Edited: As some have missed the notation at the bottom of the post, I want to point out that at no time in this post am I stating that this alternative is equivalent to Mod Podge. Mod Podge is a great product and I highly recommend it; however, this is an excellent alternative option for craft projects. If you are working on a project that you hope to maintain over a long period of time or one that requires special care, you should absolutely be using proper archival resources. To avoid confusion for future readers, I’ve also swapped out ‘Mod Podge’ in some places in exchange for ‘Deco Podge Adhesive’ to avoid confusion with the actual product name. Thanks!
There probably isn’t a crafter/DIY’er alive that doesn’t use the famous Mod Podge for one thing or another. It ranks right up there with scissors, tape, nails, and the almighty hammer.
You also know how expensive it is. The 16 oz jar tends to run anywhere from $8-$10. Granted it lasts a while, but I can’t bring myself to spend $10 for the high end magic glue, especially when I only use it for inexpensive craft projects.
So I made my own knockoff for $2. You could probably make it even cheaper if you stock up on the essential ingredient during back to school sales.
Here’s what you need…
- White School Glue (I used the 4 oz size)
- Jar or other container (heck, you can use that pasta sauce/salsa jar you just emptied for free)
If you want to get fancy:
- Spray Paint
- Colored/Scrapbooking Paper
I don’t think I need to share with you again my hatred of brass and all things ‘gold’. So it should come as no surprise that I ORB’d that lid faster than it takes you to say “Let’s get our groove ORB on!”
So much better already.
Next up, pour the glue into the jar.
Get every last bit of it in there.
Make sure you choose a jar that will fit the glue and water. To be honest, I lucked out that it fit so perfectly.
Now get your groove on and Shake, Shake, Shake.
You can stop now and celebrate your crafty genius…OR…
Get fancy and create a fun label. I used a piece of leftover scrapbooking paper and cut out the size of a small circle.
Then I cut another little oval piece for the label.
I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue to adhere the paper to the jar.
Project Cost Breakdown:
White School Glue 4 oz.(Michael’s) = $2
Jar (already owned) = $0
Spray Paint/Paper/Tacky Glue (already owned) = $0
Total Project Cost: $2
*This recipe is my homemade knock off version which is an excellent resource for crafters. However, for projects requiring archival preservation and sealant, be sure to properly research the best adhesive for your project as this may not be the best choice.
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