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Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Wood Letters

Aren't these fun?  I made this last week and I couldn't be more thrilled with the way it turned out.  You can't tell from the photo, but they are really really big.  The letters are 12 inches tall and the eggs are about 18-20 inches tall.  One of my buddies had the great idea to leave the Spring up March through May and just change what's behind them.  So for March I have a huge 4 leaf clover, April, the eggs, and for May, I am still trying to come up with something fun.  One friend suggested a bird with really long legs and another a huge flower.  Maybe I'll do both.  :)

They are just cut out from 2x12 wood and you need about 5 feet to cut all the letters our.  The eggs are made out of plywood and bead board.  Then you just trace the letter onto scrapbook paper, cut out the shape and mod podge or spray glue it on.  I sealed mine then with some clear coat and then embellished them up like crazy.  I think most of this line is Making Memories. 

It's pretty time consuming, and you need a scroll saw to do the letters, but I love it and it was fun!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Photograph Coasters

A friend of mine made me some really cute photograph coasters of the city I live in for Christmas.  I thought they were so clever and creative!  So, I decided to make a few of these sets up a few weeks ago for a friend who needed some things to sell in her yogurt shop out in Hutto.  

They are a very affordable craft.  All you need are the things in the top picture.  Felt, Mod Podge, sealant, a foam brush, 4 tiles (or however many you want), and pictures printed off on regular white tissue paper.

For printing the pictures on tissue paper, you just cut the tissue paper down to 8 1/2"x 11" and tape it to a regular piece of computer paper, then run it through the printer like normal.  Pretty cool!  Oh, I also printed them all in black and white.
 Just brush the mod podge directly onto the tiles.
 Then place the tissue paper on top.  It will be bubbly, but I just took my finger and tapped it gently down all around the tile and it ended up giving it an antiqued weathered look.
 See?  Not too bad.  Then you let them dry completely, then spray them with two or three coats of sealant so the pictures don't come off on the bottom of someones coke.  :)
Flip them over when they are all the way dry, and glue the felt on to the back so the tiles don't scratch up any nice tables they may be placed on.
Easy and quick project, I think it would be really really fun to put kids or family photos on.  Maybe even a picture of your child's class for teacher gifts.  The craft probably cost less than $2 for a set of 4.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Huge Family Subway Art Board

 Chatty Walls.  That's all I have to say about this fun project.  They are amazing!
 This is basically the same as the Huge Valentine's board, but this is one you can leave up all year.  :)
 And I like that.  :)
If you are interested in ordering the vinyl, which would be what I used for the background as a stencil, and all the lettering on this project, send Chelon an email and she can quote you a price.    And it's personalized at the bottom which I love too.  Super fun!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Crackle Paint Finish

For my dad's birthday, I wanted to make him a couple signs for his new house. We were trying to match a few pictures he had on his walls. You can't really tell but in the top corners, the paint is done in a crackle finish, and that's what we were trying to match.
This brand of crackle glaze is wonderful! I love it!
All you need to do this is to cut your boards. The little pieces here are for the frames, we were trying to match the paintings completely. :) Sand your wood real well, I had to get the kids bike tire marks off of this one, ply wood makes a good bike ramp apparently. :)

Then you are going to paint the board with your base coat. I used a chocolate brown color. It will be the color that shows through on the cracks.

When that completely dries, paint on the glaze. It will take about 2-4 hours to dry. It is important that your brush strokes for the glaze in the same direction, and in not too many strokes or it won't look as nice, it'll booger up.

When that is dry, paint on your top coat, I used a linen color. Again, all in the same direction and with as little brush strokes as possible so it doesn't get all gunky.

Then walk away.
Come back a hour later and look at the pretty antiquing that happened! So exciting!!! Make sure you seal it. The flakes will come off with time if you don't. I just used a spray clear coat.
Here are the finished signs. My dad has a nice theater room, we call The Man Cave. I think that's as crafty as he'll let me get with it, but I like it!
Here's how The Game Room sign turned out.