Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mod Podge can make miracles happen!

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A Dictionary Lamp--just needs some trim!
A few years ago I got the "make over" bug and decided to re-do an old lampshade (that is a link to my DIY page, btw).  I used what I had on hand and you can see the result in the photo to the left. Yes, I did rip up an old dictionary! Do not hate me, because the book was already headed to the recycle bin. Those of you who know me will confirm that I never destroy a book that is still in good shape. I then decoupaged the pages from that torn up book onto the lamp using watered down craft glue. This recycled lampshade project turned out pretty good. 



While I was the The Glue Gun Slinger Contributor on the now defunct website, Squidoo, I  discovered that I could have used ModPodge (by Plaid) for the project instead of that diluted glue! Using a glue + water mixture was successful for me at the time, however. As it turns out, lots of people use a homemade version of ModPodge just as I did on my lampshade project. Tracy Boyer wrote and article, How to Decoupage and Make Your Own Sealant and shared a recipe for this economical adhesive mixture for those of us who don't want to guess at proportions.  The Tracy suggests 2 parts glue to 1 part water.

Sometimes using a name brand commercial product will produce consistently good looking results. I have to admit that my own decoupage medium did not look as good after it dried as some other projects that I have seen at craft fairs and such. 


If you need a lesson on ModPodge, I suggest you read an article  titled (not-so-suprisingly), What is Mod Podge? I never knew that there were so many different things one can make with this crafty stuff. BTW, if you have some shoes that need a new life, reading Make Mod Podge Shoes will inspire you to revamp your tootsies' wardrobe. See what I mean about "different" uses for ModPodge?

Now, I need to haul out the glue gun and put some trim on that dictionary themed lampshade. Who knows, I just might give it a fresh coat of ModPodge! Stay tuned for the results!

5 comments:

  1. I absolutely love decoupage and all of your Mod Podge suggestions! The lamp is beautiful and I am quite intrigued by the shoes! This truly goes way beyond our humble beginnings with cardboard boxes.

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  2. I like that you chose a 'dictionary' theme for your reading lampshade. Very pretty.

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  3. Just the term "Mod Podge" takes me back to my crafty days as a teen. Mod Podge is kind of like the duct tape of glue. What can't it do? I just bought some exterior rated Mod Podge for a DIY project. Wonder what they put in it to make it more weather resistant? Maybe I'll find my answer as I visit your Squidoo links. How I love versatile products and creative lensmasters.

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  4. Mod Podge takes me back to my grade school days in the 60s. Back then, we made our own paste. One of my favorite projects was to use colorful tissue paper to make "stained glass" pieces. This is a great collection of Mod Podge craft projects!

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  5. You have given us some great ideas. I'll have to try them when I'm in a crafty mood.

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