Monday, June 6, 2011

Is There Anything Modge Podge Can't Do?


Let me start off by saying that I am DEFINITELY not a thrifty person. I have been known to buy nonessential items on a whim. But I HATE to spend money on anything I think I can make myself. Like the license plate maps that I was seeing everywhere! Hobby Lobby had a mounted print for $140. Later it went on sale for $70. And even though I have physical pain if I pass by a sale, I still thought I could beat that price. So I bought a print for less than $25 on the net and a canvas for less than $10 and I was ready to make a copy that will eventually hang in our family cabin.

Three challenges. First, the print was 36x26, and the canvas was 36x24. Some trimming and it fit pretty well. Across the bottom of the print was a stripe with the print's info. Once it was cut off, the print was a little smaller than the frame but I painted the edges black so you don't even notice.

Second problem, large sheets of paper are difficult to modge podge. The paper stretches and bubbles keep forming under the paper. Real headache. I worked and worked it, trying to get the air bubbles out from under the print but finally gave up. I figured I had ruined a perfectly good print but much to my surprise, after drying overnight, the paper had shrunk back and the bubbles were magically gone! Perfect! Now you may be wondering why I didn't just spray mount the print to the canvas and avoid all the drama. Well, the print had a VERY shinny surface and I wanted to use the modge podge to create a textured surface, which it did and solved the third problem. Ugly shinny finish. Now the surface looks more expenxive. And I love how it turned out. So for about half of the sale price I got a huge wall hanging that looks great! Diana

17 comments:

  1. It looks great! I hate buying stuff I know I can make too!! It's fun to say you made it for a fraction of the price. Fabulous job:)

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  2. great idea! i just saw another blog do something similar in their bedroom. this looks great, and i love that it costs waaay less!

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  3. Turned out lovely, nice job!
    Beth

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  4. This will look lovely in your cabin! I like how cheerful and sort of haphazard these maps are but they still come together to make the US! I am your newest follower! I hope you can stop by my site sometime!

    www.thegunnysack.com

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  5. So fun. I agree, mod podge is awesome. Great job.

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  6. this is awesome! you did a great job. i know what you mean by the mod podge bubbles...gives me a head ache too, this turned out great tho!!!
    love it:)

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  7. It does look great, Diana! Fantastic idea that really turned out nice!

    So nice stopping by to visit wit you!

    Kindly, Lorraine

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  8. This looks great! I'd love for you to link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com
    ~Michelle
    Thrifty 101

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  9. Oh my gosh - I JUST bought that exact thing at Hobby Lobby for my son's bedroom!! You are so smart and so talented to recreate it! (I'm crafty, but never could have taken that on!) Thank goodness my husband won't check your blog. lol! Fabulous job!

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  10. how inventive you are! You did such a good job and it turned out beautiful. Much better then just a print in a frame for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Wow! I thought they were actually metal license plates! I am a mod podge lover too! I can't use it enough!!!!
    xo,
    Sena

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  12. I love how this turned out, Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

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  13. I love how you mod podged the poster onto the canvas! Your project will be featured on Sew Woodsy tomorrow. Please feel free to grab a featured button and display it proudly! Of course if you have any new craft projects you'd like to link up we'd love to see you back! ;)

    Katie from Sew Woodsy

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  14. I forgot to tell you that I featured your project last week! :) Thanks for linking it up!

    http://www.polishthestars.com/2011/07/link-party-monday-23.html#comments

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