Are you like me? Do you go into quaint little boutiques and ooh and ah over everything but then leave without spending a dime? I bet those shop owners just love to see people like us walk in the door. But seriously, how can a girl who loves to shop at second hand stores ever in her right mind spend a wad of money on cute little home décor items that she knows she can make herself for pennies?
This project will require you to search out a few inexpensive items but I think you’ll have fun doing so.
First, you will need small piece of wood. I used a 5 1/2” x 4 1/2” piece of pine (3/4” thick). You will also need a fun or pretty paper napkin. I happened to have these funky chicken napkins on hand that I absolutely love. You will also need a small bottle of acrylic paint (I used ivory) and a small paint brush, a piece of fine grit sandpaper, a pair of scissors, and bottle of Mod Podge .
Paint the front side of your piece of wood with your paint and let it dry. Once the front side is dry, paint the back side and edges. Remember to rinse your paintbrush because you will need it later in the project. When all paint has completely dried, lightly sand the edges with the small piece of sandpaper to give it a weathered look.
Cut out the portion of the napkin that you want to use for your project. I cut the napkin and then separate the layers once I’m done cutting. This makes it easier.
With that previously rinsed out paint brush, now apply a coat of Mod Podge on the front of your painted piece of wood. Carefully lay the colorful top piece of your cut out napkin in place and apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over it. I like to use a slightly wet brush while doing this so I keep a little dish of water nearby. You have to be very careful not to over wet the brush though. I work the bubbles out with the brush and I go. Once the first layer of Mod Podge has been applied let it dry thoroughly. Proceed to apply three more coats (drying completely) between each application.
This particular project can be displayed on a table, shelf, or window sill. And if you’re looking for a piece of inexpensive wall art just add a small picture hanger on the back and there you have it!
Imagine the possibilities. Monogramed letters, quotes, shabby chic floral designs, and yes, funky spring chickens!
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