08/24/08
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Tropical Storm Faye made her way through Florida late last week, which meant I was off from work for a few days with little to do. Since it was difficult to leave the house much because of the rain, I thought I would be resourceful and come up with something I could make to occupy my time using things I already had around the house. I found a piece of cardboard and a roll of woodgrain contact paper and I was ready to go.

I decided to make a quick and easy bulletin board, so I could display some of my old family photographs until I am able to get them framed. And I was pretty happy with the results. The whole thing took about 30 minutes from start to finish and cost all of $9 in materials (but I already had everything I needed- so really I wasn’t out any cash at all). Here’s how to make your own:

Materials: 1. Cardboard (any size) $0.00   2. Faux Bois Contact Paper (about 2 feet depending on the size) about $2.00   3. White Simple Picture Frame $7.00 (variable- if you get a frame from the thrift store it would be even cheaper obviously)   4. Scissors   5. Xacto Knife (optional)

How To:

Step One- Cut cardboard to desired size. Then remove one corner of the contact paper backing and start at a corresponding corner of the cardboard. While smoothing the contact paper to adhere to the cardboard and get rid of any bubbles, continue pulling the backing away from the contact paper and smooth as you go. You can use whatever method you prefer here, but I thought this was the easiest way to do it.

Step Two- Once I finished applying the first layer of contact paper, I realized I wanted it to have a little added interest. So, I cut strip several strips of leftover contact paper into various widths and applied them in the opposite direction. I was surprised at how well it all blended together.

Step Three- Cut off any excess and then pop it into your frame. Simple!

UPDATE: Here are the links to other sites that have referenced this tutorial. Go check them out.

Craft ZIne

Craft Stylish

Whip Up

Somewhere in Middle America

Roska

Logorrhea

17 comments to Easy DIY Faux Bois Photo Board Click here to reply

Great project; Love the blog!

Kelli commented on August 24th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Cool project! Just discovered your blog and it has alot of great finds :) Going in my bookmarks…

Steph commented on August 25th, 2008 at 2:42 am

ooh love this, it looks really great!

beth commented on August 25th, 2008 at 7:36 am

I think that’s beautiful1

Ruby commented on August 26th, 2008 at 12:26 am

I just saw this on the craftzine blog and I thought it sounded easy enough and is cute to boot.

sara commented on August 26th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Nice bog you have here. I pretty much lurk the internet when I’m bored and read all I can about the organic lifestyle, but I really liked you view on things. I’ll bookmark the site and subscribe to the feed!

Pure Acai commented on August 27th, 2008 at 1:46 am

I just blogged about your tutorial on Craftstylish.com. You can check it out here:
http://www.craftstylish.com/item/8277/easy-faux-bois-photo-board-tutorial

Is that a Perch! vase in the top photo?

PJ commented on August 27th, 2008 at 2:27 am

I do like it, but what doesn’t it get holey after a while?

Biqabee commented on August 30th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Thanks for all the compliments everyone!

Biqabee-
So far I haven’t had any problem with it looking like too hole-y. I use thin sewing needles as tacks though.

papernstitch commented on August 30th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Wow! What a fantastic idea. I’m thinking of doing something like that, but with a magnetic board underneath. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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proslaviy commented on September 16th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

This is tres cool. I have some chalkboard contact paper lying around, and some unused Ikea frames, you’ve inspired me to use ‘em in a similar manner! The opposite strips of woodgrain do make it look really cool, though.

dragonmoo commented on September 29th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

I love the tutorial and just found the same deer candlesticks at Salvation Army, oddly enough. http://inspirationincarnate.blogspot.com/2010/10/oh-deer.html

Truly love your DIYs.
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nikki commented on October 25th, 2010 at 9:51 am

Ha! That is so cool Nikki. Thanks for sharing. Love what you did with the candlesticks. White spray paint never fails!
-Brittni

papernstitch commented on October 25th, 2010 at 10:35 am

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