. I have the list of Hobby Idea stores that sell the product. Just follow this link for the list of addresses. I have myself got it shipped from B'lore through my sister.

      You can also additionally check this site to get it online (I have not personally purchased from this site though).

      Hope this information helps. Happy decoupaging. Also, it would be nice to know your name. Hate to address someone as anonymous :)

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    2. Here is the link to buy it online. Somehow the link is not visible in my earlier comment

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  18. Hi Somu Thanks for the info will let you know if I find what I want & my name is Elaine Briggs

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  19. hi will this be a waterproof coat? and can u suggest me any good clear varnish?

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    1. Hi Ketaki, The original Mod Podge will be water resistant to a certain extent, but this home made concoction, I doubt it. You can use clear varnish from Asian Paints as a top coat to water protect it. And to reiterate, use this recipe only if you are not able to source Mod Podge

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  20. shall we use this hand made glue instead of mod podge in photo mod podging?

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  21. Hi, for all the Bangalore people, the Hobby Ideas store on 100 ft road, Indiranagar stocks Mod Podge made by a company called Heritage, imported from South Africa. I haven't tried it out yet. As of now, Staples on Hosur road is out of stock of Hobby Ideas Mod Podge.

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    1. Hi Niharika, Thanks for that input. We have used Mod'ge' Podge (Heritage) which we got from B'lore and it is quite good. Have not used the original Mod Podge and so not able to compare the quality between the two. Nonetheless, a very useful information you have provided :)

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  22. is that modpodge and gloss n glue r same??

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    1. Hi Rajeev, Yeah, both are glues for decoupapging... That said, Glue n gloss is not in production anymore.

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  23. Hi every one. I am a scrapbook artist from Bangalore. There is one shop in Bangalore called Itsy Bitsy, a complete art n craft store in which u will find mod podge n all the needs for decoupage. They even have a online store but I don't know if they ship to chennai. Its a awesome store for artists. If u guys r in Bangalore u must visit this store once. And thanks for the info guys.

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  24. Any alternative to Matte Medium for transferring a paper image on canvas?

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  25. Hi Somu ,

    I am a newbie into quilling ,and using Fevicol for it sometimes leaves streaks and also skin like residue .
    Do you suggest that I should use this mixture?
    I need matte finish for my quilled creations .
    Kindly suggest .
    Thanks Neha

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    1. Hi Neha, for your quilling projects, I would rather suggest that you use decoupage glue. This is a cheap concoction and may not provide the long lasting effect that you need for your projects. Use this mixture as a last resort.

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    2. in Facebook search for QUILLING GLAZE by S.S Quilling . I have used for the quilling items results is excellent .

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  26. Is water based varnish/lacquer available in india? If yes, anyone could tell me the product/brand name and where can i find it?

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  27. I am confused !!!! they r telling Mod Podge is inferior to acrylic sealant.........heres the link.........BTW sorry to dig a thread burried so long ago - however the topic is relevant
    http://thebluebottletree.com/what-is-the-difference-between-mod-podge-and-acrylic-medium/

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  28. Hi
    Anandha stationery has modpodge-Gloss,Satin and Matt but not dimensional. This shop is in chennai Adyar.
    Hope it helps. Your last search with Anandha was in 2012. So u can try now.

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  29. Hi I found mod podge in RS. Fancy, Adyar opposite to BSNL office. U can check it out. And can u tell me if mod podge can be used on foot wear.. I'm planning to redo one of my old favorite shoes so I just kinda confused if the glitter will stay..

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  30. thanks for the idea m gona try it too i hv ordered but i wana see if this one works too... thank u

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  31. Hi, I too found Mod Podge at RS fancy, Adyar, Chennai... but can i use it for tatted items l..done with cotton threads ? Plz let me know..

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  32. For gloss finish over the craft item or quilling item I have used quilling glaze supplied by S.S quilling supply . If needed search them in face book

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  34. Hi,

    Fantastic
    tow questions from my side:
    1. Is it water proof?
    2. Do you need to only stick things using mod podge and use layers of it on top or you need something else as well?

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