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.

Use ordinary white glue to make a decoupage varnish.

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.

references