Welcome back. Don’t you just love it when someone calls you and forgets that you are in a different time zone? So much for sleeping in I guess. I hope you are enjoying the hop so far and apologize for any glitches. Everyone should be up and running now, or removed from the hop except Tiara. Blogger is giving her and I both a run for our money and I’m now in school for web design so that’s saying a LOT. For today’s project, I bring you this:
What is it you ask…a beautiful menu board for me to show my kids what’s for dinner for the week (as soon as I get chalk anyway). This was one of the more complicated projects I’ve done actually. It required use of some power tools even! I’m very happy with how it turned out and when my tween saw it she exclaimed “OH MY GOSH MOMMY THIS IS SO CUTE!” Later that night when my sister came over, she suggested I start making and selling this along all the other things I create.
Now…to complete this project or something like it you’re going to need lots of things. First is a 12-inch x 12-inch x 1 inch board. I paid $10 for a 6 x 12 board and just had them cut a foot off the end. When I went back for a remnant piece of wood to make my ghetto bow board, they didn’t have any and so they looked through the available boards they had and found one that was split and not fit for sale them just cut me off a piece of the end and sold it to me for a dollar. You might be able to do the same thing (have the guy in the guy in the lumber yard find you a piece they can’t sell and cut you a 12 x 12 piece of that) to save costs, but since I needed shelving anyway it wasn’t a big deal.
The rest of the supplies needed are as follows:
1 12 x 12 x 12 board
1 12 x 12 sheet of paper
Brayer or Scraper
1 8 x 8 piece of of chipboard,
12 inch strip of ribbon if desired (to adorn bottom)
Ribbon or Tulle to hang it from
Matching Ribbon for Bow at top
Staple Gun with Staples
Drill with 3/4 drill bit or smaller
2 mini clipboards (mine broke and so I had to improvise)
Scrap paper for the clip boards
Sand Paper or block (I used a block)
Days of the week stamps
Stayzon white (or white ink and heat gun to heat set it)
eCraft with Fundamentals 1 SD Car
Jewelry making findings
Versamark Dazzle Ink
Utee Embossing Powder
PHEW…that’s a lot of things isn’t it? Except for the board though, I already had everything I needed to make this project. Ok…now here what’s you do with all that stuff.
1. San the rough edges of the board till smooth
2. Mod Podge one side of the board and apply 12 x 12 paper of your choice
3. Using brayer or scraper (I used a pampered chef scraper) pull it across your paper to keep it smooth (scrape/pull both directions)
4. Wipe off any extra glue that seeps out along sides
4. While the board is drying, paint 8 x 8 piece of chipboard with chalkboard paint…2 coats may be needed
5. If the chipboard piece curls, you can just put a bunch of books on top of it for a while to help it lay flat. You will staple it down so it doesn’t really matter if there’s a little bend in the board.
6. Drill two holes at the top for handing. I chose to put mine near the corners but you might like them closer together in the center, that’s up to you.
7. Using your stand paper and metal files, sand the holes made from drilling. You may want to ink the paper around the edges of the holes too. I did.
8. Using an eCraft, or other cutter of our choice, cut a fork, knife, and spoon. Mine in this project were cut from the Fundamentals 1 SD card at 9.
9. Stamp utensils with Versamark ink , cover with Utee, and then heat set. You could also use Glossy Accents if you wanted…I couldn’t find mine.
10. Pierce a small hole in the ends of the utensils after embossing or after Glossy Accents is dry and attach a jewelry ring finding to them so they can be hung from the ribbon/tulle used to hang the entire board.
11. Take your painted chipboard, stamp the days of the week down the side with white (or whatever other light color) Stayzon Ink or heat set the ink you do use. I used Studio G’s white inkpad. Using your paint pen, and a ruler, draw the lines on which you will later write.
12. Once your ink is heat set and dry, using the staple gun, staple your chipboard piece to the board wherever you want it…mine is more or less centered left to right and near the top part of the board.
13. Adhere your embellishment ribbon to the bottom (where the beads are on mine) and take a screwdriver and screws and screw them about half way in at each end…this is what you will use to hang the mini clipboards from.
14. Decorate your clipboards to match your menu board (see yesterday’s post for how to do that).
15. Now you’re ready to hang your project…take one end of your ribbon or tulle and feed it through the ring on the utensils and then into the hole. Do the same for the other end your tulle or ribbon. Draw the ends up and tie in a knot. I added the blue bow you see at the top of the not but am not totally sure I’ll keep it there.
So…there you have it. That’s how you do it! If you make one of your own, I’d love to see it! I haven’t decided what I’ll use the clipboards on the message board for yet but I’m glad I thought to add them (it was a last-minute idea).
Now…for all the blog candy I mentioned in the first post. Here’s what I’m going to do….tomorrow I will be back with a third project. Hopefully we will have Tiara’s post up and running by then too so you can check hers out. To be eligible to win you will need to comment on tomorrow’s post telling me which of all the projects you enjoyed the best and why. Everyone who does this will go into a drawing and I will have my children pull for the winners. Thanks so much for visiting, now head over to Krista’s Place because she has a second project for you too. Some of the other participants do too so here’s the rest of the line-up. Please note: Blogger is giving us trouble and Tiara’s post is missing. We’re hoping to have that fixed later today!
Erin N: http://www.pagesofpictures.com/
Jen R: http://www.memorieswithjen.blogspot.com/
Bonita Rose http://alifeunrehearsed2.blogspot.com/
I hope you’ll come back tomorrow to see what else I have in store for you!