By Kathleen Neafsey
I have to start off by saying: FINALLY! I thought this weekend would never get here! My niece’s bridal shower was this past Saturday – and while I’m sorry that the shower is over, I’m relieved that I can talk to her and not worry about letting the cat out of the bag. And I no longer have to hide all the projects that I hav going on every time she walks into my house! That being said, I wanted to make a Scrabble board like the one I posted in this column in June. I started by asking the bridal party for words or phrases that would be meaningful to the bride and groom, and I also asked for some photos of the happy couple. I received so many great photos, but knew they wouldn’t all fit on the Scrabble board; hence, another idea is born: A Megan and Joe – through theyears – photo board.
Here’s all you need:
- One 20×30 inch black foam board, from a crafts store
- Matte finish Mod Podge
- A foam brush to apply Mod Podge
- Double-sided tape
- Command strips for hanging
Step One: The size of the photos depends on how many you have, and how close together you want them on the board. I cut mine to 4×4” – I considered cutting a 4×4” piece of cardboard to get the photos to a uniform size, but realized that when I placed it on top of the photo, I wouldn’t be able to frame and cut it properly. Necessity being the mother of invention, I took a piece of glass from a 4×6” frame and marked it off to be 4×4”, placed it on top of each photo and marked off where to trim it.
Step Two: After you’ve trimmed all the photos, lay them on the board, and move them around till you find their proper placement. Don’t tape anything yet! The double-sided tape is super sticky and will peel off the black on the board if you try to move any photos. Once the photos are where you want them, place a piece of double-sided tape on the back of the photo and stick it to the board. I ran into a little dilemma; I didn’t have enough photos that I could cut to size. I had some great group shots, but if I cut them to 4×4 I’d be cutting people out of the photos. Now I had blank space to fill on the board. Hmmm … what to do, what to do? Yet another idea is born. (I swear if you followed me around during the day, you’d actually see light bulbs going off above my head.) I sat down and wrote a poem in honor of the bride and groom; typed it, printed it, and put it in the middle of the board.
Step Three: By now everything is where you want it and taped to the board. Open up your Mod Podge and get to work! (**Before you do anything, read my Mod Podge tips below**) Using a foam brush, apply the Mod Podge right over the photos, making sure to get the corners too. It will look milky and messy, but it will dry clear. Let the board dry overnight. When the board is completely dry, apply a second coat of Mod Podge.
Mod Podge Tips:
- Try to apply the Mod Podge in either a horizontal OR vertical direction, otherwise you get this cross-hatch effect , which is nice for some projects, but you may not want it on your photos.
- Be sure to go over the black spaces between the photos with the Mod Podge also; or it won’t have the same sheen as the photos.
- When I applied Mod Podge to the poem, printed on regular paper, it caused the paper to move around and wrinkle – a lot – I suggest one brush stroke at a time, making sure the paper is flat after each stroke. Work in small increments.
Step Four: Place the Command strips on the back of the board, and it’s ready to hang. It’s not heavy, and won’t require a picture hanger or putting holes in the wall.
There you have it, a fun, unique way to display your favorite photos without breaking the bank! You can really be creative with this: using decorative edge scissors to trim the photos, add stickers, use magazine words and photos too! Let your imagination be free to roam.
Fabri-Kate is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. It is written by the crafty Kathleen Neafsey, who wields a mean pair of scissors. Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat and look for a brand new craft next time.