If you’ve ever seen cell phone cases that were jam packed with glitter, rhinestones, and charms, then you’ve seen decoden. Decoden originated from Japan, and it’s the art of over-decorating your phone with all things glittery, sparkly, and cute. This craze can also be seen on fingernails. When Mod Podge sent me a box filled with Halloween decoden materials… I knew that I had to make a Glow in the Dark Decoden Candy Jar.
Here are the basic materials you need for making your own decoden jar:
Mod Podge Collage Clay in Vanilla White, Mod Podge Mod Melts in Glitters, a glass jar with a lid, a couple of makeup sponges, Mod Podge 25130 Trinkets Mod Mold, Mod Podge Glow-in-the-Dark Glue, a high temperature glue gun, and a Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat.
Here is the high temperature glue gun that I usually love, but I don’t recommend for this project. Don’t get me wrong, it will work… it just made things a lot harder than it needed to be lol.
The diameter of the Mod Melts is your average glue stick size. However, the high temperature glue gun I normally use prefers a wider glue stick. Hence the weird gap you see in the pictures.
So after I fed one whole Mod Melt down the gun, I had to stick a thicker glue stick down to push it. Even though it still worked, I really don’t recommend using a SureBonder Glue Gun if you’re going to work with Mod Melts.
So here I am testing out the melted Mod Melts on my silicone mat. It’s great because I can just peel off the glue once it’s dried. How much do you love that silver glitter? I’m so in love!
Many of the online tutorials recommend that you start from the middle and let the melted mod melt ooze to the edges. Since I was worried that it wouldn’t fill all of the corners, I just started from the outside in.
After about ten minutes, the little trinkets just popped out. No tugging or prying necessary.
See the extra piece that was sticking out from the side? All I did was snip it off with a pair of scissors. The whole piece was slightly flexible so I didn’t have to worry about snapping it in half.
After popping out all of the pieces I made, I lined them on top of the lid so I could play with the placement. Looks good!
Here’s my Glow-In-The-Dark Mod Podge! I’ve worked with regular Mod Podge before so I was really excited to see how this glow in the dark version worked.
Make sure you stir the jar before each use. Here I am dipping my makeup sponge into the Mod Podge. You can use a sponge brush too! If you can, try to avoid using a traditional brush with bristles. From my previous Mod Podging experience, anything with bristles may result in a streaky finish. It’s also pretty unsightly to find little strands of brush hairs on your finished project :(
Gently tap your pieces with the sponge. Make sure to get inside every crevice. It took a total of 4 coats to get my desired glowing effect, but feel free to layer more or less. Just make sure you let each coat dry before adding the next one. Before every new coat I would take a few pieces into the bathroom to check the brightness. Even after applying 4 coats the tops weren’t sticky, so no need to spray a sealer unless you really want to.
I suggest using cling wrap to cover the glass jar. This way you can decorate with the lid on the jar, without worrying about cleaning up the glass.
Though the Collage Clay comes with 3 decorative tips, I decide to use the coupler that’s attached to the bag for this part of the decorating.
Using small circles I covered the lid, then the sides. The texture of the Collage Clay is like thick whipped cream. I was worried that it would drip, but there was no dripping action at all! It stayed fluffy and soft, but strong enough to grip to the lid.
Since I had so much Collage Clay left over I decide to tint it. I grabbed a sandwich bag and squeezed in 3-4 TBS of Collage Clay.
I had no idea that FolkArt made paints with glitter in it. You know I’m going to have to glitter-fy everything now that I know they make paint like this!
I squeezed about 1 TBS of paint into the bag and stirred. Then I closed the top and began to massage it. It was really easy to tint the collage clay and only took a minute.
After the color was evenly distributed, I grabbed a popsicle stick and scraped the product down to one corner. Who needs pastry bags when you have sandwich bags.
Now this is the part that I sort of messed up on. I should have stuck the tip into the bag before I started to add the collage clay and paint, but I didn’t. Soooooo I had to snip the corner off, insert the tip, then tape around it. I was worried that the clay would ooze out when I squeezed it, but it didn’t! Phew :)
Voila! It looks just like frosting! I did notice that the ridges of the “frosting” didn’t show as much as I would have liked. I’m pretty sure it’s because I used too much paint and diluted the Collage Clay down. If you want it to look more like frosting, make sure you add less paint when you tint it.
And here’s all of the trinkets placed onto the frosting! The frosting was so soft that I had no problem inserting in the charms.
I grabbed some glitters that I thought would match the look. If you don’t have glitter, you can also add rhinestones, sequins, Japanese food erasures, or even plastic cabochons.
I started to sprinkle the large silver glitters, then decided to add some fine purple glitter. The real art of decoden is to over-decorate, but in an appealing way. SO… it’s kind of hard to know when to stop lol. I really wanted to add way more bling but decided that I should stop while I was ahead.
Since I had left over purple collage clay, I decided to use the rest of it up in the Mod Mold. I thought that some of the designs needed a pop of white, so I screwed on the fine tip onto and added to a few of the designs.
The designs were easy to fill. I wasn’t sure if I should have leveled the backs, but I decided to leave them fluffy like real frosting.
With the fine tip still screwed on, I added some studs onto the rim of the lid. I was a little worried that they would dry very hard, and be difficult to unscrew. I decided to give it a go anyways. I’m so brave.
After 3 days of drying I popped these out. I really loved them but unfortunately they had tiny little holes throughout. I really think that it’s because I added too much paint when I tinted it :(. The rabbit looks kind of weird but the cupcake is still cute! The texture of the dried Collage Clay pieces were light and reminded me of styrofoam. The extra pieces around the rabbit was easily cut off with a pair of scissors.
Look at how cute the mushroom turned out! The undiluted white Collage Clay looked smooth so that definitely means that the extra purple paint made the purple part too runny. Hence the tiny little holes :( I fail so you don’t have to. Learn from my mistakes people!
This piece looked even more messed up because I didn’t let it fully dry. I think that an extra day or two would have made a big difference.
And here is the finished Glow in the Dark Decoden Candy Jar filled up with Hi-Chew and ready for displaying! The spikes on the side dried into a stiff styrofoam texture so opening and closing was definitely not painful at all. Although most of the lid was dried, I would still let it dry for another 2 days to be safe.
Here’s a closer view of the lid. I did add more tiny pink balls after I told myself I’d stop. Decoden is so addicting! You just want to keep adding more and more bling lol. Even at 3 days the glitters and trinkets all stayed on very well. Nothing flew off when I blew on it. This collage clay stuff is awesome!
Since this is a glow in the dark project, of course I had to show you a picture of it in action. Our guest bathroom is the only room that is light tight so that’s why the candy jar is on the sink. How cool is that glowing action? Man this Mod Podge stuff is amazing. This makes me want to add more coats and see how much brighter I can get it. If you’ve ever used Glow in the Dark mod Podge let me know what you made!
Want to make more stuff? Here are some awesome links to other projects using these Mod Podge materials:
DIY Faux Sugar Skulls with Collage Clay by Mod Podge / 3 DIY Decoden Cell Phone Cases with Mod Podge + Dollar Store Jewelry / Introducing Mod Podge Modeling Clay / Mod Melt Spider Webs / Plaid Decoden Pinterest Board
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Disclosure: This blog post was part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions and idea for this project are my own.