Here is a Mod Podge Craft Project that’s easy enough for kids to make, but also fun for adults. My 9 year old niece LOVES to do crafts, and she’s as addicted to Pinterest as I am! She had seen tons of Mason Jar crafts and projects using Mod Podge, but she had never used it.
Supplies Needed for Mod Podge Craft
- Jar – You can purchase a Mason Jar or use a pickle or mayonaise jar.
- Mod Podge – We used a glossy finish Mod Podge, but any finish is fine.
- Craft Paper Punches
- Tissue Paper
- Small Paintbrush
- Something to cover your work area so that clean up is easy.
Steps for making this Mod Podge Craft
- This isn’t a particularly messy craft, but start by covering your work area.
- When we started this project, I was going to have my niece tear pieces of the tissue paper for this project. However, my paper punches were on the table from a recent card making project, and a light bulb went off. AHA! We can cut the tissue paper into fun shapes. If you don’t have punches, of course you can tear the paper into shapes or trace and cut shapes. Since tissue paper is very thin, you will need patience and maybe a little luck to keep from tearing the tissue and getting it stuck in the punch, but here’s a tip. If you put a piece of cardstock under the tissue, it will punch easier. As a bonus, you will have colorful cardstock shapes that you can use for another project.
When punching tissue paper, you don’t want a design that’s too intricate. We used flower, butterfly, and small circle punches from Stampin’ Up. I suggest punching more than you think you’ll need. We had some that tore or wrinkled when we applied them.
3. Using a small paintbrush, cover a small area of the mason jar with Modge Podge. It’s much easier to put the Modge Podge on the jar first instead of on the tissue paper. It’s ok to see the Modge Podge on the glass around the shapes. Then apply the tissue paper shapes to the Modge Podge. You can overlap them or make a single layer. The smaller shapes are easier to attach without wrinkles or bubbles. I use a thin coat, which dries quickly.
4. After all of the shapes are on the jar, cover the whole jar, including clear areas, with Modge Podge. It will give your jar a nice frosty look.
We added a tea light to our jar, but since it came with a lid, we could also use it for candy or organizing craft supplies. This jar is smooth sided and came from Dollar Tree. You could reuse a pickle, mayonnaise, or baby food jar, making this an inexpensive Modge Podge project for a group.
Modge Podge comes in glossy and matte finishes. Choose whichever one you like. It’s a matter of preference. You can use other types of paper to cover the jar. Thinner papers work best. Printed scrapbook papers, decorative napkins, and wrapping papers are great choices. My niece and I can’t wait to add glitter and sequins to one of our decoupage jar projects!
I hope you will try a Mod Podge Craft soon! It’s really a lot of fun and pretty easy.
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