My sister turned eighteen at the end of February and one of my 101 in 1001 goals is to make all of our gifts this year. Unless unavoidable. Yes, I included a loop hole. So, even though I ended up making this on her birthday, she got a handmade gift. It was pretty frugal and has held up well. Good combo, if you ask me.
Here’s the How:
1) You will need a foam board, scrapbook paper, thumb tacks or push pins, ribbon to coordinate and your hot glue gun. I got my foam board at the Dollar Store, however, it’s not as thick as ones you get at Jo-Ann, Michael’s or even Wal-mart. I was going to put two of them together to make it thicker, but my sister told me not to. Since it was hers, I didn’t. You could though.
2) Start by measuring your board. Mine was 25”x30”, I think. This was a month ago, after all. If you want it smaller, cut it now. TIP: Cut it to a dimension with a common multiple. Ok, I’m not a math whiz and probably just sounded like a moron. What I mean is, if you cut 5”x5” squares of paper, they will fit perfect on your 25”x30” board. Does that make sense?
3) Cut your scrapbook paper into squares (or rectangles or triangles or whatever your little heart desires). I did 5X5” squares. I used tacky glue to glue these down in a random, patch-work pattern.
4) Then take your ribbon and glue it diagonally across the board on the ends only. Don’t glue in the middle of the ribbon. Repeat, across the other diagonal too. I wove my ribbons a little to make them look a little more fluid.
5) Take your push pins or thumb tacks and put a little hot glue on the ends (the pointy ones). Push them through where the ribbons cross. My pins poked through the back of the board, so I cut them off and put a little hot glue over the holes. If you cut the points off, please be careful… That’s all I’m saying. Oh, and it’s not an AWESOME craft if you don’t get a scar from it, right?! Ugh. Blood blisters are obnoxious.
6) I left the bottom row of pins sticking out further so my sister could hang necklaces on them.
7) Attach ribbon to the back of the board to hang it on the wall.
TA-DA! All Done! Now, this thing won’t hold a ton of weight, but so far it’s help up everything my sister has put on it. I did end up going back and super gluing the bottom row of pins in. Little Monkey thought it was funny to rip them out. Haha, not so funny for momma. =[ Boys! Or toddlers!