Are you a fan of Mod Podge? (Who isn’t?) I love crafting with it. Normally, I use it to decoupage things to dress them up, but today I’m going to show you how to make a paper ring and actually construct a piece of jewelry using Mod Podge and paper! You can make this Mod Podge Ring with just a few basic supplies!
- Hard Coat Mod Podge
- Paper – I used book pages from a book with a broken binding, but scrapbook paper would work equally well!
- Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
- Alcohol ink(s) to dye and color (optional) – this is a nice touch if you are using book pages or white paper
First, cut out a shape for your ring that you like. You can make adjustments and “try it on” while you find a shape, size, and style that suits you best. You will want the bottom and sides to be about 1/8 inch thick. The top can be anything you like! Once you’ve settled on your shape and style – cut lots of them! Book pages are thin; I actually just folded a page into eights, traced the shape onto the outer fold, and cut 8 at a time. I used 5 pages – making this ring 40 layers. If you are using scrapbook paper you will likely need about 20-30 layers, and one 12×12 sheet should be sufficient!
Next, you will stick all the layers together with Mod Podge. This is actually very much like paper mache – you are cementing layers of paper to create a durable medium. The hard coat formula makes the finished product even tougher. Just brush on a thin coat, add another layer, and add another coat. Repeat until you’ve gotten the thickness you like. Line up the layers as well as you can , but don’t worry about perfection. We will be sanding any rough edges at the end, but that step will go more quickly if they are already pretty well lined up – especially the center hole. Allow your ring to dry overnight.
The next day, sand the rough edges. This is where the Sand It Gadget makes it easy; you have a good surface to grip while you sand something small. Be sure to even up the inside hole – that should be as smooth as possible since it will be next to your skin. This is also your opportunity to increase your hole size, if necessary. If you’re happy with your ring, you can quit here! Just give it one more good coat of Mod Podge and allow it to dry for a few hours.
I still wanted to add some color to mine. I dabbed my brush in Mod Podge, and added a drop of alcohol ink to the tip of the brush (this color is called Willow). They don’t blend well, and that’s the look I was going for: something uneven, with varying intensity. The Mod Podge is a sealant and keeps the ink from soaking in too heavily, but I wanted some ink to penetrate before all the Mod Podge was applied to give it a more distressed appearance. If you prefer a more uniform look, then coat your ring with Mod Podge after sanding it and allow it to dry. Then, brush a bit of ink on evenly, and coat it with a last coat of Mod Podge to seal it. It will need a couple more hours to dry after this final coat of sealant.
Now, you know how to make a paper ring have a durable and totally unique piece that you created by hand – out of something as simple as paper! These are easy and fun to make up, and because they utilize very basic craft supplies, they make a great beginner craft project. Have you created anything out of basic craft supplies? tell me about one of your favorite basic projects in the comments below!
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).