5 DIY Glue, Mod Podge & Fabric Stiffener Recipes (Save TONS of Money!)


Homemade Fabric Stiffener Recipe

If you are not familiar with fabric stiffener, it is a product that makes the fabric you are working with stiffer and more rigid, allowing the fabric to literally be molded. For example, you can use the recipe below to make a fabric stiffener to be used to make a fabric bowl. Just rub the glue on the fabric and place the fabric in a bowl to dry for about 24 hours.

Fabric Stiffener Ingredients:

Fabric Stiffener Directions:

  • Measure 1/2 cup of white glue and another 1/2 of water and pour them into a bowl.
  • Stir the glue and water together until it is blended and has the consistency of milk.

Homemade Non-Permanent Fabric Stiffener

Unlike the recipe above, the recipe below is for a non-permanent fabric stiffener, which means it can be washed out and reapplied if need be.


    • Laurie A says

      There is a basic chemical reaction that occurs when separating milk into curds and whey. The curd part of the separated milk (solids from liquids) occurs when vinegar is added. The natural remainder is milk protein or “casein”. Casein is a natural glue. By adding baking soda to the casein, you’re making the milk solids go from acidic (vinegar added) to neutral. Many natural glues do well in most conditions but high humidity can promote mold if the applied glue isn’t quickly forced to dry. (drying in low temp oven, etc.)

    • Donna says

      It says the mixture will have the consistency of milk, another words, the glue and water mixed together will be the same thickness as milk, no milk is used.

  1. Rhonda K Underwood says

    Stir the glue and water together until it is blended and has the consistency of milk.

    “Consistency of milk”

  2. Linda Sharp says

    Hello: i wa wondering about the reciepe for the Mod Podge fabric stiffener would it be possible to use an other oil that is not olive oil?.Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you Linda.

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