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 marker...so 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!


3 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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