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Mod Podge Collage Clay Bird House Tutorial

by Amy Bowerman

Hi there creative friends!  Today I’m sharing a tutorial on how to use a fabulous new product… Mod Podge Collage Clay!  Collage clay is a feather light whipped clay perfect for Decoden, assemblage, 3D collage and stenciling.  It’s super fun and easy to use on all your creative endeavors.  Lets have a look at all the fun things YOU can create with Mod Podge Collage Clay and other new Mod Podge products.

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

What is Decoden you ask?  Decoden is the art of decorating anything with trinkets, and “the more the merrier” is the name of the game in designing an over the top look in this 3D collage technique. Use Collage Clay with Mod Melts, trinkets, buttons, rhinestones, and anything else you can think of!

I was a bit apprehensive about trying Decoden for the first time but let me tell you it is fun, Fun, FUN!  Mod Podge Collage clay is so easy to use and dispense plus you can create your own custom trinkets and embellishments using Mod Melts and Mod Molds.  Once was all it took for me to fall in love with Decoden and Mod Podge Collage Clay!  I chose to “Decoden” a bird house for my project and can’t wait to decorate other surfaces using Mod Podge collage clay.

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

You can find Mod Podge Collage Clay and more Mod Podge products at Michael’s.  Visit the links below to check out all of latest and greatest Mod Podge products for Decoden creations available at your local Michael’s store!

You can find more info on all the latest Mod Podge products for Decoden by visiting Plaid Online HERE.  You’ll also find a list of FAQ’s to help you with your Collage Clay Decoden projects HERE.

If you’d like to see Mod Podge Collage Clay in action check out this fun video Tutorial.

How to Decoden a Bird House with Mod Podge Collage Clay


 *PLEASE NOTE* Collage Clay is not recommended for children ages 12 and under, and the product is not edible. Small parts are a choking hazard for children

STEP 1:  Give a wooden bird house (available at Michael’s Dollar Section) a coat of paint.  Add interest by covering the sides with Mod Podge and patterned tissue paper.  *You could also use patterned scrapbook paper.

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STEP 2:  Your Collage Clay package comes with 3 ready to use tips.  Simply screw off the cap and replace it with your tip of choice.  *I used the “Star” tip.

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

Outline the perimeter of your bird house roof using the star tip and fill in the center with collage clay.

*Collage Clay looks just like frosting but because of its light, whipped consistency is far easier to use.  Adding collage clay to my bird house was sooooo easy!  No muss, NO Fuss!

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

 STEP 3:    Once you have filled in the surface areas with Collage Clay you are ready to add embellishments!  Dig deep into your stash of “treasures and trinkets” and add buttons, beads, rhinestones or whatever you like!

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

Not to mention you can create your very own custom embellishments using Mod Melts and Mod Molds.

Creating Custom Embellishments with Mod Melts and Molds


It’s so easy to create your own custom embellishments with Mod Melts and Mod Molds.  All you need is a high temp mini glue gun and you are set to create!  Mod Melts are long silicone sticks available in White, Assorted Colors, Metallic and even Glitter!  Use Mod Melts with Mod Molds available in a variety of shapes and styles!

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

Fill Mod Molds with Mod Melt color of choice.  Allow 10 min to cool and pop embellishments out of the mold.  You can easily trim away any excess silicone from your embellishments with scissors or a craft knife.

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

Mod Melt embellishments can be decorated with a variety of  inks, paints, and glitter!  Make your embellishments unique to you by trying out different mediums.  Above I used Metallic Paints from Plaid and rhinestones to decorate some Mod Melt Pansies.

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

My favorite method of decorating Mod Melt embellishments was by far Martha Stewart Glitter paint.  The somewhat translucent texture of the paint creates a look similar to that of a vintage cameo don’t you think?  Add rhinestones to your flower centers for extra sparkle!

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

I truly enjoyed working with Mod Podge Collage Clay and Mod Melts and Molds to create my own embellishments. Decoden is such a fun and whimsical art form!

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

Decoden is a great summer project for kids over 12 too!  Set the girls up for a sleep over party and let them Decoden iPhone cases, trinket boxes, birdhouses or whatever else you can think of!  They will love making and decorating their own embellishments using Mod Melts and Molds too.

Mod Podge Collage Clay Birdhouse Tutorial | #PlaidCrafts #ModPodge

For more Collage Clay design ideas and inspiration like these fun projects visit Plaid Online HERE.


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You can find more project ideas, tips and more from Plaid by following the links below…

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*Disclosure:  This post was written as part of a paid campaign for Plaid Crafts.  All opinions are my own.  

See what everyone else is creating with Mod Podge Collage Clay by checking out the link list below! 

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2 Anita Houston June 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm

This is the icing on the creative cake, or birdhouse! Love it, so unusual and fun and especially eye catching! I seriously want to eat it! Love that you made your own mold pieces too….so clever! Miss ya!
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3 Anne Rx June 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm

This looks like such a fun project Amy, just icing a cake (but as you say, easier!). but with a longer lasting result. Love your beautiful birdhouse! Anne xx
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4 Donna June 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Very cool! How fun to decorate with!
Christmas projects would be really fun with this product!
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5 Oxana June 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

the house looks like a pastry ^.^ super cute !
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6 Anonymous June 30, 2014 at 10:05 am

How fun is this? Really cool project, Amy. But didn’t it make you want to lick your fingers???



7 Deanna June 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

Hi Amy! Super cute – love how your birdhouse turned out!


8 Tracy Evans June 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

This reminds me if a cake Amy, looks good enough to eat lol. Love the over the top look as you call it. Product sounds fab and I love your piece. Tracy x


9 stamping sue June 30, 2014 at 9:14 am

Amy, very creative bird house. these products look interesting.
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