Picture Frame Memo Board

I’ve been busy getting my classroom together for back to school.  I took my new step stool in, and it looks fantastic!  I also LOVE the orange fabric that was used on the seat part, so I decided to use it to make a memo board. I found an old photo frame and spray painted it with the leftover green from the stool.  I happen to love the green, too!

While it dried, I took the glass and added a layer of glue. I SHOULD have spread it around, but I didn’t.  Next time I will spread it around so there’s a layer of the whole glass.  Smooth your fabric over the glass.

Now add the glue to the top of the fabric and paint it on.  We’re trying to make it really stiff and somewhat waterproof.

Let it dry.  When it dries, it will be stiff, like cardstock.  You can trim it at this point to the edge of the glass, or if you are lazy like me, fold it under.  Put it into your frame and put on the back.

I was pretty lucky.  The back of this frame had loops to hang it so I just threaded some ribbon through.

You are done!  Hang and enjoy!

I wanted to be able to showcase different quotes and change them out weekly.  I thought about adding a clip to the fabric but I decided to just go old fashioned and use tape, instead.  I have some fun washi tape that I will tape a quote inside weekly.

It’s not as convenient as a clip, but it’s easier!

Picture Frame Memo Board 2

I promised an awesome project and I am delivering that RIGHT NOW!!!  This is a project I did with my daughter this weekend and it was under ten bucks.

Here it is:

This one was super fun and super easy. We found the stool at a garage sale for a dollar.  It was covered with paint and rust and actually had a smell.  We started by taking it apart.  Lots of it was riveted on and I didn’t know how to take it apart without ruining it so we rethought our color scheme. . . I didn’t want to have to tape anything. We ripped off the rubber cover on the bottom step.  It was icky and smelled. I took the ripped vinyl seat off.  It actually hammered in with little button thingies. The fabric is a piece of printed duck fabric.  It’s thick and will handle being stepped on.  I recovered it using my staple gun.  I also used a piece of an old mattress cover I saved to use as a liner when I needed one. We spray painted with two and three coats. I promised an awesome project and I am delivering that RIGHT NOW!!!  This is a project I did with my daughter this weekend and it was under ten bucks. Here it is:

This one was super fun and super easy. We found the stool at a garage sale for a dollar.  It was covered with paint and rust and actually had a smell.  We started by taking it apart.  Lots of it was riveted on and I didn’t know how to take it apart without ruining it so we rethought our color scheme. . . I didn’t want to have to tape anything. We ripped off the rubber cover on the bottom step.  It was icky and smelled. I took the ripped vinyl seat off.  It actually hammered in with little button thingies. The fabric is a piece of printed duck fabric.  It’s thick and will handle being stepped on.  I recovered it using my staple gun.  I also used a piece of an old mattress cover I saved to use as a liner when I needed one. We spray painted with two and three coats. Spray Paint was on sale at ACE Hardware for three dollars a can.  Yeah! I couldn’t find an old rubber mat to cut to fit into the place where I pulled off the sticky rubber.  I used a placemat I bought at the dollar store and cut to fit.  I glued the pretty side down and left the nonskid side up.  I also gave it a quick squirt of the gray spray paint we covered the chrome with. I love the result!  I plan on taking this to my class.  It will be a good tool for the front of the room and a great thing to have when I need to reach something higher than I can reach.

Spray Paint was on sale at ACE Hardware for three dollars a can.  Yeah!I couldn’t find an old rubber mat to cut to fit into the place where I pulled off the sticky rubber.  I used a placemat I bought at the dollar store and cut to fit.  I glued the pretty side down and left the nonskid side up.  I also gave it a quick squirt of the gray spray paint we covered the chrome with.

I couldn’t find an old rubber mat to cut to fit into the place where I pulled off the sticky rubber.  I used a placemat I bought at the dollar store and cut to fit.  I glued the pretty side down and left the nonskid side up.  I also gave it a quick squirt of the gray spray paint we covered the chrome with.I love the result!  I plan on taking this to my class.  It will be a good tool for the front of the room and a great thing to have when I need to reach something higher than I can reach.

I love the result!  I plan on taking this to my class.  It will be a good tool for the front of the room and a great thing to have when I need to reach something higher than I can reach.

Easy Sew, No Pin Sofa Pillow

I got out the sewing machine to do a few projects this evening.  You all know how I feel about sewing.

The thing is, I really do have the best of intentions.  I look at fabric and see so many possibilities.  For a moment, I forget that I hate to sew and that I do a very, very bad job of it.  Before I know it, the fabric is cut an in my cart and there’s no turning back.


I’ve been pretty good lately but I recently saw a remnant that was the perfect addition to my sofa.  Not as is, of course, but after it was made into a cushy sofa pillow. Start with a hunk of fabric.  When it’s folded in half, it should be a tad larger than the size of pillow you want to make.

Fold right sides (the good sides) together. Stitch three and a half sides together.  I like to leave my opening in the middle of a side.  It makes it easier to do the corners. Cut off the corners, but don’t cut over the line you sewed.

Flip it inside out and poke out those corners until they look right.  Stuff it with cotton batting.  Or, if you’re like me, stuff it with fake snow.  I bought bags and bags of it when it was on clearance at Michaels after Christmas.  I paid twenty-five cents a bag and it’s just like batting, except with a little bit of sparkle.

Take your opening and fold in your fabric and pinch it closed.  Start sewing it closed with your sewing machine.  Or, if you’re not as lazy as I am and you want it to look nicer, hand sew it with a hidden stitch.  You will have to Google hidden stitches because I stink at those.

Huzzah!  You have a pillow!

Add it to your couch where you have painstakingly placed other pillows.  Know that it will look like this for less than thirty seconds before a kid or a husband will come along and rearrange it so that they can lay on them.

Make It! Wooden Door Mat

I recently splurged and bought a great rug for my patio.  I love the colors and the style.  I needed another mat for in front of my garage door but that is where the dirty boots and muddy lawn mower wheels enter.  I didn’t want to put a nice rug in front of that door because it wouldn’t last.

So I made this

it’s made out of wood and it’s a very easy project to do.  Here’s what you need:

Five (plus or minus, depending on how big you want your mat) 1x2s.  I used cheap pine at 75 cents apiece.  TIP:  Make sure to get all boards with rounded edges or all boards with sharp edges.  I didn’t so I have a “front” and a “back” (right side and wrong side!).

Rope (I used Sisal Rope)
Nuts (I grabbed 1/2 inch ones since my rope was 3/8)
Paint (I used two colors of outdoor latex paint)
Sealer (I used a can of Krylon Sealer spray)

Start by deciding how big you want your mat.  I decided on 24×36 inches.  I cut all my boards to 24 inches and cut twenty to give me the finished 36 inches.

You will need to drill a hole in each board four inches from the end so that each board gets two holes.  Make sure to drill through the long way, not the short way. Using a drill press makes the process easier but isn’t necessary.

Paint your boards.  Decide on the pattern you want and make sure you have enough boards to lay the pattern out.  I decided on brown and teal and my pattern is very basic.  I am starting with one brown and ending with one brown but the boards will be twice thick in the middle. b = brown; t = teal  (b-t-t-b-b-t-t-b-b-t-t-b-b-t-t-b-b-t-t-b).  Decide on a pattern BEFORE you paint them so that you paint the right number of boards the right color.  When dry, spray seal them.
Cut two long pieces of rope and tie a knot at the end of each one.  String on board by putting the rope through your holes.  Space the boards with a nut.
When you reach the last board, tie a knot.  I added a dab of glue to the knots as I tied them so they wouldn’t come undone.
You’re finished!  I’d suggest leaving some slack so that the mat is a little more forgiving.  The spaces in the boards will allow water and mud to run off the shoes and it’s a lot more durable than a pretty patio rug!  I think that this will look even nicer as it weathers and fades a bit!


If I do it again:

1.  I would make sure my 1×2 boards were all the same finishes.

2.  I like the color but think it would look neat natural, too.

3.  To make it cheaper, I may forgo the nuts and just tie knots or string on big wooden beads.

Huge Magnetic Board

We’re slowly finishing up my little girl’s room.  She has outgrown the pink and the butterflies and wanted something a bit more sophisticated.   Her room is being done in stages, partly due to budget and partly due to the fact that we aren’t sure what we want in there.  We did paint and have been working on a few projects.

My daughter is very crafty and loves to display her artwork and creations.  We have set up several areas in her room for her to do so in a non destructive way.  One of which is this HUGE magnetic board.
I am a regular on Pinterest and see projects where people turn cookie sheets into magnetic boards.  It’s a great idea but it has a few problems.  First, cookie sheets aren’t that big.  Second, they can get expensive, depending on how big and how fancy you want to go.  I had used a oil drip pan on my son’s wall for his use.  I decided to copy the idea but make it a bit more girlie for my daughter.

You start with your oil drip pan.  It’s around $9 at WalMart.  While you are there, pick up some 3M picture hanging strips, some mod podge and some fabric if you don’t have any at home.

This is what your oil drip pan looks like:
I clean it off with a kitchen cleanser. . . it has some sort of oily film on it that I don’t like.  Simple Green takes it right off.  Cut your fabric so that it’s about 3 inches bigger all the way around.   Don’t get exact. . . that’s not fun!

Don’t forget to decide which way your magnetic board will hang and cut the fabric appropriately.  You don’t want your pattern to be sideways or upside down when hung.

Cover the inside of the pan with mod podge.  Paint it on:
Lay the fabric down on top.  Smooth it on.  You will get gooey so embrace it!  Remember, any wrinkles and they’ll be permanent.  Make sure to squish the fabric into the corners of the pan.  Paint the top of the piece with mod podge and let dry.

The let dry part was SO hard!  I am not a patient person and I was in the go mode but I made it!  Flip the piece over and start mod podging the edges down on the back.  (I put two mixing bowls underneath the piece so the edges didn’t touch the table.)
Let it dry. . . again.  The piece is done when it is dry.  Follow the directions on the 3M strips and you don’t have to make holes in your wall!

I was SO bored with waiting so I made some cute magnets to go on the board.  Here’s what I used: 
Cut a flower off the bunch and cut the center out.  My flowers had three layers to them.  If you had different colored flowers, you could swap out the layers and make multi colored layered flowers.  I didn’t so I stuck with what I had.

Glue the first layer to the magnet and each additional layer on top.  You can either cut the original center flat across the bottom and glue it back to the middle or use something else.  I had these:
So I made these:

I hung the magnet board, and added the magnets.

It didn’t take her long to decorate it her way!

If I Do It Again:

Not much to tell.  I like how it turned out.  Some things to make sure to do again would be to use a thinner cotton fabric. . . I think anything thicker would bunch up too much.  I would also make sure to not have goops of mod podge left on the top.  I would also make sure to use the matte mod podge. . . it’s a lot more forgiving than glossy when used in such a large amount.