Saturday, February 23, 2013

Crafty! Me?

Yes. I got crafty. The most crafty I have been since elementary school.  I decided to take some of my recent photo prints and put them onto wood for the girl's rooms.  It was a pretty simple project but still a big deal for me. I got the idea from Pinterest.  You can find lots of examples on there (I used this one) or you can attempt to follow my steps below. I suggest you follow mine as I am pretty sure I am the only one out there that included beer. Follow along, you won't regret it. 

Stuff Needed: Block of wood, mod podge, spray paint, a foam brush and 3-4 bottles of beer of your choice. The wood I used was MDF 3/4" thick boards from Mens-nards. 

Stuff needed (minus the beer).
Step 1: Cut wood into size needed. I made them the same size as my photo or you can make them a little bigger if you want a border. I had my handy dandy dad cut them into a 16x20 and 12x12.

Step 2: Paint your wood. I let my husband spray paint them black for me (He wanted to feel important and in on the project).

Great spray paint job by hubby. 

Step 3: Drink a beer and let the paint dry. 

Step 4:  Brush mod podge on the wood and on the back of the picture to glue it down. Once I had the picture on the wood, I used a towel to press it down (trying to avoid finger prints).  

Side Note: If you are like me and had no idea what mod podge is you can find it at any craft store or amazon has it online. I bought mine at hobby lobby. 
Mod Podge on the wood to glue the photo down. 

Step 5: Grab another beer and let the picture dry onto the wood. (About 20 minutes or until your beer is gone).

Step 6:  Brush a thin layer of mod podge onto the picture. Freak out because your picture is now white. Relax, take a drink of your beer, it dries clear.  I tried to brush it down and across to give it a canvas like look. I apologize for not getting a picture of this step because my hubby and I were arguing about whether I was doing it right. We work so well together ;). I admit this is the step I could use some practice on as I was a little unsure on how much mod podge to use. Also not sure if a foam brush is the best tool, but it worked and turned out great in the end.  Optional 3rd beer here while you wait for the mod podge to dry. I really shouldn't don't want to promote binge drinking, use your head folks!

Step 7: Hang your pictures. We use the velcro strips as to not put holes in the wall. They work great.

Step 8: Drink your last beer to celebrate a job well done!
The finished project over the baby crib. The sign I bought from Etsy here.
This sign is from the same Etsy store.
Wow, a post about wood and beer. Doesn't get much better than that! I even managed to talk about both while posting a crafty thingy.  Nice.


  1. Love it- especially the picture of Greta.

  2. That's adorable! I'm just missing the handy dandy wood cutter... I think alcohol+saw=no fingers


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