February 10, 2013

Homemade Gift: 3 (2012)

Remember that one time in 2012 that I decided to give five homemade gifts to Facebook friends?  Yeah, me neither.  Okay, I kid.  I actually did get this project done in December and gave it to the recipient within the correct time frame.

Jessica is a pretty crafty person, so I had to think of something she wouldn't just make for herself.  I found the tutorial for these blocks on Shanty 2 Chic.  This blog showcases very inexpensive projects- but usually involves tools (simple as they may be) that I don't have.  Luckily this one involved steps I could take without having to purchase anything huge.

 What I purchased at Home Depot: wood (employee cut it down for me), sanding block, primer, paint (samples that were marked down), foam brushes, upholstery tacks

What I had: cloth, felt for flower backing, fabric glue, handmade paper

I took the photographs at a family birthday party and printed them on handmade paper from porridge papers.  The paper soaked up the ink pretty well, but I love the textures in it, as it adds to the worn feel of the blocks.  Instead of painting the letters, I ran the cloth through the inkjet printer.  Meaning- Ben helped me tape the cloth to light cardboard and mess with the computer and printer until it ran through correctly.

Thank you, Shanty Sisters!!

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