This blog is all the crafts i have seen from other crafters that i want to make.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nob Pictures


YOU COULD EASILY pick up some wood at the hardware store and knobs and make these yourself.
prime wood~ two coats
paint wood~ three coats white paint
paint knobs~ acrylic paint
glaze knobs, wipe off with paper towels
finish knobs with clear acrylic sealer "gloss"
do a outer glaze paint to plaques, wipe off glaze with
paper towels.
use a stencil and brissel brush to stencil
"No." and numbers
whole punch card stock paper
glue pics. on
add twine, tie knots hang pics.

Paint Chip Mural

Paint Chip Mosaic Artwork.

Plywood or a pine panel (my board is 20x20 inches)
Paint chips
Spray adhesive
Acrylic paint
Mod Podge Matte-Mat


I began by painting the sides and edges of my board black. I used a pine panel, because I had it cut out to use for a frame already, but plywood or MDF would also work. (For some reason, I began this project at nightfall, so the photos are on the dark side.)

Here is my paint chip collection, but you could easily cut squares of scrapbook paper for a similar effect. To get the randomness right, I simply shuffled the chips several times like a deck of cards:

I laid out the cards to get an idea of spacing:

The next step is to simply spray a line of adhesive and stick on the paint chip squares. Now repeat, again, and again:

See? All finished! Now, let this dry well. Go over it once in awhile to smooth any edges that might begin to come unstuck.

Once the adhesive was dry, I touched up any sticky spots on the painted edges with more paint to even out the color.

Now, apply 3 coats of Matte Mod Podge to get a nice smooth surface.

Let dry overnight, then rub stain over the whole piece with a rag. Make sure to really get it into all the cracks and seams so they look darker and defined.

Cloth MP Frame

This tutorial is for creating a 8x10 mat that holds a 5x7 picture.
  • a rectangular piece of cotton fabric approx. 11x13 in. or a bit bigger (it doesn't have to be cut perfectly)
  • a 8x10 mat - you can either purchase a pre-cut mat or cut your own out of mat board
  • spray glue -nothing beats 3M Super 77 found at Hobby Lobby or hardware stores
  • a scissor - one you don't mind getting glue on
  • a sheet rocking knife with a thin blade... an x-acto knife/craft knife will work, too
  • Mod-podge
  • small foam brush


1.With all your supplies laid out and ready to go, spray the back side of the fabric and the front of the mat with a generous coat of spray glue (outside).

2.Lay your glue covered fabric on a table, glue side up. Carefully place your glue covered mat face down onto the fabric. Make sure to center it, leaving equal portions on each side. Press down firmly all over the back side of the mat. Check the front of the fabric to make sure all air bubbles are out.

3.Cut off the corners of the fabric with scissors... careful to leave only a tiny margin by the corner of the mat (see close-up pic)

4.Pulling firmly, starting next to the corner, pull the fabric up over the mat, one side at a time. Press down, smoothing out all air bubbles.

5. With your knife, cut the interior of the fabric diagonally out, starting in each corner -creating an X. Trim edges.

6. Again, pull fabric up over the edge of the mat, starting in the corners. Pull firmly to ensure that the fabric is tight, especially in the corners. Use Mod-podge on your foam brush to help adhere, if fabric doesn't stick. Once all edges are in place, use Mod-podge to go over the edges of the fabric for extra security and to prevent any fraying. Also pay special attention to the outside corners. These will need a dab of Mod-podge, smoothed down with your finger, also (second photo shows how corner should look before smoothing down).

7. Let dry thoroughly and place in frame!!

W Tray

This was a fun little project. I took an ordinary frame that I got on clearance for a couple of dollars It was deeper than a normal frame, not quite as deep as a shadow box, but deep enough that I was able to add some material and some buttons underneath the glass.

Then I took two extra large unfinished wood letters. I used W's, but I think you could get M's to work depending on the font of the wooden letter.
I covered the letter with scrapbook paper using Mod Podge. Then I inked the edges of the letter and applied a couple of coats of mod podge on top of the letters and paper.

I attached the letters to the bottom of the frame using E6000 and then I screwed small screws from the inside back of the frame down into the tops of the wooden letters.

I took a dowel and attached it with screws along the backside of the W's and then covered the screws with buttons.
I painted the dowels and the backside of the letters a cream color to match my frame. Then I ended up with this handy dandy lap tray.

Die Block

To make a Job Die, just cut a piece of a 4x4 into a square block.

Paint your block. Mine is green. I've heard it's not easy being green, so it's my goal to make all green things feel very loved.

Add vinyl.

We'll give it a try! The kids are pretty excited about it so far!