Friday, July 27, 2012

Hanging around: a tutorial

Here are the supplies you'll need to make one of these stellar hanging photo boards.

Printed image on plain paper
acrylic paint
rope, jute, twine {whatever your preference}
paint brush
drill bit {I used 3/8"}
power drill
mod podge {not pictured here}
wood cutout {I purchased mine at ACMoore for a couple of dollars}

Step 1: Mark and drill the corner holes in your wood. Make sure not to get too close to the edge to avoid splitting and damaging your board. Once done, sand and clean up the holes. Don't worry too much about perfection here, they'll be covered by the rope knots.

Step 2: Pick your paint color and cover the board, edges too. I mixed a sky blue with a little black for a grey blue color.

Step 3: Once the paint is completely dry, take your sandpaper to the edges for a more distressed look. You can skip this step, but I like how it brings more dimension to the board.

Step 4: Apply a thin layer of mod podge on your board. Place your trimmed photo onto the board and smooth out to remove any bubbles. Once it's dry, apply a thin layer on the top of the photo for protection. It also gives the colors a deeper rich look.

Step 5: Tie a knot in one end of your rope. Feed through one hole and into the other. Now tie a knot in the other side and trim off any excess.

Step 6: Hang that custom sucker and impress all your crafty friends.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

this is a great idea. Cute picture too.

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