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April 2, 2014

It's still a mod, mod, mod, Mod-Podged world

Mod Podge — long used for decoupage crafts — has morphed in recent years. Now there's a glue-and-sealer product for virtually every surface, from fabric and wood to glass and metals.

Other decoupage brands exist, as well. And decoupage crafts? Projects run the gamut, including purses, high-heeled shoes, backpacks, scratched furniture, glass vases, dishware, canvases, planters — even bicycles.

Recognizable for its retro label, Mod Podge has been made by Plaid Enterprises Inc., of Norcross, Ga., for more than 40 years. During the product's infancy in the 1960s and '70s, it was popular to decoupage wood furniture, cigar boxes and serving trays with magazine clippings.

"They liked to do a lot of wood items," says Amy Anderson, who blogs fulltime for Plaid Enterprises at Mod Podge Rocks and has written a similarly titled book by Lark Crafts.

"Now it's a lot different because people will Mod Podge anything to anything — junk mail, fabric scraps."

Anderson has received queries from people wanting to decoupage snakeskin, kitchen appliances and car dashboards. (Her answers: Test the snakeskin on a small project. Decoupage only the fridge or washer/dryer front door — not the entire appliance. And please don't decoupage your car interior. Appliances and car interiors can heat up, melting the Mod Podge. "Your dashboard could get really sticky," warns Anderson.)

Plaid Enterprises now makes nearly two dozen varieties of Mod Podge, according to design director Jackie Wynia, from the original matte and gloss to three-dimensional, dishwasher-safe and glow-in-the-dark formulas. Plaid also manufacturers the Martha Stewart Crafts line of decoupage finishes and accessories.

Other decoupage brands include DecoArt Decoupage Glue and Aleene's Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage.

A perfectly useful decoupage medium also can be made at home, says Bethany Kohoutek, editor of Better Homes & Garden's Do It Yourself magazine. However, a homemade product, such as a mixture of white glue and water, may be less reliable and could yellow or decay over time. Kohoutek suggests using it only for kids' crafts that aren't meant to be saved.

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