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)
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.