DIY: Turn a Corkboard into a Chalkboard!

Image

Anybody else have an old corkboard lying around? Maybe its got some tears in it, dirty, old? Yeah. I had one of those too. So, if you can’t tell, I’m pretty obsessed with chalkboarding everything. I think its genius!!!! So as I was decorating my apartment, I decided I wanted a big ole chalkboard right in the middle of my hallway for us to write on! So instead of buying one, I decided I was going to find a way to turn my old, torn up corkboard into one!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • A corkboard
  • Chalboard Paint
  • Foam Brushes
  • Putty Knife, Actual Knife, Anything really that you can scrape with
  • Chalk

1: First, what you want to do is lay  your corkboard on the ground and check it to see if there are any holes in the corkboard where you can see through to the bottom layer. If there are, this is where you will start the next step. If not, start at an edge or a corner.

2: Use your putty knife or scraping tool and dig into the cork layer. Under the cork is a smooth, hard surface that should be some kind of a brown color and have small little TINY TINY holes in it. Dig your scraping tool through the cork until you hit that layer. Then begin to scrape under the cork layer and across the top of the bottom layer. DON’T DIG DOWN after you’ve already gotten through the cork. You’ll just make holes if you do that and it won’t turn out quite as well.

3: Ya’ll, I won’t lie. This kind of took me awhile, but it was worth it for the finished product. But what you have to do is go through and scrape off the cork bit by bit. There will be parts where huge pieces will come off together, so it isn’t as bad as it sounds really!!

4: After you have scraped off your cork, run your hand across the top to make sure its nice and smooth. If it isn’t, use your scraper to scrape off any excess cork.

5: Take your chalkboard paint and foam brushes, and paint across the surface where the cork used to be!

6: Let it dry. It might take you two coats, but chalkboard paint is usually pretty thick and covers most surfaces easily. I used one coat and just touched up parts with a second coat.

7: If you want, you can do what I did and use another color of acrylic paint to paint the edges of your board!

8: ENJOY!! Chalk up your chalkboard!!!

DIY: Scrabble Name Board

Image

DIY: Scrabble Name Board

Well, I think its pretty darn cute. This past summer I was getting ready to move in with two of my friends and came across something similar on Pinterest. I didn’t want to attach wooden letters directly to the wall though, so I decided to make a little scrabble board on an old bulletin board we had just sitting out in our garage. Unfortunately, I didn’t take step by step photographs for this craft. But I still would love to share how I went about making it!

THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

  • Board of some kind (Foam board, bulletin board, wooden board, etc)
  • Mod Podge
  • Computer and printer
  • Sharpie
  • Wooden squares (I got mine at Joanne’s for about $0.20 a piece!)
  • Paint (If you would like)
  • Fabric
  • Hot Glue Gun

STEP ONE

First and foremost, find a board to put the letters on. The board you use will be a big determining factor in the size of the wood blocks you use for the letters.

STEP TWO

Once you have your board, go out and buy how ever many wooden squares you need in order to make the names of the people you would like to scrabble together! I recommend you measure out the board and then do some math to figure out what size squares you need.

STEP THREE

Using any old computer, pull up a word processor and type out the names of the people you will be printing. You can use any font you want, I used Times New Roman. Use a larger font. Again you will have to play around with the font size based on how large the squares you are using are. I printed a few letters out at a time and tried them out for size before printing them all out. Once you know what size font to use print out all of your letters!

STEP FOUR

And now here’s the pain in the butt part of it all. Which also, consequently, is the most time consuming part (in my experience). Now you will need to go and cut out each letter meticulously.

STEP FIVE

Now that you have all of the letters cut out, go ahead and mod podge each letter onto a wooden square. Do one coat of mod podge under the letters and one on top to make sure they really stick down to the wood.

STEP SIX

So while you’re waiting for your letters/squares to dry you can go ahead and do what I did and paint the edges of your board if you have one. I painted the edges of my bulletin board white just to make it look newer and neater. If you don’t want to do that you can move on to the fabric part of the craft.

STEP SEVEN

So depending on what kind of a board you have, or just personal preference, you may or may not want to cover your board with fabric. Since I had an old bulletin board that was pretty torn up and nasty, it was an easy choice to cover mine with fabric. I went out and got a little more than a yard of fabric (I was fine with having extra so I didn’t measure my board before hand). I then went ahead and laid the fabric of the board and put push pins into the edges to hold it in place. I then drew with a pencil around the edges of the parts I would be cutting off. After doing this I unpinned it and cut the excess fabric away.

STEP EIGHT

Next, lay your fabric down on the bulletin board with the push pins again just to make sure it all fits. If it fits pretty tightly, not to worry, the hot glue will hold it pretty securely. Now what you need to do is go around the edges of the board and hot glue the fabric onto the board taking out the push pins as you go.

STEP NINE

Now that you have the board complete, you’re ready to touch up your letters. As your probably now noticing, printer ink and mod podge don’t mix. At all. In fact, when you mod podge the letters on to the wooden squares, the ink will fade significantly. However, that my friends is what we’re about to fix with this step! This is where the sharpie comes in, as you may guess. Now just outline all of the letters in sharpie. This actually ends up looking nice and glossy and gives it a great finish!

STEP TEN

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST!! Finally lay out all of the wooden squares/letters on to the board in the arrangement you desire. When you have chosen an arrangement go ahead and hot glue each wooden square onto the board, make sure you leave the rest of the wooden squares/letters on the board to ensure proper spacing and arrangements.

STEP ELEVEN

Marvel at your crafty abilities and enjoy!!

DIY: Mod Podge Frame

DIY: Mod Podge Frame

December 16, 2012

Image

DIY: MOD PODGE PICTURE FRAME

A few months back I decided I really wanted a zebra print frame (kind of zebra print obsession), but couldn’t find a reasonably priced one. So, I decided to make my own!

What you will need:

  • Cheap, wooden frame (I got mine from Michael’s for a few dollars)
  • Mod Podge (Before buying it, look into making your own. There’s great DIYs on Pinterest. Much cheaper than buying it)
  • Foam Brushes
  • Scissors (I used a straight edged paper cutter, which I highly recommend-super useful)
  • Ruler
  • Selected scrapbook paper or tissue paper
  • Wooden letters or words (If you would like, I chose to but obviously its up to you)
  • Glue gun (If you would like to use the letters/words)
  • Your choice of paint color

Image

STEP ONE

So whenever you’re ready to start, your first step will be to measure the edges of your frame both in length and width (The edges where you want the paper). Once you have measured the edges, you can then cut the paper to the corresponding size. I then laid my pieces of paper out on the frame to make sure they were all the right size.

Image

STEP TWO

When you have all of your pieces measured and cut out, then you’re ready to mod podge them on to the frame. I used one coat under the strips of paper and then laid another coat of mod podge of top to give it a finish and secure it. Smooth out any bubbles as best as you can while you go along. There will most likely still be some bubbles when you’re done mod podging though. Don’t worry, most if not all of them will go away when it dries.

Image

Image

STEP THREE

The next step after you have your pieces mod podged onto the frame is to paint the sides of the frame or, in other words, the pieces where you still see wood. I used black paint to go along with the zebra theme, but again its up to you and your theme. This step is a little controversial for me almost. While I was doing it, I kind of wondered if it would have been easier to paint before I mod podged, but again thats up to your discretion. Just be careful not to paint your pieces if you do this step after mod podging.

Image

STEP FOUR

Well, really you could probably combine this step with Step Three. BUT ANYWHO! So for this step I set aside my frame and started painting my words. Pretty straight forward, just painted a few coats of black onto the words and made sure to get into all the nooks and crannies! So let that dry, then once its dry I recommend going over the painted words/letters with a thin layer of mod podge to give it a finished look!

Image

STEP FIVE (optional)

ALMOST THERE! So by this point I had everything painted and mod podged. Finally, I went ahead and arranged my words onto the frame where I wanted them. Then completed the final step in hot gluing them onto the frame! Warning: Make sure to use PLENTY of hot glue if you’re doing this step, or they won’t stay on.

Image

Finish it off by putting some pictchas in there and you have yourself a cute DIY frame that costs FAR less than buying a similar frame!!