Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cookie Sheets

Sunny and I were trying to think of something fun to make for Christmas Gifts and she insisted on a magnet board like this one I made for the Kitchen. Sunny is ALWAYS taping notes and pictures up on her walls and doors (Grrr...) So she wanted her own magnet board. I promise after this I will do something NON-Magnetic. Since I wasn't going to make the metal ones for friends or cousins or teachers, we found a cheaper route. Sunny loved it because she almost did every bit of it by herself. 

Time to Make: about 15 minutes (Not including drying time)
Cost: Around $3.00

What you'll need:
Cookie Sheet (An old one you have on hand or one like this that I bought at the Dollar Store)
Scrapbook Paper (2 sheets)
Magnets
Magnet Fronts (You could do glass magnets like THESE or I used Scrapbooking thingy's. Embellishments? I don't know what they are called...)
Modge Podge
Paint
Glue (not pictured, but you'll need it)
Foam Brush

First paint the edges. We used Tan and then Sunny decided she wanted a darker brown. I didn't have dark brown  acrylic paint but I did have spray paint. So we spray painted the edges, which was way faster and easier. Just paint the parts that won't be covered in paper.

Here is Sunny making her magnets. We just put a drop of glue on the back of the flowers and she pressed it on. Not too much glue.

I prefer Aleene's Tacky Glue because it is strong stuff. It is my favorite when I am out of E6000. 

Make the magnets while your paint dries. Cut the paper the correct width, then round the corners of the paper a little. Spread a layer of the Mod Podge on the back of your paper. Stick them onto the cookie sheet, try matching the paper where it overlaps. I let Sunny do the Mod Podge, so it wasn't totally straight, but I am going to try to be okay with that :)

Here is Sunny with her project completed. She was SO PROUD. It was really easy. She is excited to make some more. We are making a BYU one for Ethan, a University of Utah one for Tyler and a camo one for Calvin. 

Today I think I will Glue Ribbon on the back of the cookie sheet to hang it from.

Have Fun!

Monday, November 3, 2008

In the meantime.

My time has been filled with time consuming projects that are not cute. But some other things have required all or my spare time. So while you wait for a "fresh" project here are some random projects.

Some cheap decorating ideas:

In our guest room, I could barely afford a decent new mattress and box springs but wanted a cute head board. I found these great shutter doors (they were old closet doors that my sister-in-law removed and was throwing away. Throwing away! I took them. I didn't know what I was going to do with them, just that I was going to do something. So they are my new headboard. I need to paint over the nails near the top. Someday I might paint them and distress them. But for now, this is it.

Also, since I am cheap. I found the chair next to the bed in the IKEA "as-is" section. I love this section. The chair was almost $15.00. It is a ladder-back chair. Except in this room it is not a chair, it is a bedside table. I draped an extra blanket over the back of the chair. I love this chair. I wouldn't like it much as a chair, but I love it as a table. I have a bit of a chair fetish. One cannot ever have enough cool, old, mismatched chairs. 

Another Cheap decorating idea:

I bought these clocks at IKEA for $9.99. I cut the letters in Vinyl and made a fun wall.


I did work on this project this week, I know it does you absolutely no good until next Halloween but it was a project this week! 

I just bought a black sweatsuit. Pearly White paint and a tube of glow-in-the-dark paint. I used chalk to draw on the bones then painted them with the pearly white. After the white dried I outlined it with the glow-in-the-dark. 

I have some other projects lined up. I will get them posted more frequently, I promise! I will get the table up next.