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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Guest Post- Christina from Christina's Adventures

Hi everyone! Today, I have the fabulous Christina from Christina's Adventures guest posting today. I "met" Christina a few months back and we have become fast friends.
She is sharing a fabulous project today so I will let you take it from here.

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be guest posting here today - it's my first time! I wanted to share how I made these for a gift for my mother in law:
They weren't always that cute. They actually started as these:

The canvas on the left was $4, and the frame was $5, both from a local thrift store. I was SO excited I found these 2 that were almost exactly the SAME SIZE! It was perfect for what I wanted!

First, I got to work by sanding and and then staining the frame. My mother in law has lots of dark wood in her house, plus lots of red, so I wanted to fit her decor with this project. I used leftover dark walnut stain from my kitchen table project:

I put on a coat of polyurethane (also leftovers) afterwards to protect the finish. Then, I got started on the bulletin board. First, I pieced together pieces of cork roll on the top of the canvas:
Then, I got to work on filling the inside of the canvas. I used some leftover cork squares (cut to size) to fill it, followed by some more cork roll, and then just put 2 layers of a cardboard box in to fill up the rest of the space, with Gorilla Glue between layers.

I didn't take pictures of the next part, but I ironed some fabric from Jo*Ann's, and stapled it (with my staple gun from my bench re-model) onto the back of the canvas frame. Then, I hot-glued some ribbon along the borders.

Moving back to the framed piece, I also ironed some coordinating fabric from Jo*Anns, and hot-glued ribbon, and mod-podged some scrapbook letters at the top of the inset.

Let it dry, and here it is now:

I really am excited to give it to her - the one she has now is functional, but not pretty. It was also recently written on by someone with permanent I think this will be well-recieved! :)
Cost Breakdown:

Canvas & Frame: $9.00

Stain & Poly: Free (leftovers)

Fabric: $4.99/yd., but I only got 1/2 of each, and then got 15% off: $4.24

Ribbon: $2.99 + 15% off: $2.54

Total Cost: $15.78

If you liked this project (and the price!), then PLEASE stop by my blog, Christina's Adventures. I love up-cycling other people's "junk", and getting resourceful with how to make them beautiful on a very tight budget. I would LOVE it if you would stop by and visit me!

Thanks, Allison, for letting me stop by today! :)

Thanks so much Christina! Those are so great!
Please go visit Christina's blog and give her some love! You'll find great stuff there!


  1. Thanks so much for the kind words! You're very sweet :)

  2. Christina,
    Congrats on your inaugural Guest Post. Your project was quite imaginative when it comes to recycling. Who would have thought.

    Allison, I will have to puruse your blog page if your other guest posters have such creative ideas.

    Happy New Year with your Happy New Use!

  3. This looks great! I bet she loved it!! Awesome job :)


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