Happy Friday everyone
So happy the weekend is almost here, unfortunately for us the weather doesn’t look to promising for outdoor activities. Hubby will have to work on Mother’s day but that’s fine, Nate and I will go and visit my mom Sunday morning to give her a small gift. So any spray painting projects will have to be put on hold for these next two weekends. May 20th is my baby boy 2nd birthday and I have to get ready and plan something fun for him. I need to come up with fun treats for a “Spiderman” theme party. I will try to take cute pictures of him and share them with you later.
I am posting this project very late and so close to Mother’s day because I don’t want my mother-in-law to read and see what I prepared for her. We might visit her tomorrow instead of Sunday and I can’t wait to see if she likes her gift or not.
Please let me share with you how I made this simple, fun and almost free Mother’s day gift I prepared for her on behalf of her grandson.
I wanted to print her a giant Mother’s day card and glue pictures of Nate to the card, so I went upstairs to print some recent and baby pictures of him. Aww! I know, he’s my son but I love looking at his baby pictures, he was too cute and delicate back then. After printing the pictures, I was looking for glue and found two pieces of wood inside one of the drawers of Nate’s changing table, which you know I am using as a work table for now.
These two pieces of wood, used to be nailed inside of the small closet from my craft room. Two months ago we wanted to make room for a “workspace” inside that tiny closet (it’s not ready yet, future post), we removed the old shelves and I remember keeping these two pieces of wood for a “maybe/future” project. I forgot all about it but when I saw them again, I knew I had to use them for this project. So, I looked for my mod podge, a foam brush, a paint brush and craft paint and was ready to start:
I started by lightly sanding the two small pieces of wood. I choose yellow and pink for the colors of the craft paint and gave them two small coats on all sides. I left the paint to dry for at least 15 minutes:
Once the paint was dry, I applied a thin coat of mod podge to one side of the wood using a small foam brush, I then applied a thin coat of mod podge to the back of the photo, put it on top of the wood and gently pressed it with my fingers. I cut the pictures to size with an x-acto knife after I had placed the photos on top of the wood, big mistake. I should’ve measured the length of the photos first and cut them before gluing them. In the picture below you can see how the edge of the photo exceeds the piece of wood.
I let it dry for at least 10 minutes before top coating it “sealing it” with a thick layer of mod podge. I used the foam brush to give it a final coat. Note that when applying the last thick coat of mod podge your image will look cloudy, not to worry, it will be clear once it’s dry. Let it dry for a couple of hours. I left mine to dry for an entire day:
note: use a “brayer roller” to eliminate bubbles or wrinkles, or gently press the photos with your fingers; if like me you don’t own one. You will be able to create a smooth surface when you will top coat it with mod podge.
This last weekend, we worked hard on our yard and one of hubby’s tasks was to trim the branches of our tree. He left them on the side of our house, but while he was away at work this week, I was sweeping the yard and found a perfect small piece of branch, I instantly knew what I would do with it. I quickly peeled off the bark and it looked great. I had only intended to give my mother-in-law these two pieces but now the scope of my project had changed again. It was time to take my drill out:
I decided to drill two holes at the end of each piece of wood, I was too scared of using the drill on such a small and fragile piece, so I had to wait for hubby to do it for me the next day:
The next step was to get the twine in each one of these holes. I thought this step would be the easiest one but it wasn’t. I spent an hour trying to figure out how to do it. I got upset, I couldn’t believe I couldn’t put a thread through a hole. For a moment, I hated this twine and wanted to use “rope” instead, I looked for some but I only had white and yellow rope around the house. If I would’ve use the ropes I had available, I would’ve ruin the look I was going for. I gave up and decided I was going to give her this gift as is. Fortunately, that same afternoon, my dad came over to drop off some tools I needed for our yard and I asked him for help. He taped the tip of the twine, used a small pencil and his patience and was able to get the twine through each one of the holes:
Thank you daddy!
To leave a space between each piece of wood, I cut small pieces of twine and made knots as seen in the picture below. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to align them, so they are a bit uneven on the sides, you will see this in the next pictures:
The bottom, wasn’t an issue because I looped it all around:
Almost there, now I just need to attach the twine to the piece of wood found in the yard:
Finally, got it. It was not easy to put them together, I tried it many times. It would’ve been easier, if I would’ve had an extra pair of hands to help me and more patience. It’s not perfect, but I still love how it looks. She will be able to display it in her house however she wants to. Knowing my mother-in-law, she will probably be able to align these herself better. After all, she is a “DIY” girl herself.
Now, I will be looking for more pieces of wood and see if I can do something similar for myself and hang it in my craft room to look at these 2 guys every day when I’m up there:
Last minute idea; I decided to make these two personalized cards for my mom and one for my grand mother. I printed these cute pictures of me and Nate in black and white again, attached them back to back with a small red ribbon and wrote a small note inside:
Just want to let you know, I didn’t edit these pictures with any software, I was just playing with the shadows, the sunlight in the room, the settings of the camera and they were not taken on the same day. I love how different they look one from the other. I also know that pictures are very important when posting a tutorial; they should be bright with no shadows but I just wanted to have fun today. And it’s my blog right? this is the space where I can have fun and experiment with my photos! 😉 I promise to follow all the rules for my next tutorial! I hope everyone realized, I’m just kidding around!
To all the moms, soon-to-be moms, future moms and all the ladies, I wish you all a happy Mother’s day weekend and hope you will be able to somehow be around the ones you love!
Thanks again for stopping by!