How to Make Varnish Glue

The craft of decoupage transforms ordinary objects such as a wooden clock face or a cardboard box into works of art. Decoupage involves attaching paper or fabric pieces onto the surface of an object. A layer of varnish glue then covers the surface of the object to give it a glossy appearance and to seal in the decorative papers. While there are varnish glues specifically sold for this purpose, creating your own can save you money.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass jar with tight fitting lid

  • 1½ cups white glue

  • ½ cup warm water

  • Wood craft stick

Step 1

Clean out a glass jar, removing any residue or dust that may be inside.

Step 2

Pour 1½ cups of white glue into the bottom of the jar.

Step 3

Add ½ cup of warm water to the jar on top of the glue.

Step 4

Use a wooden craft stick or similar item to mix the water and glue until thoroughly incorporated.

Step 5

Label the jar and seal its lid tightly on top.

Tip

Use a foam craft brush or paint brush to apply the varnish glue to any surface.

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