This was my inspiration. It is from the Better Homes and Gardens website, as I mentioned earlier. With my little E's 4th birthday coming up, I knew it would be a great item for her room. I took my own spin on this, using pink and orange toned papers and using a spash of blues and greens to give it a little punch!
You know what the best part is? The whole project cost me less than $2!!! The foam board is the only thing I had to buy. That was only because I broke the frame I was going to use in the process!
Wanna know how I did it?
MAKE LETTER & PICTURE CARDS
I used my Cricut to cut out the letters and pictures that the corresponding letter went with. You could also print pics off of the computer, or even draw them! So many possibilities!
Glue letters and pictures onto the squares that have been assembled.
This step was probably the most tedious and time consuming! I tried to not use the same color too much, and to vary cards from animals to clothing to people. It definitely took a bit of time.
My Sharpies are my BFF on projects like this! I have all sorts of colors and tip sizes! So fun!
I used the "Mod Podge - Satin" because that's what I had in my closet! You could choose whatever finish you prefer!
Apply a thin coat to the letter card and the picture card - front side only. Apply to all cards. Let Dry for a few hours!
I just wanted to seal the cards up individually before applying them to the board. Also, in case any of the paper or markers on the cards smeared, I could fix it without worrying about the rest!
COVER FOAM BOARD with SCRAPS
I used a piece of Elmer's Foam Board that was from the school supply section at Wal-mart. This was the only item I purchased for this whole project. It cost $2ish and I cut it in half! I liked that is light weight, but durable. You could use a canvas, wood, or cardboard and frame it. Lots of ways to just use what you have on hand!
I didn't want the board to be black, so I used the left over scraps from the cards to cover the board! I used Mod Podge to glue it down.
Leave about a half inch of paper hanging over the edges to fold over.
No rhyme or reason to the pattern. Figured most of it wouldn't be seen any way!
Fold the paper over, and fold the corners in and glue them up.
I applied a coat of Mod Podge over the entire board and Ta-da! A covered foam board!
Now I could lay out how I wanted the pattern of letters to be.
MOD PODGE the LETTERS ONTO the BOARD
Apparently I didn't take pics of this step, but it is pretty much the same as mentioned above for other steps of Mod Podging!
I finished it Saturday night, just in time for it to dry over night and give to my birthday girl on Sunday!
She loves it!!!
I love the way it turned out and can't wait to hang it in her bedroom!