Today’s Guest Post was written by Nichole Nelson.
I’ll admit it. I’m a craftaholic I went shopping with a girl friend a few weeks ago, and that’s when I realized I have a problem: I’m addicted to Mod Podge. Seriously, the stuff is amazing. If you haven’t used Mod Podge before, you are so missing out! How do I know that I’m addicted? Well, my friend pointed it out to me. We were looking for kitchen supplies and storage for her new apartment. She’d find something cool-looking and say “what about this?” and I would follow up by saying “Hey! We could Mod Podge that!” Yep. I’ve got a problem.
I go to work every day and write for a technology web site (TopTenREVIEWS), but at night my real ‘talent’ shines. I was recently married and so I’ve spent the past few months decorating my (our) new place. The house desperately needed a woman’s touch. So, after getting new carpet (the pink just had to go) and repainting (goodbye green walls) I started decorating.
My husband doesn’t understand my love for crafting, but he’s supportive. He tries to sit with me and understand my excitement over my new glue gun or the ribbon I just found or that really cute fabric that I just HAD to buy. The husband, well, he just doesn’t get it. The husband also dislikes spending money. He’s a saver. So, it secretly kills him when I head out to the craft store. Don’t worry, I don’t spend TOO much money. I am cheap. I’ll be the first to admit it. I don’t like spending hundreds of dollars for decorating – that’s probably why I’m a DIY crafter.
The other day I was walking through my house looking at how cute it is becoming (okay, okay…I was looking for an empty wall that I could create something for) and I realized nearly all of my decorations are created with Mod Podge. The crafts are all pretty cheap (less than $60) and I just HAVE to share them with you.
So, here’s a look at one (of seven I’ll be posting) fun craft projects you can make to spice up your home décor…oh, and it helps you stay organized!
Isn’t this bulletin board cute? I made it for my little sister a few months ago. She was constantly taping things to the mirror or her walls, so I thought maybe a bulletin board would help. This was super easy and only took about 20 minutes. Here’s how to make your own:
- Mod Podge
- Scrapbook Paper (or fabric)
Total Cost: $20
- I bought four pieces of 12×12 scrapbook paper. Measure your frame and cut the paper into strips (makes sure you take into account the side/edge of the frame when you measure).
- Once you’ve got your paper cut, cover part of the frame with Mod Podge and stick the paper down. It gets a little bit tricky when you have to fold the paper and wrap it around the edges, so just be patient. As always when working with Mod Podge, make sure you rub, rub, rub and get all the air bubbles out. Repeat until you’ve covered your whole frame.
- Let it dry for a couple minutes. (This is a great time to hurry and fold that load of laundry you’ve got calling your name.)
- Put a coat of Mod Podge on the top of the paper and let it dry. (Give it 5 or so minutes.) Repeat. I like to give it a couple coats, just to make sure.
- Once it’s completely dry, just take your ribbon and embellishments and decorate away.
- Now, you’ve just got to put the cork board in and find a place to hang it. Enjoy!
That’s just the beginning of our Mod Podge fun—check back soon to see a quick and easy way you can make your own canvas art…and it’s cheap too!
Nichole Nelson admits she’s a Mod Podge addict and craftaholic. She’s a self-proclaimed word nerd and writer for TopTenREVIEWS by day and an avid crafter by night. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting (obviously), reading and trying to help her sweet husband understand her love for all things crafty.