Speed Dry a Painted or Decoupage Project

By Noreen Doll.

When I craft I have a hard time waiting for paint, glue or Mod Podge to dry.  So I figured out a way to speed dry my projects.

I have an old hair dryer that is too hot on one setting and too slow on the other setting for drying hair. But it’s perfect for drying my crafts quickly.

How to Speed Dry a Paint or Decoupage Craft Project - Crafty Journal

When I use the dryer on the high setting, I hold it about a foot away from my project and keep it moving over the whole area, and not letting it blow in one spot for long.

When the piece is mostly dry, I leave it alone for 15 or 20 minutes to finish drying before I add the next coat or continue with the next step.

This is a great tip for crafting with kids. They are usually impatient for their project to be done, and kids can help with the hair dryer if it’s used on a low setting and an adult is there to supervise.

© Noreen Doll

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  1. I love using Mod Podge–this is a great solution for impatient people like myself! I hope to see you back next week!

  2. Such a great tip for impatient crafters like me!

    Thanks for sharing. pinning!

  3. I have so done this!

  4. Thanks for sharing this tip – it will definitely come in handy next time I do a modge podge craft with my impatient 5 year old!


  5. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. You are not alone…I have to learn patience too! However, until then, thanks for the tip! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  7. Yup, you nailed me — an impatient crafter. I’m so glad to have both company and a great idea to speed a project along. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a great idea! It will come in handy next time I craft with my daughter!!

  9. Great idea! Nice when you have more steps to complete!
    Mrs. Lopez

  10. Great tip – totally pinning this!!


  11. Great idea, my grand daughter hates to wait :)

  12. Amy Perdew says:

    My goodness, I am impatient and pull out the hair dryer sometimes too. 😉

  13. Great idea! I remember those hair dryers from hotels or for travels. They never worked right lol.

  14. Great idea and good way to use those old hairdryers. Thanks for sharing at TTf this week.


  15. Thats a great idea I will do this!

  16. Thanks for sharing, Noreen. What? No milk bottle craft this week. :)

  17. clever!!! I’m featuring this in a Quick and Easy Ideas post today. http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/07/quick-and-easy-ideas.html Come on over and check it out… please tweet, share, post, or +1 the collage on the post to help spread the word of your feature :o) Also be sure to grab a featured button…. Emily @ nap-timecreations.com

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your creative tip.
    Have a great weekend and hope to see you again soon!


  19. I’m so impatient waiting for projects to dry, too. Great solution. Thanks.

  20. So resourceful. 😀 Thanks for sharing.

  21. Great tip!! I am getting ready to try modge podge for the first time…heard so much about it.

  22. Such a great idea! So glad you shared it.

    Hope you have a wonderful rest of you week :)


  23. You are so right … a perfect tip for crafting with the kiddos!

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  24. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Wow How clever, I wonder why I hadn’t thought about this before!!!! Using a Hair drier to speed dry is awesome!!!! I’m so gonna do it lol!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with me.

    Cami @ TitiCrafty

  26. We love any ideas that help make crafts easier with kids :) Thanks for sharing with us.

  27. This is a great tip! I only have a certain window of time to craft when my kiddos are napping so this would save valuable time waiting for crafts to dry. Thanks for sharing it.

  28. Great Tip! Thanks so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party.

  29. This is a great tip! I’ve done this before on regular paint projects because I’m impatient too! :)

  30. Just like everyone else here, I also have such a difficult time waiting for projects to dry. We have things to do! Great tip for solving my impatience. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  31. Such a great tip I hate waiting on this stuff to dry!

  32. This is such a great idea especially if you are impatient like I am! Again, thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr ! I hope to see you there!

  33. Good advice! Thanks for linking up with The Caffeinated Crafters this week!

  34. I needed this tip! Pinned. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

  35. Great tip! I’ve often used this method of drying but, watch out for fumes, as certain products (glues, paints) can omit not good fumes when drying with heat. Always use a well ventilated area is my rule of thumb. I love Mod Podge too! Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa

  36. Thanks for adding your tip about the fumes. I’ve never had a problem, but I can see where it might be possible.

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