Post # 1
So, with a new baby we are hoping to make some personalized Xmas gifts this year. I saw a photo of this somewhere and am wondering if anyone can give me tips as to how to DIY this. I love how it looks kindof worn around the edges.
Post # 3
I should add inexpensively.
Post # 4
how may do you want to do? you might get lucky at a home improvement store and buy large tiles, work with those tiles to paint on what you want, epoxy a frame and a photo onto them..
Post # 5
You know… you could actually do the whole thing on scrap wood or a canvas (if you can find one cheap.
For the finish… you just take your light color and cover the whole surface and than get a coffee color brown and stiple it on the side (just take a coarse bristle brush with a liiiiittle bit of pain just on the tips and tap it around the edges). Then you wipe the excess off the brush and make sure it’s dry and blend some of the paint into the lighter color. You can continue this faux finish throughout (blending more in the middle).
Then nail or glue the frame and picture on to it and…tada! Done! The most expensive part is the base (unless you find a real steal).. you should be able to find paint on sale somewhere and brushes for cheap(ish). The frame would be a good will find.
Hope that helps! For more info, you can google faux finishing techniques!
Post # 6
How do I get the writing on there to look good? I dont have the best handwriting
Post # 7
2 things, if you want it to look worn do the dark brown first, let it dry and then cover with the lighter color. then you can sand away at the light color and it’ll show through naturally. if you don’t mind it being a bit faux looking, do the stipple wash method. for the calligraphy, print it out in the font you want and center it where you want it and trace over it hard (assuming you’re using wood). when you remove it, you’ll have your guideline to fill in with the paint. go slow and aim for the inside rather than going too far out. you can always go back and make it crisp with a marker
Post # 8
I would buy a push-pin board as the main piece and use Mod Podge to attach scrap book paper for your background. The writing can either be printed out on your computer or I would go with buying the vinyl or vellum stickers from craft stores. Then for the little frame, buy a small fram from the Dollar Tree and paint to match. You should just be able to attach with a hot glue gun. To finish it up you can use a stain paint, or brown craft paint around the outside to give it that craft look. It works best if you paint it on then blot it off with a paper towel.