Mod Podge

Remove ModPodge

Dear Fellow Crafters,

The following is an article from the creator of ModPodge.


May 30, 2019 by Amy Whether you’re refinishing a furniture piece or cleaning up a spill, learn how to remove Mod Podge from surfaces including wood, fabric, and more!

It’s happened to the best of us. One minute you’re living your best life in your craft room, and the next minute you have Mod Podge on your favorite pair of yoga pants. Oopsie.

That’s not the only reason you might want to remove Mod Podge, though. Maybe you went to the Goodwill recently and found a lovely furniture piece you want to re-do. The only problem is the thick layer of 70s-style scrapbook paper on top with a substantial helping of Mod Podge.

In both of these scenarios, you need to remove Mod Podge.

How to Use Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium

No matter what the situation, I’m here to help! I want to go through the various ways to remove Mod Podge below; they are organized by problem area.

How to Remove Mod Podge
Scroll down to the appropriate surface below to learn how to remove Mod Podge from it. I find that all Mod Podge formulas remove the same way; I would use the methods below regardless of whether I used Gloss or Dishwasher Safe.

how to remove mod podge from glass
From Glass or Ceramic
If you catch yourself with a Mod Podge spill on glass or ceramic when it’s still wet, you can simply wipe it off with a wet rag. Rinse out the rag to make sure it doesn’t dry, causing you further problems!

To be honest, I just use my finger to remove a little Mod Podge and/or acrylic paint from any ultra smooth surface (like glass or ceramic) while it’s still wet. Then I just rinse my finger off in the sink. No big deal.

If the Mod Podge happens to be dry, you can remove it from glass with a razor blade or scraper. If you find it’s difficult to remove, spritz with some water and let it get a little soggy.

If there’s paper involved, you’ll definitely want to spritz with some water and remove as much of the paper as you can. You might need to add more water to re-activate the Mod Podge and loosen it up. Warmer water is better.

Once you remove the Mod Podge, you can spray the glass as normal to clean (with a glass cleaner). Mod Podge won’t remove the finish/coating from glass.

How to remove mod podge from wood

Mod Podge bonds pretty solidly to wood, but there are ways to remove it, if you really try. If the surface of the wood is painted, you have to know that there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to lose the paint job. You might have to sand the surface and start over. But that’s better than throwing a surface in the garbag

Start by removing as much of the paper and fabric off of the surface as possible. If you can’t remove anything, that’s fine too. Move onto the next step.

Use a spray bottle to apply warm water to the Mod Podged area, and then put a damp washcloth over the top. The washcloth should be made pretty damp with warm water. Leave for several minutes – about 30 to 60.

Pick the washcloth off of the surface and remove as much paper or material as you can. If only a portion of the paper comes off, repeat the water process again. You should be able to scrape off the rest of the Mod Podge.

IF that doesn’t work – maybe it’s a piece of furniture with several layers – you can use wallpaper paste remover or paint stripper. In that case, you are definitely going to lose the paint or stain on the surface. That’s really your only option in some cases; Mod Podge is pretty strong!
How to remove mod podge from canvas
From Canvas
I’m almost embarrassed to say how many times I’ve removed Mod Podge from canvas. It’s all due to slip ups, though you might want to use this method just to change things up

All you need to do is heat up some water as hot as you can get it, and use a sponge to apply it to the fabric or paper on the canvas. Leave it to sit for several minutes as it reactivates the Mod Podge.

Peel off as much of the fabric or paper as you can, and then apply more water as needed. You want the Mod Podge to be somewhat milky in color, then you can scrape it away.

If you can’t remove all of the adhesive, you can lightly sand it down – just be careful not to sand through canvas. You can get it pretty close to perfect! After that you can paint the canvas or decoupage over the area against

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From a Wall
Removing Mod Podge from a wall is going to be very similar to removing wallpaper, according to many of my readers. The recommendation is to use wallpaper remover spray along with a scraper.

It’s going to take a bit of work to remove the Mod Podge, and you might have to do some patching/painting/sanding. But it can be done. It’s something I always advise readers on when they ask me about Mod Podging a wall. You just have to be okay with the work if you ever have to remove it.

How to remove mod podge from fabric

There are two scenarios in which you need to remove Mod Podge from fabric: when it’s wet and then after it’s dry. The #1 thing to remember is if you find Mod Podge on your clothes, don’t throw them in the dryer.

If you missed a spot and threw your clothes into the dryer, I’ll share with you how to remove Mod Podge anyway . . . but really, try to avoid the dryer with any Mod Podge spills.

When Wet
Sometimes you drop Mod Podge on your clothing and catch it right away, when it’s still wet. For those instances, I keep a gentle Brush Cleaner on hand.
I remove the excess Mod Podge from the fabric right away, and then add water and a little brush cleaner to the area. Then I scrub. I leave the area wet until I can wash it. Wash normally – regular cycle, regular detergent. Check to make sure the area is Mod Podge free before throwing the item in the dryer.

In lieu of brush cleaner, which I know not a lot of people have, you can use dishwashing liquid or mild hand soap. This especially comes in handy when you aren’t at home and you can’t push your clothes in the wash right away!

Soaking a piece of fabric stained with Mod Podge in hot wate
When Dry
If the Mod Podged dried on the fabric, you’ve got a few options. They’re all going to involve a little elbow grease. Here are the three things I’d try.

First, you can try soaking the fabric/clothing in really hot water. Let the Mod Podge soften, and then scrape as much off as you can with a butter knife. Add a little liquid soap and scrub with a brush to remove as much as possible.
Option two involves petroleum jelly, also known as Vaseline. To use this method, scrape off any excess Mod Podge that you can. Work the Vaseline into the stain, and then remove that with dishwashing liquid. Use hot water to rinse, and repeat if necessary.

Your third course of action is to use hand sanitizer (which actually works on paint, too!). The ethanol in the hand sanitizer is a solvent, and dissolves the Mod Podge. You’re going to have to scrub a okkFrom Dried Paint Brushes
The preference is to keep your paint brushes in water, especially if you can’t wash them right away. But we’ve all slipped up and left our brushes out a little too long, right? Some of us may have even let them dry on the craft table accidentally :0

In those cases, soak the brushes in hot water and soap for several minutes to loosen the Podge. Remove as much as you can and try again.

If it’s not working, try paint thinner. And if that doesn’t work, you might have to trash your brush :/

I’m not as inclined to work too hard to remove Mod Podge from foam brushes (if it’s dried), to be honest. It’s hard to do it, even with soaking. But I mostly use soft-bristled brushes, since they work better for me with Mod Podge and I don’t like throwing things away.

DIY Fabric Covered Sneaker
From Shoes
Removing Mod Podging from shoes is a tricky one – and in no way guaranteed to work. Ripping fabric from shoes might damage or tear the shoes in some way. If you choose to Mod Podge shoes, you may also be choosing to alter them permanently

If you want to give it a try, my favorite method for removing Mod Podge from shoes is to use steam. If you have a steamer, or an easy way to steam clothing, that’s going to help. It will help loosen the Mod Podge so you can separate paper or fabric from fabric.

Another option, and less preferred, is to soak the shoes in warm water. This will loosen the Mod Podge, enabling either paper or fabric to be removed (if it’s possible).


4th of July


American Flag and Eagle


Dear Fellow Crafters,

On this 4th of July, we pause and remember all the brave Americans who fought and died to make our country free. The following is an excerpt from “George Washington’s Secret Six”:

“This book recounts the methods, the bravery, the cunning, the near misses, and the incredible successes of the Culper Ring, which helped to save our nation and shape our future. Most of all, this is a story about ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things, people whose fears and hopes and lives were not much different from our own, and how they changed the course of history. Their humility stopped them from seeking fame or fortune because their love of country sparked their exploits. …This book is written to honor them and the groundwork they laid for our future of freedom.”

Happy 4th of July!

‘Til next time,


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Summer Clean your business/hobby

Dear Fellow Crafters,

We all are familiar with spring cleaning right? Heavy drapes are replaced with light-weight curtains and flowers (real  and fabric) bloom all over our homes. So it’s true in our hobby and business too.

In summer cleaning we need to consider two distinct areas: your supplies and your space. Supplies not often used degrade in quality over time.

  • Eliminate any materials that are old or to poor of a quality to use for providing your best pieces. If you can’t bear to throw out a beautiful color of dried up clay, put it in a special place for more consideration.
  • How are your tools holding up? Do your scissors or sewing machine needles need sharpening or replacing? Start a “to do list” or put it on the calendar to follow up.
  • Do you need to replace any items?This can be a costly endeavor so plan on doing so in increments, if possible. For instance, several of my dye inks are extremely dry and no amount of refreshing is helping. I put a list together of which colors I needed and determined to look for sales.
  • Do you have any samples of products you no longer make? Either take new pictures or use the samples as sale. Items.
  • I have an on-going obsession -I tend to leave no space empty. In essence I live in a cluttered hobby room. If this is your problem too, try spending some time thinking about your space. Can you rearrange  your area? Do you need .more shelving?
  • Is your space filled with someday projects? You know the ones – the clay pot or new dress or scarf you want to make but seldom have t time. Commit to one project at a time and free some space.
  • Freshen up your work environment. If you like a particular theme try adding a pillow or new curtains or wall decoration.


Adventures in Card-Making

Should you have a blog or a website?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

This article from Carrie Cousin’s Blog for WordPress is very interesting. I have had 2 websites and write 2 blogs in my business. Both platforms require a great deal of work. Often, without any input from readers, the author sends their posts to the ” Great Unknown”  and never knows who will read or take action about their posts. Luckily, I have very responsive readers!

If, after reading this article, you wish to comment or contact me please do so. I welcome all your views.


Carrie Cousins / April 16, 2019

Blogging, Marketing, Website Traffic

When you’re deliberating between the benefits of a blog vs. website, consider the type of content that will most effectively support your goals.

Remember, a blog can be a website, and a website can contain a blog. One of the most compelling reasons to use both in tandem is to optimize your content marketing strategy. This is a marketing practice based on creating and sharing relevant materials like tutorials, social media posts, and other valuable resources.

According to The Content Marketing Institute, 91 percent of B2B marketers are using content to promote themselves. A blog is one of the best platforms to deliver valuable information to your target audience.

You too can create a content strategy that brings your blog and website together to promote everything that your brand has to offer.

Content should be consistent
From “Product” pages to your “Contact Us” section, every piece of content on your website should be relevant to your other sections, as well as your brand’s overall mission. The debate isn’t between a blog vs. website, but how to create the most effective blog that aligns with your website.

Too many websites include valuable information that ends up lost or forgotten. This might include “About Us” pages. These sections tell the stories of each business and how they came to be.

Your “About Us” section has the potential to be the most visited area of your site. By getting a little creative, you can feature a more cohesive website that ties this information into the rest of your content.

For example, you might elaborate on the history presented in your “About Us” page through a blog post that links back to it, establishing a consistent storyline throughout your site.

This increases the impact that content can have on your brand, and helps drive visitors to the pages that are the most important. It works because there are multiple avenues to access the same content, products, or services.

You can do this for several other areas of your site as well. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your portfolio, testimonials, or FAQ section.

Blog with purpose
Adding a blog to your website shouldn’t change your brand’s voice and feel. The two should be complementary. To create harmony between the various aspects of your website — be it your portfolio, blog posts, or product pages — keep these three factors in mind:

Use the same voice and language throughout.
Use similar imagery or photo filters for a more cohesive aesthetic.
Look for opportunities to use your blog to highlight or expand on content from other parts of your website.
Create a content strategy
Your content strategy should focus on a single goal: creating excellent user experiences. Approach your content strategy from your target audience’s perspective. What types of pages and information do they look for?

If you sell products, begin with product pages. Address what’s important, special, or different about your products or services. This might result in material for a blog post that links back to your product pages. Conversely, product pages can link to blog posts, FAQs, or help pages as well.

You can also work supplementary posts like news items, announcements, or press releases into your blog. If you’re comfortable, take this a step further by embedding videos that cover how-to processes, or novel ways to take advantage of your products or services.

Just remember, a good strategy provides the information that a visitor needs in regard to your business, and ties it together with content across your pages, social media platforms, and marketing channels.

Pulling it all together
When you create a cohesive content strategy for your website, you’ll see results in time. Pay attention to your website analytics and look for increased engagement, social sharing, and higher conversation rates.