Mod Podge® Matte | Ultimate Guide


Mod Podge® Matte | Ultimate Guide

What is Mod Podge used for you asked? Today we are reviewing one of our favorite craft products. Mod Podge Matte. Mod Podge is a staple in every craft room.

Mod Podge is a glue and finish used in crafting and decoupage projects. Mod Podge is non-toxic and waterbased so it cleans up easily with soap and water. Use for crafts, scrapbooking, jewelry making, decoupage, cardmaking and more.

Mod Podge has uses in most craft categories. Their formula hasn't really changed over the years because they got it perfectly right from the start. Crafters & artisans have been reaching for Mod Podge since it's introduction back in 1967. We trust our most treasured crafty creations to Mod Podge. Mod Podge Matte is just that, a soft matte finish. 

A corner of our craft lab. Look at all of the beautiful things we made with Mod Podge Matte. The possibilities are endless.

We transferred a favorite design from a piece of paper onto canvas. This piece will be used in our Junk Journal.

When we spoke to Plaid, we asked them if this product was made from any animals. They replied back "Mod Podge products contain no Animal products and no by-products of animals. Mod Podge products contain no food products and no by-products of food."

Mod Podge® Matte Specifics

♥ Non-toxic formula

♥ Water based

♥ Non yellowing

♥ Starts out white/opaque and dries clear

♥ Easily cleans up with soap and water

♥ Use as a sealer by applying thin coats over projects

♥ For a textured finish apply a thick coat imitating brush strokes or stipple with a sponge

♥ Use as a glue

♥ Easily sanded to a smooth matte finish

Here we took an old frame and re-purposed it into a necklace display stand for a craft show. After the paint was dry we sealed with Mod Podge.

A work in progress of a clay bowl. We used Mod Podge to glue the gems into the clay once the clay was dry. 

Helpful Tips About Using Mod Podge® Matte

Test inks before applying to make sure they won't smear

Be sure surfaces are clean and dry before applying

Mod Podge Matte will hold up best on decorative items that don’t have to be washed often

Do NOT shake the jar as this will create bubbles

Wash brushes and applicators out with soap and water

Wait one hour between coats

Will dry very quickly and the final cure happens within about 2 to 3 weeks

Projects can be cleaned by lightly wiping with a dampened, lint-free rag

Refer to the chart below that we copied from their official website for the coverage area of Mod Podge so that you purchase the right amount for your project. There's nothing worse than running out of something in the middle.

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Some pendants we made. We used some scrapbook paper and other embellishments and sealed them into the pendant trays.

We used Mod Podge to glue inserts into this Junk Journal. We used a flat brush & really light layers and were able to glue in large spreads & sheets very quickly.

We will be sure to include some of the goodies we made in our giveaways for a lucky winner to enjoy. To be entered in our contests go to our homepage and click the become a member link.

This video describes even more finishes to choose from.

How do you like (or use) this product? Leave a comment and your store links below for the community. Share your creative ideas with us.



2 Responses


November 14, 2018

DIY Craft Club Says: Hi Mary! We asked Plaid directly about that and they replied back “Mod Podge products contain no Animal products and no by-products of animals. Mod Podge products contain no food products and no by-products of food.” Hope that helps!


November 13, 2018

Is ModPodge cruelty free i.e. not tested on animals nor use any animal by-products?

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