Young and Crafty Sisters: Tutorial by Five Sixteenths!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tutorial by Five Sixteenths!

I've got Moe here today who has not one, but TWO great blogs! Be sure to check them out!

Hello there! I am Moe from Five Sixteenths, a daily design decor blog I started back in the summer of 2010. It's hard to believe that the year is almost over! I started Five Sixteenths to give some of my decor ideas a home separate from my craft blog Cross My Hooks!

Currently I am studying art at a small east coast college & am focusing in ceramics.  I live in a tiny campus apartment with three other room mates.  In order to cope with the drab white walls, I've covered our apartment with color!  I made this to give some color to our kitchen & keep our coupons within eye sight!

Today, I'd love to share with you this very simple yet very chic decor project.  Using burner covers (either from the $$ store, thrift store, or recycled from your own home), glue, magnets, & scrapbook paper we will make this great set of magnetic memo boards.  This is the perfect project for a gift for this season & a great way to keep those way ward cards displayed!

Let's get started.  Here's what you will need:
Burner covers, scrapbook paper, white glue with a few tablespoons of water or decoupage medium, compass, ruler & time! (optional: small jar for glue/water mixture)

My burner covers had a neat design I wanted to stick with so I measured the diameter of an inner circle & used a compass to create a circle to that size.  I repeated this on all the covers:

Now we have circles corresponding to our burner covers. I've chosen to only use 2 covers but I cut some other paper because I wasn't sure which ones I liked together.  You can go ahead & make all 4 covers if you wish:

Break out that white glue. Either pour some glue into a bowl to add water to or if you would like to keep your mixture, use a leftover sauce jar.  Pour a fair amount of glue into your container & slowly add a bit of warm water a tablespoon at a time to thin down the glue.  The glue should become a bit more runny & less thick than the original white glue.  You want it to resemble decoupage medium:

Use this medium to adhere your paper to your burner, be careful not to make it too runny.  Your paper will bubble if it is. I applied the glue to the burner first then pressed on the paper.  Make sure to smooth it out:

if your paper does bubble, grab an old credit card or thick piece of board.
run this over the top to smooth it out.

Once it is dry, give it a once over with more of your glue mixture to seal it.  Again, use your card if you need to smooth out the bubbles.

To hang, attach a length of string to the back with hot glue or use removable hooks with a sticky back.

Now you have a finished magnetic memo board:

Notice the old thermostat that we haven't taken out of the wall.  I think it adds character.  This are perfect to display your holiday greeting cards from friends & family, in an office to remind you of important dates, or at your entry way to remind you of your grocery list.