Young and Crafty Sisters: 12/13/10

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.