In today’s sponsored post brought to you by Plaid and Blueprint Social, we’re going to rock out Mod Podge Sheer Colors from an exciting new product line!
So if you’re a reader around here you’ve surely seen my office makeover. I’ve kind of been making a big deal about it because my dad did so much hard work and it is truly functional and amazing!
But you may not know that I’m really struggling to make things functional and pretty at the same time. For instance, I changed my walls from the mocha with cream color I love SO, SO much to a beige-y tinted white simply for better light for photographs. And now I’m terrified to add any color to the room for want of messing up this absolutely amazing lighting schematic I’ve been rocking the last few weeks.
So when I had my back turned on my computer and I was full on admiring my new back wall of amazing crafty storage (as I’m finding myself doing quite often!) I got a little bit irritated at myself. I let my dad do all the hard work and heavy lifting and then I just kind of dropped the ball. I mean, look at those hand written signs on my wood crates of supplies. I’m waaay craftier than that!
So I busted out my supplies and went from blah to fab for about $15. Plus, I made a system that I can modify so that when I finally finish all of my work in progresses (ha!) and I want to put say, glass blowing supplies up in that crate I won’t be sanding marker off of the side of the wood. Because I always think I have my system down pat and then I’ve got tubs lining my garage with black marker written and crossed out four times until you’re like… what the heck is in that thing, anyway?
See, isn’t that so much better? It’s cute, it matches and it’s got a white board inside of it. Yep, any dry erase marker and I can go from jars to bra making materials to snorkeling masks with a simple swipe of a rag!
Want to make your own? I repeat it’s super cheap, super easy and super awesome… You will need:
- Mod Podge Sheers
- Mod Podge sponge end spouncers
- Plaid plastic stencils (sold near the wood supplies at Wal-Mart)
- Plaid wooden frames – these babies are $0.97 each at Walmart
- foam core board – got mine at Dollar General for $1.00
- dry erase poster board – $3 at Hobby Lobby or a cool $1.8 if you’re cheap and use a coupon (but I’ve seen it at Walmart, too)
- spray adhesive
- hot glue
- Wood crates or anything that needs to be marked for organization
- wood stain (optional)
The cat craft assistant is totally optional, and I must say, if he sleeps the whole time not a lot of help.
Today we’re using Mod Podge Sheers. It’s a totally new product in the Mod Podge line and it is awesome! You can use it to tint jars much like I did at Mom Spark but without the hassle of food coloring and it is fab as a wood stain, which is how we’re using it today! But there are some other cool Mod Podge products you might want to check out (and I’ll be featuring here on the blog soon) including Facet Shapes and Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge <— which is super exciting… You can find all of these new products at Michael’s or at Plaid’s website.
Take your stencil and find the pattern you want to use. My set has some repeating patterns like this fun shape here and also animal print, dots, all sorts of good stuff.
I didn’t mind if my patterned edges bled a bit because 1. these are way up high and 2. I thought it would be kind of charming looking (and it is) so I applied directly to the wood but use a bit of spray adhesive on the backside before applying for more crisp lines.
Then take your spouncer and lightly dab it in your Mod Podge sheer color. Dab off any excess and then spounce like mad over your stencil.
Carefully remove the stencil by picking up as straight up as you can to prevent any smudging. Place somewhere to try before continuing. I found that in front of a sunny window and working on three frames at a time, the sheer was drying faster than I could keep up with!
Clean off your stencil with a paper towel (the stencil will start to gunk up as time goes on because Mod Podge is also an adhesive so when that happens hit it with some soap and water to get back to square one).
Once the first section is dry, move the stencil over and either line up as well as you can eyeball or actually match up the last row that’s already been daubed and get after it all over again.
Continue around the frame until fully covered!
And let’s check in on that cat. Fat lotta good this guy is.
To finish my frames I went over each with the same stain I used on all of the woodwork in the office. This is not a necessary step but I liked the uniformity it created in the woodwork.
Apply the stain on, going with the grain in a well ventilated area. Allow to sit for a minute or two and wipe the excess away with a clean cloth and place somewhere to fully dry.
Next, using the shape that came in your frames, measure out matching sized pieces of foam core and cut out using a straight edge and x-acto knife.
Spray adhesive onto one side of the foam core and attach as many pieces as possible onto the back, dull side of your dry erase poster board.
Trim each out…
and place dry erase board side out in the frames.
To attach my frames I used plain old hot glue because, well, it’s my answer to just about every crafty conundrum. You can also drill holes and use something cute, like baker’s twine to hang or put sawtooth picture hangers on the backsides. Since my crates are up so high, I just glued the heck out of them to prevent getting a busted nose when one slipped off while taking a crate down.
I tossed my crates back on the shelf after I got each sign marked up and attached.
And I gotta say, I love them! There is just enough color that they’re interesting looking but not so much as to worry me about changing the color of the room.
I wanted them all to be similar but different so they alternate in color pink, green, blue and each has a totally different pattern!
I almost didn’t use the animal print stencils that came with my kit but in the end I did and they’re my favorites!
And since I only had to buy the poster board, foam core and frames, this project clocked in at under $15. Cheap and waaay better than hand written signs, I daresay!
Now to keep up with other new products Plaid puts out as well as neat projects you can sign up for the Plaid weekly newsletter with ideas and tutorials, follow Plaid on Pinterest for super inspiration and see what’s going down on the Plaid website. Plus, there are some super cool video tutorials for tinting glass with Mod Podge Sheer Colors and a basic how to for the new and awesome Mod Podge Sheers! And check out even more projects from this awesome campaign!
This is a sponsored post brought to you by Plaid and Blueprint Social and I was compensated for my time as well as given materials to facilitate my post. All opinions, you best believe, are 100% my own.