How to Decoupage With Mod Podge (without bubbles and wrinkles!!)

I finally learned how to decoupage paper using Mod Podge WITHOUT the paper bubbling and wrinkling. This is the process I use to get a perfectly smooth finish. For more decorating and diy projects and tips, visit, or visit the Addicted 2 Decorating blog at http
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18 Comments/Reviews

  • kundalinipsych says:

    Thanks so much for the tips!

    One thing: do you never overlap your paper? Or if you do, how do you handle that now?

    Thanks again! :)

  • pinkchanklas says:

    So for a counter top would you Modgepodge your design and then seal it with only the polyurethane? Is this ok? … Thanks for the recommendation of water-resistant sealer. I’m totally new to the process and would not have thought of this! I want to decoupage my counter tops and dinning table so i would imagine to hold up to all the cleaning and wiping of messes they would need to be water resistant, haha. Thx.

  • 2hopskipjump2 says:

    thanks for the tips, I’m new to MP and have been concern about the wrinkling too;)

    I was thinking maybe if you apply the mod podge on the back of the paper, and not on the wood surface, position them where you want, and then place something flat and heavy on top of the whole thing (maybe a piece of mdf with some books or paint tins). After its dry, apply MP to finish. This might also work..though the excess MP might seep out and stick to the mdf..hmmm, I’ll have to think about this one…;)

  • yankees1799 says:

    This was so helpful thank you!

  • kittysoxx1 says:

    thanks! im glad i saw this video :)
    but the thing is, i bought a thin roller instead of a paint brush is that ok?

  • hcsb4eva says:

    i think people are more worried about wrinkling the paper while decoupaging magazines and thin papers like that

  • coveyrise90 says:

    I get alot of streaks when I put the Mod Podge on as the top coat! Does using the Purdy brush help with that or do you have any advise for that? The Mod Podge is so thick and it does not spread very nicely! Can it be watered down at all?

  • NottyGurlStyle says:

    will this work using gift wrapping paper? I’m planning on doing this to my side table I just painted

  • Alma conway says:

    does this technique work with fabric?!

  • cydneydallas says:

    About how long do you have to let it dry?

  • Addicted2Decorating says:

    I used scrapbook paper cut into smaller rectangles.

  • Addicted2Decorating says:

    I’ve had good experiences with most fabrics. I’ve used cotton and even polyester. As long as the fabric isn’t some kind of weather proof, water proof fabric, you should be fine.

  • directedbyhp says:

    You did a great job, thank you!

  • Grace Molina says:

    I’ve never decoupaged before & was thinking about using cotton fabric. Any tips or advice on what type of fabric that works best?

  • lauracida says:

    Depends on the thickness of the paper, although it wouldn’t make that much of a difference. But cheap comic books have the consistence of bad newspaper. Just so you get an idea of how many layers to do, whether the colour of the bag will show through, etc.

  • GaminGawdess says:

    Thank you for this great tip!!!!! I have my first decoupage project and am gathering all the best tips I can get.

  • xxCaptainBubbelsxx says:

    I’m going to decoupage a bag. I’ve saw it done on shoes with comic books and wanted to do the same with a bag. I dont want to buy comic books if I don’t need to, do u think if I printed pages it would have the same effect?

  • potion52 says:

    I have better luck using thinner paper than you are using.

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