Do you decoden?  If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a craft from Japan that is the art of decorating with trinkets.  Basically, more is better!  I lived in Japan for three years, and fell in love with the culture and, especially, all things crafty.  I love the over the top nature of decoden, and I’m so excited to finally find decoden making products here in the USA, exclusively at Michael’s craft stores!  Mod Podge Collage Clays are perfect for decoden making.

The image above shows a sampling of some of the amazing decoden projects you can create.  Let your imagination run wild!  Plaid Crafts has a full line of all the supplies you’ll need to make your own decoden crafts.  Here’s an idea of the Plaid products you can find at your local Michael’s store:

  • Collage Clay – A light weight whipped clay
  • Mod Molds – resuable, durable silicon molds
  • Mod Melts – sticks that you melt in a high temp hot glue gun to use with the molds
  • Podgeable Glitters – specially designed to give you exactly the amount of glitter you need
  • Collage Drizzle Paint – perfect for extra drama and dimension to your designs

(Please note that while this product is very child-like, it is not recommended for children ages 12 and under, and the product is not edible.  Small parts are a choking hazard for children.  That said, my young daughter is obsessed with Mod Melts and has decorated her entire doll house with embellishments we made together.  Use at your own discretion.)

I’ve made several decoden projects already, and I’m excited to share my favorite project with you.  I embellished a blue mason jar to make an adorable storage container!  Here’s how I did it.

  • Collage Clay in pink and white
  • Mod Melts Mold:
  • Mod Melts Sticks
  • Drizzle Paint
  • Mason Jar
  • Wood Tag
  • Styrofoam
Step one:  Use the Mod Melts sticks and molds to make cabochons.  Simply heat the melt sticks in a high temp glue gun, and fill the mold.  To make 3-D embellishment, see this tutorial.
Step two:  Once the material has cooled, pop it out of the mold and embellish the cabochons with Drizzle Paint (detailed tutorial here).

Step three:  Cut a piece of styrofoam to fit on the mason jar lid, and hot glue it to the lid. This will provide a sturdy base for our decoden jar.

Step four:  This is where the magic happens.  The Collage Clay is dispensed just like icing, and it’s the perfect, light weight “cement” for holding all the embellishments together.  I screwed the tip onto the collage clay bag, squeezed gently, and added the clay to the styrofoam piece and the base of the mason jar lid.  I went in a circular motion, like icing a cupcake.  Drizzle the bottom with the “chocolate” paint.

Step five:  Add the embellishments to the collage clay.  I put the three dimensional cabochons standing on top, and added the others all around until the clay was full of colorful elements.  It’s like a party on a cupcake!

Let this dry for at least a day, then you can place the lid back on the jar.  The collage dry dries to a super light, airy finish, so the lid will not be heavy.  I finished my jar off by painting a wood tag with chalkboard paint and adding a Mod Melt deer.  I’m using my jar for storage (this will be so cute on my craft desk!), but this would also make an adorable gift container.  Imagine this filled with candy or other treats?  Kawaii!!

Are you ready to try out Collage Clay?  Plaid Crafts is giving away a TON of Mod Podge Decoden products in their latest giveaway.  Go HERE to enter.

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Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post, but all ideas and opinions are my own.



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