The girls are loving all the homemade gifts we are making! We still have more to do, but wanted to share this frugal project with you just in case you are still looking for ideas! You can make this project for less than $10 (assuming you have the majority of the supplies on hand).
The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies. We chose to shop at Walmart. They have a great craft section, great prices and it is super convenient for me.
You will notice in my first set of photos below that there are some items not listed. I am not using those for this particular project, which is the Wood Tile Board. As you can see I picked up some other unfinished wood items as well and the other supplies such as the X-ACTO products are for another crafty gift. You can view our shopping trip on Google+.
The supplies needed for this project are:
- Elmer’s Glue All
- Elmer’s CraftBond All Purpose Glue (I couldn’t find this on the website)
- Elmer’s CraftBond Foam Mounting Tape
- Elmer’s CraftBond Double-sided Tape
- Elmer’s Carpenter Wood Glue
- Scrapbooking Papers and Embellishments such as Stickers and Cutouts
- Unfinished Wood Tile Board
- Recycled Cardboard
- Chalkboard Paint
The first step is picking out the scrapbooking papers and embellishments that you want to use to decorate your wooden tiles, I did 5 of them this way. Once you have that decided you will want to cut the Scrapbooking paper to fit your tiles as shown in the photos below.
Next you will want to take a mixture of Elmer’s Glue All and water until you have a spreadable consistency. Once that is done, apply your paper to the wooden tile. Let it set-up for several minutes and then apply a coat over the top as well sealing the entire surface and edges. Set these aside, once dry apply another 2 coats, allowing each coat to dry first. Don’t worry! That glue will dry completely clear!
Next I took the remaining 4 tiles and had the girls painting them with Chalkboard paint. Once that was dried we did two more coats, allowing it to dry completely between coats. It says on the bottle that it should cure for 48 hours and then to prime it by applying chalk to the surface and wiping clean…I didn’t do that. I also had the girls pick out the stickers they wanted to apply. They added another layer of the glue mixture over top. Then they chose some buttons to add and applied those with the Elmer’s CraftBond All Purpose Glue.
While all that is drying we ripped pieces of Scrapbooking paper to add around the frame. This was also applied with the glue mixture and then sealed with 3 coats over the top. It dries really fast!
Now we want to decorate the Chalkboard tiles. We used some recycled cardboard by tearing it into pieces and pealing parts of the top layer away as seen below. Next I added some cardboard Scrapbooking embellishments to the cardboard with Elmer’s CraftBond Double-sided Tape. I love this stuff! Then I used the Elmer’s CraftBond Foam Mounting Tape to adhere the cardboard pieces to the Chalkboard wooden tiles. This gave the project a lot more demension and texture. We even glued on some more buttons!
Ok, now it’s time to put the whole thing together…actually make it look like something pretty! Apply wood glue…you have to work fast! Be sure that you check the order of the tiles and also that the hanger on the back is at the top. I failed to check and now Jeremy will have to move it for me. Once the wood glue is on you need to work fast. This stuff bonds! Apply pressure to the whole thing while the glue sets.
Once it’s all dry, admire finished project and listen to everyone tell you how awesome you are…
Check out the Win the Wall contest, where one person can win the ENTIRE Elmer’s Memory Keeping Wall from Walmart (that’s a $250 value!)
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This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #ElmersHoliday #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias
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Tabetha kING says
Looks like the girls really had a lot of fun with this craft!
Amy @ The Mom Hood says
I love all the different textures – it turned out great!
Great idea! I love the color and texture choices that you used. Maybe I can get creative and make one on my own. Thanks for sharing.
This is amazing . I loved how detailed your steps were and the pictures compliment the craft very well. I also love your color scheme. Awesome job.
Oh..I love that! You always have the best projects!