A Handcrafted Gift for a Special Person because it shows you care. I lost my mother at a young age, my father even younger. But I was blessed because I always thought of my mother’s sister and her husband as my second set of parents. I think of my mother and aunt often. They were strong woman in their own way and I wanted to be like both of them, I do believe I am.
Although I don’t have a mother to give a gift to I wanted to make something for someone to gift to their mother or someone in their life that was like a mother.
I think this little bulletin board fits the bill. It was an easy project. As you know thrift stores are loaded with frames. The frame I choose from my stash is quite ornate but that is what I wanted. I pried off the little clips that hold the backing on, it was missing the back anyway.
I had some leftover fabric and paint that matched it. The first thing I did was cut a piece of foam board and cork board to size. I ironed my fabric and 2 blouses since I had the ironing board out and then cut the fabric about an inch larger than the bulletin board.
I hot glued the one edge of the cork board, pulled the fabric over the edge and pressed it down. Be careful, hot glue is hot! I hot glued the opposite end and stretched the fabric over the edge and continued with the remaining edges.
I put that aside as I needed to paint the frame. I pulled the colors from the fabric, first mixture of the DIY chalk paint, one part Plaster of Paris mixed with water and then three parts paint was a dark brown in a Sherwin Williams color called tea chest. I am fascinated by the names the paints are called. That would be an interesting job wouldn’t it?
I did the next color in Ebbtide and Lakeshore. The last coat of the DIY Chalk Paint is Hush White. After each coat was painted I went back over it pulling it off with my brush, using a paper towel for the white. I wanted the colors to look blended and visible.
I very, very lightly sanded it, actually it didn’t need it so one swipe and I stopped.
Rather than waxing the frame, I used Sherwin-Williams faux impressions metallic latex finish in pearl. The finish became pearlized. It is beautiful. Once that was dry, I used the faux impressions glaze for added protection.
Putting it together was easy. I put the fabric covered bulletin board in the frame and then the foam board. I didn’t even get out the compressor.
I used the good old manual stapler. To cover up the staples I cut a piece of coordinating scrap book paper and glued it to the back. I used glue dots in the corners to position it and Aileen’s Tacky glue around the edge.
To make the tacks pretty, I spray painted them in silver. Then I took apart some sparkly beads. I clipped the little wire holding the top bead that covers the hole, put it back together again using a touch of E6000 glue. Then I glued it to the tack with E6000.
I can’t help myself but it is so pretty that I keep looking at it. The frame will be heading to Shoppe No. 5 but I am enjoying a handcrafted gift for a special person until then.
Materials Used For This Project
Ornate Frame Fabric to cover bulletin board
Cork board cut to fit in frame Paint in coordinating colors in fabric
Plaster of Paris Coordinating Scrap Book Paper
Beads E6000 glue
Tacks similar Spray paint in color to match
Hot glue gun and glue Stapler and staples
Aleene’s Tacky Glue Glue Dots
Sherwin-Williams Faux Impressions Metallic and Glaze