Modge Podge Projects Shmojects

Happy New Year’s Eve!!!!

Without sounding cliche, but I know that I will, I cannot believe that today is the last day of 2014.  It’s been a great year, full of beautiful people, places, and reminders to be ever grateful.  I will post more about my reflections of 2014 and how I am looking into 2015 as the year of discovery and creativity, but today I want to share a few DIY/crafting projects that I started yesterday and finished up this morning.

Per Pinterest, I made a goal of completing two crafting projects:

1.  A modge podge framed initial

Inspirational piece

Inspirational piece

2.  A display board/wall adornment for my Washi tape.

Inspiration

Inspiration

What I would need to complete these projects:

  1. Old frames
  2. Black spray paint
  3. A letter F
  4. Faded, worn classic books
  5. Modge Podge
  6. Thumb Tacks

On our way home from watching “The Hobbit” 3D and lunch at Bento, my husband and I stopped at a second-hand store and picked up two frames for my DIY projects:

Frames 1

I chose them because they were cute and cheap just like me.

Frames 2

Once I setup a drop cloth over some cardboard boxes, I spray painted both frames flat black.

Spray Painting

While the frames dried, I went into my craft room and started searching through my $3.00 book collection for excerpts that I wanted to feature in my project.  I loved the look of the Faust and Candide copies, but I definitely had five lines from Hamlet.

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” (Act I, Scene III)

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” (Act I, Scene III)

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” (Act I, Scene IV)

“To be, or not to be: that is the question.” (Act III, Scene I)

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” (Act III, Scene II)

Modge Podge Collage

The next day (today) I began to piece the background together.  This was my first time using Modge Podge, and I think it turned out quite well.  I used a sponge brush to apply the Modge Podge, and I used the cardboard backing of the frame that came with it as the canvas.  I allowed the pages to overhang the edges, and afterwards trimmed the dried pieces down to size.  Using multi purpose, tacky glue, I affixed the letter F to the center of the piece and placed it back in the dried frame.

Framed Work

I was so pleased with my finished piece, I didn’t want to stop!  Looking around my craft room for another victim blank canvas to work on, my eyes landed upon the second tray I had refurbished over the summer.

FLASHBACK!

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Modge Podge Tray

Later today I will be working on my Washi tape display area.  Updates to come!

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