Christmas Card Clothesline

This craft was very easy to do and can be seen all over Pinterest right now. For the season, I made this for Christmas cards, but could easily use for any occasion by changing the paper.

Buy plain clothespins and cut your patterned paper to fit on the clothespin face. Then you can use Mod Podge or Elmer’s Craft Glue to glue the paper to the clothes pin. When it’s dry, coat the paper again with the glue to seal it.

You can choose to paper both sides, or just do one side.

Hang the clothes pins on a long piece of twine or yarn and as your cards come in the mail, hang them on the line on your wall.

I have a hanger like this hung across the wall like a clothes line for my daughter’s art work. My Christmas cards are hanging vertically down a wall in my kitchen. Change it up as you like…

Happy holidays!

Made beautifully by Leanne

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DIY Cork Board

A while back I pinned a project on Pinterest of a hanging board to display race tags from various running events. My sister has recently taken up running and has already run a few 5km races. I’m so proud of her and wanted her to have a nice way to display her accomplishments.

The race tag plaque that I was looking at was very simple, but I was looking to do something pretty and include an inspirational quote.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-Tzu

Paint an inspirational quote and use as your visual vision board, display your accomplishments or just have a place to hang pictures.

Skill Level:

Intermediate art skills for painting fine details in the lettering. All handiwork is simple and the folks at the hardware store can help too.

Time involved:

Painting – 2 hours
Dry time – 8 hours
Assembling – 15 mins

Materials:

– wood piece for plaque/mounting piece of cork board (cut this yourself if you are able or take to your local hardware store and they can cut to size for you)
– sandpaper
– pencil
– masking tape
– craft paint
– fine paint brush
– urethane paint for dealing and protection
– foam roller
– small paint tray
– piece of cork (I got two 12″x12″ pieces for $1 at the dollar store. I only used one)
– caulking and caulking gun
– pins

How to:

1. Take your piece of wood cut to size and sand it down including the edges.
2. Choose your quote. Using a pencil, lay out the quote on your wood. I used masking tape to make straight lines to make sure my lettering was straight. I looked at a font type online and mimicked it, but free handed my lettering. It’s not perfect, but I didn’t have a stencil to use. You can of course use a stencil or vinyl lettering to put words on the wood.
3. Once you are happy with the way your quote is laid out, use craft paint and a fine paint brush to paint quote on wood.
4. Let the paint dry, then using your foam roller, tray and polyurethane, apply two light coats over the whole piece. Allow time to dry between coats.
5. When fully dry, take cork and mount to your wood using caulking to hold it in place. For mine, I wanted the cork board to be thick so I cut the cork to the size I wanted and doubled it up using the caulk to also adhere the two pieces of cork together.

This could be modified to be a larger cork board but my intention was for this to be used to display my sister’s running accomplishments. So the inspirational quote compliments this. But of course you could personalize however you wish.

Made beautifully by Leanne

Chalkboard Table for Kids

Sprucing up an old object that was destined for the dump or a bonfire is so fulfilling. This table was so close to being burnt in a summer bonfire that I was there in the nick of time to save it. Though it sat in the garage collecting dust for a long time before becoming something great… that matters not.

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First, this table needed a very good sanding. Ideally, it would have been best to take it all apart to sand everything down, but the table was so old that I wasn’t sure it would fit back together and I didn’t feel like wrestling with rusty nuts and bolts. So it got a good sanding with a palm sander using a rough grit sandpaper and then a hand sanding with a fine grit sandpaper.

Next I used a wood filler to fill in all the holes, dents and large scratches on the surface of the table. I wanted a somewhat smooth finish so it would be nice to draw on with chalk later.

ImageThe next step, is one you don’t want to skip. Primer. I’m not a patient person, so I’m regularly tempted to miss the priming, but it’s really what is needed to prep your work surface.

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The chalkboard paint was next. I used a spray paint version of the chalk board paint that you can find most anywhere they sell paint these days. The other day I came upon some at a “Dollar Tree” in a craft paint sized container! I did three light coats of the chalkboard paint on the top and sides. It was important to do the chalkboard paint first because I knew with the spray paint that I would overshoot it a little so I didn’t have to worry about masking any of the legs off since I was just going to paint over it anyways. Multiple light coats are best. You only have to rush a spray paint job ONCE and you won’t do it again. If you rush and put it on too thick or spray too closely to the surface you are going to get drips and pools of paint and not get a nice even and uniform finish. Follow the instructions on the can, jar, tin, etc… and you’ll do fine.

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Hahaha… After this photo, I turned the old Christmas table cloth over!

I wanted to paint the bottom a bright pink. So I had to turn the table over to do this. I put on three nice full coats to make sure I had great protection for the wood and a good smooth finish. I just used a foam roller to do this. Just as it goes with the spray paint, doing multiple light coats is better than one thick heavy coat to prevent drips and an uneven finish.

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Once thoroughly dry, I mean leave it out to dry for a minimum of 24 hours. For impatient people, this is hard… especially little ones. I had to put it out of sight until it was dry so we weren’t tempted.

Then run a piece of chalk sideways along the chalkboard surfaces to “prep them” and use a chalkboard eraser to wipe off. Then you are good to go!

Chalk away and enjoy!

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