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Hey, Gators! Happy April. As promised, you’ll be able to find new projects here monthly. I’m super thrilled to be sharing this home decor project using Mod Podge Ultra with you.

As you know, I love all things handmade. I’ve filled my home with items I have handcrafted. These one of a kind items make great conversation starters.

Disclosure: Some supplies have been provided by Plaid, and I have received compensation for this post. Project idea and opinions are my own.

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I recently revamped my dining room by hanging a bold patterned wallpaper and painting my furniture in blues and greens. I thought it would be fun to add a new piece of wall art to my adjacent living room to compliment these changes and tie both rooms together. I think this modern rustic 3D wood wall art does just that.

Here’s what I used for this project. All of these supplies can be purchased at your local craft store.

  • FolkArt Gold Taklon Basecoating Flat Brush
  • FolkArt Artist Brush Variety Set
  • FolkArt Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic in 14k Gold
  • FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic in Classic Green, Pure Black, Teal and Blue Peacock (not pictured)
  • FolkArt Fine Tip Tops
  • 50 Unfinished Wood Circles ranging from 2.5 to 3.2 inches diameter 1″ x 17
  • 3/4″ Precut Pine Round (picked up at a big box hardware store)
  • Hanging Hardware

The real star of the show is Plaid Crafts’ Mod Podge Ultra. Yes, Mod Podge in spray form! It comes in both matte and gloss finishes; however, for this project I used the matte version. Both are wonderful choices for this DIY. It’s just a matter of preference! Since I was making a larger project, I went with the 8 fl oz bottle. This is such an incredible new product. Some of my favorite things about Mod Podge Ultra are it won’t leave brush strokes, it can be used on a multitude of surfaces and it’s great for projects that are indoors and out. For this project, I am using it as an adhesive and sealer in one. This stuff is super strong.

First, I painted the top and sides of the pine round in Pure Black using my basecoating brush. I must tell you, I truly love this brush. I wish I had it when I was doing my recent furniture makeovers. The coverage is incredible.

Next, I began painting circular designs on the wood rounds in my chosen color palette using brushes from my Artist Variety Set.

These blues and greens work perfectly for my place. I encourage you to have fun with it and choose colors that speak to you. Whatever color you can imagine, Plaid has you covered.

Circles aren’t the only shape you could paint. Be sure to check out my other design at the bottom of this post. Also, don’t worry about being too perfect. This is something I struggle with at times, but I have to remind myself that what I love most about handmade items are the imperfections that make them unique.

I added touches of gold using the Fine Tip Tops. These tip tops fit on any 2oz squeeze bottle of FolkArt acrylic paint. I think the gold is such a great touch to this project.

Once all my smaller wood circular pieces were painted and dry, I adhered them to my large wood round using matte Mod Podge Ultra. Be sure to give the bottle a good shake before use. It’s always a good idea to prime the nozzle by giving it a few tests sprays before you begin. I generously sprayed a few thin coats over the entire top surface of my wood round and began placing my painted wood circles. I also sprayed the backs of each round with an ample amount of Mod Podge Ultra. I used almost the entire bottle for this project. Don’t panic if you need to move a few pieces around as Mod Podge Ultra allows for adjustments before setting.

I had quite a few painted wood circles left after arranging them, so I decided to create a more dramatic 3D effect by adding a second layer in various spots. To do this, I applied another generous coat of Mod Podge Ultra in the same manner as the previous coat. Finally, I gave the entire project a top coat to seal and protect my work, and let it dry over night. You’ll want to be sure to give the nozzle of your bottle a quick clean after each use to prevent clogging.

I absolutely love how this piece turned out.

It works so well in the room and is a perfect addition to my gallery wall.

Here is a another version of this project I created using a different paint design and Plaid’s 12″ x 12″ Wood Surfaces Square Panel.

There are so many options with this project and when using Mod Podge Ultra. Happy crafting!

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