What’s the big deal about Mod Podge?

I have seen a lot of hubbub about Mod Podge.  Isn’t there a whole blog about crafts associated with what you can do with Mod Podge?  Oh yes, it’s http://modpodgerocksblog.com.  There are some really fantastic ideas on this site including Mod Podge-ing an entire filing cabinet.  I didn’t want to get that ambitious today so I thought I would try something on a much smaller scale.

I have been collecting glass jars for a while.  Jars from jam, pasta sauce, candles, etc. and have wanted to find a way to up cycle these.  Lucky for me, I had some Mod Podge on hand,  scrap fabric and a small candle jar to try my experiment.

Here is what you will want to have on hand for this adventure:

  • A glass jar of any kind
  • Enough scrap fabric to cover the jar and lid
  • Complimentary ribbon
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush

If you haven’t worked with Mod Podge before, here is what I have learned:

  • It’s messy
  • Be sure to protect your work surface with newspaper
  • When the Mod Podge dries on your hands and you rub it off, it seems to have the same consistency as boogers (gross)  🙂

From here on out, I will refer to Mod Podge as “the Podge”

Here is my before snapshot of my little jar and the Podge:


Take your scrap fabric and wrap it around your glass jar, leave about a 1/2″ overlap.  This will allow you to fold under the fabric for a clean edge:


Cut your fabric to cover the circumference and height of the jar:


Using your foam brush, dip it in the  Podge and spread on the outside of the jar, give it a good coating:


Press your fabric onto the jar and smooth it out, with your edge folded under:


Again, take your foam brush and smear the fabric a good coating of the Podge – be sure to get a good coat under your folded edge to get a good seal:


Set it aside and let it dry – about 30 minutes…or more, depending on how much Podge you lathered onto your project.

For the lid:

This can get a little tricky.  Cut enough fabric so that it will cover the lid of your jar and enough to tuck under your lid.  Follow the same steps as above, give the lid a coat of thePodge, smooth out the fabric, tucking it where you need to, and then another coat of the Podge:



Once it dries, take a small rotary cutter and cut along the edge of the lid:


Let it all dry and then do any necessary clean up.  Looking at my nails, it looks like I need to stop blogging and get a manicure.

I added a ribbon to the top of the jar and a bow and voila…a pretty little fabric covered jar.  I am not quite sure what I will use it for, any thoughts?

I think I now understand what all the hubbub is about…the Podge is definitely fun (albeit messy) to work with!

Might be nice to use as a gift box!

Might be nice to use as a gift box!


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