Unfortunately for me, the back to school/work concept doesn’t really apply to me at the end of the summer. This isn’t necessarily to say that I wish I was back in school, but mostly just that I wish I could still keep my beloved 3 months of the year off that I once had for the 20 years of my life. But I’m not bitter.
For those of you that are getting back into the swing of things, this (almost overly) simple personalized noticeboard DIY is just for you. These are the versions I made to share as examples for the craft night at Ikea last week. I had tons of fun seeing what people came up with for their boards at last week’s craft night at Ikea. One girl literally made huge glitter crystals on her board with the amount of glitter she dumped on that bad boy. I love it, obviously.
- Foam brush
- Painter’s tape
- Stencils (optional)
- Spray Adhesive (optional)
- Fabric or paper (optional)
In order to create patterns, shapes, or use stencils on the cork board, you’ll need to tape your design down. Use the painter’s tape, and gently dab the adhesive side against your hand (or any fabric) to make the tape not quite as sticky. This way it won’t peel up the cork when you remove it.
Place the tape or stencil where you’d like your design, and paint accordingly, being careful not to use too much paint at a time so that it doesn’t bleed underneath your tape or stencil. Once you’ve finished painting, carefully remove the tape and let dry. Now you’re ready to get organized!
To create the fabric or paper covered board, simply cut your fabric the size you want, spray the back with spray adhesive, and lay it over your cork board smoothing it out with your hands. Voila!
And last but not least, here are a few photos from the DIY event last week at Ikea Houston:
This weekend is my first DIY event at Ikea, and I’m beyond excited! It’s themed around getting organized, so I’ve been scheming up out of the ordinary ways to re-purpose everyday items. Most things you’ll have to see on Saturday, but I wanted to include those of you that aren’t local (hi, mom!) in my DIY chalkboard to-do list using Deco-Art’s new chalkboard anything paint. No lie, I want to chalkboard everything in my house right now just because I can. And on that note, I’d like to take this time to apologize to my husband in advance..
Essentially you can go as crazy as you’d like with this tutorial as long as you keep in mind a few keys steps: Any detailed stamping or lettering you have to do after you’ve painted the chalkboard coats according to the instructions on the bottle. The chalkboard paint will smear any details that are painted with craft paint if you use it after. Here’s are steps I took to make mine:
First, I painted the whole board with chalkboard paint according to the instructions on the bottle. Once it had set for 24 hours, I stamped my logo on the top, and then taped off the bottom portion and painted it mint julep green from DecoArt. Then I drilled a hole in the top of the board and strung leather cord through and knotted it. I cured the surface by rubbing white chalk across it and wiping it off, and then I bought black chalkboard pens for everyday use so that it was easier to write and see than traditional white chalk. Pretty simple and definitely much cuter than a plain old chalkboard or dry erase to-d0 list!
P.s.- If you don’t want to miss out on the rest of the projects, you can still RSVP for the event, here. See you Saturday!